Appointment to the Occupational Therapists Registration Board
The Minister for Health, Simon Harris T.D., has appointed the following person as a member of the Occupational Therapists Registration Board. This appointment is for the period 21 December 2018 to 13 February 2021.
Ms Eilish Macklin
Ms Macklin qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1977 and subsequently worked as a nurse in South Africa, Letterkenny, Belfast, Saudi Arabia and London returning to Dublin in 1985. She held the post of Sister-in-Charge of the Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit and Acting Assistant Director of Nursing in Beaumont Hospital.
Ms Macklin was appointed Assistant Director of Nursing in the National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) in 1997 and Director of Nursing in June 1999 and held this position until her retirement in 2016. As Director of Nursing Ms Macklin was responsible for a large team of Registered General Nurses and Health Care Assistants ensuring that a high standard of care was provided to patients and their families following spinal injury, brain injury, stroke and amputations. As part of an interdisciplinary team Ms Macklin liaised with Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Speech Therapists, Social Workers, Psychologists and Dieticians.
Ms Macklin was a member of the Executive Committee, Ethics Committee and Hygiene Committee during her tenure as Director of Nursing and led on the Project Team for the new NRH which is currently under construction. She served on the Hospital Board from 1997 to 2016 advising on issues such as recruitment and retention of nursing staff and infection control issues. Ms Macklin is currently a member of the NRH Board of Management.