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Enhancing Quality of Service Provision

Promoting equal voices in the development of Quality of Service Provision

In line with international trends, the Department of Health and Children (2006) and the Mental Health Commission (2008) have called for the involvement of people who use mental health services, and carers in the development, delivery and evaluation of services. This increased involvement is part of a wider commitment to service user and carer involvement in all aspect of health care and is compatible with the inclusionary themes of modern mental health advocacy (Mental Health Commission 2007; 2008). Involving those most affected by an issue is not only an ethically appropriate way to proceed in research but also an essential component of service developments. Such involvement will not only promote the interest of disadvantaged groups and offer a means of maximizing autonomy but it has to potential to illuminate aspects of care that might be otherwise hidden. The focus of this research theme is on building a body of knowledge that gives voice to service users, families/carers, and practitioners, experiences of, and involvement in, quality service provision.

Externally Funded Projects

The Experience of Mothering in Women with Mental Health problems: A Feminist approach.
Reseacher Prof Agnes Higgins (PI),
PhD Student Teresa Tuohy
Supervisors Prof Agnes Higgins & Dr Jo Murphy Lawless
Funding €196,545
Funding Agency Health Research Board
Status In progress

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The experiences of mothering in women with enduring mental health problems. A feminist perspective
Researchers Prof A Higgins, Dr J Murphy Lawless, T Tuohy
PhD Student T Tuohy
Funding €213,387
Funding Agency Health Research Board
Date from Oct 2009
Date to Oct 2012
Status In progress

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The Education/Training provision for Professionals working in the Mental Health Services in Ireland.
Researchers Prof Agnes Higgins (PI), Dr. Jane Alexander, Dr Mary Creanor, Gerry Maguire, Dr Eddie McCann, Orla O'Neill (TCD), Dr Shoba Rani, Mike Watts, Dr Malcolm Garland (HSE)
Funding €61,238
Funding Agency Mental Health Commission
Status Complete

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Internally Funded Projects and Other Research Projects

An Ethnography of the Psychiatric Nurse's role in working with people with a medical diagnosis of Schizophrenia
Supervisors Prof Agnes Higgins & Dr Jo Murphy Lawless
PhD Student Mark Monahan
Funding Agency School of Nursing and Midwifery PhD Stipend
Status In progress

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Psychiatric Nurses' responses to clients with suicidal behaviour: A Grounded Theory Approach
Supervisors Prof Agnes Higgins & Prof Chris Stevenson
PhD Student Jean Morrisey
Funding
Funding Agency School of Nursing and Midwifery Stipend and Matha McMenamin Memorial Scholarship
Status: In progress

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Pathways to Care of People with Mental Health Problems within the Irish Criminal Justice System
Supervisor Dr Damien Brennan
PhD Student Michael Brennan
Status In progress

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Accessing Student Mental Health services: the Perceptions and Experiences of Student Service users, Potential Students and the Professionals involved
Supervisors Prof Cecily Begley
PhD Student Caitriona Nic Philibin
Status In progress

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Exploration of the Attitudes and Knowledge of Registered General Nurses in the Emergency Departments towards Mentally Ill Patients
Supervisor Dr Damien Brennan
MSc Student Saed Azizeh
Status In progress

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Guided Imagery in Psychiatric Nursing
Supervisors Dr Eddie McCann
PhD Student Siobhan Smyth
Status In progress

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Neurophysiological Foundation of Cognitive Dissonance and 'Mental Pain': An FMRI Study
Researcher Dr Jan de Vries
Funding TCD Start-up Fund
Status In progress

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Mental Health - A Prevalence study of Cardiovascular risk factors in people with Severe Mental illness
Researcher Michael Nash
Funding TCD Start-up fund
Status In progress

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Voting as a Measure of Social Integration for People with Severe Mental Illness
Researcher Michael Nash
Funding TCD Start-up Fund
Status In progress

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An Exploration of the Diversity of Community Mental Health Nursing Service provision in Ireland
Researcher Gerry Maguire
Funding TCD Start-up Fund
Status In progress

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Physical and Psychosocial Problems of Menopausal women: A Study of Working Women in Karnataska, India
Researcher Shoba Rani
Status Complete

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An Evaulation of an Assertive Outreach Service in Clonskeagh, Co. Dublin
Researcher Dr Eddie McCann
Status In progress

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Student nurses support in relation to clients who self-harm or are suicidal
Researcher Dr Eddie McCann
Status In progress

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A National evaluation of staff supervision in units caring for people with Dangerous and Severe Personality Disorders (DSPD)
Researchers Prof Patrick Callaghan, Allison Tennant, Prof Kevin Kowells (Notthingham University), Jean Morrisey (TCD)
Funding €80,000
Funding Agency Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
Status In progress

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Clinical Supervision programme for newly qualified and newly appointed nursing staff in the Dublin Mid-Leinster Adult Mental Health Services
Researchers Colum Bracken, Martina McGuinness, Jean Morrisey
Funding €10,000
Funding Agency National Council for the Professional Development of Nursing & Midwifery
Status In progress

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Last updated 3 June 2014 nursing.midwifery@tcd.ie (Email).