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Women, Child & Family Health

Women, Child & Family Health

Contact Details

Dr Sandra Atkinson
Department of Nursing & Midwifery
Health Science Building
University of Limerick
V94 X5K6


Group Members

Cluster Lead: Dr Sandra Atkinson (see profile link here) 

Name and Profile  Email
Dr Sylvia Murphy Tighe
Dr Maria Noonan
Jan McCarthy
Carmel Bradshaw
Maebh Barry

Current Projects



Funding Source

Start/Finish Dates

Erasmus + Knowledge alliance to enhance nursing research/NR-Alliance. European partners; Maribor, Limerick, Spain and Italy. Project leads Angela Boskin Jesenice, Slovenia. Fiona Murphy, Alice Coffey, Liz Kingston.

€979,980 €147,453 to UL 

Erasmus+. E+KA2: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices

November 2018- November 2021

Inter-disciplinary and inter-agency group, involving seven academic disciplines, a leading NGO for migrants, the Health Service Executive (HSE) and the WHO to draw on the tradition of participatory health research to disrupt this pattern of exclusion. Helen Phelan, Anne MacFarlaneSylvia Murphy Tighe, Tríona McCaffrey,  Hilary Moss, Susann Huschke, Maebh Barry and Leonie Kerins.


HRI emerging Cluster Capacity Building Award

March 2019

Co-design, development and evaluation of a care pathway to promote, maintain and enhance breastfeeding experience in the Neonatal Unit. Maria Noonan UL and Una Dee HSE Lead.


Nursing and Midwifery Practice Development Unit, Mid-West Region

April 2019

Public Health Nurse (PHN) led identification and response to domestic abuse in the postnatal period – A Pilot Study to assess PHN training to recognise and respond to domestic violence.      

Sylvia Tighe Murphy, Maria Noonan and Carmel Bradshaw in collaboration with Mary Shanahan, Marie Boyle and Brenda Mellett



Nursing and Midwifery Practice Development Unit, Mid-West Region

April 2019

Quality Care-Metrics: An independent evaluation study to determine the impact of measuring nursing and midwifery-sensitive process metrics and indicators using Quality Care-Metrics (HSE10990). PI Professor Laserina O’Connor UCD.

Cluster members: Maria Noonan, Carmel Bradshaw, Sylvia Murphy, Fiona Murphy, Sandra Atkinson.



to be confirmed

An educational video intervention to foster and promote positive attitudes to mental health among health care professionals. Maria Noonan, Maria Gibbons HSE lead. Teresa Tuohy, Annmarie Grealish, Louise Murphy, Sylvia Murphy, Carmel Bradshaw, Sandra Atkinson and Kevin Johnson. 

(In conjunction with members from the Ageing, Mental Health & Intellectual Disability Cluster)



Nursing and Midwifery Practice Development Unit, Mid-West Region


April 2019

Introducing Simulation Technology to Undergraduate Nursing and Midwifery Education: A Scoping Initiative (to support students transitioning to internship) Dr Liz Kingston, Dr Louise Murphy, Dr Kathleen Markey.

Team members (Midwifery): Dr. Sandra Atkinson; Clinical Collaborator: Bernadette Tolan (UMHL)


Strategic Alignment of Teaching and Learning Enhancement
Funding in Higher Education 2019 Teaching & Learning Initiative


Oct 2019


















Past Projects



Funding Source

Start/Finish Dates

QCM Nursing & Midwifery Quality Care-Metrics Project (Older Person and Intellectual Disability Services) Fiona Murphy, Owen Doody, Rosemary Lyons



September 2016-March 2018. Completed.

Positive social & economic ageing. Jill Murphy, Pauline O'Reilly, Fiona Murphy, Donna Wilson, Gail Low

€5,000 University of Limerick. International activity challenge.
September 2017-September 2018. Completed.

UL International Activity Challenge Fund. Sylvia Murphy-Tighe

€3,200 University of Limerick. International activity challenge.

September 2017-September 2018. Completed. 

ESTHER Common Grant application. K. Elmusharaf, P. Finucane, K. Hadfield, D. Leddin, Fiona Murphy, C. Sheehan

€7,814 ESTHER September 2016. Completed 
Identifying research questions to identify local interventions in the Mid-West Region to support breastfeeding initiation and duration. Una Dee, Margaret Hynes, Maria O'Dwyer, Sinéad O'Doherty, Audrey Lyons, Deirdre Monroe, Fiona Murphy, Maria Noonan, Janet Calvert €9,574.25 Nursing & Midwifery Practice Development Unit, Mid-West Region September 2016-November 2017. Completed 

























Research students

Sarah Watkins (sPhD). An Appreciative Inquiry exploring the experiences of older people with dementia and their family members (carers) in the emergency department (ED). Supervisors: Professor Fiona Murphy, Dr Margaret Graham, Professor Catriona Kennedy RGU. UK, Professor Belinda Dewar UWS, UK.

Daniel Newman (sPhD). Service-users and Healthcare Professionals Experiences of Communication and Building Relationships in a Community Mental Health Team (CMHT): A Qualitative Case Study. Supervisors: Professor Fiona Murphy, Dr Pauline O’Reilly, Professor Catriona Kennedy RGU. UK., Dr Siew Lee, RGU. UK.

Louise Barry (sPhD). An interpretive phenomenological study exploring women’s lived experience of pregnancy with a chronic illness. Commenced February 2018. Supervisors: Dr Pauline Meskell. Dr Sylvia Tighe Murphy.