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improvement programmes for primary
care and community and continuing
care; and a programme designed for
midwifery professionals. The Nursing
and Midwifery Board of Ireland and
RCSI have accredited all these courses.
Since October 2014, 318 nurses
have completed at least one of the
programmes. The Institute is also rolling
out a national competency framework,
supported by an online portfolio, across
all Irish hospitals.
RCSI Leadership Lecture Series
The Institute once again ran a successful
public lecture series exploring `Lessons
in Leadership'. This year's notable
speakers included: Mr Micheál Martin TD,
leader of Fianna Fáil and spokesperson
on Northern Ireland; Ms Dearbhail
McDonald, Associate Editor and Legal
Editor of the Irish Independent; The
Honourable Mr Justice Peter Kelly; and
Fr Leonard Moloney SJ, Head Master of
Clongowes College.
Training in Africa
The Institute continues to contribute
to the RCSI/ COSECSA (College of
Surgeons of East, Central and Southern
Africa) collaboration programme. This
year it expanded its Train the Trainer
programme by training Master Trainers
who will now be capable of delivering the
programme locally. The goal is to embed,
in Africa, the Institute's expertise in
training. The first programme took place
in June 2014 in Nairobi and was run by Mr
Dermot O'Flynn for 15 Master COSECSA
Trainers from Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia,
Tanzania, and Kenya. At the end of June,
Professor Ciaran O'Boyle and Dermot
O'Flynn delivered the first ever joint
COSECSA leadership workshop for
anaesthetists and surgeons in Blantyre,
Malawi. 22 participants attended from
six countries including Ireland, Malawi,
Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia
and Burundi. The workshop was also
attended by the College of Anaesthetists
in Ireland's President, Ellen O'Sullivan and
CEO, Fintan Foy.
The psychology of cyberspace, and in
particular, its impact on organisational
development and online leadership is a
major strand in the Institute's research. At
the CyberPsychology Research Centre,
the Institute is continuing its work with
Middlesex University on an EU-wide
project aimed at optimising interfaces
between policing organisations and the
social media industry in order to increase
the protection of children online.
In addition, the Institute is exploring
novel approaches to leadership in
healthcare. Projects include research
on the relationship between staff work
engagement and patient satisfaction,
models of distributed leadership and the
impact of technology on leadership and
Given the RCSI's mission to "educate,
nurture and discover for the benefit
of human health", the Institute is also
planning a project that will assist
educational institutions in educating
children and young people about
engaging safely and effectively with
digital media.
In October, the
Institute began
delivery of a two-year
programme that will
see 1,250 Directors
and Assistant
Directors of Nursing
and Midwifery
receive training in
Pictured are MSc Leadership graduates at the November 2014 Conferring Ceremony (l-r) Maeve Corcoran, David Browne and Marianne McQuaid Kelly.