Imbuing Medical Professionalism (IMP)

IMP project is funded by Health Research Board (HRB). Programme: Medical Education Research Grant.

Project's duration: 15-Dec-14 to 31-Mar-19

Project Aim

  •  To imbue a culture of medical professionalism in hospital culture and support junior doctors to raise issues of concern, whilst shaping a culture of trust, transparency, responsiveness and learning.

Project Activity

  • Trialling an embedded learning approach that centres on the use of a custom designed game to encourage speaking up, as well as inclusive leadership (words and deeds by leaders that invite and appreciate others’ contributions) and responsiveness in the hospital system.

Study Methods

This was a mixed method study consisting of baseline data collection, followed by the PlayDecide intervention and post intervention data gathering. The following instruments were used:

  • Questionnaire capturing Leadership Inclusiveness and Psychological Safety (Nembhard & Edmondson, 2006);
  • Questionnaire on Safety Concerns that Interns witnessed based upon the Irish Medical Council’s (2014) eight domains of good professional practice;
  • PlayDecide Intervention is a serious card based game with a role-playing component;
  • Semi-Structured Interviews using Flanagan’s (1957) Critical Incident Technique.

Who is involved in this project?

School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems, UCD  

  • Eilish McAuliffe, Professor of Health Systems
  • Marie Ward, Senior Research Fellow
  • Éidín Ni Shé, Research Scientist
  • Christian Korpos, Research Assistant                        

Patient and Public Involvement in Healthcare, HSE

  • Karen Egan, Patient Representative

St. James’s Hospital  

  • Una Geary, Clinical Lead Quality and Safety
  • Una Healy, Risk Manager
  • Julie O’Grady, CNM 3, Nursing Quality, Audit & Research Co-ordinator
  • Gaye Cunnane, Rheumatology and Dir. Postgraduate Med Education
  • Elaine Bourke, Intern Tutor
  • Lucy Chapman, SHO Contact

St Vincent’s University Hospital         

  • Alan Watson, Clinical Director-Medicine/Emergency Medicine
  • Alan Smith, Director of Quality and SafetyKate Murphy, Intern Tutor

Mater Misericordiae University Hospital       

  • Catherine Holland, Risk Manager
  • Una Cunningham, Head of Transformation

State Claims Agency

  • Anne Duffy, Clinical Risk AdvisorCentre for Innovative Human Systems,


  • Nick McDonald, Professor of Psychology

For more details contact:

Professor Eilish McAuliffe,

Health Sciences Centre, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4.


Tel: +353 1 716 6456

We would like to acknowledge the Medical Council of Ireland, the HSE - Medical Education and Training Unit and the Health Research Board, who funded this research under the auspices of the Medical Education Research Grant No. 2014-907.