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Professor Cecily Begley

Chair of Nursing & Midwifery (Nursing)
DOLIER STREET - SCHOOL OF NURSING


Prof. Cecily Begley holds the Chair of Nursing and Midwifery in Trinity College Dublin. She was awarded MA, MSc and PhD degrees from Trinity College, and the Fellowship of the Faculty of Nursing from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. She was a Fellow of the European Academy of Nursing Science and is an elected Fellow of Trinity College Dublin. Following four years' experience in general nursing, and 12 years in midwifery, she spent 8 years as a lecturer/senior lecturer at the Faculty of Nursing in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. In 1996, she took up the post of Director of the School of Nursing and Midwifery in Trinity College, charged with the task of developing the new School. Eighteen years later, this School now runs 18 undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, with 1400 students and over 100 staff, and has a strong staff development programme. Prof. Begley is active in developing educational initiatives at undergraduate, postgraduate and post-registration level in Ireland. She was appointed a member of the Nursing Education Forum set up by the Minister for Health and Children to plan and implement the 4-year BSc Nursing degree programme. She subsequently served on the National Implementation Committee that oversaw the introduction of the degree throughout Ireland in October 2002. She also served as a member of the Expert Group on Midwifery and Children's Nurse Education set up to plan the two direct-entry degree programmes, and on the National Implementation Group that ensured their commencement nation-wide in October 2006. Prof Begley was a member of the National Council for Professional Development of Nursing and Midwifery in Ireland for the first five years of its existence, and worked on the sub-group for Educational Standards for Advanced Nurse and Advanced Midwife Practitioners. In terms of educational development overseas, Prof Begley led a team from the School, in collaboration with Queen's University, Belfast, in providing academic consultancy services to Jordan University of Science and Technology to assist them in developing and modernising their MScs in Adult Health Nursing and Critical Care Nursing, and in developing a new MSc in Maternal and Child Health. This partnership was awarded €487,000 from the EU TEMPUS project to support the initiative. Prof. Begley has led many research teams to successful completion of diverse projects, focusing mainly on physiological childbirth, women-centred maternity care, care of women with disabilities, advanced and specialist practice and self-esteem and assertiveness in student nurses and midwives. Her research-based commitments include the supervision of 6 PhD students at present, 22 PhD and 4 MSc by research students to successful completion in the past 8 years, and external examining of 15 research MSc/PhD theses from diverse countries. She has been successful in obtaining over €7,000,000 in research funding, as PI or collaborator, and holds/has held a total of 26 grants from the HRB, NDA, HSE Western Area, HSE North-Eastern Area, National Council for the Professional Development of Nursing and Midwifery in Ireland, the European Science Foundation and the EU Commission (FP7 Framework). She is a member of the Meath Foundation Research Review Committee, previously served for 8 years on a research review committee for the Health Research Board, is an invited member of the International Confederation of Midwives' Research Advisory Network and is a member of the ESF Pool of Reviewers for the period of 01 May 2010 to date. She is a Section Editor for the BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth journal, has editorial and/or reviewing commitments for 4 other medical, nursing, or midwifery journals and has published widely on nursing and midwifery clinical and education issues.
  Assertiveness   Child/Maternal Health   Choice in Childbirth   Emotional/Mental Health--Women   Foetal, maternal and neonatal physiology   LEARNING   Lactation   Maternity Care   Midwife led care Midwifery in Primary Care Home Birth   Midwifery-led care   Midwifery.   NURSING EDUCATION   NURSING RESEARCH   Normal Childbirth   Nurse Practitioner   Perinatal Disorders   Perinatal Health   Physiological Childbirth   Physiological/Development Process   Pregnancy   Reproductive Disorders   Research Methods   Self-esteem   Stillbirth   Systems of childbirth organisation   TEACHING/METHODS   Women and disability   Women's Health
Maternal health and maternal morbidity in Ireland - Sexual health strand
An evaluation of the role of the Epilepsy Specialist Nurse and the impact on patient quality of life.
Improving the organisation of maternal health service delivery, and optimising childbirth, by increasing vaginal birth after caesarean section (VBAC) through enhanced women-centred care (OptiBIRTH)
Maternal Health And Maternal Morbidity in Ireland: Phase 2 (MAMMI 2)
Maternal health And Maternal Morbidity in Ireland (MAMMI) (urinary incontinence strand). With Deirdre Daly, PhD student, and M. Clarke.

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Member of An Bord Altranais' Continuing Education Committee. Member of the Research Steering Committee that undertook the study of continuing education in nursing in Ireland 1994 to 1997
Member of Epidemiology, Health of the Population and Primary Care Committee of the Health Research Board April 2001 to March 2009
Member of Review Panel for Cancer-Related Nursing Research, Irish Cancer Society May 2001 to 2007
Member of Review Panel for Research Awards, St. Luke's Institute for Cancer Research. Chair of panel 2003 to 2006 1998 to 2006
Member of the Board of Guardians and Directors, Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital 1st May 2013 to date
Member of the Cancer Consortium Nurses' Working group, formed between the Department of Health and Children, Ireland, the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Northern Ireland and the National Cancer Institute, Washington Jan 2001 to Oct 2005
Member of the Dept. of Health Steering Committee for the Research Study into Manpower Planning 1998 to 2001
Member of the Editorial Committee of "Nursing Review" Journal 1992 to 2000
Member of the Editorial Committee of the "All-Ireland Nursing and Midwifery" Journal Feb 2000 to 2005
Member of the Expert group in Midwifery and Paediatric Education set up by the Minister for Health and Children Sept 04-Jan 05
Member of the Joint North-South Forum for Planning the Public Health Nursing Services 1998 to 2003
Member of the Maternity Services Taskforce for the North Eastern Health Board January 2002 to April 2010
Member of the Meath Foundation (Tallaght Hospital) Review Panel for Health Research Feb 2002 to date
Member of the Medical Committee of the Irish Cancer Society. February 2002 to October 2005
Member of the Midwifery Sub-Committee of An Bord Altranais 1998 to 2001
Member of the National Council for the Professional Development of Nursing and Midwifery in Ireland Jan 2000 to March 2005
Member of the National Implementation Committee set up by the Minister for Health and Children to monitor the implementation of the Nursing Education Forum's Report Feb. 2001 to Dec 2002
Member of the National Implementation Group set up by the Minister for Health and Children to monitor the implementation of the Expert group in Midwifery and Paediatric Education Jan 06 to May 07
Member of the National Midwifery Advisory Forum set up by the Department of Health and Children Sept 2000 Jan 2002
Member of the Nursing Education Forum. Elected chairperson of two sub-committees Jan 1999 to Oct 2001
Member of the Prescribing Project for Nurses and Midwives and to Member of the Education Sub-Committee of that group April 2002 to 2005
Member of the Steering Committee for the Dementia Services Information and Development Centre, St. James' Hospital 1998 to October 2005
Reviewer for Cochrane protocols and reviews 2007 to date
Section Editor for BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth (2011 ongoing) Associate Editor for BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth (2009-2011) International Editorial Panel Member for Evidence-based Midwifery (2003 - 2012).... Reviewer for Journal of Advanced Nursing, British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology...... On-going
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Appointed Member of the International Confederation of Midwives' Research Advisory Network November 2001 to date
Fellow of the European Academy of Nursing Science March 06 Jan 2010
Member of the Beta Sigma Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (Nurses' Honor Society). March 2002 September 2007
Cecily Begley, Valerie Smith, Agnes Higgins, Declan Devane, Mike Clarke, and Michael Turner, Maternal health and Maternal Morbidity in Ireland: Phase 2 (MAMMI 2), Health Research Board, 2015, Report, PUBLISHED
Higgins A (PI) N Elliott, C Begley, C Doherty, C Normand, M Clarke , An evaluation of the role of the Epilepsy Specialist Nurse and the impact on patient quality of life, Funded by Brainwave/HRB, 2015, Report, PUBLISHED
Dunlea M, BRADY V, Begley C, Murphy-Lawless J. , An exploration of the meaning of the first antenatal encounter from the perspective of service user and provider. , OPTIMISE2014 Conference: Optimising Childbirth across Europe: An interdisciplinary maternity care conference., Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium, 9 &10 April 2014, 2014, pp53 - 54, Notes: [ http://programme.exordo.com/optimise2014/#presentation/113], Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  URL
Begley, C.M., Gross, M.M., Dencker, A., Benstoem, C., Berg, M., Devane, D., Outcome measures in studies on the use of oxytocin for the treatment of delay in labour: A systematic review, Midwifery, 2014, Journal Article, IN_PRESS  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Elliott, N., Begley, C., Kleinpell, R., & Higgins, A, The development of leadership outcome-indicators evaluating the contribution of clinical specialists and advanced practitioners to healthcare: a secondary analysis, Journal of Advanced Nursing, 70, (5), 2014, p1078-1093 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Lawler, D., Lalor, J., & Begley, C, Challenges and barriers encountered by women with a disability when accessing maternity services: a literature review, International Journal of Childbirth, 3, (4), 2014, p203 - 217, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Higgins, A., Begley, C., Lalor, J., Coyne, I., Murphy K., Elliott, N, Factors influencing advanced practitioners' ability to enact leadership. A case study within Irish healthcare, Journal of Nursing Management, 22, 2014, p894 - 905, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Smith V. Begley C. Devane D., Detection and Management of Decreased Fetal Movements in Ireland: A National Survey of Midwives' and Obstetricians' Practices, Midwifery, 30, (1), 2014, p43-49 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Coyne I, Comiskey C, Lalor J, Higgins A, Elliott N, Begley C, Evaluation of the clinical practice roles of Advanced Nurse Practitioners and Clinical Nurse and Midwife Specialists in Ireland, BMC Health Services Research, under review , 2014, Notes: [.], Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Murphy, K., Casey, D., Devane, D., Meskell, P., Begley, C., Higgins, A., Elliott, N. & Lalor, J, Reflections on the added value of using mixed methods in the SCAPE study, Nurse Researcher, 21, (4), 2014, p13 - 19, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
  

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Higgins, A; Begley CM; Nevin M; et al , The development and testing of a toolkit to support nursing and midwifery competency development: Research report, Dublin , NCNM, 2011, Report, PUBLISHED
Begley,C.,Higgins,A.,Sheerin,F.,Alexander,J., NICHOLL,H., Lawler,D., Keenan,P., Tuohy,T and Kavanagh,R., The Strengths and Weaknesses of Publicly-funded Irish Health Services Provided to Women with Disabilities in Relation to Pregnancy,Childbirth and Early Motherhood, NDA Dublin, NDA, May, 2010, Report, PUBLISHED
Begley, C., Higgins, A., Lalor, J., Sheerin, F., Alexander, J., Nicholl, H., Lawler, D., Keenan, P., Tuohy, T. & Kavanagh, R. (2009), Maternity care needs of women disabilities: a hidden challenge., European Academy of Nursing Science Annual Scientific Meeting, Klaipeda, Lithuania, January , 2009, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Begley CM, Byrne G, Macgregor C, Brady A-M, Horan P, Griffiths C, Measuring the Workload of the Public Health Nursing Service in the, Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, School of Nursing and Midwifery , August, 2005, Report, PUBLISHED
Begley C. M., Brady A-M, Byrne G, Macgregor C, Griffiths C, Horan P, A Study of the Role and Workload of the Public Health Nurse in the Galway Community Care Area , Dublin, School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies, Trinity College, Dublin , 2004, Report, PUBLISHED
Begley, C., Brady, A-M. Byrne, Macgregor, C., G, Griffiths, C.& Horan, P. , A Study of the Role and Workload of the Public Health Nurse in the Galway Community Care Area, Dublin, Trinity College:, 2004, Report, PUBLISHED
Carroll M., Begley C. M., Diploma in Midwifery (Direct Entry) Midwife Registration Education Programme: Final Report of the Evaluation , Dublin, School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies, Trinity College, 2003, Report, PUBLISHED
Begley, C.M., "Learning to care for bereaved parents", World of Irish Nursing, 1984, p8 - 10, Notes: [ ], Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Begley, C.M., "1983 - year of change", Irish Nursing Forum, 1983, p6 - 7, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Begley, C.M., "The nurse's responsibility in relation to smoking and health", World of Irish Nursing, 1982, p6 - 6, Notes: [ ], Journal Article, PUBLISHED

  

Award Date
Fellowship, Trinity College Dublin May 2005
MA July 2005
Normal childbirth; midwifery-led care; woman-centred care; maternal morbidity, vaginal birth after Caesarean section; research methods; assertiveness; self-esteem; teaching and learning