The HRB Primary Care Clinical Trials Network Ireland, the Health Behaviour Change Research Group, and the Health Promotion Research Centre have come together to run a joint seminar series to highlight research in the area of population health and health services. The seminars take place once a month on Tuesday at lunchtime in the School of Psychology. All are welcome to attend, and a light lunch will be served from 12.30pm. We are delighted that Drs Paul O’Connor and Sinéad Lydon will deliver the 1st seminar on Tues 25th Sept, on the topic of Making Healthcare Safer: Building an Evidence Base.

Dr Paul O’Connor is a human factors psychologist, Lecturer in Primary Care, and research director of the Irish Centre for Applied Patient Safety and Simulation (ICAPSS). His research is concerned with improving human performance and safety in high risk work environments. He has carried out research in a wide range of high risk industries (e.g. civil aviation, offshore oil production), and the military. Since coming to NUIG he has been carrying out research in healthcare with the aim of improving patient safety and quality of care through addressing the human factors that contribute to poor performance.

Dr Sinéad Lydon is a psychologist and Lecturer in Quality and Patient Safety. She is involved with a number of ongoing projects which share the common aim of identifying factors that contribute to deficient patient safety and medical errors, improving the delivery and efficacy of medical education, and developing strategies and interventions to improve the quality of patient care delivered in healthcare settings.

All are welcome.