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Dean's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching in Professional Practice

In 2017-18 the Faculty of Health Sciences announced its inaugural Dean of Health Sciences Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching in Professional Practice. This award was developed to recognise the significant contribution of professionals who do not hold appointments with Trinity to the delivery of teaching to our undergraduate and postgraduate students. Each of the Schools within the Faculty of Health Sciences has a long tradition of working with our clinical and allied health colleagues to educate students across all of our programmes, ensuring that our graduates are career-ready from the moment of graduation. This award seeks to recognise the valuable contribution of such colleagues and to highlight those exceptional individuals who excel in teaching and who continually encourage an ethos of excellence in clinical teaching.

2020-21 Dean's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching in Professional Practice During Covid-19

Ireland's first case of Covid-19 was confirmed on 29th February 2020 and since then, our entire nation has been through so much. We have had multiple periods of restrictions which have impacted on our work and home life and on our family and friend relationships. More than this, so many of us will have experienced illness as a result of Covid-19, either directly or indirectly, and sadly so many of us have lost friends and family members to this indiscriminate disease. Our healthcare system has been pushed to its limits, our schools have been closed, and third level institutions like ours have had to re-think and re-imagine almost all aspects of our core business.

Having reached the one year anniversary of that fateful first Covid-19 case, I want to take this opportunity to recognise and celebrate the truly extraordinary contributions made by some of our Faculty of Health Sciences staff.
The Dean’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching in Professional Practice was developed to recognise the often unseen work that is required to deliver our professional programmes like Medicine, the Therapy programmes, Dental Science, Nursing, Midwifery and Pharmacy. Each of these programmes have unique clinical requirements, and involve complex and multi-faceted arrangements with our linked health service providers. During the pandemic, the complexities of providing clinical experience for our students in a safe and educationally sound environment was more challenging than ever before and was only achieved through the Trojan efforts of our clinical partners, and of key members of our staff who help to bridge that gap between the University and the clinical sites.

Through this special Covid-19 award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching in Professional Practice, we highlight those individuals who were on Trinity’s front line and who had a key role in ensuring our students could continue with their clinical and professional placements, in a safe and supported manner. Nominations were received from the Schools, and I am pleased to grant five awards to nine individuals across all schools in the Faculty:

Please see the awards brochure here (opens as a PDF)

School Recipient Covid-19 Award (2019-20)
Dental Science Professor David Coleman, and Dr Mary O'Donnell.
Medicine (Medicine Programme) Dr Colm Kerr
Medicine (Therapies Programmes) Ms Lucy Alpine, Physiotherapy
Nursing & Midwifery Clinical Allocations Team: Mr Padraig Dunne, Ms Christina Pieri, Ms Mary Kelly, Ms Gabriela Mandolesi
Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences Ms Eimear Ni Sheachnasaigh

 

2018-19 Recipients of the Dean's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching in Professional Practice

School

2019 Recipient

Dental Science

Mr Glen McEvoy

Medicine

Dr Joanne Balfe

Medicine (Physiotherapy)

Ms. Noreen O'Shea

Nursing & Midwifery

Ms Pamela Woods

Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences

Ms Niamh McMahon

 

Mr. Glen McEvoy, School of Dental Science Receipent

Mr Glenn Mc Evoy was nominated by staff and students for bringing his wealth of knowledge, commercial reality and contemporary practice to his teaching role on the dental technology programme. Glenn is passionate about dental technology and thoroughly enjoys sharing his knowledge with students. He creates an engaging and stimulating teaching environment which strongly integrates theory into what are predominantly practical sessions. Glenn keeps abreast of current technologies and is very much at the forefront of new developments, this knowledge he readily disseminates to the students. He regularly attends conferences and trade shows and is constantly expanding his knowledge in the rapidly changing environment of the dental laboratory. He has embraced new developments in this field relating to a digital workflow in his commercial laboratory, this expertise he brings to enhance the Dental Technology programme. He has recently embarked on integrating the recently acquired CADCAM facilities in the teaching laboratory into the curriculum.

“A good mentor can inspire hope, ignite the imagination and instil a love of learning. Glenn McEvoy takes a genuine interest in his students and is always there to help no matter what the circumstances” –Junior Sophister Dental Technology Students, class of 2019.

Mr Glenn Mc Evoy qualified as a dental technician in 1986. Since then, he worked in his late father’s well known laboratory, Eurocast Dental Ltd., before taking over as Managing Director/Owner in 2004. He has held a part time lecturing position at the Dublin Dental University Hospital for the past 10 years where he teaches the Removable Partial Denture module to Senior Freshman students on the Degree in Dental Technology programme. Glenn lectures frequently at local courses and conferences. He has been the President of the DTAI since 2013, he also sits on the Auxiliary Dental Workers Committee of the Dental Council; In these positions, one of his main goals is to achieve registration for dental technicians. Glenn’s family has a long association with dentistry which spans four generations. His two brothers are also involved in the family business. He is married to Pamela and spends his ‘free’ time as a taxi driver for his three children and manages, sometimes, to fit in the odd walk with the dog!

Dr Joanne Balfe, School of Medicine Recipient

Dr Joanne Balfe was nominated by her colleagues in the School of Medicine for her commitment to excellence in clinical education. She constantly strives to create a positive, encouraging and respectful learning environment, contributing to the professional growth and education of students. She combines clinical teaching in Tallaght University Hospital with lecture-based teaching and live interactive teaching in Laura Lynn Children’s Hospice. Thanks to Joanne, Trinity’s Paediatric students are the only undergraduate medical students who have the opportunity to have a customized teaching module based in Laura Lynn Children’s Hospice; This program combines problem based cases, Q&A symptom-based teaching and the use of family videos and recordings which were made by Dr Balfe for teaching purposes. The students have first-hand access to the “lived experience” of a child and family living with complex disability every day.
Dr Balfe lectures the students on the very delicate area of medico-legal and ethical issues in Paediatrics, which promotes professional thinking beyond student life. She also participates in the School’s annual professional development module on the area of communicating bad news to children and families. She presents the difficult symptoms and difficult communication session with examples of many of the complex cases she deals with in Laura Lynn Children’s hospice. This program is highly rated by our students and helps them to develop professional skills in talking to children and families.

It was very interesting to be exposed to the palliative care aspect of paediatrics and, although it is sad, there were positives, the care is very helpful

Dr Balfe lectures the students on the very delicate area of medico-legal and ethical issues in Paediatrics, which promotes professional thinking beyond student life.
She also participates in the School’s annual professional development module on the area of communicating bad news to children and families. She presents the difficult symptoms and difficult communication session with examples of many of the complex cases she deals with in Laura Lynn Children’s hospice. This program is highly rated by our students and helps them to develop professional skills in talking to children and families.

Ms Noreen O’Shea, School of Medicine (Therapies) Recipient

Ms Noreen O'Shea was nominated by her colleagues in the School of Medicine for her innovations within the discipline of Physiotherapy, her dedication to supporting students and her commitment to social engagement. In 2014, Noreen undertook a qualitative review of factors which motivate clinical teachers.

This research triggered her to found the Networking & Educating Students Together (NEST) group in St James’s Hospital to support and prepare clinical teachers across the multidisciplinary team. NEST has created the first community of practice between clinical educators in a teaching hospital, which is the only multidisciplinary support and preparation forum for clinical educators in Ireland.
Noreen is a strong advocate of creating an effective and inclusive learning environment. She has shown particular interest in the struggling student. Over time she has developed an environment that provides scaffolding to build the confidence of struggling students to
support their return to competent practice. This practice of incrementally reducing the level of support along with positive mentoring has proved very valuable to the students’ ability to gain self-assurance. Anecdotally students have recognized that this has been a turning point in their development and key to their progression through the practice education modules. Noreen provides a fresh prospective and individual mentoring to students. This has been reflected in feedback to the Practice Education Co-ordinator.

Noreen has proven to be a valuable asset and a positive voice of enthusiasm within the Physiotherapy Practice Education Team. She has considerable experience as a clinical educator, tutor and manager, experience which is evident in her confidence to question norms, take on new challenges and act as an innovator. Noreen is well respected in within St James’s Hospital and Trinity College as a solution-focused problem solver.

A local community education programme was developed by Noreen following an article in the Irish Times reporting that local schools had the lowest progression rates in the country. St James’s Hospital is located in an economically deprived area and employment in the health care professions is under-represented. A strategy to target the engagement and increase the awareness of the local community of opportunities in the health care
professions was developed and Health Science students and graduates from all professions have participated in programmes where they learn about Social Activism in this community and how education can prevent some of the healthcare issues we encounter downstream.

Ms Pamela Woods, School of Nursing & Midwifery Recipient

Pamela was nominated by her colleagues in Tallaght University Hospital for her role-modelling of excellent nursing care and professionalism and for how she supports students as they adjust to the busy and challenging Emergency Department (ED) environment. She enhances the student experience by supporting learning in practice in a welcoming and engaging manner, and helps students to bridge the theory to practice gap, for example through explaining the rationale for taking observations in a child-specific manner.
Students have described Pamela as a “role model and inspiring practitioner” whose input is “helpful and relatable to practice”.
Pamela is actively involved in policy development in the ED, such as the sedation protocol, and she demonstrates these policies to students. She has a learning mind-set with a commitment to lifelong continuing professional development, and is a wonderful knowledge resource for students and staff. Pamela is a highly respected member of the multidisciplinary ED team, in collaboration with the ED consultants she created and leads an in-depth education training programme for all staff which helps enhance teamwork in emergency situations. 
Pamela is the epitome of a children’s nurse described by NMBI “a safe, compassionate, caring, committed and competent decision maker who accepts professional accountability for their actions and lifelong learning through continuing professional development”.  She is a dynamic professional who balances intellectual and moral excellence in her role as an expert practitioner. She role models being an autonomous moral practitioner who collaborates, is assertive, works in partnership with children and their families and advocates for them when they are unable to speak for themselves. Pamela not only teaches and role models for student’s nurses, she is actively involved in teaching and sharing her vast clinical experience and knowledge with the multidisciplinary team. 
Students have described  Pamela as a role model and inspiring practitioner
whose input is helpful and relatable to practice
Pamela is actively involved in policy development in the ED, such as the sedation protocol, and she demonstrates these policies to students. She has a learning mind-set with a commitment to lifelong continuing professional development, and is a wonderful knowledge resource for students and staff. Pamela is a highly respected member of the multidisciplinary ED team, in collaboration with the ED consultants she created and leads an in-depth education training programme for all staff which helps enhance teamwork
in emergency situations.

Pamela is the epitome of a children’s nurse described by NMBI “a safe, compassionate, caring, committed and competent decision maker who accepts professional accountability for their actions and lifelong learning through continuing professional development”.
She is a dynamic professional who balances intellectual and moral excellence in her role as an expert practitioner. She role models being an autonomous moral practitioner who collaborates, is assertive, works in partnership with children and their families and advocates for them when they are unable to speak for themselves. Pamela not only teaches and role models for student’s nurses, she is actively involved in teaching and sharing her vast clinical experience and knowledge with the multidisciplinary team.

Ms Niamh Mc Mahon, School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences Recipient

Niamh is employed by St James’s Hospital as a Clinical Pharmacist and provides clinical services there while also using her experience and clinical expertise to inform her contributions to teaching, learning and assessment. She is the Course-Co-ordinator of the MSc in Hospital Pharmacy where she has systematically revised the content, the teaching and the assessments for two decades. She has overseen the development and management of the course and its expansion beyond the Dublin Area Teaching Hospitals.
She has ensured that the MSc has retained its inclusive ethos and its academic rigour throughout the changes within the health service, pharmacy and the College. The MSc in Hospital Pharmacy was GradIreland Course of the Year 2019 largely due to Niamh’s dedication, high standards and collaborative working practices. The feedback for the course from students, colleagues and external examiners has been consistently and uniformly excellent and alumni refer to it as one of the highlights of their academic and professional development.

Niamh is always available to give an opinion and to help-out and is unfailingly supportive, professional and modest. Her contribution to the School and the College is invaluable.
Niamh provides one-to-one mentoring for clinical colleagues, especially when they first  take up duties with the MSc course and she maintains the mentoring relationship when they act as supervisors of the MSc Research project. Niamh acts as a reference person and editor for several undergraduate  Modules and       contributes her experience       to   the  revision   of    these Modules. Niamh   is  known  in  St James’s  as a collaborator and   has   a distinguished  track record  in   the  MedEl  Directorate. She  is  currently  Lead Liaison Pharmacist to the National Clinical  Care  Programme  for  Older  People  within  the  HSE    and    has   used     these   connections to provide   teaching  for others  with others  and  to bring  colleagues  from   the  other   health professions  and from the health service into teaching  both  in the MSc and in the CPD Cardiology Module.

Niamh is always available to give an opinion and to help-out and is unfailingly supportive, professional and modest. Her contribution to the School and the College is invaluable.

Niamh provides one-to-one mentoring for clinical colleagues, especially when they first  take up duties with the MSc course and she maintains the mentoring relationship when they act as supervisors of the MSc Research project. Niamh acts as a reference person and editor for several undergraduate  Modules and       contributes her experience       to   the  revision   of    these Modules. Niamh   is  known  in  St James’s  as a collaborator and   has   a distinguished  track record  in   the  MedEl  Directorate. She  is  currently  Lead Liaison Pharmacist to the National Clinical  Care  Programme  for  Older  People  within  the  HSE    and    has   used     these   connections to provide   teaching  for others  with others  and  to bring  colleagues  from   the  other   health professions  and from the health service into teaching  both  in the MSc and in the CPD Cardiology Module.


2017-18 Recipients of the Dean's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching in Professional Practice

School

2018 Recipient

Dental Science

Dr R. Gerard Cleary (Gerry)

Medicine

Professor Ross Murphy

Medicine (Therapies - Radiation Therapy)

Theresa O'Donovan

Nursing & Midwifery

John Patrick Balaoing

Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences

Dr John Michael Morris (Mike)

Dr R.Gerard Cleary, School of Dental Science Recipient

Dr Gerry ClearyDr RG (Gerry) Cleary was nominated by a number of students who praised him for sharing his hundreds of photos of clinical cases, spanning a 40-year period these clinical photographs offer a rare insight into the long-term effects of good dentistry. Gerry also provides hand drawings and detailed explanations of clinical and laboratory concepts, and has successfully invited world-class speakers to Ireland. Gerry promotes the publication of students’ work, and he has assisted students in achieving funding to study abroad.


“Dr Gerry Cleary, in our view is an integral, key asset to the graduate prosthodontics programme, to the Dublin Dental University Hospital and to the Dublin dental community at large. He inspires us, motivates us, and raises our standards beyond what we ever felt we could achieve.”

Gerry Cleary qualified at Trinity College Dublin in 1982.  He completed his Fellowship in Dental Surgery at Edinburgh in 1987 and attended the M.S.D. Programme in Prosthodontics in Indiana University. Since receiving his Masters Degree and Certificate of post-graduate studies, in March of 1992, he holds a part time lecturing position in Adult Dental Health at the Dublin Dental Hospital, teaching graduate prosthodontics, and maintains a private practice limited to Prosthodontics. Gerry was admitted Fellow of Faculty of Dentistry R.C.S.I. – Ad eundem - in 1999. The Fellowship of the American College of Dentists was awarded in 2000 and of the International College of Dentists in 2002 and the Pierre Fauchard Academy in 2009.  He was appointed examiner in the MFDS RCSI in Sept 1999 and the FFD (Prosthodontics) RCSI in January 2002. Gerry has served in many honorary positions including Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry RCSI and President of the Irish Dental Association in 2006.Gerry is married to Silvia and they have a family of 4 children. Tennis and golf compete for any free leisure time.

Professor Ross Murphy, School of Medicine Recipient

Prof Ross MurphyProfessor Ross Murphy was nominated by a colleague who praised him for his enthusiasm in both didactic and clinical teaching, particularly improving students’ clinical examination and diagnostic skills in cardiology. Ross has undertaken additional clinical sessions in clinical cardiology and murmur identification for the students. He conducts this in his own time, often at weekends, and it is a session which is highly valued by the students in their final year of the Medicine programme.

“Ross is considered an exemplary communicator and teacher by the students. His teaching sessions are popular and well attended and he is recognised as going the extra yard in his teaching activities.”

Dr Ross Murphy MD, MSc, FRCPI, is a graduate of RCSI. He trained in Dublin, at St George’s Hospital , London, the Heart Hospital, London and at The Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, USA. He has been a Consultant Cardiologist at St. James’s Hospital, Dublin and  Clinical Senior Lecturer at TCD since 2006.  His special interests include cardiac imaging and valve disease, Cardiac CT, and his research interests include the genetics of cardiomyopathy, newer echo modalities, and the vascular biology of coronary plaque.

Ms Theresa O'Donovan, School of Medicine (Therapies) Recipient

Ms Theresa O'DonovanTheresa O’Donovan was nominated by colleagues who praised her for her student-centred approach to teaching, creating an engaging and supportive learning environment which students evaluate positively. Theresa enables students to benefit from inter-professional learning by arranging for them to attend registrar planning presentations where they discuss and evaluate the patients' treatment plans, aiding students in bridging the gap between what is learned in the academic environment and what is seen in the clinical department.

“Theresa is a passionate teacher who engages students and facilitates them to fulfil their full potential. Only through the voluntary support of such professionals can we provide excellence in clinical education for Trinity radiation therapy students.”

Theresa O’Donovan is a Clinical Specialist Radiation Therapist at the Radiation Therapy Department, Cork University Hospital. She is Vice President and former President of the Irish Institute of Radiography and Radiation Therapy.  Theresa holds a BSc. in Radiation Therapy from Trinity College Dublin, an MSc in Clinical Education from the National University of Ireland, Galway and a PgCert in  Advanced Practice, from Sheffield Hallam University. Theresa has extensive clinical experience as a Radiation Therapist both in Ireland and Australia.  Her special interest is in student education and she is a link Radiation Therapist for the Discipline of Radiation Therapy Trinity College at Cork University Hospital.  Theresa is a clinical assessor for CORU and a Fellow Co-ordinator for visiting Fellows at Cork University Hospital, sponsored by the International Atomic Energy Agency. Her research interest is in establishing radiation dose limits for image acquisition within the radiation therapy department.  She is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Radiotherapy in Practice and sits on the HSE health and social care professions education and development advisory group.

Mr John Patrick Balaoing, School of Nursing & Midwifery Recipient

Mr John Patrick BalaoingJohn Balaoing was nominated by a student who praised him for how he breaks down information, explaining nursing procedures in very simple, understandable language. He encourages students to ask as many questions as possible, creating an engaging and thought-provoking student-centred learning environment. He is a dedicated, patient-focused nurse who leads students by example. “This nurse was the best preceptor I have been allocated to in my three years of nursing. He encouraged me to work on my own initiative, always explaining his rational throughout. He is an amazing nurse and the best nursing teacher I have encountered.”

John Patrick Balaoing is a Student Nurse Preceptor in the Intensive Care Unit in Tallaght Hospital. Prior to this he was a Staff Nurse in the Surgical I.C.U. / Post-Anesthesia Care Unit of Capitol Medical Centre in the Philippines. John obtained his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Capitol Medical Centre Colleges in 2008.

 

Dr John Michael Morris, School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences Recipient

Dr Mike MorrisDr Mike Morris was nominated by a colleague who praised him for long-term active engagement in the M.Sc./Postgraduate Diploma in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology. Mike has held many leading roles during his career to date, both nationally and internationally, and has brought insights and raised pertinent issues in the classroom to challenge and engage our students on topics of relevance to their profession. In collaboration with the School, Mike spearheaded the development of the QP forum; this annual event brings together Pharmacists and Pharmaceutical Scientists from multiple disciplines working in industrial, regulatory and academic settings to share their expertise and engage in peer to peer learning.

“Dr Morris played a central role as advisor to our School when the M.Sc./Postgraduate Diploma in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology was developed in the late 1980s. His ideas for continuous improvements to the course were inevitably timely and very much embraced by Colleagues. Testament to the esteem with which Dr Morris is held by our Colleagues can be gleaned from the fact that he was centrally involved, as advisor, when the course was upgraded from a Postgraduate Diploma to an MSc in 2005.”

John Michael Morris, Ph.D., MPSI, obtained a degree in Pharmacy and a Ph.D. from the University of Manchester (UK) and worked briefly in industry in the UK, in development and QA over the next 10 years. In 1987 Michael moved to Ireland to work for the medicines regulator NDAB/IMB/HPRA and became Director Scientific Affairs at the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) of Ireland in 2004 until he retired at the end of 2015. Michael was formerly Pharmaceutical Director, IMB, responsible for the assessment of quality data (CMC data) and before that Senior Pharmacist at the Irish National Drugs Advisory Board.  Dr. Morris was the EU member of the ICH Q6A Expert Working Group, and subsequently became EU topic leader and then Chair of ICH Q4B -pharmacopoeial harmonisation. In 2004 he was elected to the position of Chairman of the European Pharmacopoeia Commission until 2007 and he remained a member of the Ph. Eur. Commission until 2016. He is chair of Ph. Eur. Working Party PAT and a member of Group 12, pharmaceutical dose forms. Michael has also served on a number of other scientific committees including the dissolution testing focus group of FIP. He has also been very active in the Ireland chapter of PDA since its inception in 2006 and has just recently stepped down after two years as President of that organization. He is also Chair of the PIER pharmacists group in Ireland.