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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

Fiona Timmins is Professor of Nursing, Dean and Head of School at the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems, University College Dublin. She is a UCD graduate holding a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (UCD, 1997). She also holds a master's degree in Educational Management (2000) from Trinity College Dublin and a PhD in Nursing from the University of Glamorgan (2006). She has studied at the Open University (including BSc in Health & Social Care, 2005 and BA Open 2013). Her primary speciality is cardiovascular nursing, and she was appointed Nurse Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland within this speciality in 1998. She was also appointed as Nurse Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology in 2001. Her interest in this field continues and has expanded into the area of spirituality and in 2013 she formed the Spirituality Research and Innovation Group (SRIG) at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin. Fiona is an active researcher within this field, and also within the broader remit of professional nursing issues and nurse education and has published numerous papers (180 listed in Scopus) and 11 authored/co-authored textbooks. Along with the SRIG, she performed seminal work in this field in Ireland. Her H-index (Scopus) is 22. She is Editor in Chief of the Journal of Nursing Management and has several representations on International Conference Committees (currently 3) and Editorial Boards/Advisory Panel (currently 10). She is also Visiting Professor at the University of Genova, Visiting Scholar at the Waterford Institute of Technology and Visiting Foreign Expert/Higher Education teacher at the University of Maribor, Slovenia.

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