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Robert Eager
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Professor Robert Eager,
NDTP Training Co-Lead,
Dublin Midlands Hospital Group.

Professor Robert Eager FRCEM is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine in Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore.

A Dublin native, Prof Eager has studied and worked in both Ireland and the United Kingdom.

Professor Eager graduated from University College Dublin with a degree in Medicine in 1995. After completing the early years of his post graduate training in Ireland, he moved to Liverpool where he completed his specialist training and was awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine in 2004. While in the UK, Prof Eager worked as a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital Trust and was an honorary lecturer at University of Liverpool. In his early years as a consultant, he completed a modular programme in Research Methodology and Data Analysis at the University of Liverpool.

Prof Eager returned to Ireland in 2007 and was appointed as Consultant in Emergency Medicine in Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore. He has a particular interest in Medical Education, Simulation and Emergency Ultrasound.

Since his return to Ireland, Prof Eager has been an active member of a number of national and regulatory working groups and committees including the Irish Committee for Emergency Medicine Training, the Irish Association for Emergency Medicine and Advisory Group for the Emergency Medicine Clinical Care Programme. He has recently completed his term as chair of the Medical Academic Committee in Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore and is a member of the Medical Education Liaison Committee between the University of Limerick School of Medicine and the hospital. He has been the chief driving force behind the development of Simulation and Clinical Skills training for medical students and non-consultant doctors in Tullamore.

Prof Eager teaches on the Human Factors programme of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, and also on the Continuous Professional Development Support Scheme. He is an assessor for the Medical Council for Clinical Training Site Inspections and is a member of the Panel of Assessors for Specialty Training. Prof Eager is also one of the National Doctor Training and Planning (NDTP) leads for the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group. 

Prof Eager is secretary of Global Emergency Care Skills, an Irish Emergency Medicine charity that provides training to hospital staff in Low and Middle Income Countries. In this role, he has taught in a number of African countries and has presented at the African Conference of Emergency Medicine. 


Dr. Darragh Shields

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Dr. Darragh Shields,
NDTP Training Co-Lead, 
Dublin Midlands Hospital Group.

Dr Darragh Shields has been a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at St. James’s Hospital Dublin since 2012 and is a Senior Clinical Lecturer at TCD. He qualified from the National University of Ireland, Galway in 2000 and has worked in Emergency Medicine in both Ireland and Australia. He completed his Higher Specialist Emergency Medicine Training in Ireland and fellowship by examination of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (UK).

His areas of interest include Acute and Emergency Medicine, Simulation Training and Medical Education. He is currently year 2 MSc in Healthcare Simulation and Patient Safety, University of Galway. He was the Emergency Medicine lead for the Continuous Professional Development- Support Scheme at the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (2014-2019) and is currently the Director of Medical Education and Intern tutor for the Dublin South-East Intern Network at St. James’s Hospital.


Joanne Finneran
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Joanne Finneran, 
Administration Assistant to the NDTP Training Leads,
Dublin Midlands Hospital Group.

Joanne joined the team in June 2020 and is based in Tullamore. Joanne brings her knowledge of the health service having worked in the HSE since 2008 to the present date. Joanne has accumulated vast experience throughout her career including Customer Service, Data Quality, Helpdesk Support, Medical Secretary, Executive P.A. and Office Mangagement skills.