Mark White

Mark White
Waterford Institute of Technology | WIT · Department of Nursing

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PhD, MBS, MSc, Dip HE, RGN, FFNMRCSI

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Introduction
I am the Vice President of Research, Innovation & Graduate Studies in Waterford institute of Technology where I have responsibility for developing and implementing the institutes Research and Knowledge transfer strategy and overseeing the direction and ongoing development of the Research, Innovation and Postgraduate support services at the institute, including the Research Support Unit (RSU), ArcLabs Innovation centre, the technology transfer office and the graduate studies office. I am a fellow and board member of the faculty of nursing and midwifery at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (FFNMRCSI). I am an editorial board member of the Journal of Research in Nursing.
Research Experience
April 2009 - August 2017
Health Service Executive
Position
  • Director of Nursing, Midwifery, Planning & Development
October 2008 - March 2015
Health Service Executive
Position
  • Director

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Background: The use of survey instruments to measure women's experiences of their maternity care is regarded internationally as an indicator of the quality of care received. To ensure the credibility of the data arising from these instruments, the methodological quality of development must be high. This paper reports the protocol for a systematic...
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Background Recognition of the measurement of women's experiences of their maternity care as a critical component of care quality evaluation has led to a proliferation of instruments to measure this concept. However, the suboptimal methodological and psychometric quality of these instruments, or the lack of reporting of same, hinders the credibility...
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Background: Despite many countries employing the use of national and large scale regional surveys to explore women's experiences of their maternity care, with the results informing national maternity policy and practice, the concept itself is ambiguous and ill-defined having not been subject of a structured concept development endeavour. Aim: Th...
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This paper reviews the original article: An interpretative phenomenological analysis of young men’s experiences of addressing their sexual health and the importance of researcher reflexivity
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Aim This paper aims to unpack the concept of “skill mix” into its constituent parts to achieve a better understanding and reduce confusion associated with the term. Background Skill mix is a topic that is widely debated and is foremost on the health policy agenda due to specific local pressures within international health services. At present, how...
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Background The 2008 financial crisis exacerbated an already mounting workforce challenge faced by most health services in the western world, namely the recruitment and retention of qualified nurses. Aim This paper examines two additional challenges of relevance to workforce planning in health care, an ageing nursing workforce and reliance upon mig...
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The Productive Ward: Releasing Time to Care™ initiative has most arguably been the largest scale quality improvement initiative involving nurses and ward-based teams in the UK and Europe in recent years. One of its main aims is to increase the proportion of time nurses spend in direct patient care. Reports of the initiative and its influences have...
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Background: Concerns about patient safety and reducing harm have led to a particular focus on initiatives that improve healthcare quality. However Quality Improvement (QI) initiatives have in the past typically faltered because they fail to fully engage healthcare professionals, resulting in apathy and resistance amongst this group of key stakehold...
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Aim: To explore the experiences of participants involved in the implementation of the Productive Ward: Releasing Time to Care™ initiative in Ireland, identifying key implementation lessons. Background: A large-scale quality improvement programme Productive Ward: Releasing Time to Care™ was introduced nationwide into Ireland in 2011. We captured...
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Recent concerns about the poor quality of healthcare and diminishing compassion within patient care have prompted many healthcare organisations to adopt ‘compassion’ and ‘care’ into their value and mission statements. Productive Ward: Releasing Time to Care (PW) is a quality improvement (QI) programme designed to meet the value and mission intentio...
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Aim To investigate the impact of the quality improvement program "Productive Ward - Releasing Time to Care™" using nurses' and midwives' reports of practice environment, burnout, quality of care, job outcomes, as well as workload, decision latitude, social capital, and engagement. Background Despite the requirement for health systems to improve qua...
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The Productive Ward: Releasing Time to Care initiative is probably the largest quality-improvement initiative involving nurses and ward-based teams in the UK and Ireland. The impact of the initiative has been well described, but there has been no robust systematic evaluation of its impact to date. This article reviews the abstracts and conclusions...
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The year 2008 marked a profound crisis for Irish public services, with the economy moving from a state of ‘boom’ to ‘bust’. This economic context has significantly impacted on Irish nursing and midwifery. This paper outlines the profound changes that have taken place in the landscape of Irish Nursing and midwifery, between 1997 and 2014 as a result...
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Abstract Background Quality improvement (QI) Programmes, like the Productive Ward: Releasing-time-to-care initiative, aim to ‘engage’ and ‘empower’ ward teams to actively participate, innovate and lead quality improvement at the front line. However, little is known about the relationship and impact that QI work has on the ‘engagement’ of the clin...
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The Productive Ward: Releasing time to care (PW) initiative is predominantly a nurse-led quality improvement (QI) offering, designed to streamline ward work processes and clinical environments in an attempt to 'release time to care'. It has been implemented widely in the UK, recently attracting international interest. This paper systematically revi...
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To examine the literature related to a large-scale quality improvement initiative, the 'Productive Ward: Releasing Time to Care', providing a bibliometric profile that tracks the level of interest and scale of roll-out and adoption, discussing the implications for sustainability. Productive Ward: Releasing Time to Care (aka Productive Ward) is prob...
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Why aren’t the people who work hospital and in healthcare more reactive, empathetic, compassionate and attentive in their workplace? Why can one expect to get more attention, concern, compassion and empathy from strangers in our community than the professionals in our hospitals?
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Purpose – This paper reviews the Lean Healthcare and Productive Ward: releasing time to care (RTC) literature and extracts the reported effects and impacts experienced by employees who implement it. The purpose of this paper is to identify and investigate the strength of the connection between the two models and explores the implications for leader...
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The Impact that ‘Lean Healthcare’ and the Productive Ward: Releasing Time to Care Initiative has on Employees. A Review of the literature. Background The emphasis in health care is rapidly shifting from a model of low-cost provision to one that embraces low-cost, improvement and high-quality (Mazur, 2012). The Productive Ward: Releasing Time to Car...
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AimThis paper reviews the Productive Ward: Releasing Time to Care literature, identifying and discussing the key characteristics that may contribute to successful implementation. Background It is 5years since the official UK launch of the Productive Ward, and the Republic of Ireland commenced a phased, national implementation programme in 2011. Thu...
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Mortality in patients with epilepsy (PWE) is increased compared to the general population. For this reason the National Programme of Epilepsy Care, which was established under the Health Service Executive's National Director for Clinical Strategy and Programmes, identified a reduction in mortality from epilepsy as a key quality metric to monitor th...
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Mortality in patients with epilepsy (PWE) is increased compared to the general population. For this reason the National Programme of Epilepsy Care, which was established under the Health Service Executive's National Director for Clinical Strategy and Programmes, identified a reduction in mortality from epilepsy as a key quality metric to monitor th...
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Background: Health Services world-wide are continually striving for more cost-effective, improved, quality focused modes and models of care delivery. The Productive Ward: Releasing Time to Care (RTC) is an improvement initiative specifically led by nurses which has been relatively well accepted, adopted and spread internationally. It was designed a...
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Aim of Review: This paper aims to review the Productive Ward literature, to extract key elements of best practice for successful implementation and assess the strength of the literature in relation to these elements. Each of the key elements will be examined and discussed with a view to learning what they can teach us about the implementation path...

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Evaluating the impact of the QI initiative in Ireland