Appointment to the Medical Council

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris T.D., has appointed the following person as a member of the Medical Council.  This appointment is for the period 3 October 2017 to 31 May 2018.

Ms Catherine McKenna

Catherine is a graduate of the College of Radiographers, London (DCRT) with a career spanning more than thirty five years in the Irish public health service, having gained broad experience in a variety of roles and specialisations from clinical to managerial level. She currently holds the post of Director of Radiation Therapy Services at St Luke’s Radiation Oncology Network, Dublin. In this role she provides strategic and clinical leadership which results in the delivery of effective, quality assured and patient centred radiation oncology services across SLRON. She has a proven track record in implementing strategic plans and achieving target timelines.

Catherine is a member of the Board of Directors of St. Luke’s Institute of Cancer Research (SLICR), whose main objective is to foster and support research in radiation oncology, working collaboratively with other academic and research institutions.

She is the National Clinical Lead for Radiation Therapists with a key role as advisor to the National Cancer Control Programme, chairing the National RTSM group, and progressing standardised work practices, competency matrices, and evidence based practices within radiotherapy. As a member of the National Programme for Radiation Oncology (NPRO) Board she is engaged in planning for the future expansion of Radiotherapy services in Ireland, inputting into HSE Service Plans, Key Performance Indicator (KPI) reviews, and workforce planning.

She is the Radiographers Registration Board representative on the Health & Social Care Professionals Council of CORU, whose remit, in addition to corporate governance includes enforcing standards of practice for registered professionals, including codes of professional conduct and ethics and managing Fitness to Practise procedures.

A member of the Professional Body since its inception, Catherine is currently the President-elect of the Irish Institute of Radiography and Radiation Therapy (IIRRT), taking on the office in January 2018. Additionally, she sits on Council as RTSM representative and is a member of the editorial board.

She sits on the National Radiotherapy Sub-Committee of HSE with a mandate to advise the Medical Exposures Radiation Unit (MERU) in the areas of Incident Reporting and National Clinical Audit in Radiotherapy.

Promoting and developing competence to practice, supporting role development and CPD programmes, together with fostering a holistic approach to patient care in the clinical setting are central to her role and Catherine looks forward to applying her skills and knowledge serving on the Medical Council.