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Personal Information
College Photo Name Begley, Cecily Marion
Main Department Nursing
College Title Chair of Nursing & Midwifery
E-mail cbegley@tcd.ie
College Tel +353 1 896 2693
Web http://people.tcd.ie/cbegley
 
Biography
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.
 
Representations
Details Date
Member of the Board of Guardians and Directors, Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital 1st May 2013 to date
Member of the Maternity Services Taskforce for the North Eastern Health Board January 2002 to April 2010
Member of Epidemiology, Health of the Population and Primary Care Committee of the Health Research Board April 2001 to March 2009
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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Membership of Professional Institutions, Associations, Societies
Details Date From Date To
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
 
Awards and Honours
Award Date
Fellowship, Trinity College Dublin May 2005
MA July 2005
 
Languages
Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
French Medium Basic Basic
 
Description of Research Interests
Normal childbirth; midwifery-led care; woman-centred care; maternal morbidity, vaginal birth after Caesarean section; research methods; assertiveness; self-esteem; teaching and learning
 
Research Interests
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
 
Research Projects
Project title Maternal health and maternal morbidity in Ireland – Sexual health strand
Summary Maternal Health And Maternal Morbidity in Ireland: Sexual Health strand. Summary The aim of this project is to explore women's experiences of sexual health problems within the MAMMI study. The MAMMI study is designed to identify the existence, extent and prevalence of maternal morbidity (urinary incontinence, faecal incontinence, domestic violence, sexual and mental health problems) in primiparous women antenatally and up to 12 months postpartum. Phase 1, being undertaken by PhD student D Daly, focuses on urinary incontinence up to 6 months postpartum, initially at a single site. Phase 2 extends the MAMMI study to a second clinical site and analyses the collected data on other morbidities and at other times. This sexual health strand will explore morbidities of a cohort 2000 primiparous women recruited in early pregnancy from two sites. Data will be collected from self-completion surveys antenatally and at 3, 6, 9 and 12 months. In-depth interviews with a sample of women affected by sexual health problems will identify health-service seeking behaviour and barriers encountered. The study outcomes will provide a reliable estimate of maternal morbidities in this population, enabling the identification of modifiable factors and health problems, which may be amenable to interventions and future research The sexual health strand is run by PhD student Deirdre O'Malley.
Funding Agency Health Research Board
Programme €251,421
Type of Project Clinical Research Training Fellowship HPF/2013/477
Date from 01/09/2013
Date to 31/08/2016
Person Months 36


Project title An evaluation of the role of the Epilepsy Specialist Nurse and the impact on patient quality of life.
Summary PI Prof Agnes Higgins
Funding Agency Brainwave and HRB
Programme €149,996
Type of Project Evaluation study
Date from Feb 2013
Date to Jan 2016
Person Months 36


Project title 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)
Summary This study addresses the widespread concern over rising Caesarean section rates throughout Europe, particularly routine CS following a previous CS, despite calls for increased vaginal births after Caesarean (VBAC). VBAC is associated with lower maternal mortality than repeat CS, less overall morbidity for mothers and babies, and is the preferred option for the majority of women. VBAC rates in Ireland, Germany, and Italy are significantly lower (29-36%) than those in the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden (45-55%). The OptiBIRTH project will use a cluster randomised trial in Ireland, Germany, and Italy, with 15 clusters of 94 women in each, to increase VBAC rates from 33% to 53% through a complex intervention designed to increase women-centred care and women's involvement in their care. The multi-national, multi-disciplinary research team for this project developed from the ESF-funded workshop: "Promoting Normality in Childbirth" held in the School in March 2010, and from the COST Action, (IS0907: Childbirth Cultures, Concerns, and Consequences: Creating a Dynamic EU Framework for Optimal Maternity Care), which started in June 2010. The team is composed of 11 partner institutions from 8 countries, and includes service users, midwives, obstetricians, neonatologist, epidemiologist, sociologist, psychologist, bioethicist, health economist and a 'high-tech' small industry. Lead institution: Trinity College Dublin, Ireland Lead investigator: Prof Cecily Begley, and team: Valerie Smith, Deirdre Daly, Joan Lalor, Janine Stockdale, David Prendergast, including the Coombe Hospital: Chris Fitzpatrick, Michael Turner, Jan Miletin, Patricia Hughes, and Beverley Beech, Association for Improvements in Maternity Services, UK Co-applicant institutions and lead investigators: Prof Ingela Lundgren, University of Gothenburg, Sweden Marianne Nieuwenhuijze, Zuyd University, The Netherlands Prof Katri Vehviläinen-Julkunen, University of Eastern Finland, Finland Prof Marlene Sinclair, University of Ulster, UK Hugh Wiseman, Entando, UK Prof Mike Clarke, Queen's University of Belfast, UK Prof Mechthild Gross, Medizinische Hochschule Hannover, Germany Prof Declan Devane, National University Ireland, Galway, Ireland Prof Sandra Morano, Universita Degli Studi Di Genova, Italy Prof Koen Putman, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Funding Agency EU Commission FP7 Framework Programme (€3,000,000)
Programme HEALTH 2012 3.2-1 call
Type of Project Cluster randomised trial
Date from September 2012
Date to August 2016
Person Months


Project title Maternal Health And Maternal Morbidity in Ireland: Phase 2 (MAMMI 2)
Summary The aim of this project is to extend the MAMMI study to Phase 2. The MAMMI study is designed to identify the existence, extent and prevalence of maternal morbidity (urinary incontinence, faecal incontinence, domestic violence, sexual and mental health problems) in primiparous women antenatally and up to 12 months postpartum. Phase 1, being undertaken by PhD student D Daly, focuses on urinary incontinence up to 6 months postpartum, initially at a single site. Phase 2 will extend the MAMMI study to a second clinical site and analyse the collected data on other morbidities and at other times. The objective of Phase 2 is to identify morbidities and risk factors that may be amenable to intervention. This will be achieved through a cohort study of 2000 primiparous women recruited in early pregnancy from two sites. Data will be collected from self-completion surveys antenatally and at 3, 6, 9 and 12 months. In-depth interviews with a sample of women affected by morbidities will identify health-service seeking behaviour and barriers encountered. The study outcomes will provide a reliable estimate of maternal morbidities in this population, enabling the identification of modifiable factors and health problems, which may be amenable to interventions and future research.
Funding Agency Health Research Board (€334,797)
Programme
Type of Project Longitudinal, cohort study
Date from Jan 2013
Date to Dec 2016
Person Months


Project title Maternal health And Maternal Morbidity in Ireland (MAMMI) (urinary incontinence strand). With Deirdre Daly, PhD student, and M. Clarke.
Summary Aim To identify the existence, extent, prevalence and associated risk factors of urinary incontinence (UI), one marker of maternal morbidity, in 1600 primiparous women antenatally and at 3 and 6 months postpartum. Objective (i): To identify the existence, extent and prevalence of urinary incontinence (UI) up to 6 months postpartum for women having their first baby. Objective (ii): To identify associated factors for UI including but not limited to: age, BMI, infant birth weight and perineal trauma. Objective (iii): To identify the health service-seeking behaviour of a sub-sample of women experiencing UI. Objective (iv): To identify risk factors for UI that may be amenable to intervention.
Funding Agency Health Research Board (€ 222,646 )
Programme Clinical Research Training Fellowship
Type of Project Longitudinal cohort study
Date from Sept 2011
Date to Aug 2014
Person Months 36


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Publications and Other Research Outputs
Peer Reviewed
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
TARA - Full Text  DOI
Vincenzo Z, Gambina I, Begley C, Litta P, Cosmi E, Giustardi A, Trevisanuto D. , (2011) Psychological distress and early lactation performance in mothers of late preterm infants , Early Human Development, 87 , (4), 2011, p321 - 323
DOI
Cecily Begley, Declan Devane, Mike Clarke, Colette McCann, Patricia Hughes, Mary Reilly, Roisin Maguire, Shane Higgins, Alan Finan, Siobhan Gormally, Miriam Doyle, Comparison of midwife-led and consultant-led care of healthy women at low risk of childbirth complications in the Republic of Ireland: a randomised trial, BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 11, (85), 2011, p1-6
TARA - Full Text
Macgregor, C., Griffiths, C., Byrne, G., Horan, P., Brady, A-M. & Begley, C. , The fundamental nature of the Irish Public Health Nurse, 10th Annual Qualitative Health Research Conference, Bamff, Alberta, Canada., Apr 2004, 2004
Begley, C.M., Brady, A., "Irish Diploma in Nursing students' first clinical allocation: the views of nurse managers", Journal of Nursing Management, 10, 2002, p339 - 347
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