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Dr. Peter Kelly

Assistant Professor (School of Nursing & Midwifery)


Assistant Professor in Mental Health Nursing Peter Kelly obtained his PhD from University College Cork. Prior to this, he completed his MSc in Clinical and Public Health Aspects of Addiction at Kings College London. His undergraduate nursing qualifications were obtained at the University of West London and Waterford Institute of Technology. In addition to this, he holds a Diploma in Drug Counselling Theory and Intervention Skills from University College Dublin. His research interests include substance misuse, workforce development, implementation science and mental health. His PhD study explored the relationship between organisational readiness to change and; (i) innovation adoption (ii) service user engagement, in community opiate substitute prescribing services in Ireland. Principal teaching scholarship interests include curriculum development for professional practice and inter-professional teaching and learning. He has led the re-design and accreditation of post graduate nursing programmes and is currently the course coordinator for the mental health nursing post graduate programme at the school. He has successfully supervised and examined a number of MSc students. He has held an external examiner role in the UK and currently holds one in Ireland. Since qualifying as a mental health nurse in 2001, Peter has spent the majority of his clinical career working in substance misuse treatment services where he has held posts in both Ireland and the UK as a staff nurse, clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner and senior manager. In 2009, as a Royal College of Nursing Steward in the UK, Peter established a national network for addiction nurses and he chaired quarterly meetings between this group and the Department of Health professional Leadership Team (UK) for two years. Peter was a founding member and the first president of The Ireland Chapter of The International Nurses Society on Addictions (IntNSA) which was founded in 2016 as the first chapter outside of the US. In his role as chapter president he contributed to the Irish National Drugs Strategy (2017) as a member of the continuum of care focus group. He continues to contribute to national drug policy as a member of a working group at the Department of Health aimed at expanding the role of nurses in substance misuse services. Peter currently sits as a ministerial invite to The National Oversight Committee for The National Drugs Strategy at The Department of Health as a clinical expert in nursing and substance misuse. In 2023, Peter was invited to present to the Citizens Assembly on Drugs and recommendations related to his presentation were subsequently voted in to the final report.
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Presented to The Citizens Assembly on Drugs. Topic: Policy- workforce development 29th Sept 2023
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Member of The International Nurses Society on Addictions 2016 2024
Kelly P, Saab M, Hurley EF, Heffernan S, Goodwin J, Mulud ZA, O Malley M,O Mahony J,Curtin M, Groen G, Ivanova S, Jorns-Presentati A, Korhonen J, Kostadinov K, Lalova V,Lahti M, Petrova G, O Donovan A, Trauma informed interventions to reduce seclusion, restraint and restrictive practices amongst staff caring for children and adolescents with challenging behaviours: A Systematic Review, Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma, 2023, Journal Article, ACCEPTED  TARA - Full Text
Banka-Cullen, S.P., Comiskey, C., Kelly, P., Zeni, M.B., Gutierrez, A., & Menon, U. , Nurse prescribing practices across the globe for Medication-Assisted Treatment of the Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD): A Scoping Review, Harm Reduction Journal, 2023, Journal Article, SUBMITTED
Healy R., Goodwin J., Kelly, P.,, `As for dignity and bollix': A human rights-based exploration of service user narratives in Irish methadone maintenance treatment, International Journal of Drug Policy, 110, 2022, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL  URL
Goodwin J., Kilty C., Kelly P., O Donovan A., White S., O Malley M.,, Undergraduate student nurses' views of online learning, Teaching and Learning in Nursing, 2022, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL
Goodwin J., White S, O'Malley M, Hurley E, O Donovan A., Kelly P., 'It's good to have the knowledge and the confidence': Mental health student nurses' views of a medication workshop, International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 2022, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL
Kelly P, Hegarty J., Dyer KR., O Donovan A, An exploration of organizational characteristics and training adoption in Irish community drug treatment services, Journal of Addiction Nursing, 2022, Notes: [In press], Journal Article, ACCEPTED  TARA - Full Text
Kelly P., Hegarty J., Dyer KR., O Donovan A, 'They don't actually join the dots': An exploration of organizational change in Irish opiate community treatment services, Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Clancy C., Kelly P., Loth C.,, Walls Are Not the Answer! Addiction Nurses Show the Way in Cross-National Collaboration, Journal of Addiction Nursing, 2019, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Clancy C., Kelly P., Loth C.,, State of the Art in European Addictions Nursing Perspectives From the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the Netherlands, Journal of Addiction Nursing, 2019, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Kelly P, Hegarty J., Dyer KR., O Donovan A, The relationship between staff perceptions of organizational readiness to change and client outcomes in substance misuse treatment programmes: A systematic review, Journal of Substance Misuse, 2018, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI

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Comiskey C., Kelly P., Hennessy A., Hyland M., O Neill D.,Prakashani Banka-Cullen S., Lavelle Cafferkey S.,, A Consulation to inform the delivery of new integrated alcohol services., November 2023, 2023, Notes: [Report commissioned by HSE], Report, PUBLISHED