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Research Opportunity with UCD Research Centre

Updated: Oct 13, 2019

Amazing News


We at HCA and Carers Ireland have just confirmed a working project, the first research project of its kind with UCD CSTAR (Centre for Support and Training in Analysis and Research) in UCD Belfield, School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science.


This project came to fruition between our CEO : Ms. Allison Metcalfe and our public health advisor Mr. Karl Conyard. The study will be the first quantitative study of its kind in Ireland and requires as many voices as possible to show the truest truth possible for Healthcare assistants and qualified carers.


Healthcare assistants and qualified carers have little to no research carried out on them on a professional basis. Home carers (Family carers who are or are not paid by the government) are of the focus of three academic research centres already. Therefore specifically honing in on the skill, issues, satisfaction and general wellbeing of qualified healthcare assistants and carers is seen to be the most rationale decision for our one shot research project.


UCD CSTAR are preforming our study on a pro-bono basis with Mr. Karl Conyard of UCD CSTAR being the studies primary investigator. Karl is HCA and Carers Ireland public health advisor and has contributed to our social association by use of public health informative posters and presentation at our previous conference. Karl has a background in public health which includes healthcare delivery, he has attained Bsc. in Health and Society in DCU; has gained a Masters in Public Health (MPH) and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health (UK). He started his education in healthcare as a HCA.


We look forward to this research project and hope that all of our member assist us in presenting their views to the highest level that we can attain.


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