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Public and Patient Involvement (PPI) Research Group


The Public and Patient Involvement (PPI) research group was established in the Graduate Entry Medical School (GEMS) by Professor Anne MacFarlane. The group is inter-disciplinary, with members from biostatistics, general practice, physiotherapy, psychology, sociology and speech and language therapy.  We work in partnership with community, academic, health service planners and policy stakeholders.

We are national and international leaders in PPI in primary healthcare research and development projects. We have specific expertise in participatory health research with socially excluded communities. Our aim is to conduct research with a strong PPI component and, also, to contribute to the evidence about PPI and its impacts. We compliment this with health services research about access to healthcare and research about healthcare reform.

In addition, the group is leading PPI in the Health Research Institute (HRI) at University of Limerick. The focus is on capacity building to promote excellence in PPI at UL, Ireland and abroad. PPI was launched as a sub-theme of the HRI in January 2016, with Anne MacFarlane as theme lead.


Professor Anne MacFarlane
Professor of Primary Healthcare Research, Graduate Entry Medical School (GEMS)

Anne has over 20 years of experience using qualitative research methods in health services research projects and educational research projects. She has a track record in high quality, internationally recognised PPI research since 2002. Anne is the overall academic lead for the PPI research group and is Principal Investigator for a numbers of projects.

She has specialist expertise in migrants' involvement in primary healthcare research and development projects. Anne is particularly interested in progressing international collaborations in Europe and North America to advance the evidence base about best practice for PPI.

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Professor Ailish Hannigan
Associate Professor of Biomedical Statistics, GEMS

Ailish’s research interests include population health, survival analysis and classification techniques in medicine and oral health, cohort and registry studies, health informatics, chronic illness and comorbidities, data mining and statistics education. She is passionate about statistics education and has received an Excellence in Teaching Award (Special Commendation) from the University of Limerick based on student evaluations of teaching across all disciplines and faculties. She acts as statistical consultant to research centres both nationally and internationally and is Education Officer for the Irish Statistical Association and a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society in the UK.

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Edel Tierney
PhD student

Edel is completing the Structured Education and Health Sciences PhD programme at the University of Limerick. Supervised by Prof Anne MacFarlane and Prof Ailish Hannigan, her research is titled ‘Community Participation in Action:  Involving Communities in Primary Care Teams’. She holds a BA and MA in Psychology from NUI Galway and is a Chartered Psychologist of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) since 2004. Edel’s key research interest lies in developing Participatory Research Methods, with particular emphasis on vulnerable and marginalised groups.  Over the past six years her focus has been on Community Participation in Primary Care and involving stakeholders in research projects to inform primary care service delivery.

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Dr Jess Drinkwater

UK National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Leeds

Jess is a GP in Bradford and is undertaking a PhD at University of Leeds on participatory research to strengthen the role of patient and public involvement in general practice service improvement. Anne MacFarlane is co-supervisor for the PhD research along with primary supervisor Robbie Foy, Professor of Primary Care at the University of Leeds.  Jess is interested in improving health systems, especially primary care, through evidence based policy by understanding how health policy and health systems are shaped by those that use them and work within them.

Dr Jon Salsberg
Senior Lecturer in Primary Healthcare - Public and Patient Involvement, GEMS

Jon has over 15 years of experience working in community and academic participatory health research and integrated knowledge translation. He is a qualitative researcher with a background in public health promotion and anthropology of development. Jon's research interests are in understanding the theory and practice of multi-stakeholder engagement for co-creating new knowledge and its translation into action, principally in primary care and community health. His recent focus has been in using a social network approach in understanding how community stakeholders take ownership over academic research.

Jon has undertaken partnered research with a broad range of stakeholders including patients, health practitioners, community members and organisations, policy makers and health service decision-makers, as well as working extensively in Indigenous health in Canada. He was a founding member of the Centre for Participatory Research at McGill University, and is an executive committee member of the International Collaboration for Participatory Health Research.


Dr Patrick O’Donnell

Clinical Fellow in Social Inclusion, GEMS

Patrick is a GP with a particular interest in the delivery of primary care and general practice in areas of deprivation and to marginalised groups including homeless people, drug users and migrants. He is a member of the Partnership for Health Equity which is led by Prof Anne MacFarlane (UL), Dr Austin O’Carroll (North Dublin City GP Training scheme) and the HSE Social Inclusion unit. As part of this work, he has established and now runs two low-threshold GP clinics in Limerick city for people without access to primary care. Patrick also works as a GP in a family practice in Limerick city. He has completed an MSc in Global Health at Trinity College Dublin and a Specialist Diploma in Teaching, Learning and Scholarship at University of Limerick.

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Pauline Clerkin
PhD student and HRB SPHeRE scholar

Pauline is a Health Research Board (HRB) SPHeRE PhD Scholar in Dementia. Her background is in psychology, health promotion and social care. She is currently researching interdisciplinary team working in primary care for people with dementia and evaluating innovations in service provision for people with dementia in the Irish setting from the perspective of service providers, service users and their carers. 


Dr Rose Galvin
Lecturer in Physiotherapy, Department of Clinical Therapies

Rose’s research interests lie in the areas of gerontology and neurology and include the evaluation of novel methods of optimising exercise and motivation to exercise in older people and people with neurological disabilities. She is currently involved in several systematic reviews with meta-analysis, and in medicine management studies of the elderly. She has worked as a research physiotherapist on two pan-European projects that evaluated the impact of novel technologies in the assessment and treatment of people with a range of neurological disabilities. Prior to taking up her post at UL, she was Director of the HRB Centre for Primary Care Research at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

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Úna McInerney
Project Manager, PPI research group

Úna has worked with the PPI research group since 2014. She has over 13 years’ experience managing resources in a University setting, having joined UL in 2002 for the start-up of 3 academic departments in physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy. Prior to this, she graduated as a music therapist from University of Bristol and has worked in health and education settings in Ireland, Romania and Bosnia-Herzegovina.


Dr Maria Roura
Research Assistant in Ethnic Minority Health

Maria is a sociologist specialised in the social and structural determinants of health with a focus on migrants/ethnic minorities. She has more than 10 years of experience employing Participatory Learning and Action (PLA) approaches in diverse socio-cultural settings. Her research is situated at the interface of the Sociology of Health and Illness, Migration Studies, and the Social Determinants of Health. She is particularly interested in the use of participatory approaches to bridge academic expertise with the experiential knowledge of migrants/ethnic minorities. Fully committed to fostering the fertilisation of ideas across disciplines, she works closely with epidemiologists, clinicians, anthropologists, and biologists. She is currently involved in a HRB funded project Ethnic Minority Health in Ireland - building the evidence base to address health inequities, aimed at investigating the implementation of an ethnic identifier in primary care.

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Dr Nazmy K. Villarroel-Williams
Postdoctoral researcher in Ethnic Minority Health

Nazmy is a postdoctoral researcher with primary interest in the field of health and health care access of vulnerable population groups including, refugees and migrant population and minority ethnic groups. She is currently working on secondary data analysis with Prof Ailish Hannigan as part of the HRB funded project  Ethnic Minority Health in Ireland - building the evidence base to address health inequities’ 

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Dr Soorej Jose Puthoopparambil
Postdoctoral researcher in Migrant Health

Soorej’s main research interests include migration and health, community participation in primary health care, participatory research methods and knowledge translation through stakeholder engagement. He uses mixed and participatory research methodologies. His PhD was on health of migrants in immigration detention centres in several EU member states. He is currently working on a collaborative project with the HSE, supporting the development of policy and research around implementation of trained interpreters in Irish healthcare. He will also work with the World Health Organization (WHO) on the Public Health Aspects of Migration in Europe (PHAME) project.

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Jackie Grace
Senior Administrator, PPI Research Group

Jackie joined the team in October 2016. She worked for many years in Industry before commencing work at UL.  She comes from a strong administration background having worked in all areas of business and development.




EMH-IC (2016-2019)
Ethnic Minority Health in Ireland - building the evidence base to address health inequities (EMH-IC)
Principal Investigator: Professor Anne MacFarlane, UL
Co-applicants: Professor Ailish Hannigan, UL; Dr Joseph Le Master, University of Kansas; Dr Maura Adshead, UL; Alphonse Basogomba, Intercultural and Diversity Education Center Ireland;  Dr Fiona O'Reilly, UL
Funding:  HRB Health Research Award €329,946
Project aim: A participatory health research project using mixed methods to build the evidence base about migrant’s and Traveller’s health status.

MIMS (2017-2018)
Migrants’ Involvement in the development of Migrant Sensitive Healthcare Systems (MIMS)
Collaborators: Professor Anne MacFarlane, UL; Dr Santino Severoni, WHO; Dr Soorej Jose, UL, Diane Nurse, HSE National Social Inclusion
Funding:  HRI and HSE €80,000
Project aims:
1) to build networks with migrant organisations regarding health research 2) knowledge transfer from the EU RESTORE project 3) support WHO activities for evidence production and synthesis e.g. through the Health Evidence Network (HEN) reports. See our completed HEN report on the public health implications of the diversity of definitions for migrants

Vulnerable New Communities (2017 - )
UL - Professor Ailish Hannigan, Professor Anne MacFarlane, Dr. Andrew O’Regan and HSE Social Inclusion CHO5 - Suzanne Nolan, Angela Joy.
Funding:  GEMS Strategic Research Fund and HSE Social Inclusion Office €50,000
Project aim: A UL/HSE collaboration researching needs and service development for refugees, asylum seekers and Roma communities.

RESTORE (2011-2015)
REsearch into implemenation STrategies to support patients of different ORigins and language background in a variety of European primary care settings
Principal Investigator: Professor Anne MacFarlane, UL
Co-applicants: Professor Kate O’Donnell and Professor Frances Mair, University of Glasgow; Professor Chris Dowrick, University of Liverpool; Professor Christos Lionis, University of Crete; Dr Maria van den Muijsenbergh and Evelyn van Weel-Baumgarten, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre; Dr Wolfgang Spiegel, Medical University of Vienna.
Funding: EU FP7 €2.9 million
Project aim: to improve healthcare for migrants in Europe. This was an implementation science project which is designed to prospectively investigate and support the implementation of guidance and training initiatives designed to support communication in cross cultural consultations in primary care using a unique combination of Normalisation Process Theory and Participatory Learning and Action research. 
RESTORE publications

Primary Care Reform in Ireland (2014-2017)
Primary Care Reform in Ireland: An analysis of top down and bottom up innovation
Principal investigator: Professor Anne MacFarlane, Graduate Entry Medical School, UL
Co-applicants: Professor Walter Cullen, UCD; Dr Norelee Kennedy, Clinical Therapies, UL; Libby Kinneen, HSE; Professor Carl May, University of Southampton
Collaborators: Department of Health & Children; Sarah Jane Hennelly, Paul Partnership Ltd Limerick; Dr Ray O’Connor, Limerick;; Brian Murphy, HSE; Mary Tinnelly, HSE; Professor Ailish Hannigan, UL
Funding: HRB Health Research Award €329,269
Project aim: An evaluation of the reform processes relating to the development of primary care teams as outlined in the 2001 Department of Health primary care strategy. This qualitative analysis, using Normalisation Process Theory (NPT), addressed the gap in knowledge about the reform of our primary care services. 

Partnership for Health Equity (2011- )
Professor Anne MacFarlane, UL; Dr. Patrick O’Donnell UL, Dr Austin O’Carroll, North Dublin City GP Training Programme; Diane Nurse, Tony Quilty & Maurice Hoare, HSE Social Inclusion; Claire Collins, Irish College of General Practitioners
Project aim: The aim of the PHE is to improve access to primary healthcare for marginalised groups, including homeless persons, drug users, travellers, migrants and others. This is achieved through a range of research, education and dissemination activities.

FUSION (2010-2014)
User Involvement in Primary Healthcare: Toward a framework for implementation
Principal investigator: Professor Anne MacFarlane, Graduate Entry Medical School, UL
Co-applicants: Mary O’Reilly de Brún, NUI Galway; Rachel McEvoy, HSE
Collaborators: Tomas de Brun, NUI Galway; Professor Anne Rogers, University of Southampton; Katya Okonkwo, Galway Migrant Service
Funding: HRB Health Research Award €210,600
Project aim: To assess the impact of community participation in primary care from the perspectives of the key stakeholders involved. The project resulted in the publication of a Framework for Implementation of Community Participation in Primary Healthcare

 PhD projects

Health Research Board SPHeRE scholar Pauline Clerkin is exploring the potential for people with dementia to be involved in setting research priorities for dementia care

University of Limerick funded PhD Edel Tierney is exploring community participation in Primary Care Teams in the Irish Health Service Executive

UK National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Doctoral Research Fellow Jess Drinkwater is exploring Public and Patient Participation Groups in English General Practice

RESTORE project Mary O'Reilly de-Brún and Tomas de Brún (Joint PhD) are exploring the use of Participatory Learning and Action research methods to support the involvement of migrants in primary healthcare implementation research



O'Reilly-de Brún, M., de Brún, T., O'Donnell, C.A., Papadakaki, M., Saridaki, A., Lionis, C., Burns, N., Dowrick, C., Gravenhorst, K., Spiegel, W., Van Weel, C., Van Weel-Baumgarten, E., Van den Muijsenbergh, M. and MacFarlane, A. (2017) 'Material practices for meaningful engagement: An analysis of participatory learning and action research techniques for data generation and analysis in a health research partnership', Health Expectations, 1-12, available:

O'Donnell, C.A., Mair, F.S., Dowrick, C., O’Reilly-de Brún, M., de Brún, T., Burns, N., Lionis, C., Saridaki, A., Papadakaki, M., van den Muijsenbergh, M., van Weel-Baumgarten, E., Gravenhorst, K., Cooper, L., Princz, C., Teunissen, E., van den Driessen Mareeuw, F., Vlahadi, M., Spiegel, W. and MacFarlane, A. (2017) 'Supporting the use of theory in cross-country health services research: a participatory qualitative approach using Normalisation Process Theory as an example', Bmj Open, 7(8), available:

O’Reilly, P., Lee, S.H., O’Sullivan, M., Cullen, W., Kennedy, C. and MacFarlane, A. (2017) 'Assessing the facilitators and barriers of interdisciplinary team working in primary care using normalisation process theory: An integrative review', PLoS One, 12(5), e0177026, available:

MacFarlane, A., Galvin, R., O’Sullivan, M., McInerney, C., Meagher, E., Burke, D. and LeMaster, J.W. (2017) ‘Participatory methods for research prioritization in primary care: an analysis of the World Café approach in Ireland and the USA’, Family practice, 34(3), 278-284. doi:

Papadakaki, M., Lionis, C., Saridaki, A., Dowrick, C., de Brún, T., O'Reilly-de Brún, M., O'Donnell, C.A., Burns, N., van Weel-Baumgarten, E., van den Muijsenbergh, M., Spiegel, W. and MacFarlane, A. (2017) 'Exploring barriers to primary care for migrants in Greece in times of austerity: Perspectives of service providers', European Journal of General Practice, 23(1) 128 - 134. doi: 10.1080/13814788.2017.1307336

Teunissen, E., Gravenhorst, K., Dowrick, C., Van Weel-Baumgarten, E., Van den Driessen Mareeuw, F., de Brún, T., Burns, N., Lionis, C., Mair, F.S., O’Donnell, C., O’Reilly-de Brún, M., Papadakaki, M., Saridaki, A., Spiegel, W., Van Weel, C., Van den Muijsenbergh, M. and MacFarlane, A. (2017) 'Implementing guidelines and training initiatives to improve cross-cultural communication in primary care consultations: a qualitative participatory European study', Int J Equity Health, 16(1), 32. doi: 10.1186/s12939-017-0525-y


O’Donnell, P., Tierney, E., O’Carroll, A., Nurse, D. and MacFarlane, A. (2016) ‘Exploring levers and barriers to accessing primary care for marginalised groups and identifying their priorities for primary care provision: a participatory learning and action research study’, International Journal for Equity in Health, 15(1), 197. doi: 10.1186/s12939-016-0487-5

Tierney, E., O’Sullivan, M., Hickey, L., Hannigan, A., May, C., Cullen, W., Kennedy, N., Kineen, L. and MacFarlane, A. (2016) ‘Do primary care professionals agree about progress with implementation of primary care teams: results from a cross sectional study’, BMC Family Practice, 17(1), 163. doi: 10.1186/s12875-016-0541-9

Lionis, C., Papadakaki, M., Saridaki, A., Dowrick, C., O'Donnell, C. A., Mair, F. S., van den Muijsenbergh, M., Burns, N., de Brún, T., O’Reilly-de Brún, M., van Weel-Baumgarten, E., Spiegel, W. and MacFarlane, A. (2016) ‘Engaging migrants and other stakeholders to improve communication in cross-cultural consultation in primary care: a theoretically informed participatory study’, BMJ open, 6(7), e010822. DOI:10.1136/bmjopen-2015-010822

de Brún, T., O’Reilly-de Brún, M., O’Donnell, C. A. and MacFarlane, A. (2016) ‘Learning from doing: the case for combining normalisation process theory and participatory learning and action research methodology for primary healthcare implementation research’, BMC Health Services Research, 16(1), 346. DOI: 10.1186/s12913-016-1587

O'Donnell, C. A., Burns, N., Mair, F. S., Dowrick, C., Clissmann, C., van den Muijsenbergh, M., Weel-Baumgarten, E., Lionis, C., Papadakaki, M., Saridaki, A., de Brun, T. and MacFarlane, A. (2016) ‘Reducing the health care burden for marginalised migrants: The potential role for primary care in Europe’, Health Policy, 120(5), 495-508. doi: 10.1016/j.healthpol.2016.03.012

O’Reilly-de Brún, M., de Brún, T., Okonkwo, E., Bonsenge-Bokanga, J.S., Silva, M.M.D.A., Ogbebor, F., Mierzejewska, A., Nnadi, L., van Weel-Baumgarten, E., van Weel, C. and van den Muijsenbergh, M. and MacFarlane, A. (2016) ‘Using Participatory Learning & Action research to access and engage with ‘hard to reach’migrants in primary healthcare research’, BMC health services research, 16(1), 25. DOI: 10.1186/s12913-015-1247-8

O’Donnell, P. & Lawson, E. (2016) ‘Managing physical health problems in people who inject drugs’, British Journal of General Practice, 66(642), 48-49.


O'Reilly, F., Barror, S., Hannigan, A., Scriver, S., Ruane, L., MacFarlane, A. and O'Carroll, A. (2015) Homelessness: An unhealthy state: Health status, risk behaviours and service utilisation among homeless people in two Irish cities. Dublin: The Partnership for Health Equity.

Teunissen, E., Van Bavel, E., Van Den Driessen Mareeuw, F., MacFarlane, A., van Weel-Baumgarten, E., van den Muijsenbergh, M. and van Weel, C. (2015) ‘Mental health problems of undocumented migrants in the Netherlands: A qualitative exploration of recognition, recording, and treatment by general practitioners’, Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care, 33(2), 82-90. doi: 10.3109/02813432.2015.1041830

O'Reilly-de Brún, M., MacFarlane, A., de Brún, T., Okonkwo, E., Bonsenge Bokanga, J. S., Manuela De Almeida Silva, M. and van Weel, C. (2015) ‘Involving migrants in the development of guidelines for communication in cross-cultural general practice consultations: a participatory learning and action research project’, BMJ Open, 5(9), e007092. doi: 10.1136

O’Sullivan, M., Cullen, W. and MacFarlane, A. (2015) ‘Primary care teams in Ireland: a qualitative mapping review of Irish grey and published literature’, Irish Journal of Medical Science, 184(1), 69-73. doi: 10.1007

McMenamin, R., Tierney, E. and MacFarlane, A. (2015) ‘Addressing the long term impacts of aphasia: How far does the Conversation Partner Programme go’, Aphasiology, 29(8), 889-913. doi: 10.1080/02687038

Mc Menamin, R., Tierney, E. and MacFarlane, A. (2015) ‘Who decides what criteria are important to consider in exploring the outcomes of conversation approaches? A participatory health research study’, Aphasiology, 29(8), 1-25. doi: 10.1080/02687038.2015.1006564

Hickey, L., Hannigan, A., O'Regan, A., Khalil, S., Meagher, D. and Cullen, W. (2015) ‘Psychological morbidity among young adults attending primary care: a retrospective study’, Early Intervention in Psychiatry. doi: 10.1111/eip.12284

de Brún, T., O’Reilly-de Brún, M., van Weel-Baumgarten, E., van Weel, C., Dowrick, C., Lionis, C. and MacFarlane, A. (2015) ‘Guidelines and training initiatives that support communication in cross-cultural primary-care settings: appraising their implementability using Normalization Process Theory’, Family Practice, 32, 420-425. doi: 10.1093


Tierney, E., McEvoy, R., O'Reilly‐de Brún, M., Brún, T., Okonkwo, E., Rooney, M. and MacFarlane, A. (2014) ‘A critical analysis of the implementation of service user involvement in primary are research and health service development using normalization process theory’, Health Expectations, 1(32). doi: 10.1111/hex.12237

McEvoy, R., Ballini, L., Maltoni, S., O'Donnell, C. A., Mair, F. S. and MacFarlane, A. (2014) ‘A qualitative systematic review of studies using the normalization process theory to research implementation processes’, Implementation Science, 9(1). doi: 10.1186/1748-5908-9-2

Mc Menamin, R., Mc Grath, M., Cantillon, P. and MacFarlane, A. (2014) ‘Training socially responsive health care graduates: Is service learning an effective educational approach’, Medical teacher, 36(4), 291-307. doi: 10.3109/0142159X.2013.873118

MacFarlane, A., O'Reilly-De Brún, M., De Brún, T., Dowrick, C., O'Donnell, C., Mair, F. and Clissmann, C. (2014) ‘Healthcare for migrants, participatory health research and implementation science-better health policy and practice through inclusion. The RESTORE project’, European Journal of General Practice, 20(2), 148-152. doi: 10.3109/13814788.2013.868432

MacFarlane, A., and O'Donnell, C. (2014) ‘Who are we and where are we going? Primary care academics in non-clinical posts’, Primary Health Care Research & Development, 15(01), 96-103. doi: 10.1017/S1463423612000540



Dr. Soorej Jose Puthoopparambil Departure From GEMS UL

HRI funded Dr. Soorej Jose Puthoopparambil and Professor Anne MacFarlane pictured prior to Soorej’s departure from GEMS UL to the migrant health team in the WHO Europe office in Copenhagen (see, for a six month work placement. This will support on-going collaborations between the GEMS research group and WHO Europe to improve healthcare for migrants.




2017 Public & Patient Involvement Summer School

The second PPI Summer School will take place at University of Limerick on 22nd & 23rd June. More info

International Collaboration for Participatory Health Research (ICPHR)

The Public and Patient Involvement Research Group, led by Professor Anne MacFarlane, hosted the annual working meeting of the International Collaboration for Participatory Health Research (ICPHR) on 25th – 27th May 2017. Participatory Health Research (PHR) has become increasingly important as a means for finding solutions in communities where the occurrence and severity of health problems is greatest and the theme of the meeting was Addressing Health Inequalities. 50 people attended from 14 countries around the world.

PPI Ignite Award

Professor Anne MacFarlane led the successful bid from the Health Research Institute UL for a Health Research Board Public and Patient Involvement Award. The bid was co-designed with representatives of the Limerick City Community Development Project, University Hospital Limerick Patient Liaison Group, HSE Community Care and Care Alliance Ireland as well as a number of UL colleagues from the HRI and Campus Engage. The funding (€350,000) will be used to further integrate Public and Patient Involvement (PPI) into the HRI and the University, and allow us to support researchers across a range of disciplines to mainstream PPI in their research.


Public & Patient Involvement Summer School

The inaugural PPI Summer School took place at University of Limerick on 21st June 2016. With keynote presentations by Dr Graham Love (HRB) and Professor Jennie Popay (University of Lancaster), the School had participants from academic, student, patient, community and funding organisations. 



5th Community Interpreting Conference

The 5th Community Interpreting Conference was hosted by UL in the Graduate Entry Medical School on 20th May 2016.The event was attended by colleagues from Dublin City University, Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, the HSE and the Garda Racial, Intercultural and Diversity Office. An annual event, the conference is designed to bring together academics, researchers and service providers to share their work in the area of community interpreting.

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Attending the 5th Community Interpreting Conference are (left-right) Haaris Sheikh (Justisigns Project), Lucia Venturi (TCD), Dr Mary Phelan (DCU), Professor Lorraine Leeson (TCD) & Professor Anne MacFarlane (UL).


Launch of PPI as a sub theme of the Health Research Institute

The HRI was delighted to launch the sub-theme of Public and Patient Involvement (PPI) at an event on Thursday 21st January, 2016 at the University of Limerick.  PPI will under-pin all three HRI themes: Lifestyle and Health, Health Services Delivery and Technology Enhanced Health Outcomes. Professor Anne MacFarlane is PPI Leader.


Photo (left-right): Ava Battles, CEO MS Ireland; Dr Maura Adshead, UL Engage Academic Advocate; Dr Susan Coote, Associate Professor of Physiotherapy, UL; Prof Ailish Hannigan, Associate Professor of Biomedical Statistics, UL; Prof Anne MacFarlane, PPI theme Lead, UL; Prof Austin Stack, Director Designate, Health Research Institute, UL


GP Clinic highly commended in HSE Health Excellence Awards 2016

A pilot primary healthcare clinic for the homeless, drug users, migrants and other marginalised groups marked it second year in operation in Limerick in April 2016. It was established by the Partnership for Health Equity (PHE) which is a collaboration of UL GEMS, the HSE and the North Dublin City GP Training Scheme. The clinic aims to improve access to primary healthcare for people who have difficulties in accessing and availing of primary care services in the city. It was shortlisted for the HSE Health Excellence Awards 2016 was highly commended, coming in the top 14 in a field of over four hundred entries.

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Pictured at the 1st anniversary of the establishment of the clinic are Dr Patrick O’Donnell, UL and Jan O’Sullivan


WHO Collaboration: December 2015 – June 2016

Professor Anne MacFarlane and Professor Ailish Hannigan have been commissioned by the World Health Organisation Health Evidence Network and Public Health Aspects of Migration in Europe office to complete a systematic review around the public health aspects of the heterogeneity of definitions in migrant health.   The team working on the review is Professor Ailish Hannigan, Dr Patrick O’Donnell, Mary O’Keeffe & Professor Anne MacFarlane.


Launch of Homeless Report September 2015

The Partnership for Health Equity launched a report into the health of the homeless on 23rd September 2015. The report revealed stark findings in relation to the mental health of homeless people, and many recommendations for service improvements were made.


Photo L to R: Prof Anne MacFarlane, UL; Diane Nurse HSE Social Inclusion; Prof Ailish Hannigan, UL; Suzanne Barror, UL; Dr Patrick O’Donnell, UL; Dr Fiona O’Reilly, UL and Dr Austin O’Carroll, North Dublin City GP training programme