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Pre-conference workshops: Tuesday 9 March 2021

10am-1pm (choose one)



Workshop 1: Rapid Reviews

Facilitators: Professor Valerie Smith and Dr Linda Biesty

This online workshop introduces Rapid Reviews. The purpose for carrying out a rapid review and an overview of the methodology will be presented. The differences between rapid and full reviews (systematic reviews and qualitative evidence synthesis) will be explored. Reviewers’ experiences of undertaking rapid reviews will also be presented.

Prof Valerie Smith (Prof in Midwifery, TCD) and Dr Linda Biesty (Lecturer in Midwifery, NUI Galway). Valerie and Linda are members of the Teaching Faculty of Evidence Synthesis Ireland with experience in conducting reviews of various types, including rapid reviews.

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Workshop 2: Implementation Science

Facilitator: Professor Catherine Hayes

The aim of the workshop will be to provide participants with a basic understanding of implementation science core concepts, theories, models and frameworks and the factors to be considered in the selection of an appropriate framework(s). Participants will have an opportunity to consider how they may apply a framework (s) to their research project or to an aspect of their research.

Professor Catherine Hayes is Associate Professor of Public Health in the Discipline of Public Health and Primary Care at the Institute of Population Health in the School of Medicine. Her primary research interests are implementation science, and the development, implementation and evaluation of interventions to prevent cancer. She completed the prestigious Training in Dissemination and Implementation Research (TIDIRH) programme at National Cancer Institute in 2016 and was a facilitator on the TIDIRH Ireland Programme in 2018.

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Workshop 3: Writing for publication

Facilitator: Professor Fiona Timmins

Dr Fiona Timmins is an Associate Professor in Nursing at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin and Editor in Chief of the Journal of Nursing Management. She has 20 years' experience of writing for publication and reviewing papers for publication in additional to several contributions to international Editorial Boards and Advisory Panels. She has published numerous papers, with 145 peer-reviewed papers listed in Scopus. These publications represent collaborations with colleagues, from Canada, Portugal, Greece and the UK among others. This has meant a meaningful contribution to international debates within nurse education (e.g. management of absenteeism and nurse portfolio/reflective practice) and person-centred care (e.g. information and support requirements of cardiac patients and spiritual care provision. She has written or co-authored 10 textbooks. There are 867-recorded citations of her published papers [Scopus]. Her research lies within three distinct but overlapping themes: person centered care, spirituality and enhancing the professional education of nurses. She has presented widely on these topics: more than 180 international papers, with research replicated widely across the globe. Her H-index (Scopus) is 18.

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