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Prof Alice Coffey

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Professor of Nursing at Department of Nursing and Midwifery and Lead of the HRI Health Implementation Science Cluster (HIST) which is focused on developing, delivering, and sustaining research and expertise in implementation science (IS) with Information and Communication technology (ICT).  Her programme of research includes Implementation research; transitional care; services evaluation; Gerontological nursing; Competencies for health and social care professionals working with older people; Dementia, Advance care planning and Palliative care. As principle investigator, lead co-investigator and co-applicant she has secured competitive funding from a variety of sources, national and international.


Current Research Projects: 


Principle Investigator:

1. HIST Health Implementation Science and Technology Cluster Project. 


2. HRB funded Applied Partnership Award: Implementing Evidence Based Guidance for Dementia Palliative Care through Participatory Action Research (PAR)


3. Evaluation of Project Echo AIIHPC programme on care processes and outcomes for residents nearing the end-of-life. 


4. The development and pilot of transfer documentation for older people being transferred from residential to acute care



1. An Evaluation study to determine the Impact of measuring Nursing and Midwifery Sensitive Process Metrics and Indicators Using Quality Care Metrics (QCM)


2. PROCARE Project: Hospitals and faculties together for prosperous and scientific based healthcare  


Professor Coffey works closely with the National Clinical Programme for Older People; National Dementia Office; The Irish Hospice Foundation and All Ireland Institute for Hospice and Palliative Care, Palliative Care Research Network.  She is Fellow of the European Academy of Nursing Science (EANS); Committee member of the All Ireland Gerontological Nurses Association (AIGNA); Chair of governance committee of Omega Epsilon : the first Irish Chapter of SIGMA Theta Tau (STTI) International Nursing Organisation. 


Hegarty, J; Murphy, S; Creedon, S; Wills, T; Savage, E; Barry, F; Smiddy, M; Coffey, A; Burton, A; O’Brien, D; Horgan, S; Nibhuachalla, C; Brennan, C; Agreli, H; Drennan, J (2019)  A leadership perspective on the implementation of guidelines on healthcare associated infections"  BMJ Leader  3 (2) 43-51; DOI: 10.1136/leader-2018-00011


McCarthy, V., Murphy, SM, A., Savage, E., Hegarty, J., Coffey, A. et al,  "Perceived Importance and Performance of Clinical Leadership in Practice: a cross-sectional study of Nurses and Midwives of all grades"  Journal of Nursing Management (Sept 2019)


O’Reilly, P., O’Brien, B., Graham, M., Barry, L., Doody, O., et al & Coffey, A (2019) Key stakeholders’ perspectives on the development of a national transfer tool, for older persons, when transferring between the residential and acute care settings: A qualitative descriptive study International Journal of Older People Nursing early view DOI:10.1111/opn.12254


Coffey, A,  Leahy-Warren, P.,  Savage, E.,  Hegarty, J.,  Cornally, N., Day, MR.,Sahm, L.,O'Connor,K., O'Doherty, J., Liew, A., Sezgin, D., O’Caoimh, R (2019) Interventions to promote early discharge and avoid inappropriate hospital (re)admission: A Systematic Review International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health Special Edition


Landers, M.,  Cornally, N., Lunn, C., Drennan, J., Hegarty,J Savage, E. Bassett, G., Saab, M; Coffey, A., (2019)  Nurses’ and Midwives' Views of the “Leaders for Compassionate Care Program”: A Qualitative Analysis  COLLEGIAN