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We would like to take the opportunity to wish our wonderful colleague Linda Ní Chianáin the very best as she embarks on an exciting new phase in her career. Linda, currently a lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at NUI Galway, will commence a full-time PhD at Queen’s University Belfast in October, under the supervision of Professor Gerard Gormley and Dr Jenny Johnston at the School of Medicine, Dentistry & Biomedical Sciences. Linda’s PhD is titled ‘Simulation based education: beyond the manikin…. but not the person’.

Linda’s research interests are in simulation based education, inter-professional simulation, and clinical skills education. Her PhD research will investigate the representation of patients, and their illness experiences, in simulation based educational (SBE) frameworks. SBE aims to have a transformative impact on learners in providing competent and compassionate healthcare. Clinicians often work with simulated patients (SPs) in SBE to represent real patients, and their experiences. However, an inherent risk in manikin/SP based SBE is that actual patients’ voices, and their lifeworld experiences, may be lost or devalued in the process. The overall purpose of Linda’s project is to explore how best patients, and their experiences of illness/ healthcare, are best represented in SBE frameworks.

Linda has been a member of the QUESTS Education Working Group since its inception and has played a key role in organising training and education events. We are delighted that Linda will remain on in her role with us in QUESTS.