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UCD School of Medicine and
Royal College of Surgeons in
UCD runs an extensive research and teaching programme at The
Forty-four undergraduates from the Royal College of Surgeons
National Maternity Hospital. Undergraduate students attend
attended The National Maternity Hospital for their seven weeks
the hospital in four iterations for a period of six weeks during
rotation in Obstetrics and Gynaecology; twenty-two students in
their clinical studies. The module is coordinated with university
January/February and twenty-two in February/April. The students
lectures to provide a comprehensive grounding in all aspects of
learned a great deal during their time in the hospital and provided
very positive feedback on their teaching.
The John F. Cunningham Medal, awarded annually to the
The programme was co-ordinated by Prof. Michael Foley and Dr
student who graduates with the highest grade in Obstetrics
Fiona Reidy, Tutor. Ms Miriam Shanley provided administrative
and Gynaecology, together with highest grade in their final
support to the students. Teaching is provided by Consultants
assessment; the winner for 2015 is Dr Michelle Madden. The
and various other members of hospital staff. In addition to the
Kieran O'Driscoll Prize is awarded each year to the student who
intensive obligatory e-learning programmes, the students, while
attains the highest grade in Obstetrics and Gynaecology; the
rotating through all areas of the hospital, receive lectures, tutorials
winner this year is Ms Zara Togher.
and ‘hands-on' demonstrations.
In addition, eighteen national and international medical students
Twenty-Three of our students achieved honours in their final
attend for clinical electives during the winter and summer,
Obstetrics and Gynaecology examination at the RCSI. Of these
completing further education and research requirements. The
students, ten were awarded first class honours. Ms. Tamara Hoban
majority of these students have commenced postgraduate
was awarded the NMH/RCSI medal for achieving the highest
training in Obstetrics & Gynaecology.
marks amongst the RCSI students who attended The National Maternity Hospital. This excellent performance reflects the
We are delighted to welcome Dr Mary Higgins to the department
enthusiasm of all those taking part in the teaching programme.
who was appointed as Senior Lecturer. She brings with her unique skills of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, clinical and
Prof. Michael Foley
research expertise in diabetic pregnancy and is a specialist in maternal and fetal medicine. It is with regret that Helen Stewart, academic administrator, retired during the year after 30 years with us, during this time she significantly contributed to UCD teaching and research. Ms Stephanie Begley started in August and we are fortunate to have such an excellent academic support.
The perinatal research programme
has received significant funding
from Health Research Board Ireland and from the European Union.
A number of large clinical intervention trials are underway including
lifestyle interventions (PEARS study), long-term follow up study of 800
mothers and infants (ROLO study) and a clinical trial on the role of
aspirin in pregnancy (TEST study), all aiming to improve mother and
infant health. This research programme is currently supervising 8 PhD
students and has led to over 40 publications from the department
in 2015. During the year research from UCD Perinatal Research
programme has been presented at many national meetings and
at seven international conferences. Mary Horan was awarded her
PhD entitled ‘Maternal Nutrition and Lifestyle during Pregnancy and
Maternal and Infant Outcomes' in 2015.
Prof Fionnuala McAuliffe
Farah Fuad, Nadiah Shahirah Azhar and Pelying Audrey Ho, UCD Medical
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Education and Practice Development
The Education and Practice Development Department is
In 2015 we provided education and clinical placement for 83 BSc
responsible for the organisation and coordination of ongoing
Midwifery Students; 20 Higher Diploma Midwifery students and
education and professional development for both qualified staff
provided Maternity Care placements for approx. 200 UCD general
and students at the National Maternity Hospital. We promote
nursing students. The Hospital also provides clinical placements
the philosophy of life –long learning and encourage and support
for paramedics in training, public health nurses and elective
staff to apply for and participate in educational programmes,
placements for a number of midwifery students from both Ireland
conferences, seminars, internal and external study days. Through
and overseas, all co-ordinated through the department.
our academic partnership with UCD and links with RCSI, TCD, and NUI Galway many of our staff are pursuing tertiary education
Congratulations to the following midwifery students who were
at Postgraduate degree, MSc and PHD levels. We continue to
awarded prizes at the 2016 Charter Day: The hospital Gold Medal
work closely with the Centre of Midwifery Education to provide
was presented to Ms Charlotte Gartlan (Higher Diploma) and Ms
an ongoing continuous professional development strategy for all
Laura Gribben (BSc Midwifery). The Elizabeth O'Farrell Medal 2016
nurses and midwives. There is recognition that enabling staff to
was presented to Ms Gemma Brady (Higher Diploma) and Ms
access continuing education will ultimately impact positively on
Aoife McCarthy (BSc Midwifery).
care provision to the women and babies in our care.
In 2015, Maureen Kington retired from the position of Clinical
The National Maternity Hospital together with University College
Practice Development Co-ordinator we wish her well in her future
Dublin have continued to work closely to maintain high level of
quality Midwifery education to all students and qualified staff alike. The standard of education for midwives both clinical and
theoretical has impacted positively on care provision for all our
Clinical Practice Development Co-ordinator
mothers and babies attending the hospital and indeed care in many corners of the world of which we are immensely proud.
Some students attending a lecture in our new Lecture Theatre located in 65/66 Mount St.
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Research Ethics Committee
The Research Ethics Committee is a national committee and is
Research Ethics Committee
approved to receive and approve application proposals nationally.
Dr John Murphy, Consultant Paediatrician, Chairman
Dr Rhona Mahony, Master
We hold monthly meetings except there is no meeting in the
Mr Ronan Gavin, Secretary/General Manager
month of August. There is one quarter lay attendance and a
Ms Mary Brosnan, Director of Midwifery & Nursing
quorum is required at each meeting.
Dr Edgar MocanuMs Dorothy McCormack
Generally, the applications are approved at each meeting; if not
approved the Chairman will request clarification on a particular
Ms Fionnuala Watkins
Ms Valerie KinsellaMs Angela Gargan (to May)
In 2015 the Ethics Research Committee received 44 research
Ms Claire Callanan
application proposals; 26 of these were approved at first review, 17 Ms Gemma Codyneeded further clarification and 1 proposal was rejected
Dr Michael Robson Ms Fionnuala Byrne
The National Maternity Hospital has been involved with the
Ms Patricia Higgins
RESCAF (Standard REC form) Group in developing the Standard
REC form and we now have adopted the Standard Application Form which is used nationally by research ethics committees. Last year we saw that this form had significantly contributed to a more streamline approach that has facilitated efficient ethical review and has improved the calibre of applications by researchers.
Dr. John Murphy
Chairman, Ethics Committee
Oscar O'Connell and Grace Collins with Dr John Murphy, Consultant Neonatologist, at a coffee morning organised by The NMH Foundation to celebrate
World Prematurity Day in November. Oscar and Grace were room-mates in the NICU in 2008! Oscar was born at 31+4 wks gestation and weighing 1362g
and Grace was born at 28+6 wks gestation and weighing 1370g.
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