Conferences & Seminars

Conferences & Seminars

Conferences & Seminars

16th Annual Nursing & Midwifery Research Conference

Thursday 17th November 2016

08.30 - 16.30



Brookfield Health Sciences

Complex, University College Cork


Conference Theme: Patient Safety and Quality Improvement

Key Note Addresses: 

Professor Jonathan Drennan, Professor of Nursing & Health Services Research,

School of Nursing & Midwifery University College Cork


Dr Peter Griffiths, Chair of Health Services Research, University of Southampton.


Dr Philip Crowley, National Director, Quality Improvement Division, HSE


To avail of free registration  for this conference please email


VENUE: G06 Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, UCC

TIME:             08:30 – 16:30           


Please forward queries to:

Ms Therese Ahern

School of Nursing & Midwifery, University College Cork

Tel: +353 21 4901553,



Dr Aine Horgan, PhD, MSc, BNS, Dip PN, RPN

Lecturer and Mental Health Programme Lead

School of Nursing and Midwifery

University College Cork


A Two-Day Conference organised by the School of Applied Social Studies and the Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork, in association with the Critical Voices Network Ireland

The conference aims to explore and debate critical perspectives on:

- Acts of resistance within and outside academic and service systems

- The impact of activism on democratising mental health care

- The importance of socio-political perspectives in understanding and responding to human distress

- Co-option of resistance into dominant systems.


Confirmed Keynote Speakers (in alphabetical order):

Kathryn Church is Director and Associate Professor in the School of Disability Studies, Canada

Jonathan Gadsby is a mental health nurse and a founder member of the Critical Mental Health Nurses’ Network, England

Lucy Johnstone is a consultant clinical psychologist, author and trainer, England

Mick McKeown is a mental health nurse, researcher and trade union activist working to build alliances with survivor groups, England

Brigit McWade is a sociologist researching and teaching aspects of mental health, England

Panel discussion with Cork activists: Rory Doody, Recovery Advocate; Joan Hamilton, Sli Eile; Mary Maddock,MindFreedomIreland; Pat Bracken, freelance critical psychiatrist.  

 Programme overview; CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES programme Overview 2016 (399kB)

This conference, now in its eighth year, is unique as it is free for all participants and it involves people from diverse backgrounds (self-experience, survivors, professionals, academics, carers) presenting, discussing and debating critical and creative perspectives on and beyond the dominant bio-medical approach. The 2010 conference saw the launch of the Critical Voices Network Ireland (CVNI), a network of people interested in considering and developing responses to human distress, which are creative, enabling, respectful and firmly grounded in human rights.


To book a place, email Harry Gijbels at Give your name, and indicate the day(s) you wish to attend (either Wednesday 9 November, Thursday 10 November, or both days). Booking will be confirmed by return email. Please bring the booking confirmation slip with you to the conference registration desk on the day(s) you are attending.

Conference flyer can be found HERE.

Programme details regularly updated on  and and


The Conference organisers are Lydia Sapouna, School of Applied Social Studies and Harry Gijbels, Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork, Ireland. 

15th Annual Nursing & Midwifery Research Conference


Thursday 19th November 2015



Brookfield Health Sciences

Complex, University College Cork


NMBI Category 1 Approval (5 CEUs)

Keynote Speakers

Professor Lazelle Benefield (Fulbright Scholar UCC) is from the University of Oklahoma and is currently the Dean of the College of Nursing and the Director of ‘The Donald W. Reynolds Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence’, which is dedicated to developing leaders, educators and researchers in the older adult nursing field. Her research involves projects promoting well-being and improving quality of life for family caregivers and community-dwelling older adults with dementia.

Dr. Karen Whitaker is currently senior lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire UK. With a professional background in health visiting her research focus is on the topic of parenting and the ways in which services can be designed to support family needs. Karen is an honorary member of the parenting special interest group for the Community Practitioners and Health Visitors Association (CPHVA). She currently sits on the National Academy for Parenting Practitioners (NAPP) Research and Training Reference group on behalf of the CPHVA. As a senior lecturer within the Children, Family and Community Health Division, her primary teaching responsibilities are for the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) BSc and PGDip educational courses.

Dr. Dympna Casey is currently a senior lecturer in nursing education in the National University of Ireland Galway. Her research interests include self-management of chronic diseases and health promotion. She has a keen interest in promoting healthier lifestyles for people and specifically in examining ways of supporting and maintaining the health and functional capacity of older people. Her research skills include designing and developing interventions for RCT’s and ensuring that such interventions are informed by users and other key stakeholders. She is currently Deputy Head of School and College Vice Dean for Interprofessional Learning.


Other topics:


Doctoral Dash (5 minute presentations from Doctoral Students around the country)





Conference Organisers 2015

+ Room 1.25, Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery, Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland | ( 00353214901621 |





 Organised by the School of Applied Social Studies and the Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork, in association with the Critical Voices Network Ireland


This year’s conference aimed to explore and debate critical perspectives on:

-           The value of talking therapies

-           The politics of the therapy industry

-           Talking therapies as another expert system

-           Other ways (beyond therapies) to support people in distress

 Book of Extracts 15 (586kB)

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Wednesday 11 November 2015:

1. David Pilgrim (09.45) is an Honorary Professor of Health & Social Policy at the University of Liverpool and Visiting Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Southampton. His career has been divided between working as a policy researcher and as a clinical psychologist in the British NHS.

2. Dina Poursanidou (10.30) is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Institute of Psychiatry in London, based at the Service User Research Enterprise; Dina has used mental health services since 2008; Member of Asylum, the magazine for democratic psychiatry.

3. Malcolm Garland (13.45) is aconsultant psychiatrist in Dublin.  His team tries to incorporate novel and alternative approaches, including a minimal medication approach and an ethos fostering individuation, not dependence. 


Thursday 12 November:

1. Gary Sidley (09.45) is a freelance writer and trainer who opted for early retirement in 2013 from his post of Professional Lead/Consultant Clinical Psychologist after 33 years working in the English mental health services. His writing includes alternatives to biological psychiatry.

2. Wilma Boevink (10.30) is anexperiential expert, social scientist at the Trimbos-Institute, the Netherlands.  Former Professor of Recovery and founder of Tree (towards Recovery, Empowerment and Experiential Expertise).

3. Rory Doody (13.45) is a Recovery Development Advocate. He is a voice hearer and engages with his own mental health as often as he breathes! Plagued by inner questions like “who does this serve?” he enquires in the different areas of his work, involving education, case work, service and policy developments, structural change, and good intentions.


Concurrent Sessions: the conference also includes 42 concurrent workshops and oral presentations across the two days, in 6 sessions of 7 workshops per session, related to the conference theme.


Full programme: full details will be available around mid-October on and also and . Check accommodation. To get to Brookfield (UCC) check Parking facilities are limited around UCC. Try the car park next to the Kingsley Hotel, Victoria Cross (10 walk from venue via footbridge behind Western Gateway Building on Western Road). Coffees and lunches not included. There are restaurants and cafes in and around the conference venue. 

Getting to Brookfield        UCC Map (1,882kB)

Check See attached map. Brookfield Health Sciences Complex map reference is No13 Grid C7.


Concurrent presentations/workshops

There are 42 concurrent presentations/workshops scheduled across the two days. Venue name, room number e.g. BHSC G04 are followed by a figure e.g. (120). The latter refers to the maximum number of people the workshop can accommodate.There is no pre-registration for the workshops, so if a workshop is full, please go to another one. Most concurrent presentations/workshops are held in BHSC, with two concurrent presentations/workshops scheduled for WGB (Western Gateway Building), a 2 minute walk across the footbridge between BHSC and WGB (building No81 Grid C6 on the map).


Book of Abstracts

The Book of Abstracts will be emailed to you within the next few days. The programme schedule and the Book of Abstracts will also be available on www.cvni.ie and on in advance of the conference. Due to the conference’s limited budget (see below) we would ask you to bring a printed copy of the programme schedule and the Book of Abstracts with you to the conference. There will only be a limited number of printed copies of the conference programme and the Book of Abstracts at the registration desk.



As you may know, one of the unique features of this annual conference is that it is a free event, supported by a very small budget. Since 2013, following delegates’ enquiries about making donations, there has been a donation box at the registration desk. Please feel free to contribute if you wish (either cash or cheque made payable to CVNI to be lodged into the CVNI conference account). We do not accept donations which compromise the ethos and values of the conference.


If you have any queries, please contact either Lydia Sapouna at or at 021 4903495, or Harry Gijbels or at 021 4901551.


We look forward to seeing you at next years conference.

The Conference organisers are Lydia Sapouna, School of Applied Social Studies and Harry Gijbels, Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork, Ireland.    



A Two-Day Conference organised by the Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery & the School of Applied Social Studies University College Cork, in association with the Critical Voices Network Ireland.

Mental Health Press Release 


The conference considers and explores:

  • the value and relevance of psychiatric diagnoses in understanding and responding to a wide range of human experiences of emotional distress
  • critical perspectives on and creative responses beyond psychiatric diagnoses.

 Confirmed Keynote Speakers (in alphabetical order): click on the speakers name to view the presentation.

Keynote Speakers

Concurrent Sessions: the conference also includes a series of workshops and oral presentations, related to the conference theme.

The Conference organisers are Lydia SapounaSchool of Applied Social Studies, and Harry Gijbels, Catherine McAuley School of Nursing & Midwifery, University College Cork, Ireland.

The central theme to this year’s conference surrounds that of

‘Translational Research’. 

Date; 7th November 2013 @ 09.00 - 15.30.

Venue; Room G.06, Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, University College Cork.

The conference hoped to highlight the importance of interdisciplinary and academic research with a focus on ‘translation’ to promoting quality patient care.

Key Note speakers (please click on the name to view presentation):

Professor Christine Norton - Chair in Clinical Nursing Practice Research Kings College London.

Dr. Christopher Burton - Senior Research Fellow Bangor University.


Topics included;

Chronic Illness


Moral Distress

Strategic Planning

Mothers in Abstinence

Pain & analgesic use in children

Health Inequalities

Research Conf Schedule 2014


Pictured L-R are the early morning presenters; Christine Norton, Patrick Cotter, Gerard White, Bridie O'Sullivan, Eileen Savage.


Pictured L-R are the late morning presenters; Josephine Hegarty, Sile O’Grady, Cathrine Fowler, Eileen Savage, Caroline Dalton O'Connor, Michael Bergin.



Pictured L-R are the afternoon presenters; Elizabeth Weathers, Christopher Burton, Helen Mulcathy, Eileen Savage, Mary Rose Day.


Showcase of Blended Learning MSc/PG Diploma Nursing (Gerontological )

Date; 9th December 2013 @14.00 - 15.00.

Venue; Room G.04, Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, University College Cork.

The School of Nursing and Midwifery shared its experiences and learning regarding the development of an online/blended learning MSc/PG Diploma Nursing (Gerontological ) programme to their colleagues within UCC yesterday. The presentation outlined how the e-learning project was developed and managed, the role of the learning technologist and an update of current developments with the programme was presented. In addition, 2 current postgraduate students who are currently undertaking the programme shared their experiences of undertaking the blended learning programme.

To view the showcase presentation, click here.

Pictured L-R are the Blended Learning team for Gerontological; Michelle Murphy, Breda O'Donovan, Teresa Wills, Damien Drohan, Alice Coffey, Nicola Cornally, Eileen Savage.

blended learning

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