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Appointments to the Dietitians Registration Board

With the consent of the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, the Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD has re-appointed the following person as a Member of the Dietitians Registration Board.  This appointment is with effect from 6 March 2017 until 13 February 2021.

Dr Denise McGrath

Dr McGrath is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science at the University College Dublin. She is Programme Director of the BSc in Health and Performance Science. She holds the position of Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Department of Biomechanics, University of Nebraska, Omaha. She has worked in universities in the U.S., the U.K. and in Ireland and puts her experience of these diverse teaching, research and outreach structures to good use in her current roles.

Dr McGrath holds a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science, an MSc in Biomedical Engineering and a PhD in Movement Analysis. Her applied health-related research focuses on maximising quality of life across the lifespan. She has accrued valuable experience working at the interface of healthcare, industry, academia and community groups in the creation of clinically valid, effective, ‘Connected Health’ based solutions. Dr McGrath has a keen interest in community health and serves as a board member for the charity Move4Parkinsons, a board member of the Dementia and Neurodegeneration Network Ireland Advocates Advisory Board and sits on the “Healthy UCD” steering committee.  She is passionate about contributing to an empowered society that supports the management and self-management of health and well-being for all citizens.

Dr McGrath also holds a Professional Diploma in University Teaching and Learning, reflecting her interest in high standards of teaching delivery, and teaching and learning innovation.

On the nomination of the Minister for Education and Skills, the Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD has re-appointed the following person as a Member of the Dietitians Registration Board.  This appointment is with effect from 27 February 2017 until 13 February 2021. 

Prof Nicholas P. Kennedy

Prof Kennedy is an Associate Professor in Clinical Medicine (Nutrition), in Trinity College. He is a medical practitioner (on Medical Council general register since 1982) and currently runs a subspecialty outpatient clinic for coeliac disease at St James’s Hospital, in collaboration with Prof N. Mahmud.

He also has 30 years’ experience teaching medicine as a fulltime lecturer in TCD, using didactic and facilitative methods, in the classroom and at the bedside, with individuals, small groups and large classes. A member of several scientific and medical societies, he has been involved as a committee or board member of several of these with experience at local, national and international committees and European networks such as EUNUTNET, JobNUT. Besides an advocacy role for students as academic tutor within Trinity, Prof. Kennedy is also an experienced advocate for patients as president (honorary) of a charitable patient organisation (The Coeliac Society of Ireland).

With the consent of the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, the Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD has re-appointed the following person as a Member of the Dietitians Registration Board.  This appointment is with effect from 27 February 2017 until 13 February 2021.

Mr Anthony Smith

Mr Smith is a Clinical Nurse Manager in the Clare Mental Health Service. His role as Clinical Nurse Manager is to facilitate and organise an activation programme within the normal working of the ward for people with learning disability and mental illness.

In addition, he is a clinical supervisor in association with the University of Limerick and also a member of the Irish Psychiatric Rehabilitation Group: which encourages and supports mental health services throughout Ireland to engage in psychiatric rehabilitation. He holds a diploma in Human Resources from the Institute of Commercial Management, a Professional Certificate in Leadership and Strategic Management in Health Systems from UCD, a Masters in Mental Health from TCD, a diploma in addiction studies and a BSc in Nursing in Psychiatric Nursing from Dundalk Institute of Technology. Mr Smith is currently completing a certificate in the Application of Mental Health Legislation to Practice. He is author of “An Exploratory Study of Smoking Behaviours in Psychiatric Clients – A Quantitative Study” and co-author on “A Policy Document for the Specialist Psychiatric Rehabilitation & Recovery Services in Ireland”.