Dr Niamh Humphries is a Reader in Health Systems Research who joined the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland in April 2016. She holds a PhD in Sociology and has worked in health workforce research since 2006. In 2017 she was awarded a prestigious HRB Emerging Investigator Award for a 4 year research project focussed on hospital doctor retention and motivation, which will involve fieldwork in Ireland and Australia. Her current research interests are health worker migration, health worker retention and the working lives of health workers.
Dr John-Paul Byrne joined the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland in February 2019 as Postdoctoral Researcher with the HDRM Project. He holds a PhD in Sociology from Maynooth University and has previously held research positions on projects studying working conditions in Ireland and Denmark, and the experience of patient-centred care in Ireland. John-Paul is a recipient of the Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship from the Irish Research Council (2012). His current research interests are psychosocial work conditions, working lives, and the social structures of work in healthcare.
Orla joined the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland in November 2018 as Postdoctoral Researcher on the National COPD Quality Improvement Collaborative project. The National COPD Quality Improvement (QI) project uses QI methodology to assist 18 consultant-led teams in 19 hospitals across the country to improve and standardise care for patients presenting with an acute exacerbation of COPD. The Collaborative, which is running from September 2018 to December 2019 is being run by RCPI in conjunction with the Clinical Strategy and Programmes Division of the HSE and the National Clinical Programme for COPD within the HSE. Orla is also working on the Doctors Training Outcomes Research Study (DocTORS) within RCPI. This project evaluates the trainee journey through RCPI BST and HST. Prior to joining RCPI, Orla worked in the pharmaceutical industry in the areas of pharmacovigilance, regulatory affairs and developing training content (clinical trials). Orla was awarded IRCSET Funding for her PhD (Pharmaceutical Affairs). She completed her PhD and BA (Mod. Neuroscience) in Trinity College Dublin.
Holly Hanlon is a researcher at RCPI working on the Professional Competence Study, and is involved in analysing PCS data, as well as reporting and disseminating the results of the project. Holly returned to RCPI in 2017, after previously working as a research intern from 2015-2016. She is currently undertaking a PhD in Psychology at Trinity College Dublin, where she earned her BA in Psychology in 2015
Dr Jennifer Creese joined the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland in February 2020 as Postdoctoral Researcher with the HDRM Project. She holds a PhD in Social Science from The University of Queensland, Australia, specialising in social anthropology and ethnography. She has previously held research positions studying migration experiences, health care resilience, and dementia family care in Australia. Jennifer is the recipient of an Australian Federal Government Australian Postgraduate Award and Research Training Program scholarship 2015-2019. Her current research interests are migrant health worker experiences, health care organizational cultures and the working lives of health workers.