Research Ethics Committee seeking GP

The Research Ethics Committee (REC) of St Patrick's Mental Health Services is seeking a GP with a keen interest in research and mental health to join the committee.

Scope of the REC

The REC reviews applications to undertake research in St Patrick’s University Hospital, St Patrick’s, Lucan and the Dean Clinics.

Who we are looking for

We are looking for a currently practising or retired GP who is interested in mental health research and who could provide insights from their practice experience. You will have access to research training, while working with other professionals who are actively interested in promoting mental health research. Through this work, you will gain a better understanding of the research framework in Ireland and create a positive impact on mental health services. 

What is involved

Taking part in the REC involves five meetings a year, with each lasting around one hour. Ahead of these meetings, you will be asked to read research applications, which should take around one to two hours depending on the volume received. Before joining the REC, you will also be invited to take part in a four-hour Research Integrity Programme to introduce you to the overall research process.

You will find a schedule of meetings in 2022 below. Currently, the meetings take place online, but we hope to be able to meet in person in the future.

How to apply

If you would like to apply to join the committee, please submit a letter of interest and a brief two-page Curriculum Vitae for the attention of the Chair of the REC, Professor Joyce O’Connor. These can be emailed to

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