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Ms. Therese Hennessy

Biography

Therese Hennessy is a lecturer in the Department of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Limerick. Since qualifying as a registered psychiatric nurse she has worked in both clinical practice and nurse education. Her clinical area of specialty is Addiction Disorders.
She is module leader for both undergraduate and post graduate level programmes. She has held the post of Course Director for the undergraduate BSc Nursing Studies (Mental Health) programme at the University of Limerick and has considerable direct involvement in curriculum planning, development and review. Currently she is Chair of the Addictive Behaviours Sub Group, Healthy UL and previously was Chair of the Department of Nursing and Midwifery Student Status Committee.
Therese's research interests relate to nurse education, mental health, addiction, eating disorders and special needs. She is an advocate for people with special needs and promoting good healthcare provision for people with Down Syndrome. Her methodological areas of expertise are in mixed methodologies and qualitative research.

Research Interests

Drug and Alcohol misuse, dual diagnosis. Therapeutic interpersonal communication. Eating Disorders, Suicide, Self-harm and improving health outcomes for people with Special Needs

Teaching Interests

Dual Diagnosis (mental illness and substance misuse), Drug and alcohol misuse/addiction; Eating disorders; Self harming behaviours; Developing relationships in Nursing practice; Recovery and psychosocial interventions ; Group work in mental health settings and nurses use of counselling skills.

Professional Activities

Committee

  • 2006 Evalualtion Curriculum BSc Nusing and Midwifery Undergraduate programme,
  • 2006 Diploma in Drug and Alcohol, The committee oversees the programme which aims for personal and professional growth and development of individuals working in community, voluntary, statutory and non-statutory organisations who are actively engaged in responding to drug and alcohol issues, across the spectrum from prevention and education to treatment and rehabilitation. The course content aims to build upon existing knowledge and skills among participants, with a focus on developing theoretical and evidence based knowledge together with a range of practical skills to enable them to respond effectively and appropriately to drugs and alcohol issues in their work setting. The programme has a commitment to principles and values underpinning lifelong and adult learning. Learning takes place in an environment that is conducive to intellectual growth and personal development. Reflective practice, critical discourse and active participation are encouraged. Course participants are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning.

Employment

  • 2004 University of Limerick - Lecturer (Dept Nursing & Midwifery)
  • 2001 HSE Western region - Nurse Tutor
  • 1997 HSE Western region - RPN/Addiction counsellor
  • 1997 Bethlem & Maudsley NHS Trust, London UK - Community Nurse in addiction services
  • 1995 West London NHS Trust, London UK - Clinical and Community Nurse specialising in addic

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

2021

Reasonable adjustments for people with intellectual disability in acute care: a scoping review of the evidence.
Moloney M;Hennessy T;Doody O;
(2021) Reasonable adjustments for people with intellectual disability in acute care: a scoping review of the evidence.
In BMJ open;
DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-039647

2021

Mental health nurses experience of the introduction and practice of the Safewards model: a qualitative descriptive study
Lee, H., Doody, O., Hennessy, T.
(2021) Mental health nurses experience of the introduction and practice of the Safewards model: a qualitative descriptive study
In BMC Nursing;
DOI: 10.1186/s12912-021-00554-x

2021

Nature and extent of intellectual disability nursing research in Ireland: a scoping review to inform health and health service research
Doody, O., Bailey, M.E., Hennessy, T.
(2021) Nature and extent of intellectual disability nursing research in Ireland: a scoping review to inform health and health service research
In BMJ open;

2018

Potential and challenges for learning during acute medical/surgical placement for intellectual disability, mental health and midwifery students
Mc Carthy J., Graham MM., Tuohy D., O'Brien B., Fahy A., Hennessy T., O'Sullivan D. & Markey K.
(2018) Potential and challenges for learning during acute medical/surgical placement for intellectual disability, mental health and midwifery students
In Nurse Education In Practice;

Conference Publications

2007

Building and Promoting Excellencein Practice International Conference
Hennessy T.
(2007) Building and Promoting Excellencein Practice International Conference
Department of Nursing & Midwifery Studies, NUI, Galway(Ed.)

2006

Catherine Mc Auley School of Nursing and Midwifery Annual Conference
Hennessy, T.
(2006) Catherine Mc Auley School of Nursing and Midwifery Annual Conference
Catherine Mc Auley School of Nursing UCC(Ed.)

2005

International Health Promoting Hospitals Conference, Dublin 2005
Hennessy, T.
(2005) International Health Promoting Hospitals Conference, Dublin 2005
International Health Promoting Hospitals(Ed.)

Conference Contributions

2019

Person centred health care: Lessons from research, practice, policy and patients for health service delivery
Doody O., Hennessy T.
(2019) Person centred health care: Lessons from research, practice, policy and patients for health service delivery
Clinical Research Building, University Hospital Limerick

Published Reports

2021

Presenting problem/conditions that result in people with an intellectual disability being admitted to acute hospitals in Ireland: An analysis of NQAIS data from 2016-2020
Doody, O., Ryan, R., McMahon, J., Lyons, R., Moloney, M., Hennessy, T.
(2021) Presenting problem/conditions that result in people with an intellectual disability being admitted to acute hospitals in Ireland: An analysis of NQAIS data from 2016-2020
Limerick: University of Limerick and Office of the Nursing and Midwifery Service Director, HSE. : Limerick: University of Limerick and Office of the Nursing and Midwifery Service Director, HSE.

Key Note Speechs

2012

Families and Person-centred Care Experience
Hennessy, T.
(2012) Families and Person-centred Care Experience
Intellectual Disability Studies Conference, UL. :

Conference Presentations

2011

Non-Concordance to anti-psychotic medication amongst clients with a schizophrenic disorder: community based psychiatric nurses' perspective.
Adams, S. and Hennessy, T.
(2011) Non-Concordance to anti-psychotic medication amongst clients with a schizophrenic disorder: community based psychiatric nurses' perspective.
Nursing & Midwifery Research Conference, University of Limerick :

2011

Medication Concordance Amongst Persons with a Diagnosis of Bipolar Affective Disorder: An Exploration of Psychiatric Nurses' Perceptions in an Acute Psychiatric In-patient Setting.
Mc Sweeney, S. and Hennessy, T.
(2011) Medication Concordance Amongst Persons with a Diagnosis of Bipolar Affective Disorder: An Exploration of Psychiatric Nurses' Perceptions in an Acute Psychiatric In-patient Setting.
Nursing & Midwifery Research Conference, University of Limerick :

2007

An exploration of nurses' perceptions of the role health promotion plays in their work with substance misusers"
Hennessy, T
(2007) An exploration of nurses' perceptions of the role health promotion plays in their work with substance misusers"
Building and Promoting Excellence in Practice International Conference, NUI Galway :

2006

'Attitudes of Nurses and Midwives towards people who Misuse Illicit Drugs, alcohol and Tobacco' .
Hennessy, T
(2006) 'Attitudes of Nurses and Midwives towards people who Misuse Illicit Drugs, alcohol and Tobacco' .
6th Annual Conference, UCC :

Thesiss

2005

'Attitudes of Nurses and Midwives towards people who Misuse Illicit Drugs, alcohol and Tobacco'
Hennessy, T
(2005) 'Attitudes of Nurses and Midwives towards people who Misuse Illicit Drugs, alcohol and Tobacco'
University of Limerick :