Appointment to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI)

Following their Election, the Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, has appointed/reappointed the following persons as members of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI).  These appointments are from 6 December 2017 to 14 February 2022.

Eileen Kelly

Eileen is a Clinical Nurse Manager working on a 20 bedded long stay ward. She co-ordinates and manages the daily care of residents and ensures that it is delivered according to best practice guidelines and in tandem with legal and regulatory requirements. Nationally, she was elected member of the Executive Council of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.

She qualified as a Registered General Nurse (RGN) from Beaumont Hospital working predominantly in surgical divisions post qualification. She undertook a BA in Journalism and completed final year thesis on The National Cancer Strategy. She completed a Certificate in Psychology and gained a Masters in Human Rights and International Law. She is pursuing studies in nurse prescribing. Following her studies, she took up a post in the Sacred Heart Hospital as a staff nurse. She completed a post graduate diploma in Gerontology and worked for 5 years as a community RGN with the Intermediate Care Service, which provided short term domiciliary rehabilitation services to older people. She worked with the local community voluntary sector and was a core member of the regional practice development group responsible for completing policies and procedures for use in the community. When the Intermediate Care Service was disbanded, returned to work in the rehabilitation unit of the Sacred Heart Hospital

She is passionate and interested in working with older people and has gained expert knowledge over a long career working in this area. She is committed to ensuring that high quality, safe and effective care is delivered and is equally eager to fulfil the role of supporting and advising nurses on how best to maintain practice standards in all healthcare settings.

Mary Gorman

Mary is a Clinical Midwife Manager 3 in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda. She is responsible for Maternity Gynae OPD, a Maternity Day Unit, Foetal Assessment Parent Craft, Teenage Pregnancy, Anti Natal Ward, Post Natal Ward, Gynae Ward and Colposcopy.

She has a post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Practice Midwifery from Trinity College, a Diploma in Healthcare Management. She has 23 years’ experience in all areas of midwifery. She was involved in the MIDU Study and was involved in the development of the Midwifery Led Units’ Service.

She represented the INMO at national level and was a key member of the Maternity Strategy Steering Committee and a member of the Maternity Care Assistant Review Group. She possesses the necessary education training and skillset to ably represent the midwifery profession on the NMBI. She is deeply committed to the implementation of the maternity strategy and the continued development for the fulfilment of midwives in their roles.

Liam Hamill

Liam has worked for the past 18 years in St. Josephs ID Service (SJIDS) in North Co. Dublin as a staff nurse, CNM1 and CNM2. In 2012, in a joint project between SJIDS and Beaumont Hospital, took up the role of Intellectual Disability Liaison Nurse (IDLN) based in Beaumont Hospital. This role was unique in Ireland and its purpose was to provide equitable acute secondary hospital access for people with intellectual disabilities. He continues to promote and develop the role of IDLN and believes that this role can influence improved healthcare outcomes for people with intellectual disabilities.

 He has just completed a MSc. in Intellectual Disability Nursing Practice at DCU and is an ardent supporter of the need for continuous development of the nursing profession. He is a Registered Nurse Intellectual Disability (RNID) with over 28 years’ experience working with people with intellectual disabilities. His nursing career began in the UK and he has worked in a variety of settings in the field of intellectual disability. Experience includes working in adult residential care, respite care (acute & planned), care of the older person (ID), community nursing (ID), crisis intervention team, family support team mental health of ID, acute admission and assessment (MHID) and forensics in ID.

 He was part of the St James Intellectual Disability Service Nurse Practice Development Department which has responsibility for staff training, student undergraduate programme, policy development, auditing and nursing metrics. He was a Member of the steering group which examined the future of ID nursing in Ireland. This was a joint project by Trinity College Dublin and the HSE, and the final document, ‘Shaping the Future of Intellectual Disability Nursing in Ireland’. He is committed to promoting the nursing profession and achieving and maintaining high standards of professional practice.

Catherine Cocoman

Catherine is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in self-harm and works in line with the national clinical care programme for self-harm. She delivers a high standard of evidence based care and always works with the best interests of the patient in mind and advocates on their behalf with multiple agencies on a daily basis.

She was one of the first graduates of the 4 year undergraduate degree programme in Ireland in 2006, having spent 4 years training to become a general nurse in St James Hospital. She completed a Higher Diploma in Mental Health/Psychiatric Nursing in DCU. She graduated in 2013 from TCD with a Masters in Mental Health. She worked in the acute hospital as a general nurse and across the acute and community mental health sectors as a psychiatric nurse. She is passionate about improving services for staff and service users alike and has been a champion of a variety of initiatives over her entire nursing career. She is actively involved in continuing professional development.  She has a keen interest in education and is committed to lifelong learning. She strives to enhance the professional development of others. She looks forward to the challenges working with NMBI would bring.

Following her Election, the Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, has re-appointed the following person as a member of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI).  This appointment is from 6 December 2017 to 5 December 2022.

Essene Cassidy

Essene is the interim Director Public Health Nursing (DPHN) CHO9. She was educated to Masters Level at University College Dublin in Child Health. She has a Higher Diploma (HDip) in Rehabilitation Management from University College Dublin. She has a Higher Diploma (HDip) in Public Health Nursing (PHN) from University College Cork.  She achieved a Bachelor of Nursing Studies (BNS) from Trinity College Dublin. During 2017, she obtained a Professional Certificate in Governance from the Institute of Public Administration.

She is a Registered Children’s, General and Public Health Nurse with over 17 years’ experience working across a variety of roles and functions within the Community and Primary Care Setting from Immunisations, Disability, Area Public Health Nursing, Schools Nursing Teams and Early Years Inspectorate. As an interim DPHN, she has clinical governance and supervision responsibility for all nursing staff working at a community level within the Dublin North West area of the DNCC Region and has active involvement and input into frontline clinical care within the community.

She was first elected to the Board of NMBI as representative of Public Health Nursing in 2012. As Chairperson of NMBI’s Ethics Committee, she oversaw and supported the revision and development of the updated Code of Professional Practice and Ethics for Nurses and the Scope of Practice Framework for Nurses. As Vice Chair of the Fitness to Practice Committee 2012-January 2016, she had experience of the inquiry process and the principles of natural justice and fair procedure. She was elected as Board President in January 2016, she have led out on a significant organisational review and package of reform within the NMBI and she is committed to strengthening the Board’s relationship with their registrants, the public and their key stakeholders by making our work more open and transparent and ensuring value for money by being more efficient and effective in all the work of the Board.

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, has re-appointed the following person as a member of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI).  This appointment is from 6 December 2017 to 5 December 2022.   

Mark Blake-Knox

Mark has worked for Cheshire Ireland for over 30 years, being appointed the first Co-ordinator of Services in 1983 and later CEO. Mark has previously been Chairman of the Disability Federation of Ireland; Vice-chair of the Not-for-Profit Business Association, Vice-chair of the Neurological Alliance, he sat on numerous Department of Health and HSE working groups on disability matters, and he is a member of The Commission on the Status of People with Disabilities.

On the nomination of the Irish University Association, the Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, has re-appointed the following person as a member of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI).  This appointment is from 6 December 2017 to 5 December 2022.   

Denise Lawlor

Denise is an Assistant Professor of Midwifery in School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin. Denise qualified as a registered general nurse in 1993 and worked as a staff nurse in Ireland until 1995. She registered as a midwife in 1997 and following registration she practised as a staff midwife in the Rotunda Hospital. In 2000 she assumed the post of midwife tutor in the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital and in 2006 she became Acting Principal Midwife Tutor. In September 2006 Denise transferred to the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin. Clinical practice remains a priority for Denise and she continues to facilitate (with three other Lecturers in Midwifery) a midwife led antenatal clinic in the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital. Denise recently completed her PhD studies and the title of her thesis is ‘(Re)constructing Myself: the process of transition to motherhood for women with a disability.’ Denise is also a member and co-founder of the Meta-synthesis in Midwifery group (MMSG) in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin.