Dear Colleagues,


We’ve had nearly 1,000 responses so far to the Survey for the census of self-declared research active staff. This is a fantastic response, but there are many more of you out there!

If you have not yet completed the survey, please take 6 minutes to do so. All information gathered is extremely useful to inform the newly created national Research and Development function.


Are you involved in health related research? If so, the new HSE Research and Development function would like to hear from you! 


Please take this opportunity to introduce yourself to us and help us build a robust community of researchers within the health service.


Some background

A new Research and Development function commenced operations in November 2017, with the appointment of Dr. Ana Terrés as Assistant National Director for Research and Development in the HSE. This function aims to develop a framework for governance, support and strategic direction to enable, promote, sustain and grow the full range of health research activities within the service.



We plan to conduct three short surveys over the coming months. The aim of the first short survey (approximately 6 minutes) is to carry out a census of self-declared research active staff. If may not be apparent from a person’s job title or description that they are actively involved in research and therefore we urge you to complete this survey if you have been involved in research over the past two years. The information collected in the suite of short surveys will help us to identify our research community with a view to further understand who is research active, what research is currently on-going, what’s important for you, what your needs are and where are the gaps. This information will be crucial to inform the design and future development of the R&D function.


What do we mean by “research”?

Research is the systematic, rigorous investigation of a situation or a problem in order to generate new knowledge or validate existing knowledge. In this survey Health Research refers to research undertaken to gain knowledge of health and disease, spanning biological mechanisms, population health, disease prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care of the person, including health services research (*). For the avoidance of doubt, the scope of this survey includes research and evaluation activities, but it excludes clinical audit.

Complete the Survey

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