June 2018

Module 2 of the Public Service Pay Commission Engage to Change study is now underway. This study is taking place with:

  • Dental surgeons
  • Paramedics
  • Psychologists
  • Radiographers
  • A small number of grades across the Defence Forces (see Chapter 6 of the Commission’s first report)



The overall aim of this study is to:

  1. to carry out a comprehensive examination and analysis of recruitment and retention issues in respect of key public service personnel identified by the Public Service Pay Commission as experiencing recruitment and retention difficulties. Module 1 took place with nurses and doctors and Module 2 is now underway;
  2. to take account of a wide range of potential drivers that influence retention and recruitment; and
  3. to identify policy options to address any identified recruitment and/or retention difficulties for these personnel.


The study will collect information using a questionnaire survey and interviews with key stakeholders.



You are being asked to participate in this study as you are a relevant stakeholder in this area.



While there may be no direct benefit to you in participating in this study, the findings from the study will provide an opportunity to help influence policy in the area of recruitment and retention of healthcare staff.  



There are no foreseeable risks to you participating in this study. However, if you are affected by the topics raised during the interview, you are entitled to access support via the Employee Assistance Programme. Contact details are available from your local occupational health department or the researcher.



You cannot participate in this study if you are not a relevant stakeholder. 



You are not required to provide any personnel information to take part in the survey part of this study.

If you are interested in taking part in a telephone interview, you will be asked to provide your name, telephone number and email contact at the end of the survey. If you are randomly selected to take part in an interview, you will be sent additional information about the study and you will be asked to include your name and contact details at the end of the interview consent form. However, your identity will remain confidential. You will be given a code and pseudonym for the analysis and report. A pseudonym is a fake name that will be used. Identifiable data will be retained for a minimum of five years after the completion of the study.



All electronic data will be stored on a password protected computer in the office of Research Matters and retained for a minimum period of five years. Any identifiable information will be separated from the data and held in a password-controlled file and securely destroyed as soon as the data collection phase of the study is complete. All hard copy forms with identifying information, including the informed consent form and interview transcript, will be kept in a locked storage cabinet that only the research team have access to. Any electronic data files, including email correspondence will be stored on a computer that is password protected and can only be accessed by the research team. This will be in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 2018.



This study is covered by standard institutional indemnity insurance. Nothing in this document restricts or curtails your rights.



If you decide to volunteer to participate in this study, you may withdraw at any time up to the point of data analysis. If you decide not to participate, or if you withdraw, you will not be penalised and will not give up any benefits that you had before entering the study.



You understand that the investigators may withdraw your participation in the study at any time without your consent.



You can get more information or answers to your questions about the study, your participation in the study, and your rights, from Dr. Sinead Hanafin who can be telephoned at 086 383 7563 or emailed at director@researchmatters.eu. If the study team learns of important new information that might affect your desire to remain in the study, you will be informed at once.