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posted on 2019-11-22, 18:16 authored by Finbar McCarthy

This dissertation presents a plan for the design, implementation, and evaluation of an educational programme that will assist supervisors in supporting a trainee following the death of a patient by suicide. The dissertation presents evidence from the literature on the impact the death of a patient by suicide can have on a clinician, both personally and professionally. The focus of the literature review is on the particular vulnerability of trainees in psychiatry to those effects, and on educational programmes researched to prepare trainees to cope. The dissertation describes the suitability of postgraduate training of psychiatrists in Ireland, conducted by the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland, for the implementation of a one hour guided educational supervision session. The guide will benefit a trainee by preparing them for the challenges faced in the aftermath of a patient suicide, and benefit their supervisor by proposing a schedule for support. The Senior and Swailes organisational development model is used to plan the development of a guide. Kirkpatrick’s four level evaluation and Stake’s responsive evaluation models are used as frameworks for evaluation of the guide.


First Supervisor

Dr Pauline Joyce


A dissertation submitted in part fulfilment of the degree of MSc in Leadership in Health Professions Education, Institute of Leadership, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin 2015.

Published Citation

McCarthy F. Patient Suicide - Designing a Supervisor's Guide for an Occupational Hazard [Masters dissertation]. Dublin: Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland; 2015.

Degree Name

  • MSc Leadership in Health Professions Education

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