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Catherine Darker PhotoBrendan O'Shea

Assistant Adjuvant Professor in Public Health and Primary Care Medical Director at Kildare and West Wicklow Doctors on Call (K Doc) Principal in Practice at The Bridge Medical Centre, Newbridge, Co Kildare.

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Department of Public Health and Primary Care Trinity College, Dublin
Trinity College, Dublin

t: + 353 1 8961087


Dr OShea lectures on Chronic Disease Management, End of Life Planning, Childhood Overweight and Professional Insight on the 4th Year Medical Curriculum at Trinity College. He is Chairman of The Research Impact and Evaluation Committee at SAGE (Support and Advocacy Service for Older People), and is a member of the RCPI Expert group on Obesity. He is on Council at The ICGP, and collaborates with The Irish Hospice Foundation on Think Ahead. Previously, he has been actively involved in GP Specialty Training (Assistant Programme Director 2005-2015), and has recently completed an MD in the area of Childhood Overweight, under the supervision of Prof Tom ODowd. He is on the Scientific Advisory Group for Growing up in Ireland, and on The National Advisory Committee at SAGE.

He is Principal in practice at The Bridge Medical Centre, Newbridge, and is on the Specialist Register for General Practice and Occupational Medicine.

Research Interests

Dr OSheas research interests include policy and innovative practice in the primary care setting, particularly in relation to prevention, chronic disease management, and end of life planning.

He has recently participated in an ICGP Workgroup, established to guide and advise The ICGP on its recent Policy Document (Beyond 2020 Statement of Strategy 2016-2021), with guidance largely based on close consultation and survey of ICGP members, and with reference to current research on service development.

Research interests are elaborated in publications listed below.


Dr O Shea lectures to 4th Year Medical Students on the undergraduate curriculum, and also examines in the Final Year Medical Examinations. He facilitates research with GP Specialist Registrars, and is actively involved with Postgraduate CME, facilitating the CME program at the Kildare Faculty of the ICGP and K Doc in Kildare. He has also resourced sessions reflecting his research interests at the Summer School and Scientific Meetings of the ICGP during the last several years.

Recent Publications

The prescribing of contraception and emergency contraception to girls aged less than 16. D McMahon, C Darker, B O Shea, M Taffe, T O' Dowd. Medico Legal Journal of Ireland vol 16, no 2, p 91-96.(2010)

General Practitioners experiences in Dietary Counseling; poor access to Dietetic Services. S Floyd, B O Shea, C Darker 2011 Irish Medical Journal, (letter) vol 104, no 2, accessed 20.3.11.

Childhood Obesity in Ireland; Parents fail to recognise; General Practitioners fail to act? A White, B O Brien, T Houlihan, C Darker, B O Shea, 2012; IMJ 105 (9)

New Developments in Service Delivery. Are GP Led Sexual Health Clinics Acceptable and Satisfactory for Patients Attending ? S Duffy, C Darker, B OShea, T Conlon, B Hollywood. IMJ (2011) 104,3 p 71-73

Complex adaptive chronic care; typologies of patient journey: a case study. C Martin, D Grady, S Deacon King, C McMahon, A Zarabzadeh, B O Shea. 2011 ; J Eval. Clin. Practice; 17 (3), 520-524.Epub 2011/04/19.

A National Survey of Chronic Disease Management in Irish General Practice 2010 Darker C, Martin C,O Kelly M, O Dowd T, O Kelly F, O Shea B. Report Dept Primary Care & Public Health TCD.

Chronic Disease Management in Irish General Practice: results from a national study. 2012; IMJ 105(4), Darker C, Martin C, O Kelly M, O Dowd T, O Kelly F, O Shea B.

Implementation of complex adaptive chronic care: the Patient Journey Record system. Martin C, Vogel C, Grady D, Zarabzadeh A, Hederman L, Kellett J, Smith K, O Shea B (PaJR) 2012; Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice doi:10.1111/j.1365- 2753.2012.01880.x (18)1226-1234.

Establishing a general practitioner led minor injury service: mixed methods evaluation at 10 months with an emphasis on use of radiology by GPs in the out- of-hours setting. Redmond P, Darker C, McDonnell M, O Shea B,; 2012 Ir J Med Sci DOI 10.1007/s11845-012- 0860-3.

Chronic disease management in patients attending Irish General Practice Training Practices. O Shea B, Darker C, O Kelly F. 2013 IMJ Vol 106, No 7, p 207-09.

Delayed prescribing of antibiotics for Respiratory Tract Infections: Use of Information Leaflets. Agnew J, Taafe M, Darker C, O Shea B, Clarke J. 2013 IMJ Vol 106, No 8 p 243-5.

Pulse Oximetry in General Practice. O Sullivan C, OShea B, 2013 Forum 22.06 p 40- 42

A national survey of chronic disease management by Irish Consultants (Report) 2014 Darker C, Bergin C, Walsh G, O Shea B. Published by RCPI / Adelaide Society / RCPI.

A national survey of chronic disease management by Irish Practice Nurses (Report) 2015 Whiston L, Collins C, Ryan K, O Shea B. Published by ICGP / Adelaide Society.

A survey of chronic disease management by Patients with complex comorbidities (Report) 2015 Whiston L, Seraukina T, Casey E, Darker C, O Shea B. Published by ICGP / Adelaide Society.

Are we ready to Think Ahead ? Acceptability study using an innovative end of life planning tool. O Shea B, Brennan B, Martin D, Bailey O, McElwee O, Darker C, 2014, IMJ Vol 107, No 5, p 138-140.

Developing the General Practice Orderly role; results from a feasibility study by The Kildare Faculty of the ICGP 2014 Report presented to Council ICGP. Kearney M, Kennedy M, Devine C, O Shea B.

Results of a full audit cycle in the GP out of hours setting; who complains, why, and what can we do about it ? Barragry R, Varadkar L, O Dowd T, O Shea B. (Submitted Biomed Central, 2015).

The race we dont want to win; tacking Irelands obesity epidemic. RCPI, August 2014, Report of the RCPI Policy Group on obesity, Dublin.

Towards realistic and flexible Advance Care Planning. O Shea B, King G, McGuiness C, Smith D, 2014, IMJ Vol 107, p 299.

Weighing children; parents agree but GPs conflicted. 2014. O Shea B, Ladewig E, Reulbach U, Kelly A, ODowd T. Arch Disease Childhood, Jan 2014, Arch Dis Child. 0.1136/archdischild-2013- 304090.

Methadone-maintained patients in primary care have higher rates of chronic disease and multimorbidity, and use health services more intensively than matched controls. 2014. O Toole J, Hambly R, Cox AM, O Shea B, Darker C, EJGP vol 20, no 4, p 275-280 (doi:10.3109/13814788.905912)

Primary prevention of childhood overweight by educational intervention at the 13 month immunisation consultation in General Practice. Doorley E, Darker C, Young C, O Shea B. 2015 IMJ No 1, v 108, p 13-15.

Patient perceptions and acceptability of therapeutic switching within The National Preferred Drugs Scheme in Ireland. O'Connor G, O'Keeffe D, Darker C, O'Shea B (Submitted IJMS 2016)

Self weighing habits among patients attending general practice in Ireland. Crickmer M, Shannon ER, OShea B (In press IMJ 2016)

Last updated 23 November 2016 Mary O'Neill (Email).