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School of Allied Health Research Showcase

Thursday 11th January 2018


Allied Health Professions; Aligning Research, Policy and Practice to Optimise Patient Outcomes


The School of Allied Health today showcased the various and high quality research activities in the School of Allied Health as well as offering presentations from invited speakers. The focus of this year’s event is on Aligning Research, Policy and Practice to Optimise Outcomes.


Parallel Poster Sessions also took place, showcasing current research which included a recently funded academic and clinical collaboration to explore the impact of early assessment and intervention by allied health professionals in the emergency department. Dr Rose Galvin, principal investigator for the project commented ‘This project is timely given the increasing numbers of older adults in ED awaiting admission. Immediate assessment and intervention as appropriate by a multidisciplinary team of allied health professions has the potential to enhance the quality, safety and cost-effectiveness of patient care.’


Keynote national and international speakers at the event focused on innovations in clinical research, collaborative patient involvement in healthcare, policy and practice and recent advances in health services delivery. A panel discussion including researchers and academics discussed the collaborative links established by the staff at the School to build capacity and advance healthcare research in Ireland and internationally.


The day featured a number of invited speakers invited speaker Dr. Cristina McKean, Senior Lecturer, Speech and Language Therapy, Newcastle University, described how collaborations, using various research methodologies, can change people, policy and practice. Dr Carmel Mullaney, Specialist in Public Health Medicine, HSE, discussed how research evidence has informed the national framework for self-management in chronic conditions and Jackie Reed, National Lead, National Health & Social Care Professions Office, discussed the future of the allied health professions in the Irish health and social care context. 


Dr Norelee Kennedy, Head of School commented that ‘Our interdisciplinary collaborative programme of research is already having a significant impact on patient outcomes and healthcare delivery across transitions of care in Ireland. To date we have developed and tested interventions to optimise health and promote physical activity and behaviour change for a range of patient populations in Ireland. We have developed an inclusive research network to empower people with disabilities to become actively involved in research. We are also to the fore in the development of innovative models of professional practice and education’. The professions include Nutrition and Dietetics, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Speech and Language Therapy.


Further details of the event: School of Allied Health, +353 (0)61 234232


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