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We conduct and support high-quality research into issues affecting medical education and training, physician wellbeing and healthcare delivery.

We are led by Professor Richard Costello, Director of Research at RCPI and Associate Professor of Medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

The department was established in 2012 to invigorate and accelerate RCPI’s research activities.

We are passionate about:

  • effective training - improvements in medical education and training
  • healthy physicians - impact of the clinical environment on clinician wellbeing
  • quality healthcare - quality, efficiency, safety and effectiveness of healthcare.
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Everything we do is geared towards:

  • strengthening RCPI’s involvement in health research
  • developing a robust evidence base to guide the development of RCPI’s training and education programmes
  • being a centre of excellence for research into physician health and wellbeing
  • leading national research into the impact of healthcare quality improvement and patient safety initiatives
  • including the patient’s voice in health research  
  • supporting emerging clinician investigators by providing expert advice and direction
  • establishing new collaborative networks with key stakeholders, including the Health Service Executive, the Health Research Board, and the Department of Health and Children.

What we can do for you

Ethics Review

If you are planning to conduct research that requires ethics approval, (excluding clinical trials) our Research Ethics Committee can conduct an ethical review to ensure it is conducted according to best ethical practice.

 Supporting Trainee Researchers

We are committed to supporting emerging clinician investigators. If you’re on an RCPI training programme, we can guide you through the full research process, from putting together a strong proposal for funding, to getting your research published.

 Coordinating Funding for Applied Health Services Research

We coordinate the funding process for applied health services research into quality and patient safety issues.

Get Involved

We welcome opportunities to collaborate on research that supports effective training, healthy physicians or quality healthcare