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Healthcare Ergonomics and Patient Safety

The conference for Healthcare Ergonomics & Patient Safety
is taking place in Dublin, Ireland from 18th - 20th June 2025.
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National Organising Committee

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Marie E. Ward

Embedded HFE Researcher Practitioner and Adj Asst Prof St James’s Hospital and Trinity College Dublin  

Marie E. Ward is a Health Systems Learning and Research facilitator and an Embedded HFE researcher at Ireland’s largest acute teaching hospital - St James's Hospital Dublin – where she is engaged in a programme of HFE and systems learning and research. Marie is an Adjunct Assistant Professor with the Centre for Innovative Human Systems, Chair of the Irish Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (IHFES) and a member of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (UK) special interest group on AI in healthcare. She received the IEA Liberty Mutual Medal in 2012 for her post-doc work in aviation safety  

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Dr Tamasine Grimes 

Associate Professor in the Practice of Pharmacy and Associate Director of Patient and Public Involvement at the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Trinity College Dublin, and practising pharmacist

Dr Grimes’ research focusses on medication safety and patient safety, using systems-based approaches to facilitate better outcomes from medication management, and she has published widely on this topic. Dr Grimes brings this insight and expertise to her national and international policy-making activities. 

Dr John Fitzsimons

Consultant Paediatrician with Children’s Health Ireland @ Temple Street and Clinical Director for Quality Improvement (QI) with the HSE’s National Quality & Patient Safety Directorate

He is a course director of the HSE sponsored RCPI Quality Improvement and Leadership post-graduate certificate program which has been running since 2011 and trained over 750 participants. He has contributed to national improvement projects including Irish Paediatric Early Warning System (PEWS), Situation Awareness for Everyone (SAFE), Quality and Safety Walkrounds, Pressure Ulcer and VTE collaboratives and the HSE Patient Safety Strategy 2019-2014.  He is an editor of the Oxford Handbook of Patient Safety published in 2022. 

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Rory Carrick

Administrative Director, Programme Recruitment, Marketing and Online Learning

He has worked with Trinity College Dublin for the past eighteen years. He joined the CIHS in 2015 to coordinate the Online M.Sc. in Managing Risk and System Change as well as support the CIHS involvement in research project planning and management. He is also responsible for student recruitment, marketing and managing executive education programmes.  Rory is a quintuple graduate of Trinity College Dublin.

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Paula Hicks

Head of Operations, Business and Finance

Paula has over 25 years’ experience in a variety of roles, including Project Management, Research Centre Operations, Strategic Planning, Lecturing and Business Analysis.  She completed her MSc. in Health Informatics in 2021, and PG Certificate in Innovation and Enterprise Development in 2019. 

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Maureen Nolan

Patient safety champion since 2012/13 and is one of the remaining original members of the Patients for Patient Safety Ireland Group (PFPSI - under the World Health Organisation

She served as PFPSI Secretary for over two years Nov 2018 – March 2021. In that time she was involved in many working and Health Service Executive (HSE) managerial groups as a valued fully embodied partner. She is currently a member of the HSE Strategy and Research Management Team. She has spoken publicly of the patient experience and her most recent video relating to my husband’s journey as a patient was presented at the ISQua Conference in 2021. This video is also used as a teaching tool in a module on person and family engagement as part of a HSE Improvement in Practice programme. 

Margaret Codd

RN, BNS, MSc CLOL, Advanced Facilitator (QMU)

Margaret is the Education & Human Factors Ergonomics Lead, National Quality and Patient Safety Directorate, HSE.  

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Prof. Eva Doherty

Director of Human Factors in Patient Safety at the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI)

She has responsibility for the design, coordination and delivery of the Human Factors in Patient Safety training and postgraduate education in the college. Surgeons and Emergency Medicine doctors in postgraduate training are required to attend RCSI for mandatory Human Factors in Patient Safety training for two to three days each year for up to eight years of their postgraduate training. In addition, Eva designs and delivers courses for Non-Consultant hospital doctors (NCHDs) and have innovated an inter-professional two year part-time masters degree in Human Factors in Patient Safety. Eva organises national conferences in HFE including a recent conference on Just Culture at the RCSI with Martin Bromiley, OBE.  

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Dr Angela O'Dea

Course co-director for the Masters in Simulation at the Irish Centre for Applied Patient Safety and Simulation (ICAPSS), University of Galway

She is a Human Factors Psychologist with over 20 years of experience in developing evidence based Human Factors training and education programmes for healthcare and industry. She has a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Aberdeen, and Masters degrees in Occupational Psychology, and in Clinical Research. Prior to joining the University of Galway, Angela was a Senior Lecturer in Surgical Education at RCSI – a position she held for seven years. Previous to this she was a Post-doctoral researcher at the University of Galway, and an Adjunct Lecturer in Psychology at Mary Immaculate College. Angela worked in the United States for eight years where she worked as a Senior Scientist at Applied Research Associates in Dayton Ohio and as a Research Associate Professor at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey California. 

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Dr Allan P Goldman

MBBChB, MRCP is a paediatric intensive care specialist, Chief Medical Officer at Children’s Health Ireland

He is a paediatric intensive care specialist who worked at Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital in London UK for over 20 years. He is the Chief Medical Officer at Children’s Health Ireland and has a special interest in human factors, teamwork and leadership. He was the principal investigator in the theatre-ICU-Formula 1 study. Allan set up and runs the highly successful Risky Business conference in the UK which aims to improve safety and outcomes in healthcare and other high risk industries through sharing experiences & ideas between those who operate in risky environments such as business, emergency services, exploration, sport & healthcare. Allan has organised over 20 Risky Business conferences with 8,800 delegates attending.  

Peter Lachman

Lead Faculty Quality Improvement Programme Royal College of Physicians of Ireland  

Peter Lachman develops and delivers  programmes to develop clinical leaders in quality improvement at the RCPI and is an MSC supervisor at RCSI. He works with HSE Global in Africa. He is a former CEO of ISQua. And was Deputy Medical Director at Great Ormond Street Hospital and a Consultant Paediatrician at Royal Free Hospital London and Northwest London Hospitals in London He is the lead editor of the OUP Handbook on Patient Safety published in April 2022; Co-Editor of the OUP Handbook on Medical Leadership and Management  published in December 2022; and Editor of the OUP Handbook on Quality Improvement in Healthcare published February 2024.

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Siobhan Corrigans

Director of the Cert/Diploma/MSc in Managing Risk and System Change and Assistant Director of the Centre for Innovative Human Systems (CIHS)

Prof. Siobhán Corrigan is Director of the Cert/Diploma/MSc in Managing Risk and System Change and Assistant Director of the Centre for Innovative Human Systems (CIHS), School of Psychology, Trinity College Dublin. Taking a Human Factors and Systems approach to understanding how organisations function, Prof. Siobhán Corrigan’s research identifies the potential enablers and barriers to cultural adoption, acceptability and implementation of human-centric initiatives in healthcare and other safety critical industries.

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About HEPS

HEPS, the triennial conference on Healthcare Systems Ergonomics and Patient Safety, provides an international platform for the exchange and dissemination of knowledge and experiences between the disciplines of Human Factors/Ergonomics and of Medicine and Health. HEPS conferences are endorsed by the International Ergonomics Association and governed by its Technical Committee Healthcare Ergonomics. The HEPS 2025 conference will take place in Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

Our History:

2005

Florence, Italy

Human Factor: a bridge between care and cure

2008

Strasbourg, France

Creating and designing the healthcare experience

2011

Oviedo, Spain

An alliance between professionals and citizens for patient safety and quality of life: Healthcare systems ergonomics for hospitals and communities

2014

Taipei, Taiwan

Bridging research and good practices towards patients welfare

2016

Toulouse, France

Healthcare and society: new challenges, new opportunitiescure

2019

Lisbon, Portugal

Building health and social care systems for the future: demographic changes, digital age and human factors

2022

Delft, The Netherlands

Convergence: breaking down barriers between disciplines

2025

Dublin, Ireland

Safer Better Healthcare By All For All

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