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Dr. Cicely Roche

Associate Professor (Pharmacy)

Academic Developer (TEP) (Academic Practice)

Cicely Roche's career as a pharmacist has been largely in community pharmacy, in Ireland and Ontario, in both management and ownership capacities, although her first two years post-registration as a pharmacist were spent working in Quality Assurance at LEO Laboratories in Dublin. Her key interests are in the areas of Ethics and Professional reasoning, Higher Education and Continuing professional development, the development of advanced services in Community Pharmacy and in the value of quality assurance systems in pharmacy settings. Her PhD (2016) explored the development and evaluation of moral reasoning competencies in pharmacists, i.e. abilities underpinning decision-making through the ambiguity inherent in professional dilemmas (Roche & Thoma, 2017). Aligned with Neo-Kohlbergian theory, her research guided participants through a structured approach to decision-making. Profession-specific dilemmas were integrated throughout an educational intervention delivered primarily online to volunteer community pharmacists (Roche, Radomski, Grimes & Thoma, 2017). Dr Roche's current research explores the adaptation of this approach for use in Academic Online Modules associated with in-service placements for 4th year pharmacy students (Roche et al, 2019) and in Interprofessional Learning (FHS Dean's Innovation in Teaching Award 2017-2018). Cicely joined the School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences as an Associate Professor in the Practice of Pharmacy in 2009 (Half-time) and has also worked as a Trinity Education Fellow/Academic Developer (part-time) since 2016. She was awarded a Provost's Teaching Award in 2015, and holds an MEd in Higher Education Teaching & Learning (Roche, 2014). She also holds MSc Degrees in both Healthcare Ethics and Law (Roche & Kelliher, 2009), and in Community Pharmacy. She continues to work part-time as an employee Community Pharmacist. She is a past President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI) (2001 to 2003), chair of the PSI Fitness to Practice Committee (Health)(2009 to 2019),founding chair and member of the Pharmacy Law and Ethics Association (Ireland) and a past member of the Boards of the Irish Medicines Board (IMB)(2006-2011) and the Irish Centre for Continuing Pharmaceutical Education (ICCPE) (2004-2012).
  Business Ethics   Moral reasoning competencies development   Neo-Kohlbergian theory   Pharmacy   Professional Development and Reflective Practice   professional Identity Formation   Professionalism and Ethics   Programme Focussed Assessment   Technology Enhanced Learning
Details Date
MPharm Integrated Programme Academic Online Module year 4 Implementation Group Lead (TCD/ UCC/ RCSI Collaboration) 2018- ongoing
MPharm integrated Programme Academic Online Module Development group (TCD/ UCC/ RCSI collaboration): TCD representative 2016-2018
Chair, Fitness to Practice - Committee of Inquiry (Health), Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland 2009 to December 2018
President, Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland 2001-2003
Irish Medicines Board (Board Member) 2006 -2011
Chair, Pharmacy Law and Ethics Association 2010-2013
Chair, Joint working group PSI/ICCPE/HSE/DoH, Engagement of pharmacists in Joint Continuing Education initiatives 2008-2012
Irish Centre for Continuing Pharmaceutical Education (Board Member) 2004-2012
Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland: Accreditation Standards development (Level 8, Level 9 and 5-year integrated programmes)... Expert groups. 2010-2015
Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland - Core Competency Framework Development Group 2011
Asthma Society of Ireland Medical Committee 2002-2016
President, Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland Benevolent Fund (Reg. CHY) 2004-2012
Director, Pharmacy Bevenvolent Fund (Reg CHY) 2012-2013
Director, Gorey Educational Trust Ltd (Reg. CHY) 2003 to current
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Member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland 1984 current
Reviewer, Journal of Business Ethics 2011
Member of the Pharmacy Law and Ethics Association (Ireland) 2010 current
Member of the Pharmacy Law and Ethics Association (UK) 2008 current
Reviewer: Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy 2017 current
Kearney, Maeve; Roche, Cicely; Poole, Claire., Promoting Professional Judgement through peer debate in radiation therapy undergraduate curriculum, Technical Innovations & Patient Support in Radiation Oncology, 2022, p11 , Notes: [PII: S2405-6324(22)00041-5 DOI: Reference: TIPSRO 187], Journal Article, ACCEPTED  DOI
Roche, Cicely, 'Prescription' for Purposeful Adaptation of Professionalism-and-Ethics Teaching Strategies for Remote Delivery. , Pharmacy, 9(1), (55), 2021, p1-13 , Notes: [], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Roche, C & O'Farrell, C., Evidencing and assessing troublesome attributes across the professional disciplines. , INHED - Irish Network of HealthCare Educators, Preparing students for the complexities of practice and transformative experiences, Trinity College Dublin, February 13th - 14th, 2020, Notes: [Workshop 90 minutes], Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED  URL
Codes of Conduct/ Ethics in pharmacy practice in, editor(s)Zaheer-Ud-Din Babar Section Editor: Zubin Austin , ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PHARMACY PRACTICE AND CLINICAL PHARMACY, United Kingdom, Elsevier, 2019, pp1-29 , [Roche, Cicely], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Roche C., Flood, M, Lynch, M. & Sahm, L., Balancing Assessment with "In-Service Practical Training": A Case Report on Collaborative Curriculum Design for Delivery in the Practice Setting, Pharmacy, 7, (3), 2019, p1-25 , Notes: [], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Ryan, T.J.; Grimes, T.; Henman, M.C.; Sheachnasaigh, E.N.; O'Dwyer, M.; Roche, C.; Ryder, S.A.; Sasse, A.; Walsh, J.J. & D'Arcy, D.M, Design and Implementation of an Integrated Competency-Focused Pharmacy Programme: A Case Report., Pharmacy, 7, (3), 2019, , Notes: [], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Cicely Roche, Rubrics in support of Learning and assessment: how to design and integrate to curriculum planning., New frontiers in educational and curriculum development, Leeds, UK, 14th & 15th November, 2019, Notes: [], Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED  URL
Cicely Roche Tamasine Grimes, Jack Kavanagh & Emer Guinan,, Spotlight on role-play and peer interaction in dilemma resolution: a Neo-Kohlbergian approach to Interprofessional education, Working With Others, Ballymascanlon, Ireland, 15th October, 2019, Notes: [], Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED  URL
Roche, Cicely, From Competencies to Public Health, Health Outcomes and Social Pharmacy, Belgrade, 23-24 March 2018, 2018, Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED  URL
Roche, Cicely, New and innovative health technologies for enhanced public health - challenges and ethical issues. (Plenary Session)., Emerging technologies in Healthcare, Belgrade, Serbia, 17th August,, 2017, European Society for Philosophy of Medicine and Healthcare, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED

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Roche, C, Can we teach professional judgement and reasoning? Experiences from research and practice. , A professional update day for academics and pharmacy trainers, Birmingham, England, 9th September, 2014, Notes: [Invited speaker.], Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED
Roche C., Grimes T., Conscientious Objection by Pharmacists: Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act, 2013, IPU Review, September 2013., 2013, p20 - 22, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Roche, Cicely, Online assessment incorporating reflective practice and teamwork: Technology-Enhanced Learning in the final semester., EdTech 2013, University College Cork, May, 2013, Notes: [Invited speaker URL to video: ], Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED
Roche, Cicely., Challenging the 21st Century Learner:Supporting the development of reasoning competencies, Dublin eLearning Summer School, Dublin DIT, June , 2011, Notes: [Invited speaker], Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED
Roche, Cicely., Is Irish Pharmacy ready for MURs? , IPU Review, September, 2008, p32 - 35, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Roche, Cicely., Cholesterol testing in Demand? , Counterintelligence online, February, 2008, p4 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED


Award Date
Dean's Innovation in Teaching Award: ePortfolio for experiential reflection: student-led competence assessment. [Lead Dr Cicely Roche] 2022
Dean's Innovation in Teaching Award: Interprofessional education - development of a module suitable as an elective [Lead: Dr Emer McGowan] 2022
FHS Visiting Professor award 2022 Prof Steve Thoma June 2022
Teaching Hero Award 2021 [National Forum for the enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education] 2021
Royal Irish Academy Charlemont Scholar 2017
Deans Innovation in Teaching Award: eLearning package for development of healthcare student' resilience [Lead applicant Dr Louise Gallagher] 2019
Dean's Teaching Innovation Award, Faculty of Health Sciences: A multidisciplinary approach to moral reasoning competencies development. June 2017
Provost's teaching award, Trinity College Dublin. 2015
Elected to serve as President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland Oct 2001 & Oct 2002
Roches Pharmacy Gorey won the Excellence Ireland Foundation Mark National Award. (Integrated QA & continuous improvement system.) Sept 2004
Best Conference Paper, Irish Academy of Management 2014
Irish Management Institute 'Poster Presentation Award' Irish Acadamy of Management Conference 2013
Moral reasoning Competencies Development in Community Pharmacists in Ireland. (PhD thesis). Professional ethics education as proposed in 'Moral Development in the Professions: Psychology and Applied Ethics' (Rest & Narvaez, 1994) incorporates the Four Component Model (FCM) of morality, namely moral sensitivity, reasoning , motivation and implementation, as interactive elements in the development of a professional (Bebeau & Monson, 2008; Bebeau, 2002; Bebeau & Thoma, 1999). Moral reasoning is the component specifically considered in this study, which reviews the development of moral reasoning competencies, as measured by a psychometric measure known as the DIT2 (Rest et al, 1999a, 1999b), following an educational intervention incorporating profession-specific dilemmas. Participants in the educational intervention had all been, at the time, registered pharmacists for at least three years and working in community pharmacies, referred to as Retail Pharmacy Businesses (RPBs) in the Pharmacy Act (Pharmacy Act, 2007). Research in other professions, e.g. dentistry (Bebeau, 2002) and business (Jones, 2008), indicates that even relatively short profession-specific educational programmes (referred to as an intervention for the purposes of this research) can lead to significant improvements in moral reasoning competencies, especially when the design, development and delivery of the intervention is context-appropriate. The question that this research aimed to address was whether a similar intervention could impact on community pharmacists using the Irish context as a study environment. This study therefore included the design, development and delivery of a profession-specific educational intervention, delivered over 16 weeks as a blended learning programme, in order to consider its impact on moral reasoning competencies in community pharmacists in Ireland as measured by the DIT2.