Issue 29 Summer 2014
The Research & Education Foundation Sligo Regional Hospital Research & Education
Sligo Regional Hospital
CONTENTS: • Pfizer Donation • Research Seed Grant Scheme 2014 • New tax arrangements for salary donors • Publications • Sligo Medical Academy News • Parkinson’s Disease Talk • Men’s Health Event • Lecture on Pain in the Elderly by Prof. P Passmore • New Research Skills Courses Spring 2014 • News Bites • Library news
NEWSLETTER Lecture on Pain in the Elderly Prof Peter Passmore came to SRH in June 2014 to deliver a talk on pain in the elderly with a particular focus on patients with dementia. Peter Passmore is professor of geriatric medicine at QUB and Lead for Dementia for The British Geriatrics Society. The event was attended by a wide group of health care professionals. The talk focused on pain assessment and management in older people. The meeting was chaired by Dr. John Doherty, SRH and sponsored by Pfizer Ireland.
Prof. Peter Passmore (right) with SRH clinicians Dr. K Finan, Dr. G McCarthy, Dr. J Doherty and Pfizer representatives Marianne McCann and John Elliott.
Delirium research Each year research projects are supported via the Foundation’s Research Seed Grant Scheme and in the past also other Foundation grant schemes. In total, in collaboration with SHOUT and SRH, the Foundation has awarded €140,000 in research grant funding over the past nine years. Most grants are small in scale - less than €5,000. This tells the story of one study supported by a Foundation research grant. In 2012 a team from the Dept of Psychiatry were awarded a research grant from the Foundation for a study entitled
Retrospective Case Review and Follow Up of Post Delirium Patients. The study
is a hospital based research project aiming to explore the current practices in the management of delirium. The findings of the study has so far been presented at the 2013 Annual Research Conference at SRH, NUIG, The European Delirium Association, Belgium 2013 and The European Psychiatric Association, Munich 2014 and were published in Aging Clinical and Experimental Research (2014). A number of other papers are in preparation. Siobhan Rooney, Medical Student, NUIG has worked on the project as a summer research student. She describes her ex-
Siobhan Rooney, Medical Student NUIG presenting the findings of the Delirium study at SRH 2013.
perience with the research study as follows: “Being involved in this project has
given me an opportunity to get to grips with the many hurdles encountered throughout a research project. It has also provided me with an excellent platform to design my own research projects in the future. I found the project challenging, however the staff in SRH, Liscarney house, and my supervisors Dr. McCarthy and Dr. Adamis were always on hand to give me advice & direction. Presenting the work in Leuven, Belgium allowed me to fully appreciate the potential impact a project like this can have. It gave me the opportunity to see how this project can fit into the better picture alongside other much larger international projects. More importantly, I now understand how collectively these research projects can be used to change clinical practice.”
New Research Workshops Publications Recent publications by Sligo Health Care Professionals:
The Research & Education Foundation offered several new research skills courses during spring 2014. The events were well attended by health professionals from many different disciplines. In response to a need for training of research ethics committee members, the Foundation devised and hosted a new research skills course entitled “Essentials of Research Ethics for Healthcare Professionals” in March 2014. The course was open to anyone interested in research ethics. The full lecture room saw a lively discussion on the seven ethical principles in research ethics. Approved for 2 CPD points. Dr. John Newell, Biostatistician at NUIG conducted a full day event in April 2014 on Multivariable Regression Analysis. This was the first time the Foundation hosted a course on this topic. The course included plenty of hands on analysis of real research data sets. Approved for 5.5 CPD points. Edel Murphy is a research project manager at NUIG and a Cochrane Fellow. Edel conducted a newly devised workshop on Health Measurement Scales in Research at SRH in May 2014. She used her own experience in dementia research to exemplify what you need to consider when choosing scales to measure outcomes in your research project. A great workshop with plenty of opportunity to interact with the group. 2.5 CPD points.
Declan Hegarty, Solicitor, Sligo and Rosaleen Doonan, Area Manager of The Carers Association discuss a case presentation at the “Essentials in Research Ethics” workshop in March 2014. Both are members of the Research Ethics Committee at SRH
Dr. John Newell and participants at the “Multivariable Regression” workshop in April 2014.
If you have specific ideas for research workshops let us know.
- Rooney S, Qadir M, Adamis D, McCarthy G. Diagnostic and treatment practices of delirium in a general hospital. Aging Clinical And Experimental Research. May 1, 2014 (Supported by a Foundation grant) - Clancy C, Murphy M. Laboratory test costs: attitudes and awareness among staff in a regional hospital. Irish Medical Journal; January 2014;107(1):8-11
Edel Murphy, NUIG conducted a workshop on using health measurement scales in research May 2014.
Skills Courses Autumn 2014 •
Poster Design - An introduction to research poster design. September 18th 2014. Essentials of Research Ethics for Healthcare professionals - repeat of the spring 2014 workshop. November 17th 2014
tion Services Manager and Mette Jensen jointly organised this event in May 2014. 3 CPD points.
- Doherty J, Ahmed I. Epigastric pain…it's not always alcohol! An unusual presentation of caecal intussusception. BMJ Case Reports. June 20, 2014. - Murphy M, McGloughlin M, Walkin S. The 'general check-up' in the asymptomatic adult-a study of GPs in the North West of Ireland. The European Journal Of General Practice. May 16, 2014;:1-5
Finally, the Foundation hosted a workshop on “Defining the Re-
search Question and Searching the Literature”. Helen Clark, Informa-
- Grady, T. O., Gilrane-McGarry, U., Sweeney, G., Cryan, M., & McCarthy, G. (2014). Understand me; believe in me; accept me as I am: perceptions of psychiatry of later life service. Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine, 31(02), 97-106. (supported by a Foundation Grant)
Biostatistics - with Dr. John Newell, NUIG. Specific topic and
Date TBC •
Qualitative Research - A new workshop. Date TBC
Systematic Reviews Finding, understanding and appraising them - A new workshop. December 9th 2014
Further details will be widely circulated & posted on ref-sligo.ie
- Hamilton G, Corlett J, Dowling M. Adult-trained perioperative nurses' practice of family-centered care. British Journal Of Nursing (Mark Allen Publishing). May 8, 2014;23(9):477-482 - Jonker W, Hanumanthiah D, O'Sullivan E, Cook T, Pandit J. A national survey (NAP5-Ireland baseline) to estimate an annual incidence of accidental awareness during general anaesthesia in Ireland. Anaesthesia. June 29, 2014 - Donnelly, Teresa. "Stress among nurses working in an acute hospital in Ireland." British Journal of Nursing 23.13 (2014): 746-750 - Watters K.F., Patil N. & Russel J. (eds) 2014 Inflammatory disease of the mouth and phyrynx in Bluestone and Steel’s Pediatric Otolaryngology, 5th edn (Bluestone C.D.l Simons J.P. & Healy G.B. eds), People’s Medical Publishing House – USA, Shelton CT pp 1175 – 1188.
Sligo Medical Academy Update Library News Latest news from the Dean Dr. Ger McCarthy Thanks to everyone for a very successful academic year. The 2014 class graduated on the 19th June 2014 with many planning to return to Sligo to work in the next year. I have been told there will be a very good Tag rugby team from the January intake of Interns! There is good news with the progression of the new Sligo Medical Academy facility with work expected to commence in October with a completion date of 1st September 2015. There have been a number of summer research studentships working in different departments again this year and we look forward to their research output. Some very interesting Special Study Modules were developed this year, thanks to all for their input.
Congratulations to our tutor Dr Eoin O'Suilleabhain on his marriage to Bronagh Watters. We wish them well for the future. A number of new tutors will be taking up post over the summer as there has been an increase in the number of students attending the Academy. Thank you to all the Strand Leaders, Tutors and hospital staff for their ongoing support with a special thanks to Liz Cavanagh for her excellent work as always.
Dr. Ger McCarthy, Dean
New Tax Legislation for donors Donors asked to return “Enduring Certificate” A large number of SRH staff are donating a monthly sum towards the Research & Education. The donations are a hugely valuable core contribution to our activities. From the 2013 tax year some legislative changes have been introduced to tax returns of donations to charities. Donations from PAYE and Self-Assessed individuals will now be treated the same, with the cont from page 1 tax relief in all cases being repaid to the charity. All donations will be
grossed up as was previously the case only with PAYE donations, for whom tax returns were given to the charity. Salary donors have been approached and asked to complete an ‘Enduring Certificate’. This will allow the Foundation claim tax relief in respect of donations during the lifetime of the certificate, which currently is 5 years.
Linking from Google Scholar and PubMed You can now link to the Library's full text journals from Google Scholar and PubMed, both on and off the HSE network. This means that if you are searching for journal articles using Google Scholar or PubMed you will be able to access the full text of articles from any of the journals to which the Library subscribes. Please contact the Library for instructions on how to do this or for further information. Alternatively, you can view all our available full text using the Library’s Medline, CINAHL and other databases on hselibrary.ie Wireless printing now available
The Library now has a wireless printer available so if you need to print from a phone, tablet or laptop you can! Reminder – BMJ Best Practice BMJ Best Practice, is a decision support tool for use at the point of care. It provides information on thousands of diagnoses and diagnostic tests, links to drug information from the BNF and includes over 4000 guidelines. There are also patient leaflets and colour images. Best Practice can be accessed online or by downloading the app which is freely available to all HSE staff in Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal and works on Apple or Android devices. For further details on downloading the app, please contact the Library.
Research Seed Grant Awards 2007 Thank you everyone for your continued support.
Research Seed Grants 2014
Foundation offers €10,000 for research projects
Submit an abstract of your health research project for the Annual Research Conference at SRH on November 28 2014.
The Foundation, in association with Sligo Regional Hospital, launches the Research Seed Grant Scheme. A total of €10,000 will be made available under this scheme, each grant up to a max of €2,500. The grants are open to any of the health care professions, academic
disciplines or other relevant background in the SRH catchment area. The project must involve Sligo Regional Hospital. Deadline for submission is October 10 2014. Details on www.ref-sligo.ie
Deadline October 3rd 2014 A selection of studies will be selected for oral presentation. For abstract form and guidelines, see www.ref-sligo.ie.
Pfizer Ireland Donation
Continued support of Pfizer towards Foundation
Summer Research Students
Pfizer Ireland continues to support the work of the Foundation and the hospital staff involved in research and education. This year Pfizer specifically supported the educational meeting with Prof. Passmore and the Foundation’s Research Seed Grant scheme, a grant of €5000 in total. Thank you to Pfizer for the generous grant. Mr. Noel Regan, Pfizer Ireland; Mette Jensen Kavanagh, REF and Marianne McCann Pfizer Ireland.
Parkinson’s Talk Men’s Health
Four medical students are currently engaged in summer research projects in various departments. They include diverse topics such as smoking cessation support for mental health patients, delirium and body composition in GAA footballers. The Foundation/Hospice and the departments of physiotherapy/rheumatology had students on placement who were involved in research projects in spring 2014. Projects included a review of dementia patients in the specialist palliative care service and a study on Patient Compliance with Exercise Interventions for the SelfManagement of Osteoarthritis. Research Conference Speakers
Dr. David Bradley and Dr. Kevin Murphy
Dr. David Bradley, Consultant Neurologist, St. James’ Hospital, Dublin came to Sligo to deliver an excellent lecture entitled “Parkinson’s
Disease, Advancements and treatment Options in Advancing Parkinson’s” in June 2014.
The event also featured a talk by Mikael Saettler, Medical Trainer, AbbVie on “Peg-J Placement of Duodopa”. Dr. Kevin Murphy, Neurologist at SRH chaired. Sponsored by AbbVie and approved for 2 CPD points.
Speakers and organisers of the Men’s Health Event June 2014.
Men’s Health Week was marked for the 11th year in succession on June 11th 2014 at the Clarion Hotel Sligo. Topics included pain, exercise, alcohol and dementia. Thank you to sponsors, participants, specialist nurses (A McGowan, D Mulvey, M Murphy, L Baker, P Kent), student helpers and J Williams for chairing. A big thank you to the speakers Eimear Donlon, Dr. Therese O’Connor, Dr. Grainne O’Malley and Dr. Adil Samad.
Pencil in Friday November 28th 2014 for the Annual Research Conference. We are delighted to announce the following keynote speakers: Prof. Gerry Wilson, Dept of Rheumatology, UCD and Prof. David Meagher, GEMS, UL. Keynote talk titles to be announced at a later date. Research Mini Series at Lunch The Foundation is launching a new series of lunchtime mini research seminars beginning on Monday Sept 8th 2014. These half hour sessions are designed as brief information / refresher sessions on various topics relevant to the conduct, searching for and appraisal of research. They are open to all healthcare disciplines. You don’t need to register, just turn up on the day. Further details to be announced on the website.
Contact Information Research & Education Foundation Chairman: Mr Pat Dolan Level 6 Sligo Regional Hospital Ph: 071 917 4678 Fax: 071 917 4679 www.ref-sligo.ie email@example.com
Secretary: Dr. Seamus Healy Treasurer: Mr. Gerry McManus
Executive Officer: Mette Jensen Kavanagh firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: 071 917 1111 ext. 4204