UCD Beacon Hospital Academy

Beacon Hospital is a teaching hospital and is partnered up with UCD to create the UCD Beacon Hospital Academy

The UCD Beacon Hospital Academy was launched in February 2015 by Minister Leo Varadkar and boasts the most comprehensive private training programmes in Ireland underpinned by excellence in scholarship, innovation in all aspects of healthcare provision and transformative management and leadership.

The UCD Beacon Hospital Academy draws on the expertise of the wider UCD network and facilitates Beacon Hospital staff to undertake executive management and leadership courses.

About The UCD Beacon Hospital Academy

  • Clinical Education Programmes

    The Academy provide clinical education and support to many UCD accredited academic programmes, from undergraduate degrees to postgraduate certificates, diplomas and degrees. The hospital is a private University affiliate for clinical placements and not the principle site for training of UCD Health Science students. The principle sites for training of UCD Health Science students are St Vincent’s University Hospital and Mater Misericordia Hospital, together with other Voluntary and Statutory hospitals within the health system.

    Clinical placement opportunities are offered to students from the following schools:

    UCD School of Nursing Midwifery and Health Science

    UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Performance Science

    UCD School of Medicine

    Non clinical placements opportunities are offered to students from the following school:

    UCD Lochlann School of Business

    UCD School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice 

    The training facilities are state of the art and the staff and students enjoy direct access to the latest equipment and technology

    Each clinical placement is designed to complement the students learning in the public hospital systems and to provide opportunities for the students to build on their clinical skills and fully submerge their learning in emerging technologies and interdisciplinary teamwork.

    Our students are recognised as the agents of change in healthcare, capable of harnessing and absorbing technology in healthcare, roles models in their professional fields and champions for interdisciplinary team work.

  • Elective Student Placements

    Students are invited to submit their interest for their summer elective placement at Beacon Hospital. Students are advised to contact Ms. Kathryn Kane – kathryn.kane@beaconhospital.ie for further details.

    Placements for medical students will occur only in the month of July 2020 for the 2020 summer period and the maximum length of placement duration will be three weeks.

    Please follow the following steps to ensuring your placement can be facilitated at Beacon Hospital.

    • Register your interest with Kathryn Kane and enquire if there is capacity for your placement in the hospital.
    • Once the UCD Beacon Hospital Academy has confirmed capacity, contact the consultant or staff member in question you wish to work with and confirm his/her commitment to your placement supervision. It is the responsibility of the student to make contact with the relevant consultant and or staff member. The Academy will require written confirmation from the consultant or staff member outlining their agreement to this placement.
    • If there is no formal agreement in place directly between Beacon Hospital and the student’s University you are required to submit the documentation listed below:
    • Formal University documentation requesting this placement and confirming the student is currently enrolled in the course.
    • Documentation to outline the training the student has undertaken thus far in their training – i.e. module outline of their degree pathway.
    • Documentation surrounding the learning objectives, competencies and curricula for the module of your study pertaining to this placement.
    • Documentary evidence of the following :
      – Up to date immunization schedule as per your University’s Occupational Health Policy
      – Current Garda Vetting Confirmation – The Academy will trigger this process for you.
      – The University’s Code of Professional Conduct when on placement policy
      – Contact Details for a University Lecturer attached to the degree that can be contacted if the need arises during a placement.
  • Executive Management Programmes

    The UCD Beacon Hospital Academy  draw on the expertise of the wider UCD network and facilitate   Beacon Hospital staff to undertake executive management and leadership courses.

    Lean Academy

    Using Lean and Six Sigma principles this programme aims to assess processes within the hospital system and work towards employing time and cost saving principles at every level of the organisation.

    To date we have put over 140 staff members through the White Belt programme brought to us by UCD’s Assistant Professor Sean Paul Teeling. Ten of our staff members have received the Green Belt and we look forward to introducing this innovative programme to many more staff members over the coming months.

    Medical Administration Course

    UCD Beacon Hospital Academy introduced a Medical Administration course which provides training to all Beacon Hospital administrative staff in a variety of areas including finance, data protection, communication, IT & general hospital operations. This course will be offered on a bi-annual basis to staff.

  • Innovation Programmes

    Innovation in Healthcare is built into the ethos of the Academy and this can be readily seen by the hospital’s involvement in the largest European Connected Health project to date – CHESS.

    CHESS is Europe’s first networked Connected Health PhD training programme and has recruited 15 PhD students internationally to cover 4 main areas of research and training in Connected Health; care, change, data and sustainability.

    The UCD Beacon Academy is a healthcare partner of CHESS and hosts one of these PhD researchers who is working on an innovative new technology to support orthopaedic rehabilitation.

    This technology uses a sensor to provide feedback to patients during their exercises after hip or knee replacement. The concept aims to make patients feel more supported at home, and ultimately to maximise the success of the surgery and rehabilitation. This technology is being developed and tested in association with the Beacon Hospital.

    This programme offers 8 PhD positions in different institutions to research on connected health for patients with cancer. Advances in cancer diagnosis and treatment have been ground-breaking, and we are now considering some cancers as chronic disease rather than fatal illness. This moves the point of focus in the fight against cancer from sustaining life towards maximizing functional capacity and Quality Of Life (QOL).

  • Faculty Membership

    Faculty Membership – Many of our staff have been recognised by the UCD School for Medicine for their Outstanding Contribution to student education and learning in the UCD Beacon Hospital Academy.

    • Assoc. Professor Margaret Griffin, Consultant Endocrinologist
    • Assoc. Professor Shiobhan Weston, Consultant Gastroenterologist
    • Assoc. Professor Oleg Ilynski, Consultant in Anaesthesia/Pain Management
    • Assoc. Professor Jenny Westrup, Consultant Medical Oncologist
    • Assoc. Professor Maurice Neligan, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
    • Assoc. Professor David Burke, Consultant Cardiologist
    • Assoc. Professor Paul Murphy, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
    • Assoc. Professor Turlough O’ Donnell, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
    • Assoc. Professor Jabir Nagaria, Consultant Neurosurgeon
    • Assoc. Professor John Magner, Consultant Anaesthetist
    • Assoc. Professor Silvio Gligor, Consultant Anaesthetist
    • Assoc. Professor Peter Beddy, Consultant Radiologist
    • Assoc. Professor Michael Murphy, Consultant Urologist
    • Assoc. Professor Robert Kelly, Consultant Cardiologist
    • Assoc. Professor Seamus Morris – Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
    • Asst. Professor James Slattery, Consultant Radiologist
    • Asst. Professor Reza Kalbassi, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon
    • Asst. Professor Alina Mihai, Consultant Radiation Oncologist
    • Asst. Professor Ashgar Qasim, Consultant Gastroenterologist
    • Asst. Professor Dermot McCaffrey, Consultant Cardiologist
    • Asst. Professor Diarmuid O’Riordan, Consultant General & Robotic Surgeon
    • Asst. Professor Kelvin Boos, Consultant Gynaecologist
    • Asst. Professor Maher Shuhaiber, Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon
    • Asst. Professor Paul Burns, Consultant ENT Surgeon
    • Asst. Professor Peter Meagher, Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
    • Asst. Professor Reem Salman, Consultant Breast /General Surgeon
    • Asst. Professor Robert Hannon, Consultant General Colorectal Laparoscopic Surgeon
    • Asst. Professor Ruth Delaney, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
    • Asst. Professor Deirdre O’Riordan, Consultant in Respiratory
    • Asst. Professor Mark Ryan, Consultant Radiologist
    • Asst. Professor Niall Sheehy, Consultant Radiologist
    • Asst. Professor Brice Antao, Consultant in Paediatric Surgery
    • Asst. Professor David Coghlan, Consultant Paediatrician
    • Asst. Professor Kambiz Golchin, Consultant ENT & Plastic Surgeon
    • Asst. Professor Adnan Hafeez, Consultant General Surgeon
    • Asst. Professor Éilis Fitzgerald, Consultant Plastic & Aesthetic Surgeon
    • Asst. Professor Michael Mara, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
    • Asst. Professor Joseph McKeever – Consultant in Emergency Medicine
    • Asst. Professor Orla Ni Mhuircheartaigh – Consultant Rheumatologist
    • Asst. Professor Fuan Chan – Consultant Plastic Surgeon
    • Asst. Professor Stephen Frohlic – Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine
    • Asst. Professor Danny Collins – Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine
    • Asst. Professor Jonathan Lyne – Consultant Cardiologist
    • Asst. Professor Seamus Linnane – Consultant in Respiratory
    • Asst. Professor Mary Shuhaibar – Consultant Gastroenterologist
    • Asst. Professor Karhtikeyan Srinivasan – Consultant Anaesthetist
    • Asst. Professor Michael Egan – Consultant Anaesthetist
  • Patient Information

    We provide exceptional patient care in an environment where quality, respect, caring and compassion are at the centre of all we do.

    In order to enhance our student experience, students may be present and partake in some of your care during your stay at Beacon Hospital. These students will be under the supervision of a staff member and this supervision with be in line with best practice guidelines as laid out by the respective universities and international accreditation bodies. The staff member will always ask you in advance, if you are comfortable for a student to present during any care intervention.

    Please be advised that you may be invited to give feedback on your experience with a student. If you do not wish to participate please inform the student tutor.

    Please let the reception staff know if you would prefer not to have a student involved in your care while at Beacon Hospital.

    Alternatively, please feel free to contact the UCD Beacon Hospital Academy directly and we can relay this message.

  • Student Information

    Academy Building: The Academy building is located at Suite 13-15 in Beacon Court.

    All seminars, tutorials and lectures will take place in this building. The Student library is also located at this facility.

    Lockers: You will have access to a small locker while on clinical placement. These lockers require a lock and key to secure them. Please remember to bring in your own key and lock.

    Dress Code: Please follow your individual schools’ policy on appropriate dress code while on clinical placement. Please note uniforms must not be worn outside of the hospital.

    Transport: The hospital is easily accessible.

    • Bike: There is a bike rack available in the hospital main car park. The hospital accept no liability for any damage or theft of your bike while your bike is locked to this rack.
    • Luas: The Luas (green line) goes directly from St. Stephen’s Green to Sandyford. Beacon Hospital, Dublin is located in Sandyford, 10 minutes’ walk from the Kilmacud Luas station. On exiting the Luas at the Kilmacud station, take the lift/stairs and follow the pathway to the entrance of the station. Turn left here and you will see Beacon Hospital located at the top of the road at the crossroads (this is right beside the Beacon Hotel).
    • Bus: Beacon Hospital is serviced by the following bus routes:
      • No. 11 bus from Wadelai Park (via O’Connell Street). Alight at stop no. 4847 Blackthorn Drive, Luas Car Park
      • No. 75 bus from Tallaght/Dun Laoghaire. Alight at stop no. 449 Blackthorn Road, Corrig Road

    WiFi: There is Wi-Fi available in the hospital and this is free for all students to use. Students also have access to Eduroam in both the hospital and academy buildings. 

  • Key Staff

    Kathryn Kane

    Kathryn is the Senior Administrator on the UCD Beacon Hospital Academy. Kathryn has been an employee of Beacon Hospital for the past four years as an administrator and is very enthusiastic about the Academy and its active involvement in each student’s hospital placement.

    Kathryn has a background in healthcare having run her own business and her passion for the industry has led her to Beacon where her skills and experience are widely utilised.

    Recently, Kathryn has received a Professional Certificate (Green Belt) from the UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Science Lean Six Sigma Management Course 2019

  • Events

    Masterclass in Surgery – Feb 2018

    The Beacon Hospital in conjunction with University College Dublin organised a master class in Surgery for UCD Medical Students prior to their exams in March 2018. The class was well attended by 93 students and tutorials sessions were led by Assoc. Prof. Jabir Nagaria (Neurosurgery) and co-delivered by Ass. Professor Maher Shuhaiber (Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon), Ass. Professor Robert Hannon, (Consultant General Colorectal Laparoscopic Surgeon) and Assoc. Professor Paul Murphy(Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon).

    A variety of surgical topics were presented. The masterclass was a great example of the enthusiasm and commitment Beacon Hospital has to offer in educating the next generation of doctors.


Contact: Kathryn Kane