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Listed below are events being run by, or in conjunction with, the TCD School of Nursing of Midwifery. Occasionally, there are links to related events.

The School of Nursing and Midwifery, in conjunction with the Irish Institute of Mental Health Nursing are pleased to announce a public lecture entitled

'Being human: creativity in mental health care'

Presented by: Dr Theo Stickley, Associate Professor in Mental Health at the University of Nottingham

In recent years, Western healthcare has increasingly focused on evidence-based medicine and a culture more driven by targets and goals. In this lecture, Theo Stickley considers the implications of these agendas for mental health practice. He calls for a re-focusing of care towards an entirely more creative approach; one where practice is led by values not by targets. He surveys the evidence for creative approaches and concludes that policy and practice in mental health needs to be driven more by common-sense than anything more technical. The lecture calls for change towards creativity and seeks to inspire and reassure service users, their families and genuinely caring professionals in mental health..

Theo Stickley is Associate Professor in Mental Health at the University of Nottingham. Having trained and practised in both mental health nursing and counselling, he now teaches mental health nurses and researches the relationship between arts and health. Theo currently leads the Arts, Health & Wellbeing seminar series in the UK, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. He is Editor of the book: "Qualitative research in arts and mental health" and has published many research articles on the subject. One of his current projects is a comic's anthology of people's stories of recovery. As well as being a writer, Theo belongs to the Nottingham Society of Artists and regularly draws and paints. He has recently set up a choir for people who use mental health services.

Date: Tuesday 17th June 2014

Time: 6pm - 7pm

Venue: School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, 24 D'Olier Street, Dublin 2.

This lecture is offered free of charge however pre-booking is advisable.

To book a place contact: Jeni Ryan


Public Lecture

Participatory Research in an Evidence Based World: Irrelevant, Important or Essential?

Presented by: Professor Ruth Northway, University of South Wales

Date: Wednesday 5th March 2014

Time: 5.30pm - 6.45pm

Venue: Lecture Theatre 2.57, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, 24 D'Olier Street, Dublin 2.

This lecture is offered free of charge however pre-booking is advisable.

To book a place contact: Jeni Ryan

Download lecture flyer (PDF 206KB)

Professor Northway's lecture will explore the rise of participatory research approaches in the context of health care systems that are increasingly driven by evidence based directives that value systematic reviews and large scale trials. Drawing upon current literature and her personal experience of developing participatory research with people with intellectual disabilities and people with mental health problems, Professor Northway will argue that participatory research is an important approach to understanding the experiences and self-defined priorities of people who use health care services. Since patient preference is a key component of evidence based practice it will be argued that participatory research is essential rather than irrelevant if a holistic approach to EBP is to be promoted. However, given that participatory research seeks to challenge existing power structures, and given that positivist research has powerful defenders, increasing acceptance and promoting the value of participatory research gives rise to a number of challenges which will be identified and explored.


Public Lecture

Dignity and spirituality: do they have a place in contemporary healthcare?

Presented by: Professor Prof Wilf Mc Sherry, Professor in Dignity of Care for Older People, Faculty of Health, Staffordshire University and the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust.

Date: Wednesday 22nd January 2014

Time: 2pm - 4pm

Venue: Lecture Theatre 2.57, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, 24 D'Olier Street, Dublin 2.

This lecture is offered free of charge however pre-booking is advisable.

To book a place contact: Jeni Ryan

Download lecture slides (PDF 731KB)

Outline of lecture content

In recent years there have been a number of reports published that have highlighted significant failings in the care provided by health and social care professionals and institutions in the United Kingdom.  Analysis of these reports reveals some recurrent themes and concerns associated with the perceived erosion of core values in care such as compassion, spirituality and dignity.

This lecture will explore the meaning of dignity and spirituality, highlighting how refocusing our attention on these fundamental values may challenge the prevailing culture where individual and institutional attitudes do not recognise the humanity and individuality of people.

The implications of failing to provide compassionate and person-centred care are discussed within the context of preserving the dignity, identity, spiritual beliefs and values of people while receiving health or social care. Some basic solutions for improving the current situation are provided and recommendations for ongoing dialogue and debate proposed.

Prof Wilf McSherry

Prof McSherry has over 20 years experience working as a nurse within the National Health Service and teaching on programmes of nursing and allied health professions within the Higher Education Sector. He has a keen interest in the measurement of spirituality and dignity in care having designed tools to aid researchers and practitioners to evaluate these concepts. He is involved in the development of Dementia Services across Shropshire and presently working with colleagues to develop a Dementia Care Pathway for use in an Acute Trust. A further area of interest is the core concepts/values of nursing and why these seem to have been eroded and devalued within contemporary nursing. He has a strong track record in Research and Scholarship as well as good links with clinical practice, which includes being a member of The Centre for Practice and Service Improvement at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust Research.

He graduated from the University of Hull in 1992 with a Bachelor Science (Hons) Nursing Sciences. After graduating he worked for several years within clinical practice in a range of nursing specialities, including medicine, gastroenterology, palliative care and care of the older person. In 1996 he moved into Higher Education taking up post as a Lecturer in Adult Nursing at Dumfries Campus part of Bell College Hamilton. He has held a number of lecturing posts prior to being promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2001. While working at the University of Hull, along with colleagues, he set up the Centre for Spirituality Studies which he directed until taking up his current position in August 2008. His career in nursing continues to involve a combination of practice, education and research


Grounded theory: Using it to your advantage as a research student

Date: Thursday 31st October & Friday 1st November 2013

Venue: Room 3105, School of Education, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin

Cost: €25 for one day, €45 for two days - payment in advance is necessary to secure a place

To book a place contact: Jeni Ryan

Interpretive inquiry quite rightly continues to expand and become increasingly recognised as a valuable part of the development of programmes of research and associated promotion of coherent frameworks of investigation in which individual studies can be located and linked. While individual researchers continue to develop individual projects, programmes of research can be created around the shared interests and combined research expertise of a group of researchers working within and across disciplines, schools and universities to address a particular research question or agenda.

The Grounded Theory Collaboration Group, in association with the School of Nursing and Midwifery (Trinity College Dublin) and the School of Education (Trinity College Dublin) is delighted to invite you to attend a two-day workshop. The purpose of this workshop is to help you to explore the potential use of Grounded Theory methodology and the analytical techniques inherent within this approach.

The organisers invite all postgraduate research students who are utilising the methodology holistically or a particular aspect of it in their research, and irrespective of the research aim and/or discipline within which the project is located. We are happy to offer this workshop to each delegate for a nominal fee of €25.00 for one day or €45.00 for both days (to include coffee and light lunch).

Making the workshop relevant to your project
Research students are invited to submit queries that have emerged in terms of the methodological issues that are relevant to your work.
Please submit your queries by Tuesday 29th October to Dr Joan Lalor at

To book your place, please contact: Jeni Ryan, Administrative Officer - Events, School of Nursing and Midwifery

There are only 30 places available which will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Workshop flyer and detailed programme (PDF 65KB)



Improving Leadership in Healthcare: a one-day seminar


Date: Thursday 13th September 2012

Time: 09.00-16.00

Venue: Lecture Theatre 0.32, TCD School of Nursing and Midwifery, 24 D'Olier Street, Dublin 2.

Registration Fee: €50.00 - this fee includes registration pack, mid-morning refreshments and lunch


  • Prof Melanie Japser, University of Swansea;
  • Prof Brendan McCormack, University of Ulster;
  • Dr Anne Holohan, Trinity College Dublin;
  • Prof Martin Beirne, University of Glasgow;
  • Dr John G Cullen, National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

Download seminar programme

PDF (1.6MB) | Word (49KB)


Enquiries should be directed to:
Jeni Ryan, Administrative Officer - Events, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin

( / 01 8963860)


The Eclipse of Medical and Psychiatric Care: a public lecture by Prof David Healy - 2nd May 2012

Hosted by the TCD School of Nursing & Midwifery
in association with the Irish Institute of Mental Health Nursing

Date: Wednesday 2nd May 2012
Time: 5.00pm
Venue: School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, 24 D'Olier Street, Dublin 2

In his address Professor Healy will raise the following questions
- is there is a mismatch between the so called evidence on use of drugs and the real data from studies?
- is the evidence embodied in clinical prescribing guidelines making care invisible and diminishing the relevance of the clinical encounter?

David Healy is a Professor of Psychiatry in Wales and former Secretary of the British Association for Psychopharmacology. He is author of books such as 'The Antidepressant Era' and 'Let Them Eat Prozac'. David has been involved as an expert witness in homicide and suicide trials involving psychotropic drugs, and has been at the forefront in highlighting problems with these drugs to both American and British regulators.

There is no charge to attend this lecture however it is necessary to book in advance as places are limited

Please contact Jeni Ryan ( / 01 8963860) to book a place

Podcast of lecture (MP4 video; length 1:37:39; size 245MB).

It may be necessary to download Quicktime to view the podcast; free download available from

Powerpoint slides (PDF 5.6MB)


School of Nursing & Midwifery Alumni Event

School of Nursing & Midwifery Alumni Event
Date: Wednesday, 18th April, 2012
Time: 6:00 – 7.30pm
Venue: Senior Common Room, Front Square, Trinity College Dublin

The Head of School of Nursing and Midwifery, Professor Agnes Higgins, invites you to join us for “Our First Alumni Gathering” on Wednesday, 18th April from 6.00-7.30pm, in the Senior Common Room. This is an event that gives Alumni the opportunity to reconnect with fellow class mates.
Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP: (follow link to ‘Upcoming Events’)

For further information, please click here

The Children's Palliative Care Project Presents 'Meeting the Spiritual Needs of Children and Families' An Interactive Workshop with Professor Wilfred McSherry

Wilfred McSherry is Professor in Dignity of Care for Older People at the Faculty of Health, Staffordshire University and Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust and is Vice President of the British Association for the Study of Spirituality. He is also part time Professor at Haraldsplass Deaconess University College, Bergen, Norway.

Date: Friday 27th January 2012
Time: 14.00 - 17.00
Venue: School of Nursing and Midwifery, 24 D'Olier Street, Dublin 2
Cost: 25 euro includes tea/coffee.

For further details please contact June Murphy/Catherine Tracey

Open Evening to promote Intellectual Disability Nursing and Psychiatric Nursing - Thursday 12th January 2012

The School of Nursing and Midwifery is hosting an Open Evening to promote Intellectual Disability Nursing and Psychiatric Nursing on Thursday 12th Jan2012 at 5-7pm in the School of Nursing and Midwifery building, 24 D'Olier Street, Dublin 2. All welcome
For more information please see

IDS-TILDA 2011 Conference

Building a Picture of Ageing in Persons with Intellectual Disability: Future Directions for Ageing Well

Friday 9th September 2011: 09.00-17.15

Edmund Burke Lecture Theatre, Trinty College Dublin

Further details are available on the conference website
IDS-TILDA 2011 Conference

2011 IASSID Roundtable of the Ageing and Intellectual Disability SIRG

Future Directions for Ageing Well: A Roadmap for Ageing in Persons with Intellectual Disability

7th and 8th September 2011

School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin


To develop a series of principles to guide services delivery and design and an agenda of supportive research that offer a road map for ageing in persons with Intellectual disability. In pursuit of this objective a series of panels followed by guided discussions will address critical issues with the purpose of discerning and identifying what should be guiding principles for the future. A written report ultimately will be produced outlining the principles and their rationale.

Visit the IASSID website for further information

or contact

Jeni Ryan, Administrative Officer - Events
School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin

Mental Health: an open lecture by Robert Whitaker: 26th February 2011

The Trinity College Dublin, School of Nursing and Midwifery in association with The Critical Voices Network and the Irish Institute of Mental Health Nursing is hosting an open lecture on mental health by Robert Whitaker entitled:
‘Is the bio-psychiatric approach causing an epidemic of psychiatric disorders?’
on Saturday 26th February at 2pm in the Edmund Burke Lecture Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin.


Robert Whitaker is a renowned medical author and journalist. He has won numerous awards including the George Polk Award for Medical Writing and a National Association for Science Writers’ Award for best magazine article. In 1998 he was co-author of a series of articles for the Boston Globe on psychiatric research which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.
Whitaker's 2002 bookMad In America was considered one of the best science books by Discover Magazine and was also acclaimed by the American Library Association as one of the best history books of the year.  Whitaker's most recent work ‘Anatomy of an Epidemic’, published in 2010, questions why the number of adults and children disabled by mental illness has skyrocketed o ver the past fifty years?

Background to the lecture

Why has the number of psychiatric diagnoses given to adults and children skyrocketed over the past 50 years? Why does this epidemic parallel so closely the growth and dominance of psychiatric drugs as treatment? Acclaimed medical author and journalist Robert Whitaker documents a history of science and medicine that raises a heretical question: ‘Could this drug-based approach actually be fuelling this modern-day plague?’  In this open lecture, Whitaker argues that we need to start an open conversation about how to stem the epidemic of disabling mental distress in society and move to an approach that helps people get well and stay well over the long term.

Due to technical problems we cannot bring you Robert's original lecture from Trinity College as hoped, however Robert gave a similar lecture in University College Cork on Tuesday 1st March, which we have kindly been given permission to broadcast. This can be viewed at

The PowerPoint slides from Robert's lecture in Trinity College are available to view as a PDF document

View PowerPoint slides

Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference
Transforming Healthcare through Research and Education

11th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference

4th and 5th November 2010

Closing date for submission of abstracts: 7th May 2010

Documentation from previous Interdisciplinary Research Conferences

Public Seminar

What's to be done about Breast Cancer: challenges in prevention and treatment services

Thursday 6th May 2010: 18.30-20.30

The seminar is free and open to the public but places must be reserved in advance. To reserve a place, please email Jeni Ryan

Download seminar programme (PDF 157KB)

December 2010

This event was cancelled due to adverse weather conditions and has been rescheduled for January 2011

Ground Theory Workshop

Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th December

Attendance at the workshop is limited to 30 participants

Download workshop flyer (PDF 64KB)

Leadership and Management in Healthcare Seminar

Thursday 23rd September 2010

Registration Fee €25

Download programme (PDF 16KB)

Please note that the School of Nursing and Midwifery cannot accept responsibility for the content of external webpages linked to the Events pages.

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