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Research in the Social Work Department

The Social Work Department is committed to engaging in interdisciplinary research and research within our own department. We have an appreciation that innovative research is necessary to demonstrative the effectiveness of social work intervention within a hospital setting, particularly as the hospital moves into a ‘clinical directorates’model.

As part of this commitment to research, in 2007 a Senior Clinical Practitioner post was converted to a Research Facilitator post to develop the necessary infrastructure and harness research within the social work department.  The department has established links with Trinity College Dublin in relation to developing our research portfolio and we are actively engaged in the Trinity College Social Work Practice Research Network. 

In 2006 research was commissioned by Beaumont Hospital Social Work Department to evaluate the Beaumont Hospital Bereavement Care Service, a model of bereavement care in an Acute Hospital. The research carried out by the School of Social Work & Social Policy in TCD was done in conjunction with Beaumont Hospital, the Irish Hospice Foundation and the Health Services National Partnership Forum. This evaluation of the service was integral in validating and consolidating the existing model of bereavement care in the hospital developed by the Social Work Department.

Ms. Celine Deane, Senior Medical Social Worker, is also currently undertaking a research MSc in bereavement and loss.

The social work department is currently collaborating with the neurosurgical department, nursing team and researchers from Trinity College Dublin in an interdisciplinary comparative study of the experiences of healthcare professionals, patients and families in giving and receiving a diagnosis of a Malignant Cerebral Glioma.  The ultimate aim of the research is to obtain a comprehensive picture of the phenomenon as a whole and to improve the quality of service delivery to this client group.

Ms. Fiona McInerney, Medical Social Worker, is involved in research conducted by an Inter-Hospital Oncology Medical Social Workers Network into the preventative effects of family meetings in oncology/haematology.  It will scope the extent of family meetings currently taking place in this area and the current role of social work in such family meetings.  It will identify models of best practice for family meetings internationally in this context along with the contribution of social work within the identified models.  It will put forward a template for family meetings based on the findings that will inform the process of including family members in the care of patients with cancer in Ireland.

Ms. Annette Winston
Research Facilitator

Social Work Department