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Dr Tamasine Grimes and colleagues at Tallaght Hospital win the 2014 Inaugural HSE Open Access Research Award

The inaugural HSE Open Access Research Awards were presented recently by HSE Director General, Mr Tony O’Brien. This award has been established to recognise the efforts of healthcare professionals and those working in the health care system, who are engaged in research. Speaking at the awards Mr O’Brien paid tribute to the work of researchers in the health services, saying “Research has an important role to play in contributing to the ongoing development of our health services and to the development of professional practice. As has been highlighted by this award, the research-practice gap is being narrowed, and successfully bridged in many cases. I would like to thank all those who submitted their research for their hard work, dedication and professionalism.”

The overall winner of this year’s award was Dr Tamasine Grimes, a practicing pharmacist at Tallaght Hospital, and Associate Professor at the School of Pharmacy in Trinity College Dublin. Dr Grimes’ research focuses on medication safety at care transitions and the development of the role of the clinical pharmacist. The winning publication, Collaborative pharmaceutical care in an Irish hospital: uncontrolled before-after study, was published in BMJ Quality & Safety.