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Making Care Spiritual’ presented by Dr Janice Clarke

The Trinity College School of Nursing and Midwifery’s Spirituality Interest Group and Civic Engagement Committee recently held a public lecture entitled:

Making Care Spiritual’ presented by Dr Janice Clarke
Thursday 6 October 2016

Janice is a nurse and midwife who worked extensively with older people, in intensive care settings and in nursing homes, before moving into education.
Her PhD was in Spirituality and Nursing and out of it grew the book ‘Spiritual Care in Everyday Nursing Practice’ published in 2013. She has spoken and published widely and critically about the current approach to spiritual care in nursing. Janice’s presentation was well received, informative and most enjoyable for all present.

Building and Developing the Research Capacity of Hospital-based Nurses 

The Dublin South, Kildare and Wicklow Nursing and Midwifery Conference was held in the Clarion Hotel, Liffey Valley on the 15th of September 2016  ‘Innovation: Inspiring and Sharing Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Practice’. The conference focused on innovation through practice and service development; education and learning; and technology. The conference highlighted the many innovative practices developed by nurses and midwives across the country.

(Left to right) Professor Jonathan Drennan, Gillian O’Brien, Fiona Kavanagh, Deirdre Madden, Dr Amanda Roberts

The Trinity Centre for Practice and Healthcare Innovation (TCPHI) and its nurse collaborators Bettina Korn (St James Hospital), Fiona Kavanagh (Naas General Hospital) and Maebh Prendergast (Tallaght Hospital) gave a presentation on their collaborative research model. This model aims to build and develop the research capacity of hospital-based nurses. Part of this capacity building involves the TCPHI researcher identifying and forming links between hospital-based nurses and academic staff for the purpose of conducting collaborative research. Currently there are three TCPHI healthcare researchers based across three hospital sites – St James Hospital, Tallaght Hospital and Naas General Hospital.

2nd International Spirituality in Healthcare Conference 'Nurturing the Spirit' 23rd June 2016

This the 2nd Spirituality conference was a huge success. In the morning the opening address was delivered by Prof Cecily Begley. Our first keynote speaker was Prof. Jean Watson: Watson Caring Science Institute. Jean gave a brilliant talk entitled 'Spirituality and universality of human caring-return to love and sacred heart of humanity for healing'. Concurrent sessions took place in the morning & afternoon from presenters both nationally & internationally. In the afternoon we heard from our second keynote speaker Dr. Kate Piderman:Mayo Clinic. Kate's discussion was entitled 'Respecting spirituality in the medical ill-evidence & experience.

There was an interactive panel discussion in the afternoon and the question posed was 'What does it mean to nurture the spirit in the healthcare setting'. There were posters and prizes awarded for the best of these.

There was also a special prize called the Carole King Annual Student Prize and three current BSc students won these prizes for assignments they wrote on Spirituality in the healthcare area.

A great conference, thanks to all who attended.


(left to right) Dr. Fiona Timmins, Dr. Kate Piderman, Prof. Jean Watson, Ms. Jacqueline Whelan


(Left to right) Jenny Hall, Wendy Wigley, Sinéad Buckley, Prof. Jean Watson


(Left to right) Eniola Oladiti, Sandra Nyoka, Doireann Chapman, Carole King


New Health Technology Project led by Trinity to improve Older People's Lives

8 June 2016

A new, cutting edge digital health technology project led by Trinity College Dublin will enable older people with multiple chronic diseases to self-manage their conditions and to be cared for in their own homes. Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, Helen McEntee launched the new digital health research programme ‘ProACT’  that has been awarded €4.87 million under the European Union’s (EU) Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme. Led by the Trinity Centre for Practice and Healthcare Innovation (TCPHI), the project brings together an EU consortium of research institutions, SMEs, health service providers, EU networks and multinational ICT companies IBM and Philips.

‘ProACT’ when complete will be the first cloud based, digital solution of its kind in Ireland and Europe to specifically support home based integrated care and management for older adults (aged 65 and over) with multiple chronic health conditions. The technologies will be focused on facilitating behavioural and lifestyle changes for older people living at home and will link with their care support network. It aims to enable older individuals to live independently in their community for as long as possible.


Minister Helen McEntee & patient representative, Canice Hayes, member of ProACT research panel

Commenting on its significance, the newly appointed Minister McEntee said: “Supporting older people and the challenges they face in later years is a priority for us in Government. ‘ProACT’ is just one  example of how this can be achieved by providing a unified approach to integrated care, centred on the patient at home with support from caregivers, social care workers, community based GPs, pharmacists and hospital based clinicians. I am delighted to be launching this project today as it clearly will help people to remain in their own homes in the community as they grow older.”

Provost and President, Dr Patrick Prendergast of Trinity College said: Addressing the challenges of ageing is a priority for Trinity researchers. ‘ProACT’ is a prime example of how important this research is for the benefit of all in society. It brings together clinical and health research, data solutions and ICT that will lead to the development of new technologies with the overall aim of improving older people’s lives. Joined by international partners and industry, it will deliver cutting edge innovation that will make a real difference for all of us as we grow older.”

The first phase of the research programme will target integrated care for diabetes, chronic heart disease, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and age related cognitive decline. It has the potential to be further developed to address all chronic disease conditions, across all age groups.

Through the new ‘ProACT’ system a range of new and existing care applications, sensors and healthcare technology devices will be linked. Customised interfaces will allow patients and their network of carers, GPs, pharmacists and hospital-based clinicians to access the system via their tablet, smartphone or computer, in order to input and access relevant information from one centralised location for the support of home-based, digital integrated healthcare.

Currently, 50 million patients in Europe suffer from two or more chronic conditions (or multimorbidity). More than 70% of healthcare costs are spent on the management of chronic diseases with an overall expenditure in the EU of €700 billion annually. In Ireland, there are approximately 16,000 people aged 65 and over with multimorbidity. The four main types of chronic diseases are cardiovascular disease (e.g. congestive heart failure), cancers, chronic respiratory diseases (e.g. COPD) and diabetes.

Commenting on the current situation for patients, Dr John Dinsmore, lead academic and coordinator of the ProACT project said:“Care for patients with two or more chronic diseases is frequently repetitive and inefficient, involving multiple appointments that are often inconvenient and burdensome. Patients sometimes receive confusing and conflicting advice that could also be potentially unsafe, for example due to medication interactions. This poorly integrated and coordinated care has a range of negative consequences for the health and quality of life of patients and their carers, but also at a broader societal level in terms of healthcare resources."

With ProACT we will aim to improve patient engagement by empowering the patient to proactively manage their conditions and to promote a sense of ownership over their health and their care. The system will also seek to improve training and support, particularly for informal caregivers within the home, in order to help reinforce positive health management and lifestyle changes for patients aged over 65.”

By developing new proactive, home based healthcare models that use digital technologies, it is possible to challenge the single disease framework of chronic disease management and provide new flexible, patient-centred solutions to support the management multiple conditions. To achieve this ‘ProACT’ will develop a new cloud-based, open application programming interface (API) to integrate new and existing technologies to support individuals with multiple chronic conditions. Technologies the system will support include home based sensors and wearable technology to track and provide personalised clinical and non-clinical feedback to patients.

The ProACT research programme will take place across two primary trial sites in Ireland and Belgium, with a system transferability trial planned in Italy in 2018. It will take over three years to complete and from 2019 future development work could see the system rolled out across a range of disease conditions and age groups.

Commenting on their involvement in ProACT, industry partners, said:

Lab Director, IBM Research – Ireland, Eleni Pratsini said: “We welcome ProACT as a unique opportunity to tap into the multidisciplinary expertise of service providers, industry players and academic partners. The team at IBM Research - Ireland will investigate how cognitive, cloud-based analytics can be extended to provide a consolidated view of the individual helping to drive behavioural change and enable better outcomes.”

Senior Director, Sybo Dijkstra,  Philips UK said:  “Integrated health systems and connected technologies can improve the quality of care for patients and have a positive impact on the health of populations. We are, therefore, delighted to be part of this research programme which seeks to help improve patient self-management and care collaboration via new technologies and care delivery models.”


Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Prof Mary McCarron, Dr John Dinsmore, Minister McEntee & Provost, Dr Prendergast

Joanna Briggs Institute Comprehensive Systematic Review Training Progamme: Inaugural training event TCPHI

Congratulations to the first cohort on successful completion of the Joanna Briggs Institute Comprehensive Systematic Review Training Progamme. The following staff from the School of Nursing & Midwifery, Anne-Marie Brady, Michael Coughlan, Carmel Doyle, Louise Daly, Louise Doyle, Naomi Elliot, Geralyn Hynes, Mary Mooney, Eddie Mc Cann, Francis O'Brian , Sharon O' Donnell, Geraldine Prizeman & Mary Quirke are now certified and eligible to complete JBI systematic reviews .

Many thanks to the JBI team Zachary Munn & Catalin Tufanaru from the University of Adelaide,  Australia who provided a great week of innovative training here at the Trinity Centre Practice & HealthCare Innovation. Thank you to the Dean of Faculty of Health Sciences Prof Mary Mc Carron  & Prof Catherine Comiskey Head of School of Nursing TCD for supporting this important milestone event.


Congratulations to the 5 new scholars from School of Nursing & Midwifery

Following the announcement of the Trinity College Dublin Scholars 2016, the Provost with 3 of the 5 new scholars from the School of Nursing & Midwifery.

Congratulations to

Sadhbh Farrell and Sarah Mather both CGIDP students

Julia Linden and Jheyzebelle Layao both (General Nursing) students

Aoife Swan (Midwifery).

Left to right Sadhbh Farrell and Sarah Mather both CGIDP students and Julia Linden (General Nursing)

Fintan Sheerin has been selected as a Fellow for the 2016 NANDA International Class of Fellows

Dr. Fintan Sheerin has been selected as a Fellow for the 2016 NANDA International Class of Fellows. He is joining an illustrious group of NANDA-I Fellows, including amongst 22 others, Kay Avant, Mary-Ann Lavin, Lynda Carpenito, Dorothy Johnson, Marion Jones and Dickon Weir-Hughes. His selection is based on the strength of his overall application, as well as his dedication to the work of NANDA International. He will be awarded the Fellowship at a reception for current and new Fellows in Cancun, in May.

NANDA-I is an association dedicated to the Implementation of nursing diagnosis enhances every aspect of nursing practice, from garnering professional respect to assuring consistent documentation representing nurses’ professional clinical judgment, and accurate documentation to enable reimbursement. NANDA International exists to develop, refine and promote terminology that accurately reflects nurses' clinical judgmentsThe community of NANDA International Fellows represents nursing leaders with standardized nursing language expertise in the areas of education, administration, clinical practice, informatics and research. Their professional roles include: association/organization executives; chancellors, deans and university professors; clinical nurse specialists and nurse practitioners; nurse consultants; journal/book editors and authors; researchers and entrepreneurs.
Fellows contribute their time and energies to the organization in a variety of areas, such as mentorship and work on special projects, in order to move forward the goal to provide evidence-based clinical decision support to nurses worldwide. Fellows may also serve the organization as media sources and consultants.

NANDA International welcomed its first class of Fellows during its 40th Anniversary Conference in 2012. Twenty-nine (29) individuals were awarded. President, Dickon Weir-Hughes, presented NANDA-I Fellows pins and certificates to those in attendance. 

Study Raises Concerns For Young LGBTI

The LGBTIReland Report, one of the largest national studies of mental health and wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people, has just been launched. The study was undertaken by a team led by Professor in Mental Health from the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Agnes Higgins and is one of the largest of its kind.

Among the key findings are:

  • Younger LGBTI people are coming out earlier than previously – 16 is the most common age to tell the first person you are LGBTI
  • While the majority of LGBTI people aged 26 and over are doing well, 56% of 14-18 year olds had self-harmed
  • 70% in this age group had suicidal thoughts and one in three had attempted suicide

Commenting on the study Professor Higgins said: “The high rates of mental health issues in the younger age group are worryingly high, in particular the rates of self-harm, suicide attempts, depression and anxiety.  Whilst there has been significant advancement in the civil and legal rights of LGBTI people in Ireland, we need to address the issues many of our younger people face within schools and wider society.”

This was echoed by Odhrán Allen, Director of Mental Health at GLEN, who commissioned the study: “Being LGBTI in itself doesn’t increase the risk of poor mental health. It’s the experience of being bullied, being rejected or being harassed because you are LGBTI that leads to higher levels of self-harm and attempted suicide.”


The report highlights the particular challenges faced by transgender and intersex people. It showed that intersex people had the highest scores for depression, anxiety and stress, followed by transgender and bisexual people.

Professor Higgins and her team also researched public attitudes towards LGBTI people and found that there are still many misunderstandings about gender identity. For example:

  • 1 in 3 of the general public do not believe that a young person can know they are LGBTI at the age of 12, yet the most common age LGBTI know is 12
  • 1 in 5 believe that being LGBTI is something that you can be convinced to become
  • 1 in 5 believe that bisexual people are just confused about their sexual orientation

Former President Dr Mary McAleese officially launched the study, which recommends, among other things, increased public understanding to help change attitudes and behaviour and to recognise that the LGBTI community is a heterogeneous group with diverse needs.


Newsletter 1 - ProACT Introduction/Kick Off Meeting: January – March 2016


ProACT is a competitively funded project under the European Commissions' research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020 (Funded at €4.87m). ProACT (Integrated Technology Ecosystem for ProACTive Patient Centred Care)  will address a major EU research priority in personalised healthcare to develop advanced ICT systems and services for Integrated Care.

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Midwifery Student Recruitment 18 Month Higher Diploma Midwifery Education Programme

This programme is offered to Nurses who:
· are registered on the General Division of the Register of Nurses (or those eligible for registration) held by An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann
· have a minimum of six months’ post registration experience
· are accepted by The University of Dublin,Trinity College, the Hospitals’ academic partner

Higher Diploma Midwifery Education Programme

Application forms for the September 2016 Midwifery Education Programme can be obtained from Ms. Margaret Campion, Administrative Assistant, School of Midwifery, The Rotunda Hospital, Dublin 1. Tel: 01 8176883, Email:,

Midwifery Student Recruitment

First Global Human Caring Conference- CHINA

Jacqueline Whelan, Assistant Professor of Nursing has been invited to serve as a member of the International Planning Committee for the First Global Human Caring Conference- CHINA; Dates are October 14 - 16, 2016. This 2-day, first of its kind conference in China, will provide personal/professional intellectual, spiritual teaching-learning opportunities – addressing universals of human caring-healing, within the context of ancient and contemporary healing arts from East to West - Soul and Science - all which converge in Caring Science. Information available -

EisnerAmper Ireland Summer blog Challenge Prize

Junior Sopister General Nursing Student Ms Eniola Naheemat Oladiti has been awarded 3rd Prize in the EisnerAmper Ireland Summer Blog Challenge for her Blog describing her summer work experience in Thailand at Mutmandekan orphanage for children with intellectual disability and at the Healing Family organisation which provides a day service for adults with intellectual disability. 

Extracts from the winning blogs can be found at

Eniola’s travel and accommodation expenses were covered by a grant from EIL, an Irish not for profit organisation supporting local projects across the world. EIL Volunteer Abroad programme involves living, working and making a difference in a local community while learning about a new culture and gaining a new perspective on global and development issues.

Ms Sylvia Huntley-Moore (Director Staff Education & Development), Eniola Naheemat Oladiti (3rd prize, General Nursing), Sarah Downey (Recruitment & Resourcing Executive, EisnerAmper Ireland – sponsors of competition)

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