2012 Speakers

2012 Speakers
Dr. James Reilly, Minister for Health

Appointed Minister for Health 9th March 2011. Dr. James Reilly was first elected to Dáil Éireann for Dublin North in 2007. He was appointed Party Spokesperson on Health in 2007 and Deputy Leader in July 2010. Dr Reilly has worked as a G.P in the North County Dublin area for the past 25 years. He was president of the Irish Medical Organisation prior to his election. Dr Reilly served on the former Eastern Health Board, the Eastern Regional Health Authority and the Northern Area Health Board.

Dr. David Molony, General Practitioner & Occupational Physician

Dr. David Molony is a GP (RCSI 1978) and Occupational Physician in Mallow Co. Cork. He is involved in undergraduate medical training with UCC and UL and GP vocational training with the South West GP Training Scheme. Audited Chronic Disease Management modules, Computers in Practice, and research in General Practice are special interests as is the provision of internationally recognised standards for general practice. He is a long time member of the National IMO GP committee, a NATIGP Representative, and Current Chair of the Racecourse Medical Officers Association. He is also involved in the development of Mallow Primary Healthcare Centre (MPHC) and a founder member of the Association of Irish Primary Care (AIPC).

Johan van Manen, Dutch Healthcare Authority (NZa), The Netherlands

Johan van Manen (1957) graduated as an economist in 1983 at the Erasmus University (Rotterdam).
He started working in health care regulation in 1986 and since then has worked on various changes in tariff regulation in Dutch healthcare among which the introduction of the Dutch version of the DRG system in hospital care and the financing of ambulance services. Other fields of expertise are cost calculation guidelines and the compensation of health care infrastructure for both hospitals and long term care.
Recent projects include an advisory report on the reimbursement of GP emergency services and incentives to stimulate cooperation between primary care obstetricians and hospital gynaecologists.

Dr. Tom O’Callaghan, Clinical Director, Livinghealth Clinic

Tom is a founder and Clinical Director of Livinghealth Clinic, Mitchelstown, Ireland’s largest independent GP led Advanced Primary Care Centre situated at the crossroads of Munster serving Cork, Limerick, Waterford and Tipperary.

Tom has 15 years experience in General Practice and is a Graduate of RCSI (1991) and Specialist Training Programme in General Practice UCC. He is a previous Board Member of ICGP and representative to Board of Southdoc, GP Co-Op.

He has a special interest in high altitude and expedition medicine, practice management systems, development of programmes for Chronic Disease Management, strategies for Health Promotion, Education and disease prevention. In addition to his Clinical Director position at Livinghealth Tom continues to practice as a GP.

Edwina Dunne, Director  Quality & Patient Safety Audit, Quality & Patient Safety Directorate, HSE

Edwina qualified as an Occupational Therapist in the 1970’s and worked in Canada and Ireland.  She worked in St. James’s hospital Dublin from 1986-1999 as an Occupational Therapy Manager, she completed a MSc(econ) with University of Wales, Initiated the MSc in Health Services Management in Trinity College Dublin, lectured on MBA programme in RCSI and worked with the Office of Health Management on a Clinical Directorate programmes, Management Development programmes and a change Facilitators programme.

Edwina worked in the Health Service Executive, South East from 1999-2006, initially as change manager in Waterford Regional Hospital, then in 2002 as Regional Quality and Accreditation Manager until she left to take up post as Head of Quality and Risk in the Office of the CEO. HSE.  in May 2006. In  2010,  Edwina scripted and developed the Quality Patient Safety audit service  to fill the assurance gap for clinical and social services in the assurance framework in the HSE. The objectives of this service is to provide assurance to the CEO and the board that  the controls to manage the risks in this area are effective and to give ‘voice and profile to Clinical and social matters at corporate Governance level equal to financial.  QPSA is part of the quality improvement process by providing internal independent assurance, and information at national regional and local level to inform decision making.  .
Edwina is committed to ‘Good governance’ and  an integrated approach to Quality and patient safety, working together to improve the quality and safety of the services at every level.  Edwina reports to NDQPS Dr Philip Crowley.

Kieran Ryan, CEO, 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 Mike Prentice, Medical Director in NHS South of Tyne

Mike is a General Practitioner in a large suburban practice in North East England. Over the past ten years he has also been involved in primary care organizations as these have developed within the English National Health Service. He is currently the Medical Director in NHS South of Tyne and Wear, a commissioning body serving a population of over 600,000, and in this role he has been involved in a wide range of reform and change in both primary and secondary care services. Mike is the designate Medical Director for the NHS Commissioning Board Area Team covering Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear.

Dr. Deirdre Mulhollan, Head of Standards and Methodology, HIQA

Dr Deirdre Mulholland qualified as a medical doctor from Trinity College Dublin in 1991. Following 6 years in General Practice she entered into public health. During her time in Public Health she was involved in a number of national strategies and projects including the “Report of the National Obesity Taskforce – the policy challenges” and the report of the Commission on Patient Safety and Quality Assurance. She gained membership of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine of Ireland and completed specialist training in Public Health in 2008. She took up the post of Head of Standards and Methodology in the Health Information and Quality Authority in August 2008. As Head of Standards and Methodology she is leading up on the development of national standards for quality and safety for healthcare. Her remit also includes other development work including development of standards for social care and health information and the development of performance indicators. She is also a member of the National Clinical Effectiveness Committee.

Dr. Brian O’Doherty, G.P.

Brian is a GP (1982) in a Group Practice in Gorey, Co. Wexford since 1987.  He previously was in practice in Scotland & Australia.

Gorey Medical Centre is a purpose built premises (2006), it is one of The Primary Care Centre’s in Gorey. He is a senior partner in a 7 doctor practice in Gorey. The surgery is also part of the Dublin Vocational Training Scheme.

He is the medical officer to the RNLI in Courtown.  He is the club doctor to Gorey Rugby Club and The Naomh Eanna GAA Club. He has an active interest in Clinical Research.

Dr. Jennifer Carroll, Consultant Physician, Cork University Hospital

Dr. Jennifer Carroll, qualified from UCC 1984 and completed her postgraduate training at Cork University Hospital and North Thames / Westminster Hospital Group, London.
She was appointed consultant physician in elderly medicine at Whipps Cross Hospital, London in 1995.
Dr. Carroll returned to Ireland in 1999 as a Consultant Physician / Geriatrician in St. Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny until her appointment in 2010 as Regional Lead for the Acute Medicine Programme, HSE South, based in Cork University Hospital.
Dr. Carroll was responsible for the establishment of Acute Medicine Units both at St. Luke’s hospital and most recently in the Cork University Hospital.

John Sweeney, B.Sc. M.Sc. Director, Health Care Informed (HCI)

John is the Director of Health Care Informed (HCI), which provides regulatory compliance, risk management and quality improvement support in Ireland and Australia. He is a graduate of NUI, Galway where he focused on the impact of regulation with the Irish health system. 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 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 National Patient Perception of Care Survey. As Quality Co-ordinator in University Hospital Galway he also achieved the first ISO 9000 certification for acute care in Ireland. In the role of HCI Director he oversees key projects which have included the review of the national clinical incident reporting system, public consultation for HIQA standards, the development of region/system wide Quality Management Information Systems (QMIS), as well as large scale Quality and Safety Management Systems (QSMS) development, achieving multiple levels of accreditation, licensure and registration.

Dr. Ilona Duffy, GP

Dr Illona Duffy joined Swan Park Practice in 1997.
She has a special interest in women’s health and provides a cervical screening within the practice, She also has an interest in infertility issues.
Dr Duffy is also involved in organizing continued medical education for GPs.
Dr Duffy is also a GP trainer and therefore Swan Park Practice is accredited as a training practice. This means that a trainee GP works each year in the practice.

Brian McEnery, Partner, BDO

Brian is a partner on the Corporate Finance & Recovery Team having joined the firm in April 2012. He is one of the country’s leading insolvency practitioners with over 15 years specialised experience and has been involved with numerous high profile cases and clients.
Brian has held a number of directorships including semi-state companies. Brian specialises in healthcare consulting and corporate recovery.

He has held a vast range of insolvency positions, including examiner, receiver manager and liquidator. He has dealt with various technical and emerging issues in his preparation and submission of liquidator’s reports to the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement under Section 56 and S150 declarations.

Brian is also an experienced Examiner and has successfully restructured a number of medium-sized enterprises enabling them to trade out of their difficulties – in 2004 he was appointed Examiner by the High Court to a large construction company, which he successfully restructured under the Examinership legislation introduced in the Companies Act 1990.

Brian was appointed a Non-Executive Director of the National Asset Management Agency by the Minister of Finance in December 2009 for a four year term. Brian is a Director of the Limerick Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Foundation Body of Limerick Institute of Technology.

Dr. Ray Walley, GP

IMO GP Chairperson  2012/2013

Dr Raymond  Walley is a full time General Practitioner based in North Dublin.

He is a GP Trainer on the  UCD VT Scheme and was the founding Chairperson of  the North Dublin Coop / DDOC.


Isolde Goggin, Chairperson, The Competition Authority

Isolde Goggin was appointed Chairperson of the Competition Authority in October 2011and is currently Director of the Advocacy and Strategy Divisions.

Isolde was appointed Member of the Competition Authority in July 2010 and was responsible for the Advocacy Division.  From 2004 to 2006, Isolde was Chairperson of Ireland’s Commission for Communications Regulation, and Commissioner from 2002 to 2004.  Before joining ComReg, Isolde was Director of the Regulated Markets Division at the Competition Authority. She began her career in 1980 with Eircom (then Telecom Éireann) as an engineer, and later moved into business management and then regulation, working with Eircom, DG Information Society of the European Commission and Ericsson.  Isolde holds a First Class Honours engineering degree, a Masters in Business Administration, and a Postgraduate Diploma in European Competition Law, and is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland.

Fergus Clancy, CEO, Mater Private Hospital

Fergus began his career in the insurance industry where he specialised in hospital and medical malpractice insurance. He became a Director of one of the largest global insurance broking firms and was responsible for the establishment and growth of its European healthcare practice.

Fergus subsequently established Circa Healthcare Consulting. Circa quickly became the leading quality assurance and risk management consulting firm operating in the Irish health services. Circa’s clients included the Department of Health & Children, many Health Boards, all of the Dublin Academic Teaching Hospitals and most of Ireland’s private hospitals.

Circa Healthcare Consulting was bought by the global insurance group Aon in 2004, thus creating Aon Healthcare, which as a result is the recognised market leader in healthcare insurance and risk management services.

Following the sale of Circa Fergus joined Mater Private Healthcare and took over as Group Chief Executive in early 2006. In 2007 he led an MBO backed by CapVest, a London based private equity firm.

Fergus is currently Chairman of the Independent Hospital Association of Ireland (IHAI). IHAI is the national representative body of private hospitals. He is also a Ministerial Appointee to the Implementation Body of the Commission on Patient Safety & Quality Assurance. He is a member of the Advisory Panel on Healthcare Standards of the Health Information & Quality Authority.

In addition to his healthcare interests Fergus is a Non-Executive Director of RSA Insurance Ireland (formerly Royal & Sun Alliance) and is involved in a number of charitable initiatives.

Neil Collins, Director, KPMG Corporate Finance

Neil has advised has advised on PPP, project finance, mergers, acquisitions and disposals, corporate valuations, feasibility studies and other corporate finance assignments for fifteen years having joined KPMG in 1996. Neil’s PPP experience includes the €3bn NRA First Roads Programme, the €1bn NRA Second Roads Programme, the Metro North and Metro West projects, the Criminal Courts Complex PPP and the Northern Ireland Roads DBFO Programme.

Dr Tadgh Crowley, GP , Ayrfield Medical Park, Kilkenny

Tadhg is in  general practice in kilkenny for 14 years. He works in a group practice with 6 other GP’s and was recently project manager in the practices move to Ayrfield Medical Park , a state of the art primary care centre in kilkenny. The centre comrises 26000 square foot and attends to the primary care needs of 15000 people.
He is chairman of the local branch of the icgp. He was a director of caredoc out of hours co-operative  when it was first  set up. He works as the doctor to the kilkenny hurling team a post he has held for 10 years. He has served on the GAA’s player welfare and Scientific Commitee for  3 years. In that role he oversaw the introduction of hemets in hurling and the development of the GAA’s cardiac screening policy as well as the role out of defibrillators to gaa clubs across the country.He has also served on various commitees within the hse both locally and nationally in relation to primary care team development
He has a special interst in asthma also.

Mary Toomey, Director, PracticeManager.ie

Mary is Director of PracticeManager.ie, an information resource website for GP Practices. Mary has been Practice Manager at Carlton Clinic in Bray, Co. Wicklow since 2008. Mary enjoys helping other medical practices to re-organise themselves, to developing their people, and to build strong teams. Mary has a strong interest in health literacy and is proud to be involved in judging the Crystal Clear Health Literacy awards. Mary formerly held roles in Blackrock Clinic, St. Vincent’s University Hospital, and the Irish Medical Organisation.

Dr Jack Nagle, CEO, Alpha Healthcare

Jack is the founder and CEO of Alpha Healthcare, an Irish company dedicated to providing business and management support nationwide to GPs and healthcare professionals. The company is also a leading developer of primary care centres.
In 2009, the company established Alpha Primary Care (APC) in the UK and has worked in practices in Manchester, Newcastle and London. APC formed a strategic partnership with the NHS Alliance in 2010 focused on practice standards and key performance indicators for general practice. The company has focused on supporting GP practice registration to the Care Quality Commission standards which come into force in April 2013. He is also Chairman of the Association of Irish Primary Care.
He has a keen interest in all healthcare related matters and a particular interest in Total Quality Management and how it can lead to quantum improvements in healthcare delivery systems.

Dr. Daragh Fahey, Director of Quality Safety and Risk Management, Tallaght Hospital

Daragh Fahey is a medical doctor and public health consultant. He has 15 years healthcare experience which includes 12 years of clinical and public health practice, mostly within the NHS. Daragh was previously the Chief Medical Officer for UnitedHealth UK with responsibility for care pathway and service redesign, service reviews, clinical governance and clinical solutions. Formerly Daragh was the Medical and Public Health Director for Bupa Health Dialog UK where he developed a range of commissioning solutions as well as leading on quality improvement.

As a public health specialist within the NHS Daragh played multiple roles interfacing between clinicians and managers to develop strategies and redesign services. Notably,  Daragh implemented a national information and intelligence strategy for the Department of Health as well as developing the national obesity care pathway for England. Daragh has a Masters in Medical Science, a Masters in Health Informatics, a Fellowship in Ophthalmology, a Membership in Public health and a Diploma in Health Economics.

Cllr. Noel O Connor, Mayor of Mallow

After being elected Mayor of Mallow, Cllr. Noel O Connor outlined his hopes for Mallow for his year of office:
As Mayor of Mallow I pledge to treat all councillors with respect and with fairness. In my capacity as Mayor, I will be the servant of the people of Mallow as their first citizen. It is indeed a great honour for me, and for my wife and family, to be elected Mayor of Mallow.
It is vitally important, as Mallow seeks to establish itself as a dynamic town with a lot to offer it’s citizens, that we acknowledge difference and diversity within our society. In acknowledging this diversity, it is imperative that, as a society we, the people of Mallow, embrace difference. It is my intention, in my year of office, to set out to visibly support those with special needs in Mallow, to support those newcomers to town who despite the colour of their skin or in spite of having a native tongue different from our own, are now very much Mallow/Irish—voting in Irish elections, to visibly support those who have physical disabilities,  and to support those who have mental issues perhaps, as a result of coming to terms with the stresses of living in the difficult times we live in or the stresses of bereavement.