NUIG 028-19, General Practice Fellow – HRB Primary Care Clinical Trials Network Ireland, Based at NUI Galway Sligo Medical Academy

NUIG 028-19, General Practice Fellow – HRB Primary Care Clinical Trials Network Ireland, Based at NUI Galway Sligo Medical Academy

NUI Galway

Galway, Ireland

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a 0.2 FTE, fixed term contract of one year as a GP fellow at the National University of Ireland, Galway based in the Sligo Medical Academy. The Fellow will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team responsible for A pilot cluster randomised controlled trial, for patients with multimorbidity, of the MultimorbiditY COllaborative Medication Review And DEcision Making intervention (MY COMRADE). This position is funded by the Cross-border Healthcare Intervention Trials in Ireland Network (CHITIN) initiative for 12 months and is available from March 2019 to 28th Feb 2020. This position will involve travel to GP practices in border counties, working closely with Dr Scott Walkin, Sligo Medical Academy, NUI Galway and Dr Lisa Hynes postdoctoral researcher.



Information on the HRB Primary Care Clinical Trials Network Ireland (CTNI)


The HRB Primary Care CTNI is a collaborative partnership that brings together key people in Ireland to run clinical trials in primary care. Working closely with the public, with patients and with GPs and other healthcare professionals, the Network aims to improve individual patient health and health care by conducting high quality, internationally recognised, randomised trials in Irish primary care, addressing important and common problems.


Established in 2015 and funded for 5 years by the Health Research Board, the HRB Primary Care CTNI is a collaboration between researchers based at National University of Ireland Galway, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and Queen’s University Belfast. The Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) is the other key partner in the Network, with many GPs and other primary care health professionals engaged in research with the Network. A number of Irish and international partners are also part of the Network.


Network activities include i) providing access and support to those interested in conducting trials in Irish primary care, including industry sponsors ii) supporting multidisciplinary education, mainly through existing resources, for all those interested in primary care trials iii) supporting public and patient involvement in research. To date, we have over a hundred registered practices who are involved in 7 national and 4 international trials with close to 1000 patients recruited here in Ireland. We have hosted 3 national PPI conferences, 3 webinar series and have published in both peer-reviewed journals and other publications.


The MY COMRADE intervention is a complex intervention, which includes five behaviour change techniques. The principal behaviour change technique is collaborative peer-supported medication review, with two GPs reviewing the medications prescribed to a multimorbid patient together. The objective of the current project is to conduct, on the island of Ireland, a pilot cluster randomised controlled trial of the MY COMRADE intervention, use of practice based pharmacists (PBP’s) or PBPs plus an adaptation of MY COMRADE.




Job Description:


The GP fellow will be a highly motivated and dynamic general practitioner who will have responsibility for co-ordinating practice recruitment, delivering practice interventions, contributing to writing ethics applications, participating in study governance activities and contributing to drafting future grant applications. Practice recruitment and support is the key role.


(S)he will be responsible for the practice engagement component of the study working closely with the PI (Prof Andrew Murphy), post doc researcher Dr Lisa Hynes, Drs Nigel Hart (Belfast) and Scott Walkin (Sligo). (S)he will need excellent knowledge of the primary care environment, good project management skills, and will need to be able to engage successfully with clinical and academic colleagues.


There is strong emphasis on building research capacity. As such, the fellow will be expected to participate in research methods training, present their research findings, and contribute to draft grant applications. Travel and training allowances will be provided.






  • MICGP or equivalent
  • Demonstrable knowledge in general practice environment in border region of the Republic of Ireland
  • Strong network in general practice in the border region of the Republic of Ireland
  • Evidence of some research experience
  • Capable of working independently and autonomously
  • Evidence of excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Highly motivated regarding the development of high quality primary care research
  • Self-motivated with strong attention to detail and quality
  • Evidence of excellent IT skills
  • Flexibility in meeting project requirements and in working across a multidisciplinary team
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Full clean driving licence and own transport



  • Peer review publications
  • Experience in randomised trials;
    • Experience in working in cross-border practices
    • Knowledge of data protection legislation
    • Active in Continuing Medical Education (e.g. Sligo Clinical Society meetings)


Salary: €100,000 pro rata, per annum (0.2 FTE)


Start date: Position is available from March 2019.


Continuing Professional Development/Training:

Researchers at NUI Galway are encouraged to avail of a range of training and development opportunities designed to support their personal career development plans.  


Further information on research and working at NUI Galway is available onResearch at NUI Galway


For information on moving to Ireland please see


Further information about General Practice is available at


Informal enquiries concerning the post may be made to Professor Andrew Murphy – contact via



To Apply:

Applications to include a covering letter, CV,and the contact details of three referees should be sent, via e-mail (in word or PDF only) to Breda Kelleher


Please put reference number NUIG-028-19 in subject line of e-mail application.


Closing date for receipt of applications is 5 pm (Irish Time) Friday 15th February 2019


Interviews will be held 5th March 2019


All positions are recruited in line with Open, Transparent, Merit (OTM) and Competency based recruitment


National University of Ireland Galway is an equal opportunities employer



Further information about the HRB Primary Care Clinical Trials Network Ireland is available at and General Practice is available at

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NUIG 028-19, General Practice Fellow – HRB Primary Care Clinical Trials Network Ireland, Based at NUI Galway Sligo Medical Academy