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Palliative Care Research on the Island of Ireland

    1. Palliative Care Research Network (PCRN)
    2. PCRN Members
    3. PCRN Strategic Plan (2023-2027)
    4. PCRN Strategic Scientific Committee
    5. PCRN Research on the Island of Ireland

Palliative Care Research Network (PCRN)

AIIHPC established the Palliative Care Research Network (PCRN) in 2012 to address the need for more collaborative multidisciplinary research in palliative care on the island of Ireland. The PCRN offers the palliative care research community on our shared island opportunities to create and engage within a collaborative environment, supporting the development of excellent, high quality, clinically relevant and innovative research projects that reflect, inform, and contribute to the advancement of AIIHPC’s work programmes.

Our Vision

As the leading Network for palliative care research on the island of Ireland, PCRN members undertake internationally recognised research that enhances palliative care knowledge and expertise and improves the quality of life of people with life limiting conditions.

Our Mission

To support the conduct of research that improves the quality of life and death of people with life limiting conditions and that contributes to the achievement of AIIHPC’s strategic work programmes to:

  • Integrate research, education, and practice development of palliative care in the health and social care systems across both jurisdictions 
  • Partner with users, carers, and communities in relation to production of resources for palliative care
  • Target the development of the specialist palliative care sector to meet current and emerging demands in respective health systems

Our Values

  • Research Excellence
  • Respect, Trust, and Mutual Understanding
  • Equality, Diversity, and Inclusiveness
  • Curiosity, Collaboration, and Integration

About the PCRN | 2 minutes 55 seconds

PCRN Members

PCRN Members include leading researchers from AIIHPC’s member organisations on the island of Ireland who focus on adult and children’s palliative care research from medicine, nursing, psychology, physiotherapy, speech and hearing therapy, occupational therapy, health economics, pharmacy, and law disciplines.

PCRN Members include:

Name

Role

Affiliation

Lecturer

School of Nursing, Ulster University

Research Fellow

School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queens University Belfast

Research Fellow

School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queens University Belfast

Professor of Palliative Care

School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen's University Belfast

Professor of Children’s Nursing

School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems, University College Dublin

Associate Professor in Pharmacy Practice

School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Trinity College Dublin

Lecturer

School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen's University Belfast

Established Professor/Head of School

School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Galway

Associate Professor

School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems, University College Dublin

Director of Research and Innovation

School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork

Consultant of Palliative Medicine, Clinical Medicine

Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, and Our Lady's Hospice and Care Services

Senior Lecturer

School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Galway

Associate Professor

School of Population Health, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Associate Professor in General Nursing

School of Nursing, Psychotherapy and Community Health, Dublin City University

Head of School

School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen's University Belfast

Established Professor / Director

School of Law / Centre for Disability Law and Policy (CDLP), National University of Ireland Galway

Assistant Professor

Occupational Therapy, Trinity College Dublin

Senior Lecturer and GP

Department of General Practice, University College Cork

Postdoctoral Researcher / Lecturer

Centre for Gerontology and Rehabilitation, University College Cork

Lecturer

School of Psychology, Queen’s University Belfast

Professor / Head of School

School of Psychology, University College Dublin

Assistant Professor

School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin

Lecturer

School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork

Senior Lecturer

School of Nursing and Paramedic Science, Ulster University

Lecturer

School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen's University Belfast

Research Assistant Professor

Centre for Health Policy and Management, Trinity College Dublin

Professor of Health Research

School of Nursing and Paramedic Science, Ulster University

Senior Lecturer

School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen's University Belfast

Full Professor Children and Nursing/Head of School

School of Nursing, Psychotherapy and Community Health, Dublin City University

Professor of Palliative Care and Academic Director / Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing (Palliative Care)

Institute for Training and Research, The University of Lausanne, Switzerland /School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems, University College Dublin

Director of the Bamford Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing

School of Psychology, Ulster University

Consultant in Palliative Medicine

Consultant in Palliative Medicine, HSE Mid West; and Milford Hospice, Limerick

Emeritus Full Professor

School of Education, University College Dublin

Research Assistant Professor in Health Economics

Centre for Health Policy and Management, Trinity College Dublin

Professor and Chair of Ageing and Intellectual Disability, Director of the Trinity Centre for Ageing and Intellectual Disability, Executive Director of the National Intellectual Disability Memory Clinic

School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin.

Marie Curie Senior Research Fellow

School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen’s University Belfast

Lecturer

School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, Queen's University Belfast

Dean of the Ulster Doctoral College/Head of School and Professor of Nursing and Palliative Care

School of Nursing and Paramedic Science, Ulster University

Principal Clinical Psychologist (Specialist) and Clinical Lead for Research / Adjunct Assistant Professor

LauraLynn / School of Psychology, University College Dublin

Lecturer (Retired)

School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen's University Belfast

Consultant in Palliative Medicine

St Francis Hospice

Lecturer

School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen’s University Belfast

Head of Speech and Hearing Sciences

School of Clinical Therapies, University College Cork

Assistant Professor

School of Nursing, Psychotherapy and Community Health, Dublin City University

Senior Lecturer

School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen's University Belfast

Professor of the Economics of Palliative Care and Rehabilitation / Emeritus Professor

Cicely Saunders Institute, King's College London / Centre for Health Policy and Management, Trinity College, University of Dublin

Senior Lecturer

School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen's University Belfast

Consultant in Palliative Medicine / Clinical Senior Lecturer in palliative medicine

St James and Our Lady's Hospice / Trinity College Dublin

Senior Lecturer

School of Pharmacy, Queen's University Belfast

Professor in Ageing & Community Nursing

School of Nursing & Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin

Senior Lecturer

School of Nursing and Midwifery, Centre for Leadership, Ethics and Organisation, Queen’s University Belfast

Professor of Cancer and Palliative Care; Director of Research

School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen's University Belfast

Professor of Social Work in Palliative Care

School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work, Queen’s University Belfast

Professor of Ageing and Health

School of Nursing, Ulster University

UCD Clinical Professor / Consultant in Palliative Medicine

University College Dublin / St Francis Hospice

Associate Professor in General Nursing

School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems, University College Dublin

Professor in Clinical Cancer Nursing

Ulster University, and South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust

Research Fellow, Public Health & Primary Care

School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin

Assistant Professor

School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems, University College Dublin

Professor of Health Systems / Public Health

School of Nursing, Psychotherapy and Community Health, Dublin City University

Professor/Head of School

School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems, University College Dublin

Professor

Centre for Gerontology and Rehabilitation, School of Medicine, University College Cork

PCRN Members:

  • collaborate with senior researchers, clinicians, service users, policy makers and funders in palliative care and other relevant areas on the island of Ireland and internationally
  • build partnerships including those with patient-public involvement through AIIHPC Voices4Care group of people with life-limiting conditions, families and interested citizens
  • lead, mentor and build research capacity, including with Early Career Researcher Forum members
  • ensure research is relevant and has impact on global and national policy and practice priorities
  • transfer knowledge to clinicians, educators, policy makers, service users and the wider community via the palliative hub and PCRN events
  • learn from global experts, share knowledge and network via PCRN events including the Annual PCRN Symposium

PCRN Membership Benefits

ENHANCE your career and credibility with access to AIIHPC’s expertise in palliative care research, education & practice, and policy & engagement in palliative care on the island of Ireland and internationally.

CONNECT with a community of leading academic and clinical researchers on the island of Ireland who are at the forefront of international research in palliative care.

ACCESS capacity building opportunities, which will give you the tools and skills to apply your knowledge and make an impact.

KNOW palliative care inside-out with timely access to news and insight.

More information on PCRN membership benefits is available here and if you are from an AIIHPC member organisation and interested in joining the PCRN please contact AIIHPC PCRN Project Manager Jane Clare – jclare@aiihpc.org

Palliative Care Research Network Strategic Scientific Committee

"A photo of Professor Andrew Davies, PCRN SSC Chair; and Dr Peter May, PCRN SSC Vice Chair, with an AIIHPC PCRN banner"
L-R: Prof Andrew Davies, PCRN SSC Chair, and Dr Peter May, PCRN SSC Vice Chair.
Dr Geraldine Foley, TCD, Vice Chair of the SSC
Dr Geraldine Foley, TCD, Vice Chair of the SSC
Dr Geraldine Foley, TCD, Vice Chair of the PCRN SSC

The Palliative Care Research Network Strategic Scientific Committee (PCRN SSC) is responsible for supporting the strategic development of the Network. In collaboration with All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care, the Committee supports the management of proposals for activities and programmes of work for the Network. The Committee’s membership includes representatives from academic institutions, hospices, members of Voices4Care (Voices4Care is AIIHPC’s service user, carer and interested citizen group) and health funding organisations across the island of Ireland. The PCRN Strategic Scientific Committee meets four times a year.

PCRN Strategic Scientific Committee Members list is available here.

Annual Report

A yearly report on the activity of the PCRN is available for review within the AIIHPC Annual Report on the following links:
AIIHPC Annual Review 2021  | AIIHPC Annual Review 2020 | AIIHPC Annual Review 2019

An image of the front of the PCRN Strategic Plan 2017 - 2022

AIIHPC's Palliative Care Research Network Strategic Plan 2023-2027

AIIHPC’s Palliative Care Research Network (PCRN) Strategic plan 2023-2027 sets out our core principles and commitments to continue to advance outcomes that have a positive impact on the quality of life and death for people with life-limiting conditions and supports for their families.

Download the document
AIIHPC’s Palliative Care Research Network Strategic Plan 2023-2027
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Our Priorities 2023-2027
Strengthen and expand collaboration
We will work across disciplines on the island of Ireland to extend collaboration including internationally in areas of common interest that can improve the quality of life and death for people with palliative care needs.
Create an academic–clinical environment to foster innovation
We will act to improve the effectiveness of multidisciplinary academic-clinical studies to answer the most important questions by building academic-clinical capability and support structures to foster innovation.
Develop palliative care researchers and support career paths
We will support members to become recognised experts and leaders in palliative care by securing investment, mentoring, structured training, brokering involvement in national/international studies and supporting career paths.
Involve people with life-limiting conditions, family carers, and communities across research cycle
We will grow the level of involvement of people with life-limiting conditions, family carers, and interested citizens across all stages of decision making in palliative care research and evaluate their impact.
Maximise research impact on practice and policy
We will address practice and policy priorities by co-producing and mobilising research evidence with health and social care professionals, palliative care providers, commissioners, policy makers, people with life-limiting conditions and family carers.

PCRN research on the island of Ireland

Pathways toward Social Justice: Understanding Equality and Inclusion in Palliative Care (Research strand one) by Professor Philip Larkin, Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing (Palliative Care), School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems, University College Dublin.

Philip Larkin Overall Summary PCRN Research Strand One | 4 minutes 01 second

Measurement and Evaluation of Outcomes for Palliative Care (Research strand two by Professor Charles Normand, Edward Kennedy Professor of Health Policy and Management, Centre for Health Policy and Management, Trinity College Dublin.

Charles Normand Overall Summary PCRN Research Strand Two | 4 minutes 42 seconds

For information about PCRN and ECRF members research studies on the island of Ireland, visit Research Studies.