Tuesday 17 July 2018

Ex-HSE boss's PhD studies... in leadership

The subject of Tony O'Brien's research is ironic, but he leaves his role of director general with other opportunities, writes Maeve Sheehan

Tony O'Brien, Director General of the Health Service Executive. Photo: Niall Carson/PA
Tony O'Brien, Director General of the Health Service Executive. Photo: Niall Carson/PA

Tony O'Brien leaves the most demanding role in the public sector apparently having started a PhD on team leadership in the health service.

According to University College Dublin's website, the former director general is a "part-time student" at the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems. His thesis is "How does collective leadership training and development impact on team performance", supervised by Professor Eilish McAuliffe.

He is listed as a member of the "research team" on a study programme that focuses on exactly the sort of leadership issues that surfaced in the CervicalCheck crisis.

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