Palliative Care Research on the Island of Ireland

  1. Palliative Care Research Network (PCRN)
  2. PCRN Strategic Plan (2017-2022)
  3. PCRN - Research on the Island of Ireland
  4. PCRN Strategic Scientific Committee
  5. Members

Palliative Care Research Network (PCRN)

In 2012, AIIHPC established the Palliative Care Research Network (PCRN) to address the need for more collaborative multidisciplinary research in palliative care on the island of Ireland. This network was the first of its kind for palliative care in Ireland. 

The PCRN aims to offer the all-island palliative care research community opportunities to create and engage within a collaborative environment, supporting the development of excellent, high quality, clinically-relevant and innovative research projects that reflect, inform and contribute to the advancement of AIIHPC’s work programmes.

PCRN Members include leading researchers from AIIHPC’s partner organisations on the island of Ireland who focus on palliative care research from medicine, nursing, psychology, allied health, health economics, pharmacy and law disciplines. Our members come from many of the major research institutions including:

University College Dublin (UCD)

Trinity College Dublin (TCD)

Dublin City University (DCU)

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)

National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG)

University College Cork (UCC)

Queens University Belfast (QUB)

Ulster University(UU)

Hospice and Palliative Care Providers

 

University of Limerick (UL)

 

The Annual PCRN Symposium allows members opportunities to learn from global experts, share knowledge and network.

 

Benefits of Being a PCRN Member

The PCRN is constantly evolving and expanding and we want even more researchers to join and benefit from this collaborative community of peers.  Membership provides opportunities to:

  • Collaborate with senior researchers, clinicians, service users, policy makers and funders in palliative care and other relevant areas on the island of Ireland and internationally
  • Gain support for patient-public involvement through the AIIHPC Voices4Care research panel
  • Lead, mentor and build research capacity
  • Ensure research is relevant to global and national policy and practice priorities
  • Access AIIHPC’s proven experience in
  • Developing collaborative proposals
  • Building partnerships including those with patient-public involvement
  • Transfering knowledge to clinicians, educators, policy makers, service users and the wider community including via the palliative hub

Also, PCRN members provide mentoring and support to the Early Career Researcher Forum, a supportive network for early stage researchers in palliative care. If you are a leading researcher from one of our partner organisations with a focus or interest in palliative care research please apply to be considered eligible to become a member of the PCRN.

Annual reports for the PCRN are available for review at the following links: 

To enquire about the PCRN and how to become a member please email the Chair, Professor Joanne Reid (j.reid@qub.ac.uk) or AIIHPC Research Programme Manager, Dr Mary Rabbitte: mrabbitte@aiihpc.org

Download the PCRN Brochure


Palliative Care Research Network Strategic Plan (2017-2022)

In 2017 the Palliative Care Research Network (PCRN) launched a five year strategic plan. This strategic plan sets out a direction for the PCRN network, building and strengthening our research community and ensuring that research impacts at the local, national and international levels. The PCRN Strategic Plan (2017-2022) provides a framework for all those seeking to undertake palliative care research, from early career researchers to those leading and shaping international projects. Through this strategy the PCRN demonstrates its commitment to work collaboratively to strengthen palliative research, education, policy and practice on the island of Ireland and further afield. The plan has identified five strategic activity areas and actions that will be implemented over the 5 years to improve Quality of Life (QoL) for people with life limiting conditions through research that changes practice and informs policy. The five strategic activity areas are:

To learn more about the Palliative Care Research Network Strategic Plan (2017-2022) download the full document or to learn how the Strategic Plan was developed click on the Poster available at the following link: Developing the All-Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC) Palliative Care Research Network Strategic Plan 2017 – 2022.

To view the implementation plan for 2019 download: Palliative Care Research Network Strategic Plan (2017-2022): 2019 Implementation Plan


PCRN - Research on the Island of Ireland

Between 2012 and 2017 the Health Research Board (HRB) in Ireland and AIIHPC invested €1.26m (£1.11m) in palliative care research. This investment supported senior and early career researchers on the island of Ireland to carry out research on the inequality of palliative care service delivery and measuring and evaluating palliative care outcomes:

Pathways toward Social Justice: Understanding Equality and Inclusion in Palliative Care (Research strand one): is based on the premise that inequality exists in relation to palliative and hospice care access and service delivery across the island of Ireland for people with serious mental illness, intellectual disability, children with non-malignant life-limiting conditions and advanced heart failure.

Watch this short video summarising this body of research by the lead principal investigator Professor Philip Larkin, Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing (Palliative Care), School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems, College of Health Sciences, University College Dublin.

 

Click on the links below to learn more about the evidence-based knowledge generated from each research project:

Measurement and Evaluation of Outcomes for Palliative Care (Research strand two): explores methodological development for palliative care research with a focus on measurement of needs, measurement of impact and evaluation of service priority and delivery. 

Watch this short video summarising this body of research by the lead principal investigator Professor Charles Normand, Edward Kennedy Professor of Health Policy and Management, Centre for Health Policy and Management, Trinity College Dublin.

 

Click on the links below to learn more about the evidence-based knowledge generated from each research project:


Palliative Care Research Network Strategic Scientific Committee

The Palliative Care Research Network Strategic Scientific Committee is responsible for supporting the strategic development of the Network. In collaboration with All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care, the Committee supports the management of proposals for activities and programmes of work for the Network. The Committee’s membership includes representatives from academic institutions, hospices, members of the Voices4Care Research Panel (Voices4Care is AIIHPC’s service user, carer and interested citizen group and within this group there is a Research Panel subgroup) and health funding organisations across the island of Ireland.

The PCRN Strategic Scientific Committee meets four times per year:

Meetings schedule for 2019:
March 12th 12.30 - 2.30pm
June 18th  12.30 - 2.30pm
September 24th 12.30 - 2.30pm
December 17th 12.30 - 2.30pm


Members

Strategic Scientific Committee

  • Professor Kevin  Brazil, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queens University Belfast.
  • Professor Dympna Casey, School of Nursing and Midwifery, National University of Ireland, Galway.
  • Professor Alice Coffey, Chair in Nursing and Midwifery, University of Limerick. 
  • Dr Michael Connolly, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Dublin.   
  • Dr Nicola Cornally, Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork.
  • Dr Frank Doyle, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, department of Psychology, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.
  • Dr Tracey McConnell, Senior Research Fellow, Marie Curie Hospice Belfast .
  • Dr Suzanne Guerin, Associate Professor, School of Psychology, University College Dublin (Vice-Chair of PCRN).
  • Dr Geralyn Hynes, Associate Professor, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin.
  • Dr Bridget Johnston, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Health Policy and Management, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin.
  • Dr Gail Johnston, Programme Manager, HSC R & D Division, Public Health Agency, Belfast.
  • Mr John Joyce, Voices4Care Member. 
  • Professor Sonja McIlfatrick, Head of School of Nursing, Ulster University.   
  • Professor Charles Normand, Centre for Health Policy and Management,  Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin.
  • Dr Norma O'Leary, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, St James/Our Lady's Hospice, Dublin.
  • Dr Martina O'Reilly, Head of Education, Research and Quality, Milford Care Centre, Limerick.          
  • Professor Sheila Payne, Chair in Hospice Studies, Director of the International Observatory on End of Life, United Kingdom.
  • Professor Joanne Reid, Professor at School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen's University Belfast (Chair of PCRN).
  • Professor Anthony Staines,  Professor of Health Systems, Department of Nursing and Human Sciences, Dublin City University.           

PCRN Members  

Name

Role

Affiliation

Prof Kevin Brazil

Professor of Palliative Care

School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen's University Belfast

Dr Cathal Cadogan

Lecturer

School of Pharmacy, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Prof Dympna Casey

Professor of Nursing

School of Nursing and Midwifery, National University of Ireland, Galway

Dr Gillian Carter Lecturer of Chronic Illness School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen's University Belfast

Prof Alice Coffey

Chair in Nursing & Midwifery

Department of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Limerick

Dr Michael Connolly

Lecturer/Assistant Professor

School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems, University College Dublin

Dr Nicola Cornally

Lecturer Practitioner

School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork

Dr Owen Doody Senior Lecturer Department of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Limerick

Dr Frank Doyle

Senior Lecturer

Department of Psychology, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Prof Gerard Fealy

Dean of Nursing and Head of School

School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems, University College Dublin

Prof Donna Fitzsimmons

Head of School of Nursing and Midwifery

School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen's University Belfast

Prof Eilionóir Flynn

Established Professor / Director

School of Law / Centre for Disability Law and Policy (CDLP), National University of Ireland Galway

Dr Geraldine Foley

Assistant Professor

Occupational Therapy, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin

Dr Siobhan Fox

Postdoctoral Researcher / Lecturer

Centre for Gerontology and Rehabilitation, University College Cork

Prof Stephen Gallagher Professor of Psychology Department of Psychology, University of Limerick
Prof Liam Glynn Professor of General Practice Graduate Entry Medical School, University of Limerick

Dr Suzanne Guerin

Associate Professor in Research Design and Analysis / Deputy Director

School of Psychology, University College Dublin

Dr Felicity Hasson

Senior Lecturer

School of Nursing, Ulster University

Dr Geralyn Hynes

Associate Professor/ Director of Research

School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin

Dr Bridget Johnston

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Centre for Health Policy and Management, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin

Dr Gail Johnston

Programme Manager

HSC R&D Division, Public Health Agency

Prof George Kernohan

Professor of Health Research

Institute of Nursing and Health Research, Ulster University

Dr Helen Kerr

Senior Lecturer

School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen's University Belfast

Dr Gemma Kiernan

Lecturer

School of Nursing and Human Sciences, Dublin City University

Prof Gerard Leavey

Director of the Bamford Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing

School of Psychology, Ulster University

Dr John Lombard Lecturer School of Law, University of Limerick

Prof Kathleen Lynch

Professor of Equity Studies

School of Social Justice, University College Dublin

Dr Peter May

Research Assistant Professor in Health Economics

Centre for Health Policy and Management, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin

Prof Mary McCarron

Dean of Faculty of Health Sciences / Chair of Ageing and Intellectual Disability

School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin

Dr Noeleen McCorry

Lecturer

School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, Queen's University Belfast

Dr Dorry McLaughlin

Lecturer (Retired)

School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen's University Belfast

Prof Sonja McIlfatrick

Head of School of Nursing

Institute of Nursing and Health Research, Ulster University

Dr Regina McQuillan

Consultant in Palliative Medicine

St Francis Hospice

Prof David Meagher

Professor of Psychiatry

University of Limerick

Dr Pauline Meskell

Senior Lecturer Department of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Limerick

Dr Helen Noble

Senior Lecturer

School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen's University Belfast

Prof Charles Normand

Professor of the Economics of Palliative Care and Rehabilitation / Emeritus Professor

Cicely Saunders Institute, King's College London / Centre for Health Policy and Management, Trinity College, University of Dublin

Dr Peter O'Halloran

Senior Lecturer

School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen's University Belfast

Prof Eamon O'Shea

Personal  Professor

School of Business and Economics, National University of Ireland, Galway

Dr Carole Parsons

Senior Lecturer

School of Pharmacy, Queen's University Belfast

Professor Sheila Payne

Head of School

Department of Health Research, Lancaster University

Prof Joanne Reid

Professor

School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen's University Belfast

Prof Karen Ryan

UCD Clinical Professor / Consultant in Palliative Medicine

University College Dublin / St Francis Hospice

Dr Ann Sheridan

Associate Professor

School of Nursing and Midwifery and Health Systems, University College Dublin

Prof Anthony Staines

Professor of Health Systems

Department of Nursing and Human Sciences, Dublin City University

Dr Suzanne Timmons

Associate Professor

Centre for Gerontology and Rehabilitation, University College Cork

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