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Trinity Health & Education International Research Conference (THEconf2020)

The Trinity Centre for Practice and Healthcare Innovation (TCPHI) was well-represented at the Trinity Health & Education International Research Conference (THEconf2020) that took place in the School of Nursing & Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin on the 4th and 5th March 2020. Presentations were given along with posters displayed by nurses in collaborating sites such as Children's Health Ireland (CHI) at Tallaght, Muiríosa Foundation, Naas General Hospital, St. Patrick's Mental Health Services, St. James's Hospital and Tallaght University Hospital.

The conference began with Professor Anne-Marie Brady welcoming delegates from around the world and announcing the new PhD Fellowship Scheme worth one million euro in honour of International Year of the Nurse & Midwife for which applications will open in April for the forthcoming academic year September 2020. Professor Linda Doyle, Dean of Research, Trinity College Dublin, provided the opening address and spoke of the vibrant research that is taking place in the School of Nursing & Midwifery. Dr Pim Valentijn, Vice President, Essenburgh Research and Consultancy gave the keynote presentation on person-centred care and the balance between 'hype and hope'. On the second day of the conference, the keynote presentation was given by Mr Derek C Stewart, OBE, exploring the meaningful involvement of patients in research. Mr Paul Reid, Director General of the Health Service Executive, delivered the closing address and Sarah Cullen won the poster presentation. Well done to the Conference Committee (Professor Joan Lalor, Dr Gobnait Byrne, Professor Mary McCarron, Dr Frances O'Brien and Professor Anne-Marie Brady) for organising such an interesting and engaging event.

A snapshot of the photographs taken, presentations given and posters displayed by TCPHI research collaboration sites is as follows:


  • Dr Amanda Drury, TCPHI Research Fellow, presented on exploring the impact of survivorship issues on cancer survivors' daily lives.
  • Sinead Keogh, Naas General Hospital, asked what is the impact of simulation on undergraduate student nurses in relation to medication management?
  • Julie O'Grady and Selina Ryan, St. James's Hospital, presented on the optimisation of a Nursing Electronic Patient Record (EPR) to facilitate and enable development of a business intelligence dashboard to promote real time data analytics and improved patient care.
  • Claire Noonan, Tallaght University Hospital, presented on non-medical prescribers' experiences of deprescribing in older person care.
  • Christine Hogan, Naas General Hospital, presented on conducting nurse-led research on depression in patients from six different chronic conditions.
  • Siobhan Part, St. James's Hospital, presented on medication review of inpatient sustained fractures post falls in an acute teaching hospital.
  • Philomena McAuley, Tallaght University Hospital, presented on nurses views and understanding of the role of Advanced Nurse Practitioners in unscheduled care: a systematic review.
  • Joshi Dookhy, Tallaght University Hospital, presented on developing a brain health and post-diagnostic support clinic within a memory outpatient service.
  • Olivia Lee, Naas General Hospital, presented on a systematic review comparing the effectiveness of a facilitated approach to advance care planning to usual care in patients with COPD.
  • Marie King, St. Patrick's Mental Health Services, presented an evaluation of mental health nurses' confidence in recognising a physically deteriorating person using the National Early Warning Score (NEWS).
  • Aoife Farrington, St. Patrick's Mental Health Services, presented on mental health nursing students' experiences of working with adolescents with eating disorders.
  • Lorna Keating, Naas General Hospital, presented on managing erectile dysfunction in men attending cardiac rehabilitation in a model 3 hospital.
  • Dr Patricia White, TCPHI Research Fellow, presented on building bridges between clinical practice and research: experiences of 'boundary spanners'.
  • Aine Lynch, Director of Nursing, Tallaght University Hospital, presented on learning to get better: maximising learning from patient feedback through a casebook approach.
  • Dr Carmel Doyle, TCPHI Principal Investigator, presented a systematic review of medication management in intellectual disability settings.
  • Shane Kirwan, St. Patrick's Mental Health Services, presented on nurse leadership in implementing digital health change in an Irish mental health service.
  • Maria Boyle and Elizabeth Breen, St. James's Hospital, presented on dermatological toxicity with paclitaxel administration.
  • Gillian O'Brien, Naas General Hospital, presented on the Red Leg RATED Pilot Project: A general hospital perspective.


  • Quantifying and characterising the mobile phone activity of haematology and oncology clinical nurse specialists - Maria Boyle, St. James's Hospital
  • Audit cycle for Allied Health electronic recording processes - Marie Byrne, St. James's Hospital
  • Sexual function after stoma formation in women with colorectal cancer - Ciara Tripaldi, Tallaght University Hospital
  • What does it mean? Mothers experience of 'giving medicines' to their child with sever and profound intellectual disabilities - Dr Carmel Doyle, TCPHI
  • Developing an education programme to support healthcare professionals in caring for children and adults with autism in the acute hospital setting - Geraldine Kyle, Tallaght University Hospital
  • Youths with asthma and their experiences of self-management education: a qualitative systematic review protocol
  • Paving the path to integrated community healthcare: an empirical exploration of organisation culture in community healthcare - Debra Neill, TCPHI PhD Student
  • What is the effect of health education on the quality of life in patients with COPD? A systematic review - Merly Martin, Naas General Hospital
  • The establishment of the Student Nurse Validation Report to capture student nurse entries that require validation in an Electronic Health Record environment - Shane Kirwan, St. Patrick's Mental Health Services
  • Lessons learnt from a case study supporting end-of-life care to individuals with intellectual disability living with dementia - Martina Leigh, Muiríosa Foundation
  • Mental Health nurses' preparedness to work with adults who have child sexual abuse histories: a qualitative study - Caragh Kennedy, St. Patrick's Mental Health Services
  • Using nitrous oxide for procedural pain during the administration of intramuscular botulinum toxin injections - Dr Sandra Fleming, TCPHI project with Dr Carmel Doyle and Children's Health Ireland at Tallaght