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Sarah Donnelly

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Biography

I qualified as a professional social worker in 1998 and began my social work career as a Residential Social Worker in the North of Ireland before moving on to work as a Resettlement Officer with the Simon Community in Dublin.
I then gained 13 years practice experience in Tallaght Hospital, three being at a Senior Social Work Practitioner Grade and 6 years as a Social Work Team Leader/Research Social Worker. During this time I worked in a variety of clinical areas ranging from trauma-orthopaedics, neurology,renal, ED and Age-Related Healthcare. In 2007, I was seconded from my permanent post in Tallaght Hospital and employed to carry out research for Trinity College Dublin/Tallaght Hospital on behalf of the Care and Connect Project; this research contributed to the completion of a PhD which was part-funded by the Living with Dementia Programme,TCD(Atlantic Philanthropies) and  the Adelaide Society,Tallaght Hospital. A major output from the Care and Connect Project was the development and publishing of a booklet, 'Care Planning Meetings: Best Practice Guidelines for Healthcare Professionals'. This publication was officially launched in November 2012 through a study day/research seminar for 150 healthcare professionals  which I organised.In February 2013, I was awarded Research Associate status at the School of Social Work and Social Policy, TCD.
 I have been employed as a permanent Assistant Professor of Social Work in UCD since 2014 and was awarded tenure in August 2016. I am the national social work representative on the HSE's Health and Social Care Professional Education and Development Advisory Group and a member of the IASW Special Interest Group on Ageing (SIGA) I am also chairperson and founder of the IASW's Practitioner Research Special Interest Group. 

I welcome applications from Masters and PhD Students, particularly relating to the following topics/areas: 

         Ageing          Dementia              Palliative Care             Adult Safeguarding
                Action Research     Practitioner Research                         Participatory Action Research  
      Care Planning Meetings                  Healthcare Decision-Making


Professional

Honours and Awards

Year: 2017.
Title: UCD seed Funding Grant-Dissemination and Outputs

Associations

Association: Irish Gerontological Society, Function/Role: Member
Association: Irish Association of Social Workers, Function/Role: Member
Association: CARDI(Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland), Function/Role: Network Member
Association: The Irish Network for Research In Dementia and Neurodegeneration, Function/Role: Network Member
Association: IASW Practitioner Researcher Special Interest Group, Function/Role: Chairperson
Association: IASW Special Interest Group on Ageing (SIGA), Function/Role: Group Member
Association: European Social Work Research Association, Function/Role: Group Member
     

Conference Contributions

N. Kodate, K.T, Gavin, A.J. Ross, Donnelly, E. Wilson, D. O¿Shea, G. Hughes (2015) How Can We Enhance Care Quality For Older People? Staff Perspectives On Simulation-Based Multi-Disciplinary Team Training. [Poster Presentation (Refereed)], 8th Congress of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) - European Regio, Convention Centre, Dublin , 23-APR-15 - 26-APR-15.
Walsh T, Donnelly S, Maher H, Keegan O (2015) The role of an end-of-life training workshop for care staff in improving end of life care. [Poster Presentation (Refereed)], European Conference for Palliative Care, Copenhagen,Denmark , 05-MAY-15 - 05-MAY-15.
Walsh,T;Donnelly,S;Keegan,O and Maher,H (2015) Evaluating an End-Of-Life Care Staff Training Workshop. [Oral Presentation], Irish Association of Palliative Care Conference 2015, Radisson Hotel,Dublin 8 , 01-OCT-13 - 01-FEB-14.

Committees

Committee : Human Research Ethics Committee(Life Sciences)
Committee : IASW Practitioner Research Special Interest Group
Committee : Research Subgroup of the HSCP Education and Development Advisory Group, Health Service Executive 2013-ongoing
Committee : BOARD MEMBER OF THE IRISH MOTOR NEURONE DISEASE ASSOCIATION 2007-2009
 

Education

Year 1998 Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Qualification: Other Subject:
Year 1998 Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Qualification: BSocSc Subject:
Year 2012 Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Qualification: PhD Subject:
     

Journals Edited

Bmj Open: Reviewer.
British Journal Of Social Work: Reviewer.
Irish Social Worker: Co-Editor.
Globalization And Health: Reviewer.
Practice (Uk): Reviewer.
British Journal Of Social Work: Reviewer.

Other Activities

Year 2 Coordinator for Masters in Social Work Students UCD

Publications

 

Book Chapters

Donnelly, S and O'Loughlin A (2015) 'Growing Old with Dignity:Challenges for Practice in an Ageing Society' In: Christie, A., Featherstone, B., Quin, S. and Walsh, T. (eds) (eds). Social Work in Ireland: Changes and Continuities. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. [Details]
 

Peer Reviewed Journals

Diarmuid Ó Coimín, Bettina Korn, Geraldine Prizeman, Sarah Donnelly, Geralyn Hynes, Margret Codd and Mairead Curran. (2017) 'End of Life Care in Two Academic Adult Hospitals. Care Experiences from the Perspective of Bereaved Relatives - Voices That Matter'. Age and Ageing, Volume 46 (Suppl_3, 1 Sept 2017):iii1-iii12. [DOI] [Details]
Donnelly,S., Cahill.S and O'Neill,D. (2017) 'Care Planning Meetings:Issues for Policy,Multi-disciplinary Practice and Patient Participation'. Practice (UK), . [DOI] [Details]
Diarmuid Ó Coimín, Bettina Korn, Geraldine Prizeman, Sarah Donnelly, Geralyn Hynes, Margarey Codd and Mairead Curran (2017) 'End of Life Care in Two Academic Adult Hospitals. Care Experiences from the Perspective of Bereaved Relatives - Voices That Matter'. Age and Ageing, Volume 46 (Suppl_3, 1 Sep 2017):Pages iii1-iii12. [DOI] [Details]
Donnelly, S and Carter-Anand,J (2016) ''It Took a Leap of Faith.' Care and Connect: A Model for Practitioner Research in Ireland'. Irish Social Worker, Winter 2016 (Practice Research):5-9. Link to full text [Details]
Donnelly, S., O'Brien, M., Begley,E and Brennan, J (2016) 'Enabling Older People to Access their Expressed Preference for Care and Support:An Irish Social Work Perspective'. Age and Ageing, 45 (S2):ii8. [DOI] [Details]
Korn, B., Ó Coimín, D., Prizeman, G, Codd, M., Curran, M., Hynes, G., Donnelly, S and Fahey, T. (2016) 'Bereaved Relatives - Their Experience of End of Life Care in Two Academic Adult Hospitals'. Palliative Medicine, 30 (6). [DOI] [Details]
Korn, B., Ó Coimín, D., Prizeman, G, Codd, M., Curran, M., Hynes, G., Donnelly, S and Fahey, T (2016) 'Survey of Bereaved Relatives in Two Academic Adult Hospitals'. Palliative Medicine, Vol 30 (6). [DOI] [Details]
Walsh T, Donnelly S, Maher H, Keegan O (2015) 'The role of an end-of-life training workshop for care staff in improving end of life care'. European Journal of Palliative Care, :228. [Details]
Beagon,C; Bhatt,N.R; Donnelly,S.M; Egan,M; McKay,A.P; Mehigan,B; Conlon,K.C and Ridgway,P.F. (2015) 'The Impact of Social Work Intervention in Alcohol-Induced Pancreatitis in Ireland: a Single-Center Experience'. Alcohol and Alcoholism, . [DOI] [Details]
Donnelly,S.M; Carter-Anand, J; Cahill, S; Gilligan, R; Mehigan,B and O¿Neill, D. (2013) 'Multiprofessional Views on Older Patients' Participation in Care Planning Meetings in a Hospital Context'. Practice, Volume 25 (2):121-138. [DOI] [Details]
Kodate, N., Gavin, K.T., Ross,A.J., Donnelly, S., Wilson, E., O'Shea, D., Hughes, G. (2014) 'Simulation-based multi-disciplinary team training: Does it enhance care quality for older people?'. Irish Journal of Medical Science, 183 (7):342-343. [DOI] [Details]
Donnelly, S ; Cahill, S; Gilligan ,R; Mehigan, B and O'Neill, D (2012) 'Care Planning Meetings: Participation for Whom?'. The Irish Journal of Medical Science, 18 1(7) . [Details]
Donnelly,S; Carter-Anand, J; Gilligan, R; Mehigan, B and O¿Neill, D (2008) 'Participation of older people in family meetings in a hospital setting'. The Irish Journal of Medical Science, 177(9) . [Details]
 

Conference Publications

Donnelly, S.,O'Brien,M.,Begley,E and Brennan,J. (2016) Enabling Older People to access their expressed preference for care and support- An Irish Social Work Perspective European Conference for Social Work Research [Details]
Beagon, C., Bhatt, N. R., Donnelly, S. M., Egan, M., Mckay, A. P., Mehigan, B., & Ridgway, P. F. (2015) The impact of social work intervention in alcohol-induced pancreatitis in Ireland: a single centre experience International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics. European Congress 2015 [Details]
Walsh T, Donnelly S, Maher H, Keegan O (2015) The role of an end-of-life training workshop for care staff in improving end of life care European Conference for Palliative Care, Copenhagen,Denmark [Details]
Kodate N, Gavin KT, Ross AJ Ross, Donnelly S, Wilson E, Meagher MK, O'Shea D, Hughes G (2015) How can we enhance care quality for older people? Staff perspectives on simulation-based multidisciplinary team training International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics. European Region Congress 2015 [Details]
Kodate, N., Gavin, K.T., Ross,A.J., Donnelly, S., Wilson, E., O'Shea, D., Hughes, G. (2014) Simulation-based multi-disciplinary team training: Does it enhance care quality for older people? . In: Springer eds. Irish Gerontological Society, 62nd Annual and Scientific Meeting 2014 Irish Journal of Medical Science, , pp.342-343 [Details]
Walsh,T and Donnelly,S (2015) Evaluating Short Training Courses on End-of-Life Care for Older People: a pragmatic methodology Joint Social Work Education and Research Conference 2015 [Details]
Kodate N, Gavin KT, Ross AJ Ross, Donnelly S, Wilson E, Meagher MK, O'Shea D, Hughes G (2015) How can we enhance care quality for older people? Staff perspectives on simulation-based multidisciplinary team training International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics,European Region Congress,Dublin 2015 [Details]
Donnelly,S.M.,Cahill,S and O'Neill,D. (2015) There's No Point In Bringing The Patient Along For Lip Service': Multidisciplinary Care Planning Meetings With Older People 8th Congress of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) - European Region Convention Centre, Dublin, , 23-APR-15 - 26-APR-15 [Details]
Walsh,T.,Donnelly,S.,Keegan,O and Maher,H (2015) Improving End of Life Care in Residential Settings-the Role for Short Training Courses 8th Congress of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) - European Region [Details]
Walsh,T;Donnelly,S;Keegan,O and Maher,H. (2014) Evaluating an End-of Life Care Staff Training Programme Irish Association for Palliative Care 15th Annual Education and Research Seminar 2015-Conference Programme, [Details]
Donnelly, S ; Cahill, S; Gilligan ,R; Mehigan, B and O'Neill, D (2012) Family Meeting or Care Planning Meeting? Irish Gerontological Conference [Details]
Donnelly, S ; Cahill, S; Gilligan ,R; Mehigan, B and O'Neill, D (2012) Family Meeting or Care Planning Meeting? Care and Connect Study Day for Health and Social Care Professionals [Details]
Donnelly,S; Carter-Anand, J; Gilligan, R; Mehigan, B and O¿Neill, D (2011) Inequalities in participation rates of older people in care planning meetings,an exploration¿.using action research¿ Invited paper as part of a symposium on Social Work and Health Inequalities. European Conference for Social Work Research, St Catherine's College,Oxford [Details]
Donnelly,S (2010) How do Multidisciplinary Team members communicate with older patients who have a cognitive impairment? An exploration of participation and communication within Family Meetings in a hospital setting, using an action research approach Department of Medical Gerontology and Mercer¿s Institute for Research on Ageing Clinical Research Day ,7th May, Trinity College Dublin [Details]
Donnelly,S (2010) How do Multidisciplinary Team members communicate with older patients who have a cognitive impairment? An exploration of participation and communication within Family Meetings in a hospital setting, using an action research approach DSIDC Spring Synapse, 29th April, Durkan Theatre, St James¿s Hospital, Dublin [Details]
Donnelly, S and Carter-Anand ,J (2010) It takes a Leap of Faith: Care and Connect the way forward for Social Work Research in Ireland 6th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health, 29th June, University College Dublin [Details]
Donnelly,S (2010) The Care and Connect Project-Promoting Partnership in Decision-Making for Older People Invited paper presented at the Irish Heart Foundation Stroke Study Day, 26th March 2010, Conference Centre Croke Park , Dublin [Details]
Donnelly,S (2010) ¿An Exploration of Care Planning Meetings with Vulnerable Patients....Observations and Practice Implications¿ Social Workers in Disability Conference and AGM(Invited Paper) [Details]
Donnelly,S (2010) Family Meetings with vulnerable patients-an exploration of Multidisciplinary Team practices and communication using an action research approach 6th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health,1st July, University College Dublin [Details]
Donnelly,S (2009) An exploratory study of the views and experiences of older patients, family members and the multidisciplinary team in a hospital setting¿. Submission and presentation of a tabled paper at the International Postgraduate Conference in Gerontology, Kings College London, March 2009 [Details]

Published Reports

Donnelly, S., O'Brien,M.,Walsh,J., Mc Nally,J., Campbell and Kadote,N. (2017) Adult Safeguarding Legislation and Policy Rapid Realist Literature Review. UCD, UCD/HSE. [Details]
Ó Coimín, D., Korn, B., Prizeman, G., Donnelly,S., Hynes, G., Codd, M. and Curran, M (2017) Survey of Bereaved Relatives:Voices MaJam. Mater Misericordiae University Hospital and St. James's Hospital, UCD and TCD, Dublin. Link to full text [Details]
Donnelly, S., O'Brien, M., Begley, E. and Brennan, J. (2016) I'd prefer to stay at home but I don't have a choice. Meeting Older People's Preference for Care: Policy, but what about practice?. UCD, UCD. Link to full text [Details]
                                                                                                                                     

Research

Research Interests

RESEARCH INTERESTS
My main areas of research interest include; ageing,dementia,palliative care,care planning meetings, practitioner research,adult safeguarding action research and interdisciplinary research.

Orchid ID: ORCIDorcid.org/0000-0002-5436-3195
 
 
RESEARCH PROJECTS

May 2017-July 2017  
Principle Investigator to '
Adult Safeguarding Legislation and Policy Rapid Realist Literature Review'. This research project was commissioned and funded by Trigraph Limited/HSE National Safeguarding Committee.

March 2015-Ongoing: Principle Investigator to joint action research project between UCD and National Rehabilitation Hospital Dun Laoghaire 'Family Meetings- Survey of Patient, Family Members and Staff  Experiences.A Participatory Action Research Project' 
 
Feb 2015-July 2017: Academic Partner and Co-Investigator to Mater Hospital/St James's Hospital UCD/TCD  'Narrative Summary of the Survey of Bereaved Relatives/ Friends - Voices MaJam'. 
 

Jan 2015-December 2016: Principal Investigator to IASW/Age Action/Alzheimer Society of Ireland National Survey of Social Workers Working with Older People '
Enabling older people to access their expressed preference for care and support: A Social Work perspective'.
 
 Sept 2012-Ongoing:Research Supervisor  to 'A retrospective audit of the alcohol induced pancreatitis patient population in Tallaght Hospital; an exploration of Medical Social Work alcohol intervention with this group and relapse readmission rates Phase 1 and 2'. Professorial Surgical Unit and Social Work Department, Tallaght Hospital.

May 2013- February 2014: Evaluation of end-of-care training for staff in community hospital and residential care setting.  PI: Dr Trish Walsh and Research Assistant: Dr Sarah Donnelly. Funding Agency The Irish Hospice Foundation

October 2007-October 2011:  Research Social Worker, Care and Connect Project;this post was an academic/practice, partnership between Tallaght  Hospital and Trinity College Dublin. This project carried out exploratory research into older people with a cognitive impairment and Care Planning Meetings in a hospital setting. Aim of the research was to promote best practices in person-centred care planning and the research also contributed to the completion of a PhD.

 May 2006-September 2007 :Half time Project Worker with the First Patient Project: joint Research Project initiative between Tallaght Hospital and HSE. Evaluating the effectiveness of Integrated Personalised Care Plans for neurology cohort and assisting to develop an integrated set of care processes for individuals with chronic diseases between the acute hospital and PCCC staff.

Research Projects

Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Collective Advocacy: Benefits for All? A partnership approach to research as a tool to influence social policy for older people (Donnelly, O'Brien, Begly and Brennan(2016)
Start Date / End Date : 01-APR-17 / 30-SEP-18
Sponsor : Trigraph Ltd
Title : Review of Safeguarding Vulnerable Persons at Risk of Abuse Policy, 2014
Start Date / End Date : 05-MAY-17 / 30-JUN-17
 

Current Postgraduate Students

Nerilee Ceatha, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Secondary Supervisor

Collaborators

Internal Collaborators


Ms Judy Walsh, School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice, UCD 
Prof Jim Campbell, School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice, UCD 
Dr Naonori Kodate, School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice, UCD

External Collaborators

Irish Association of Social Workers
Age Action Ireland 
Alzheimer Society of Ireland
Dr Paul O'Carroll, Consultant in Rehabilitative Medicine, National Rehabilitation Hospital, Dun Laoghaire 
Anne O'Loughlin, Head Medical Social Worker and the Social Work Depertment, National Rehabilitation Hospital, Dun Laoghaire 
Mater Misericordiae University Hospital Dublin
St James Hospital, Dublin.