Researchers at UCD


Jennifer Grehan

Lecturer and Cpd Coordinator

School of Medicine
Room A225
Section of Diagnostic Imaging,
School of Medicine and Medical Science,
Health Science Building UCD
Dublin 4

Tel: 01 7166521


I graduated as a Diagnostic Radiographer from University of the West of England, Bristol in 1996 and spent the next two years at Stoke Mandeville Hospital and Spinal Injuries Unit consolidating my clinical skills.  Exposure to this busy district general environment helped me decide that Paediatric Radiography was my direction of professional travel and I was lucky enough to get my first Senior radiography job at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust in 1998. I rotated through all modalities and was appointed Superintendent III in charge of General Radiography in 2000, Superintendent II in 2003 and held the post of Lead Superintendent Radiographer for the department from 2005 until my departure in late 2012.  

More formal adventures into third level education provision came with a move home to Ireland and taking up a post as Lecturer in Diagnostic Radiography in the School of Medicine and Medical Science, UCD in November 2012.  Involvement in shaping the clinical radiographers of the future is very exciting and being in a position to develop and deliver the first ever post graduate qualification in Paediatric Radiography has been a great experience.  My role has developed to absorb my long-standing interest in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) from both a management and research perspective and I now facilitate the cycle of UCD Multi-Disciplinary Study Days which run throughout the year.


Honours and Awards

Year: 2010.
Title: Manager of the Year


Association: CORU - State Registration Body for Allied Health Professionals in Ireland, Function/Role: Academic Assessor
Association: Irish Institute of Radiography and Radiation Therapy, Function/Role: Education Representative


Committee : IIRRT
Committee : CORU


Employer: Great Ormond Street Hospital Foundation Trust
Position: Lead Superintendent Radiographer
Employer: Great Ormond Street Hospital Foundation Trust
Position: Superintendent II Radiographer - Fast Flow
Employer: Great Ormond Street Hospital Foundation Trust
Position: Superintendent III Radiographer - Generals
Employer: Great Ormond Street Hospital Foundation Trust
Position: Senior II Radiographer
Employer: UCD
Position: Lecturer and CPD coordinator Diagnostic Imaging


Year 2002 Institution: City University, London
Qualification: PG DIP Subject: PgD Diagnostic Radiography
Year 1996 Institution: Avon & Gloucester College of Health, UK
Qualification: BSc Subject: BSc Diagnostic Radiography
Year 2004 Institution: City University, London
Qualification: MSc Subject: MSc Diagnostic Radiography



Book Chapters

A Glasper, J Coad, J Richardson (2014) 'Assessment and Screening: Understanding X-Rays' In: A Glasper, J Coad, J Richardson (eds). Children and Young People's Nursing at a Glance. West Sussex: Wiley Blackwell. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Hyde, A Coughlan B, Naughton C, Hegarty J. Savage E, Grehan J, Kavanagh E, Moughty A, & Drennan J. (2016) 'Nurses', physicians' and radiographers' perceptions of the safety of a nurse prescribing of ionising radiation initiative: A cross-sectional survey'. International Journal of Nursing Studies, . Available Online Link to full text [Details]
AC Offiah, J Grehan, CM Hall, A Todd-Pokropek (2005) 'Optimal Exposure parameters for Digital Radiography of the infant skull: a pilot study'. Clinical Radiology, . [Details]

Published Reports

J Grehan, L Masterson, S McGeough et al. (2014) IIRRT: Paediatric Radiography and Radiation Therapy: Guidelines on Best Practice. IIRRT, Dublin. [Details]
J Drennan, C Naughton, M Griffins, ML Butler, J Grehan (2014) An evaluation of the HSE guiding framework for the implementation of nurse prescribing of medical ionising radiation (X-Ray) in Ireland. HSE, Dublin. [Details]


Research Interests

Historically my research interests have included Radiographer reporting; the imaging of Non Accidental Injury (NAI); education in the workplace and clinical change management.

More recently, I was accepted onto the PhD programme here in UCD (May 2014) and have commenced my research into Continuing Professional Development amongst Radiographers in Ireland (and further afield) and the most appropriate mechanisms for ongoing CPD delivery. 

Recent Postgraduates

Ms Solange Cardona
"Radiographers' role in Reporting Child Abuse in Malta" (MSc Thesis)
Secondary Supervisor 

Ms Anne-Sophie Delabie
"The diagnostic radiographer's knowledge of reporting child abuse and experience of Non-Accidental Injury" (MSc Thesis) Secondary Supervisor


Teaching Philosophy

Ethusiastic, realistic, clinically relevant and supportive.