The Irish Association for Palliative Care is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee. It is governed by a Board of Directors, who are elected at its Annual General Meeting. The Board is responsible for ensuring that the the organisation is compliant with statutary obligations and operates within recognised standards of good governance.
The board of directors governs the running of the IAPC, providing their time and skill on a voluntary basis.
Dr Michael Connolly (Chairperson)
I am a Lecturer/Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems, University College Dublin. I am a Registered General Nurse and registered Nurse Tutor in 1992 and hold a BA (Hons) degree in Philosophy from Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy and a MSc (Nursing) (Education) degree from UCD. I completed my doctoral research with the UCD Equality Studies Centre.
I am currently the Programme Director for the Graduate Diploma/MSc in Palliative Care and Director of Undergraduate Clinical Studies at UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems. From November 2011 – December 2015 I was Head of Education at the All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative (AIIHPC). I was elected to the IAPC Board in 2012 and assumed the role of Chair of the Board in December 2016
I undertook a Diploma in Nursing in UCC in 2000-2003. Post qualifying, I continued my work as a staff nurse in the Mercy University Hospital (MUH), Cork, while undertaking a BSc in Nursing Studies in University College Cork. During my time in the MUH I gained an interest in Oncology and began my work as a staff nurse in the oncology day ward/inpatient unit from 2005-2008. It was from here my interest in Palliative Care grew seeing the interface of both services together and I decided to undertake a Post Grad Diploma in Palliative Care in University of Limerick. Keen to gain further experience in the care provided to all patients with a terminal illness, irrespective of their diagnosis I decided to pursue a career with Marymount University Hospital and Hospice. I started in 2008 as staff nurse in the Hospice Inpatient Unit and quickly moved to the Community Palliative Care services as a Clinical Nurse Specialist. From there I continued my work which I immensely enjoyed and I now manage the services of community as a Clinical Nurse Manager 3 since 2013. This role includes the prioritization of all referrals received and directing the day to day activities of all 4 community teams of our service. Additionally, the role helps to support the ongoing educational needs of professionals within the community engaging in Level 1 and Level 2 Palliative Care. The role includes ongoing input into audit and research in keeping with best, safe practice.
Anne Marie Carroll
I am the Direcor of Nursing at LauraLynn, Ireland’s Children’s Hospice. I trained initially as an Intellectual Disability Nurse in the U.K. I hold a Degree in Nursing Management from the RCSI and a Post Graduate Diploma in Healthcare Risk & Quality from UCD. I have extensive experience in the area of Nursing Management and joining LauraLynn (formerly the Children’s Sunshine Home) in 2006. I have a special interest in the area of supporting children with profound learning difficulties and accompanying complex medical and healthcare needs, Paediatric Palliative Care and Family Supports.
I am the Interim Chief Pharmacist at Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services. I completed a MSc. degree in Hospital Pharmacy while working as a clinical pharmacist in the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital. I have been involved in the development and provision of the national Palliative Meds Info service based at Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services in Harold’s Cross. I chaired the group of pharmacists who developed the Pharmacist Competences for the Palliative Care Competence Framework. I am also a co-author of the National Clinical Guideline on the Pharmacological Management of Cancer Pain in Adults, published in November 2015.
Dr Fiona Kiely (Vice-Chairperson)
I currently hold the position of locum consultant in Palliative Medicine, Marymount University Hospital & Hospice, Cork and am PhD student in Palliative Care, Lancaster University, UK. I obtained my Bachelor of Medicine in University College Cork in 2002. I became a member of the Irish College of General Practitioners in 2009, before completing Higher Specialist Training in Palliative Medicine with the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland in 2016. I hold additional qualifications in Medicine of the Elderly, Clinical Psychiatry, Child Health and Clinical Dermatology awarded by the Royal College of Physician’s in Ireland, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and Cardiff University, UK. My research interests and publications include out-of-hours palliative care, communication networks and symptom control.
I qualified as a Registered General Nurse at the Adelaide Hospital and held a number of positions at the Adelaide & Meath Hospital, Tallaght. In addition to a BSc (Hons) and a MBA, I completed an MSc in Medical Ethics and Law and a Prof Diploma in Corporate Governance. I also qualified as a Black Belt in Lean/6 Sigma and Crew/Team resource Management Instructor. I worked as Directorate Business Manager at St. James Hospital before moving to the HSE’s National Clinical Strategy and Planning Directorate as National Programme Manager for Rheumatology, Neurology, Dermatology, Orthopaedics, Epilepsy and Home Antimicrobial Therapy. I subsequently held the post of Chief Operations Officer at the Adelaide & Meath Hospital, Tallaght before joining LauraLynn Ireland’s Children’s Hospice in August 2014. I am currently co-chair of the HSE National Development Committee for Palliative Care for Children with Life-Limiting Conditions in Ireland and am an Executive Committee Member of the All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care. In additional I am also a council member of the Health Management Institute of Ireland and Board Director of Tearfund Ireland.
After 24 years as an officer in the Defence Forces, I joined the staff of St. Patrick’s Hospital (now Marymount University Hospital & Hospice) in 1997 as Secretary Manager, a role that expanded within two years to Chief Executive Officer. During my 17 years in Marymount, the hospital and hospice underwent many significant changes, which included a more than doubling of the number of staff and volunteers, and the relocation of all services to the new purpose-built hospice at Curraheen.
I chaired the 2006 Baseline Study of Palliative Care initiated and funded by the Irish Hospice Foundation and The Atlantic Philanthropies, and was the Project Manager on the soon-to-be-published Palliative Care Development Framework 2017 – 2019. I was a director of the Irish Hospice Foundation for seven years, and served on the Policy and Practice Steering Committee of the All-Ireland Institute for Hospice and Palliative Care for three years.
I currently practice as an independent mediator and investigator specialising in the healthcare sector.
I am an experienced leader in the field of palliative are nursing, education and palliative care. Over the course of my career, I have developed skills and attributes in the provision of evidence-based palliative care. I hold an excellent academic background in this field, supported by a robust clinical practice in most aspects of palliative care delivery – in-patient hospice care, community and hospital based palliative care in Dublin and Sydney, Australia.
I am an excellent communicator and administrator, and have engaged with key stakeholders within palliative care for example as past Chair of the Education and Research Forum of the Irish Association for Palliative Care and the HSE Clinical Care Programme for Palliative Care. More recently I was a member of the EAPCRN 9th World Research Congress held in Dublin in June 2016. I am currently working as a research assistant on the Community Palliative Care (CPC) and DemPath studies being conducted through Trinity College, Dublin.
I firmly believes that as dying is an inevitability of living, its importance needs to be given equal status within the statutory health care delivery model and is therefore committed to its future development as a board member of the IAPC.
I am a palliative care pharmacist based at Milford Hospice, Limerick. I have worked as a clinical hospital based pharmacist for 15 years and have been working in palliative care for the last 10 years. Previous to that I worked in community pharmacy. I worked in England and Australia before returning to my native Limerick.
I have been involved with the IAPC for many years as part of the IAPC Pharmacists group. I am currently the chairperson of the group.
I am also a pharmacy representative on the HSE’s National Programme for Palliative Care Working Group. I am new to the IAPC Board having just joined this year. I am training for my first triathlon at the moment.