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Dr. Alice Coffey



Professor Coffey joined the Department of Nursing and Midwifery as chair of Nursing and Midwifery in November 2017. She is a registered general nurse and midwife. She is a registered general nurse, registered midwife, and registered nurse tutor with the NMBI. Professor Coffey has 19 years' experience in Higher Education, Research Teaching & Administration. Over these years, she has led academic programme development and curriculum review and online learning. She has been Director of Postgraduate programmes, Director of Internationalisation, External examiner and supervisor of PhD, DN & MSc research. Professor Coffey's research interests are in the areas of transitional care, gerontology, Dementia, Palliative Care, and Implementation Science. She has been the recipient of a number of awards including a HRB Clinical research fellowship (2008) and HRB Applied Partnership Award (2017). Her publication profile includes book chapters, nationally commissioned reports, publications in high impact international journals. Professor Coffey is currently Principle Investigator on a number of research grants including Health Implementation Science and Technology Research Cluster award funded by the HRI at UL. She has engaged and collaborated with our clinical practice partners in research-related activities and in the development of the Professional Doctorate in Healthcare Practice. In addition to her role within the University, Professor Coffey serves on a number of Regional and National Committees and International Organisations. She is a member of the UHL Research Governance Committee, the ANP/AMP Local Implementation Committee and the organising committee of the Annual West / Mid-West Research and Innovation Conference. She serves as the University of Limerick representative on the All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC) Council of Partners, and a member of the Strategic Scientific Committee of the Palliative Care Research Network. She is on the management committee of the All Ireland Gerontological Nurses Association (AIGNA) and has recently been appointed as a University of Limerick representative on the External Advisory Committee of HRB Clinical Research Co-ordination Ireland. Professor Coffey is a founder member, on the board of directors and chair of the governance committee of Omega Epsilon at-Large, the first Irish Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Society of Nursing. Sigma Theta Tau is a long established global organisation with Chapters in over 90 countries and 135, 000 members. She is a scholar of the European Academy of Nursing Science and a member of the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC). She has well-established links with National, European and International collaborators and centers of excellence in Palliative Care, Gerontological nursing research, person-centered Practice and Implementation science. Her career vision is to advance the scholarship of nursing; to influence professional collaboration and interprofessional working and to have a positive impact on the implementation of research into practice.

Research Interests

I currently chair the Research Committee at the Department of Nursing and lead the Health Implementation Science and Technology Research Cluster University of Limerick. My experience in research includes national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary projects and extends over a range of research areas such as: transitions in care for older adults; evaluation of health services and programmes; development of competencies for nursing, health, and social care; dementia; palliative care and advance care planning. I have completed a number of funded projects at national and international level as principle investigator, lead co-investigator and co-applicant. I have secured competitive funding from a variety of sources e.g Health Research Board, Health Services Executive, and the European Union. I have and continue to collaborate on interdisciplinary research projects at University level with colleagues at University College Cork (Centre for Gerontology; School of Medicine, Department of General Practice; Schools of Pharmacy, Social Science, Education, Economics and Epidemiology and Public Health and Institute of Social Science); at national level (University College Dublin School of Nursing and Health Sciences; NUIG and Trinity College School of Nursing and Midwifery) and Internationally (Savonia University of Applied Sciences, Finland, University of Oklahoma, Case Western University Ohio, Queen Margaret University Edinburgh, Marquette University, Milwaukie, Wisconsin USA; Penn Nursing, Philadelphia). I have published in peer-reviewed high impact international journals both nursing and interdisciplinary.

Teaching Interests

Professional Activities


  • 2018 - The development of a validated national nursing transfer tool for use when an older person is being transferred between residential and acute facilities
  • 2018 - Evaluation of the impact of the National Dementia Strategy Implementation Plan
  • 2017 - Evaluation of the National Dementia Advisory Service
  • 2017 - Implementing Evidence Based Guidance for Dementia Palliative Care through Participatory Action Research (PAR)
  • 2016 - Independent evaluation of Leaders For Compassionate Care Programme
  • 2016 - Systematic literature review together with national focus groups to support the development of a strategic vision and educational framework for Gerontological nursing
  • 2016 - A research report of a survey completed by the National Leadership & Innovation Centre (NLIC) 2015
  • 2016 - The Provision of Baseline research to inform updates of the NCEC National Clinical Guidelines on Healthcare Associated Infections.
  • 2016 - National Clinical Leadership Needs Analysis across all sectors with all grades of nurses and midwives in Ireland
  • 2015 - An evidence review on current models of nursing and midwifery practice in the community to inform policy development.
  • 2014 - Funding to Advance Research, Education and Practice in Bladder and Bowel Health
  • 2014 - Systematic Implementation of the ‘LetMeDecide' Advance Care Directives and Online Palliative Care. Randomised Control Trial in Irish Nursing Homes
  • 2014 - Research review on models to tackle delayed discharges from acute hospital and prevention of readmission
  • 2014 - Changing Minds: Dementia and Palliative Care Guidance Documents Development
  • 2013 - Horizon 2020 Coordinator Proposal Preparation Support Scheme
  • 2013 - New Foundations Grant
  • 2013 - Development of Online MSc/ PG Dip Oncology
  • 2013 - ELLAN European Later Life Network supported by European Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP -project)
  • 2012 - Evaluation of the implementation of the HSE Guiding Framework for the Implementation of Nurse Prescribing of Medical Ionising Radiation (X-Ray) in Ireland (2009)
  • 2008 - Clinical Research Fellowship
  • 2007 - Study to explore the role of discharge co-ordinator
  • 2006 - Contextual indicators impacting on effective proactive continence management in rehabilitation settings


  • 2017 University of Limerick - Professor of Nursing and Midwifery
  • 2015 University College Cork - Senior Lecturer
  • 2002 University College Cork - Permanent Lecturer (Above the Bar)


  • 2017 Higher Education Representative, National Clinical Programme for Older People Advisory Committee Strategic Vision and educational framework for Gerontological Nursing
  • Higher Education Representative., Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) Working Group for Advanced Practice requirements and standards
  • Member, All Ireland Gerontological Nurses Association (AIGNA)
  • Member, International Continence Society
  • Member, European Academy of Nursing Science (EANS)
  • Member of Scientific Advisory Committee, All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC)Palliative Care Research Network (PCRN)
  • Member, Institute for Social Science in 21st Century (Ageing Research Cluster)
  • Member, Collaboration on Ageing, UCC
  • Member, Irish Research Nurses Association
  • Member, Irish Gerontological Society


  • 2010 University College Cork - PhD
  • 2000 University of Sheffield, UK - MA
  • 1997 Institute of Public Administration - BA Public Administration


  • Research Committee, (School of Nursing & Midwifery), UCC
  • Graduate Studies, (School of Nursing & Midwifery), UCC


  • 2015- 2019 - External Examination - Trinity College Dublin - MSc Gerontology

    2012-2016 - External Examination - Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology - BSc Nursing & Certificate Older Persons Award

    2015 - date - Reviewer - Horizon 2020 EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation - Registered expert reviewer

    2015 - Reviewer - International Undergraduate Awards - Judging Panel Member

    2016 - date - Advisor - Northridge House Education and Research Centre, St Luke's Home Mahon, Cork - External Advisory Board Member

    2016 - date - Advisor - All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care, Palliative Care Network - PCRN Scientific Advisory Committee Member