Weekly Update


Research Assistant/Officer: The Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) is the professional body for general practice in Ireland. Its core work involves education, training and research in general practice.The ICGP currently wishes to appoint a Research Assistant/Officer.  The aim of the ICGP Research Programme is to develop and support research and audits in general practice in a structured format and to contribute to the knowledge base of general practice. Current research interests in the ICGP include mental health, health equity, educational needs assessment, manpower planning, eHealth and health services research.  To apply: Please send a CV and covering letter to recruitment@icgp.ie. Closing date for applications is Monday 14th November with interviews taking place in ICGP on November 24th.

Research Project Manager: NUI Galway are currently recruiting a full-time Research Project Manager for a 3.5-month position on the HRB-funded CHARMS Pilot Study. This is a pilot trial of an intervention to promote sexual counselling in hospital-based cardiac rehabilitation in Ireland. The Project Manager will join the Health Behaviour Change Research Group at the School of Psychology under the supervision of Dr Molly Byrne. The position of Project Manager will become vacant at the end of December 2016. A candidate is now being sought to fill this position from 3rd January 2017 to 15th April 2017. For further information click here or contact Molly Byrne. Closing Date for Applications is November 18th, 2016 at 5pm.
Training   Designing Effective Interventions for Health Behaviour Change: The Health Behaviour Change Research Group is happy to announce the next One-Day Workshop on Designing Effective Interventions for Health Behaviour Change on Monday 21 November 2016 at NUI Galway. In this workshop, participants will have an opportunity to learn about, and practice using, emerging methods for designing and evaluating behavioural interventions. Places are limited and booking is essential and can be completed here.

Concept Development Workshop for Clinical & Early Career Researchers in Palliative Care: AIIHPC, in association with the Irish Cancer Society, is hosting a Concept Development Workshop for clinical and early career researchers on December 7th 2016 in Dublin. This 1-day workshop aims to support clinical and early career researchers to turn their new ideas/concepts for palliative care research into persuasive proposals that may be developed into study protocols, postgraduate research, or form the basis of funding applications.  Applications must be submitted by Monday 7th November. Contact tmurphy@aiihpc for further details or click here.



Putting Research into Practice: This Irish Nurses Research Network 9th annual national conference will take place in the Gibson Hotel on Wednesday 9th November from 9am to 4.30pm.  The full programme agenda is available here.  Registration is now open and can be completed here.

A Week of Webinars for OA Week from OpenAIRE:  For this year’s 9th International Open Access Week, OpenAIRE has scheduled a full week of webinars on various exciting Open Science topics. These will take place during the week of 24-30 October. These webinars will provide key insights into the ethics and implementation of Open Science, as they relate to the EC’s Horizon2020 programme and OpenAIRE’s mission to foster the social and technical links that enable Open Science in Europe and beyond. Read more.

Communicate Your Health (CYH) mobile healthcare Apps: On Signing Terms, is a mobile App developed to assist and support health care practitioners caring for Deaf patients and patients with significant hearing loss (SHL), particularly in palliative care settings. This new resource is the latest addition to the Communicate Your Health mobile healthcare app series.  This new resource will be launched this evening at 6pm in the Boardroom, Buswell’s Hotel, 23 Molesworth Street, Dublin. You are welcome to call in for an information pack or to stay to learn more about these innovative and free healthcare resources. Wine reception and tea/coffee will be served from 6pm. All welcome. For further information and queries please contact caoimherosiefox@gmail.com.

Social Influences in Expert Opinion: Implications for Policy Advice: Academic and other experts play a pivotal role in providing new insights for policy-makers – in a range of spheres from competition policy and consumer protection, communications/energy/financial regulation, through to health policy – to name just a few. This ESRI Seminar will be given by Professor Michelle Baddeley, University College London and take place at ESRI, Whitaker Square, Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin 2 on Thursday 27 October 2016 at 4pm. There is no fee for this event but please register your attendance using the following link.
PHHSR Resources 
The opportunity to make real progress in meeting our needs was missed:  Programme Alumnus Sara Burke reviews Budget 2017 and its impact on Ireland’s healthcare and social services. Latest figures show the HSE is just under €6m in deficit. Yet with €497m of extra money allocated to health in the recent budget, it is safe to say that the health service is still under-funded by between €300m and €400m when it comes to meeting the extensive unmet needs of our growing population. To read more click here.

Evaluating the implementation of a national clinical programme for diabetes to standardise and improve services: a realist evaluation protocol: Over the last three decades in response to the growing burden of diabetes, countries worldwide have developed national and regional multifaceted programmes to improve the monitoring and management of diabetes and to enhance the coordination of care within and across settings. In Ireland in 2010, a national programme was established to standardise and improve care for people with diabetes in Ireland, known as the National Diabetes Programme (NDP).  A recent evaluation led by Programme Alumnus Sheena McHugh uses the principles of realist evaluation to examine the implementation of a national programme to standardise and improve services for people with diabetes in Ireland. The full study can be accessed here.

QUESTS Webinar: For those of you who missed  Prof Alicia O’ Cathain’s
“What is the value of using qualitative research with RCTs” webinar which took place on the 17th October 2016 you can view the recording of the webinar here.  During the webinar Prof O’Cathain outlined eight rationales for using qualitative research with RCTs, based on findings from The QUART Study: maximising the value of combining qualitative research and randomised controlled trials in health research. Read more about the QUART study here. The host of this webinar, QUESTS (Qualitative Research in Trials Centre) was recently established at NUI Galway and the new initiative has an international reach and membership. You can learn more about QUESTS from their website. There are lots of exciting things planned over the comings months so if you’re interested in keeping up-to-date on these you can join the QUESTS mailing list, connect on LinkedIn, follow QUESTS on Twitter.

The Journal of Patient-Reported Outcomes (JPRO): The Journal of Patient-Reported Outcomes (JPRO) is an international, multi-disciplinary open access journal publishing original manuscripts in the field of Patient-Reported Outcomes. The journal publishes regular articles, editorials, literature, book and software reviews, and correspondence. Patient-Reported Outcomes has become a prominent subject in clinical trials; clinical practice; patient, family, community, and public engagement; qualitative studies on the development and application of PROs; and studies of the social and behavioral determinants of health using PRO measures. Therefore, the journal’s scope reflects the wide application of patient-reported outcomes and research in the biological and social sciences. To find out more about JPRO click here.

NUIG Health Psychology Blog aims to give students and colleagues a forum to disseminate information about their projects and their thoughts on current issues in Health Psychology. To find out more about the blog click here.