2014 Speakers


Dr Tadhg Crowley, IMO GP committee member, Ayrfield Medical Practice, Kilkenny

Dr Crowley has worked in the practice since 1997.He trained in UCD and completed his general practice training on the mid-western scheme. His area of interest includes childhood asthma, general allergy as well as sports and exercise medicine. After completing his general practice training he completed post graduate diplomas in paediatrics, psychiatry and in occupational medicine in London. He has worked with the Kilkenny hurling team for 10 years and also served nationally on the GAA scientific and player welfare committee. He has overseen a number of national projects on behalf of the GAA including injury prevention and cardiac screening. He has a keen interest in primary care teams and their role within the community. He has served on a number of task forces nationally within the HSE in relation to primary care. He is currently chairman of the local branch of the ICGP.

Dr. Ray Walley, GP, Chairman of the IMO GP Committee

Dr Raymond Walley qualified from UCD in 1987.  He is the current Chairman of the GP committee of the IMO.

Having received his GP training on the East Sussex Vocational Training Scheme in UK , he worked in the NHS as a fund holding General Practitioner in a multi partner purpose built Primary Care Centre in East Sussex. He was a founding member of Brightdoc, Brighton GP out of hours service.

He worked for 10 years as a Unit Doctor for the HSE in the old Eastern Regional Health Authority. He was the founding Chairperson of DDOC the North Dublin Out of Hours Service.
He is a Director of Medisec Ireland Limited and provides a medical advisory role on their General Practitioner panel. He is a full time General Practitioner based in North Dublin having been appointed to a GMS post in 1998.  He is a GP Trainer on the HSE DML (UCD) Training Scheme.

Dr Walley completed a Diploma in Medical Management (RCSI / IPA) with a focus on change management. He is a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners and Irish College of General Practitioners.

Kieran Ryan, Chief Executive Officer, ICGP

Kieran has over 18 years experience across many sectors of the health services. Prior to his appointment to the ICGP, Kieran was Associate Director and Surgical R&D Manager at RCSI where he was responsible for the management of surgical training and development of a multicentre, multi-speciality and multidisciplinary surgical research programme. As Director of Clinical Services at Hermitage Medical Clinic he has gained significant experience in setting up a modern, high-tech hospital. He previously worked as Implementation Executive with the Irish Health Services Accreditation Board, Good Clinical Practice Inspector with the Irish Medicines Board and as Clinical Trials Manager with GlaxoSmithKline Ireland. Kieran also headed the Healthcare Practice for Aon where he advised a myriad of healthcare providers and organization on clinical risk management and clinical governance. Kieran is also on the Board of the National Standards Authority of Ireland. He holds an MSc in Healthcare Ethics and Law and a Higher Diploma in Quality in Healthcare from RCSI as well as a B.Sc. in Applied Science from the Dublin Institute of Technology and Trinity College Dublin. He undertook post-graduate research work with Novartis Pharma AG and the Institute for Organic Chemistry, University of Basel in Switzerland.

Dr Sloan Harper, Director of Integrated Care, Health & Social Care Board

Dr Harper was appointed to the newly established post of Director of Integrated Care at the Health & Social Care Board in April 2010.  He is responsible for the Board’s commissioning of GP, Dental, Pharmaceutical and Optometric Services and for the development of integrated care.

In the past he worked as a GP partner in North Belfast for 15 years and was a Medical Adviser to the Northern Board until 2005 when he was appointed Director of Primary Care.  Since March 2009 he has worked for periods as Primary Care Pandemic Flu Lead for Northern Ireland and as Deputy Chief Medical Officer at the DHSSPS. Currently he is lead for the development of Integrated Care Partnerships, recently established clinical and social care networks covering all areas of N Ireland.

His ambition is to promote and secure integration in the delivery of health and social services, particularly for the elderly and those with long term conditions.

Michael Leahy, Euromedic International, Senior Corporate Vice President & Chairman Euromedic Ireland

Michael joined Euromedic as President Euromedic Russia in 2005 and moved to Headquarters in 2007 to become the Corporate Secretary. He was appointed as Vice President Central Operations & Corporate Secretary in January 2010 and appointed to Senior Corporate Vice President in 2012.  Bio: Michael Leahy holds a Bachelor Degree in Industrial Psychology and a Master’s of Science in Consumer Behaviour Psychology from LIU and a EMBA from Harvard Business School. He has more than 35 years of sales & operations experience with AT&T, Motorola and Euromedic in Senior Management positions.

Elaine Daly, Director, Head of Business Consulting, Grant Thornton

Director and Head of Business ConsultingElaine is Head of the Business Consulting unit in Grant Thornton, one of the world’s leading organisations of independent assurance, tax and advisory firms.  Grant Thornton Ireland comprises over 600 people operating from offices in Dublin, Belfast, Cork, Galway, Kildare and Limerick. Internationally the firm has over 38,500 people operating in more than 130 countries. Grant Thornton operates a global specialist healthcare team dedicated to providing robust financial and operational support for its clients, enabling them to focus on facing significant challenges in implementing policies and delivering improved patient care.Elaine and her team have led and managed a wide range of engagements with healthcare clients in both the public and private sector in Ireland. She has provided a range of services including programme and project management, business performance improvement, business process re-engineering / lean six sigma, strategic planning, organisational and operational reviews and change management.In the UK, Grant Thornton is one of the principal providers of value-added assurance and advisory services to foundation trusts, the NHS and the wider commercial and public sectors.

Dr Patrick Nash, Clincial Director,West Northwest Hospitals Group

Dr Pat Nash was appointed Group Clinical Director in December 2012. In this role he is responsible for clinical governance for the Group and he is also the lead for quality and patient safety across the Group.

Pat is from Newcastle West, County Limerick and is a graduate of UCC. He did his training in Cardiology in Cork and Dublin before moving to the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio where he completed subspecialty fellowships in Cardiac Imaging and Heart Failure. In 2004 he returned to Ireland to take up a post as a Consultant Cardiologist in UHG; from 2008 to 2012 he was Clinical Director for Medicine at the hospital. In 2013 Pat was appointed to the National Board for Nursing and Midwifery by the Minister for Health.

John Hennessy, National Director Primary Care Services, HSE
John Hennessy is a Cork native who has almost 30 years of health service experience in senior management and frontline roles.  In his role of Regional Director of Operations John managed health services across the nine counties of the HSE West Area.  He played a lead role in the reorganisation of acute health services in the West including the Mid West hospital services and the Galway Roscommon hospital services.  His constant focus was on patient safety, reducing risk and improving outcomes for acutely ill patients.

John has been key to the ongoing quality improvement initiatives in the health service including the preparation of services for the accreditation and licensing of hospitals and the HIQA registration of HSE long term residential services. He has overseen the introduction of Primary Care Teams; improved access to GP out of hours services; established crisis intervention teams and strengthened relationships between primary care services and the hospitals.

He has delivered the Service Plans for the HSE West area in challenging times and has overseen the implementation of the Croke Park Agreement to ensure efficiencies and the maximum use of the allocated resources.  This has led to improved productivity and reduced costs.

He has recently been appointed as National Director for Primary Care and has responsibility for Primary Care, Social Inclusion, Civil Registration, Oral Health and Medicines Management.  This includes responsibility for a budget of approximately €3bn and over 11,000 staff.  Primary Care Services includes the services of the Primary Care Reimbursement Service (PCRS) which provides a wide range of primary care services to the general public, through over 6,660 primary care contractors across 12 community health schemes.  In 2012 services were provided to over 3.4m people in the community by doctors, pharmacists, dentists and opticians with an associated expenditure of €2.517bn.

Mairéad O’Driscoll, PhD Director, Research Strategy and Funding Directorate, Health Research Board

Mairéad O’Driscoll is currently the Director of Research Strategy and Funding at the Health Research Board (HRB). The Directorate currently manages funding programmes and commitments worth over €170 million. Before being appointed Director of Funding, she was Head of Research Funding and Policy and subsequently Policy, Evaluation and External Relations at the HRB. She is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, and the University of London.  She worked as a researcher in academia and the biotechnology industry before moving into policy research, firstly with the Royal Society in London and then with the Wellcome Trust.  She also spent time in South Africa where she worked in the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and the Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology on the development of a national research and technology foresight study.

Pat Healy, National Director Social Care, HSE

With more than 20 years of management experience in the health service, in July 2013 Pat Healy was appointed as National Director Social Care in the Health Service Directorate.  With a budget of approximately €3 billion & 25,000 staff Pat is responsible for ensuring the delivery of safe, efficient and appropriate services to older people and people with disabilities and implementing extensive social care reform as part of the wider health system reform programme.
In his previous role, Pat was the Regional Director of Operations for the HSE South, prior to this he was the Assistant National Director, Community Services, Chief Officer of the Southern Health Board and has also been a Director of Disabilities.

John Sweeney, CEO, Health Care Informed (HCI)

Prior to establishing Health Care Informed (HCI), John held the position of Director of Research and Development with the Irish Health Services Accreditation Board (IHSAB), the precursor to the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA). In this role he had overall responsibility for the development, and international accreditation, of the Acute, Palliative and Residential Care Accreditation Standards.
Former roles included being the first Director of the Irish Society for Quality and Safety in Healthcare (ISQSH), where he instigated, among other things, the inaugural National Patient Perception of Care Survey. As Quality Co-ordinator in University Hospital Galway he achieved the first ISO 9000 certification for acute care in Ireland.
John has presented at national and international conferences on patient safety, quality improvement, and accreditation and regulatory frameworks. He is an honorary lecturer of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, has sat on the Advisory Committee of the European Forum for Quality in Healthcare, represented Ireland on the EU ExPeRT Project, and acted as the Technical Advisor to the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua) on external evaluation. He is currently the advisor to the Supreme Council for Health, Qatar, on healthcare regulation. In 2012 he was appointed as an International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua) Expert and in 2013 he was elected to the board of ISQua.
John holds a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Science in Quality Management

Dr. Philip Crowley, National Director of Quality and Patient Safety with the HSE

Philip qualified from UCD medical school in 1984.  After training in General Practice he worked for five years in Nicaragua, Central America. He then worked in Newcastle upon Tyne using a community development approach tackling health inequalities. He trained in public health medicine and has worked with the Institute of Public Health in Ireland and the Irish College of General Practitioners. Philip then worked general practice in the North inner-city of Dublin until he took up the post of Deputy Chief Medical Officer with the Department of Health and Children which he held until taking up his post with the HSE.  In his position of National Director, Quality and Patient Safety, Philip has responsibility for:  quality improvement, risk management, service user involvement and advocacy, management of serious adverse incidents, national audit, patient safety programmes and the relationship with HIQA and the State Claims Agency.

Alisa Haushalter, Senior Director of the Department of Population Health, Nemours Health

Alisa Haushalter serves as the Senior Director of the Department of Population Health for Nemours Health and Prevention Services (NHPS) as well as the Project Director for Nemours’ Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Award. She is board member of the Delaware Public Health Institute.  Dr. Haushalter joined NHPS in late 2012, bringing, to her role, over thirty years of experience as a public health nurse and leader with the Metro Public Health Department of Nashville, Tennessee (MPHD); working in, and with, communities to address a variety of the health needs.

Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Alisa attended Carlow University, School of Nursing. She earned her undergraduate degree in Nursing from Belmont University of Nashville, Tennessee in 1982; a Master’s Degree in Nursing with a specialty in Family Practice from Vanderbilt University in 1997; and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice with a specialty in Public Health Nursing Leadership from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 2007. In 2001, she completed a one-year fellowship with the Southeast Public Health Leadership Institute. Alisa has focused her ongoing professional development in the areas of public health leadership, communication/dialogue, behavior change/adherence promotion, community engagement, cultural competency and equity.

Dr. David Molony GP, Partner, Mallow Primary Healthcare Centre

Dr. David Molony (RCSI 1978) is a GP in Mallow, Co. Cork. He is a member of the National IMO GP committee since 1996, a NATIGP Representative, and current Chair of the Racecourse Medical Officers Association as well as being a founder member of of the Association of Irish Primary Care (AIPC). He is a GP Trainer, formerly with Cork Vocational Training Scheme and presently with the South West GP Training Scheme. He is a development partner in Mallow Primary Healthcare Centre (MPHC) and medical director of Complete GP software company. Medical interests include Occupational Health provision, implementation of management standards in primary care, computers and research in General Practice, development of audited Chronic Disease Management modules, in particular Diabetes, Cardiac Disease, Warfarin therapy and care of the elderly

Dr. William Behan, GP Walkinstown

Dr. William Behan qualified from the RCSI in 2004 and the HSE South East General Practice Training Scheme in 2008. After spending a year working in general practice and also accident and emergency in Australia, he has been working in Dublin since. He is currently a full time partner in a 2 GP group practice in Walkinstown, Dublin 12. He is also a GP trainer on the TCD/HSE Specialist Training Programme in General Practice. His published work includes analysis of statistics in the PCRS annual reports and the OECD calculation of Irish GP numbers and personal incomes which have all been followed by changes in calculation methods. He presented papers WONCA 2013 on how general practice attendance rates are affected by recollection and also a cost analysis of the 2009 pandemic public vaccination clinics. He was also the lead author of the 2013 and 2014 Irish Medical Journal papers on general practice attendance rates.

Dermot Goode, TotalHealthCover.ie

Dermot Goode is the leading expert on healthcare benefits in Ireland. He has over 25 years experience in healthcare having worked with VHI, BUPA Ireland, Cornmarket Healthcare Division and healthcare consultancy roles with Irish Pensions Trust and Mercer Ltd. He established PHI Consulting (Ireland) Ltd in 2009 to provide advice on all aspects of healthcare cover in Ireland. He is a Qualified Financial Advisor (QFA) and also holds the APA qualification for general personal lines insurances.

He lectures on health insurance programmes with the Insurance Institute of Ireland (III) and is the co-author of their Accredited Product Advisor textbook for ‘Private Medical Insurance’. He also provides healthcare training services for the Irish Brokers Association (IBA). He is a regular contributor on both radio, television and in the print media advising individual and corporate consumers how to save money on their healthcare costs. He delivers key note speeches on health care developments and trends at various industry forums across the country.

He developed the Total Health Cover concept to show individual consumers and employers how to find the best health insurance cover at the lowest cost, but more importantly how to source other complementary healthcare products such as Medical Cash, Dental, Eye-Care, Travel, Health Screening and many more to build the best healthcare package to suit your requirements. He has partnered with some of the leading healthcare providers in the country to make these products and services available to all consumers on one site.

He is also the founder of www.publicspeakingtraining.ie and delivers his SUAS (Stand Up and Speak) programmes nationwide to both individuals and company schemes in association with his partners in Harvest.

Mary Dunnion, Deputy Director of Regulation Health and Children’s Services, HIQA

Mary Dunnion is Deputy Director of Regulation with the Health information and Quality Authority where she has worked since 2009. She is a qualified Registered General nurse with post registration qualifications in critical care, midwifery and children’s nursing.  Since qualifying in nursing she has attained additional qualifications in health and safety at work form University College Cork, human resource management from National College of Ireland, clinical risk management from University College Dublin and MSc in Health Services Management from Trinity College Dublin. She has extensive experience in healthcare and has worked at executive level in a number of organisations.She has broad experience at both practitioner and management levels in the fields of research, training and development, standards, accreditation and quality assurance.  Her areas of professional interest are organisational development, governance and patient safety.

Dr. Diarmuid Quinlan, GP Glanmire

Diarmuid Quinlan qualified as a GP from the University College Cork (UCC) in 1991, having taken a year out to complete an honours Physiology degree. Diarmuid moved to Kent, England to do a three year GP training scheme, before working in Australia for one year.Diarmuid has worked in Glanmire since 1999.Diarmuid is a risk assessor in primary care with MPS Educational Services.Diarmuid is a board member of the Health Products regulatory Authority. Diarmuid is a member of the Cork City Committee of Southdoc Out of Hours. He was appointed Chair of HSE South Diabetes Service Implementation group in September 2009, and in 2010 he was appointed Clinical Lead for diabetes in HSE South.  He is also a board member of Diabetes in GP, where he was appointed Chairman in May 2012.In June 2011, Diarmuid completed a Diploma in Dermatology at Cardiff University, where he was awarded a distinction and is currently an online tutor for that course. He has co-authored a chaper “challenges for primary care on the road to integrated care” in the textbook “Integrated care for Ireland, in an international context” published in July 2013. He has published in BJGP. In his spare time, Diarmuid is a medical columnist for Irish Country Magazine and Glanmire Area News!

Jim Curran is the Head of Estates for the Health Service Executive.

Jim joined the Health Service in 1990 and has worked in the areas of Capital Development, Maintenance of Facilities and Property.  Jim is a Chartered Engineer with a Degree in Civil Engineering and a Masters Degree in Industrial Engineering.As Head of Estates he is responsible for the HSE Estate Portfolio which consists of 2,626 properties (owned and leased) and an annual capital budget of €350m.Jim is also a member of the Board of the Grangegorman Development Agency


Dr Nuala O Connor, GP, Elmwood Medical Practice

Dr Nuala O‘Connor is the  I.C.G.P. Clinical Lead on Prevention of Healthcare Associated Infection /Antimicrobial Drug Resistance (HCAI/AMR). She represents GP interests on the national HCAI/AMR multidisciplinary committee, which is currently working on the 5 year National Strategy for HCAI/AMR for Ireland.She chairs the expert working group for Guidelines for Antimicrobial  Prescribing for Primary Care in Ireland  www.antibioticprescribing.ie She co authored and chaired the expert working group which developed the recently published Guidelines for Infection Prevention and Control in Irish General Practice www.hpsc.ie She represented the ICGP on the national HALT Halting infections in Long term Care steering group. This was the third year of Irish participation in the Europeanwide  study. Findings available on www.hpsc.ie    She has served on national and local SARI committees and the scientific advisory committee for the National Disease Surveillance Centre (NDSC). She works in group general practice at Elmwood Medical Practice in Cork for the past 23 years. She has a very varied general practice population covering all ages but has special interest in Primary Care Dermatology and women’s health. She is a family planning GP tutor and former examiner for the I.C.G.P. membership exam.

Dr. Frank Chambers, GP, Ayrfield Medical Practice

Dr Frank Chambers was born in Newport, County Mayo and went to school in St Jarlath’s College, Tuam, Co Galway. He graduated from The Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland. He completed his General Practice training in Galway and joined Ayrfield Medical Practice in 2008. His special interests include minor surgical procedures. Franks outside interests include gaelic football, surfing and tennis.

Paul Cullen, Health Correspondent, The Irish Times

Paul is a reporter with many interests but few obsessions, he has previously covered politics, consumer affairs, the developing world and education. He also (mis)spent some years reporting from the planning tribunal and is the author of With a Little Help from my Friends, a history of political corruption. Other books dealt with refugees and asylum-seekers in Ireland and Dublin.

Brian Murphy, Head of Planning, Primary Care Division, HSE

Brian Murphy is currently Head of Planning, Performance and Programme Management in the Primary Care Division in the HSE.  Brian has over twenty five years management experience in the Irish health services, having worked in the Department of Health and Children, the Western Health Board and the HSE in a variety of managerial roles.

Prior to assuming his current role Brian held the role of National Primary Care and Social Inclusion Manager leading on the reconfiguration of Primary Care services including the development of Primary Care Teams.