Appointment as member of the Medical Council

On the nomination of the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) the Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, has appointed the following person as a member of the Medical Council. This appointment is from 4 May 2017 to 31 May 2018.

Vicky Blomfield
Vicky has a wide experience in service delivery, regulation of services, corporate-wide quality assurance, risk management and internal audit processes.

She qualified as a social worker in 1991 in Manchester. She also holds an Honours BA (Oxon) in English language and literature, a Diploma in Social Administration (Manchester), an MSc in Health Services Management (TCD) and the Advanced Diploma in Corporate, White Collar and Regulatory Crime (Kings Inn). She was a committee member for the Irish Association of Social Workers.

Having worked as a social worker in child protection and welfare services in England and Ireland, Vicky moved to the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) in 2008. She was responsible for the design and implementation of the inspection assessment approach for the regulation of designated centres for older people. She subsequently led a large regulatory team, registering and monitoring nursing homes.

Throughout her career she has a specific interest in ensuring the safe delivery of services with aligned quality assurance systems. She became the Head of Children’s services in 2013 and designed the methodology for the first child protection inspections. She was also responsible for the monitoring of foster care services, children’s residential centres, special care units and Oberstown Detention Schools.

More recently Vicky has become Head of HIQA’s Quality function. She has expanded HIQA’s quality management system and is particularly interested in risk management and quality improvement. She chairs the Appeals Panel on Regulatory judgments, which provides fair procedure to service providers who wish to challenge HIQA’s findings and judgments. Vicky has lectured and presented on aspects of HIQA’s regulatory function.