PhD Students

David Gilligan

David graduated as a nurse from Trinity College Dublin in 2014 and began working as a staff nurse, specialising in surgical settings. He then returned to education in 2015 to complete a Higher Diploma in Sociology studying in University College Cork. He has a keen research interest in areas with a practical orientation and his thesis involved exploring the barriers to social welfare access encountered by individuals experiencing acute illness. Directly after completing his H.Dip he joined the safe nurse staffing research team in the School of Nursing and Midwifery in UCC. He was primarily involved in the data collection at the ground level with staff and patients in the clinical sites. Following from this, David will commence a Ph.D. in early 2018 looking at the area of missed care in the Emergency Department.


Liz Roche

Liz is the Area Director of the Nursing and Midwifery Planning and Development Units (NMPDU) in the former Dublin Mid-leinster geographical area and her role is to provide leadership, support excellence and build the capacity in nursing and midwifery both regionally and nationally in order to enhance patient care and service delivery. She is also the lead within the Office of the Nursing and Midwifery Services Director (ONMSD) for Nursing and Midwifery workforce planning and for mental health nursing. She is an RGN and a RPN, has a degree in Health Services Management, and has masters’ degrees in Mental Health from Kings College London and HR Strategies from Dublin City University. In 2015 she completed a post graduate diploma in Advancing Healthcare Practice with the Open University. Prior to her current position within the ONMSD, she worked as the Director in the NMPD in Palmerstown and prior to that she held a variety of clinical and nurse leadership posts in Acute, Primary Care and Mental Health within the National Health Service in London over a 20 year period. Her passion for the development of patient care is evident from the variety of projects that she has led over the years; specifically ones relating to workforce planning.  She has recently commenced a PhD with University College Cork under the supervision of Professor Jonathan Drennan and Dr Aileen Murphy and plans to examine aspects of the economic value of nurse staffing.

School of Nursing and Midwifery Research Group

Programme of Research into Safe Nurse Staffing and Skill-Mix