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), Lecturer/Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems, University College Dublin
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
Audrey Allen, Clinical Nurse Manager 3, Marymount University Hospital and Hospice
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, Director of Nursing at LauraLynn, Ireland’s Children’s Hospice
I am the Director 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.
Dr Coman Hennelly, Specialist Registrar in Palliative Medicine, St Vincent’s University Hospital
I am a dual-qualified trainee physician in Palliative Medicine in Ireland. I completed a degree of B.Sc. (Pharmacy) of the National University of Ireland in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 2007 and subsequently graduated with Honours from the four-year Graduate Entrant to Medicine Program in University College Cork in 2012. After completing Basic Specialist Training in St. Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin I became a Member of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland in 2016 and then commenced my current role as a Specialist Registrar in Palliative Medicine.
I have had broad exposure to all elements of palliative care including specialist inpatient care, community palliative care, paediatric palliative care and palliative care in acute services as well as working with all the stakeholders and groups involved in the provision of palliative care in Ireland. I am an active researcher and educator within palliative care with current research interests including the provision of paediatric palliative care services in Ireland and drug interactions and deprescribing in palliative medicine. I bring my expertise as a trainee physician and as a trained pharmacist as well as representing those currently training in the field in Ireland. I actively use my platform on social media for the promotion of palliative care at home and abroad.
Dr Fiona Kiely (Vice-Chairperson), Locum Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Marymount University Hospital & Hospice
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.
Sharon Morrow, Director of the All-Island Congenital Heart Disease Network
Sharon 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, she has also completed an MSc in Medical Ethics and Law and a Prof Diploma in Corporate Governance and is a Black Belt in Lean/6 Sigma and Crew/Team resource Management Instructor. Sharon worked as Directorate Business Manager at St. James’s 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. She 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 as Chief Executive Officer. Sharon has recently taken up position as Director of the All-Island Congenital Heart Disease Network. In additional, Sharon is also a council member of the Health Management Institute of Ireland and Board Director of Tearfund Ireland.
Kevin O’Dwyer, Independent mediator and investigator specialising in the healthcare sector
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.
Morna O’Hanlon, Research Assistant, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Trinity College Dublin
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.
Marie Wright, Palliative Care Pharmacist, Milford Hospice
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.