Appointments to the Physiotherapists Registration Board

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, with the consent of the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation has re-appointed the following as a member of the Physiotherapists Registration Board with effect from 4 September 2018 to 19 May 2022:

Mr Padraig Heverin

Mr Heverin has extensive experience in mental health nursing, in all care settings. He is a Senior Nurse Manager with experience of implementing best practice as outlined by Mental Health Commission standards. He has extensive knowledge of inspection processes as applied by Inspectorate Teams in Mental Health Practice and the achievement of expected criteria through action plans. Mr Heverin, who was recently appointed to the Social Workers Registration Board as a representative of the interest of the general public, also has considerable other experience of board membership at national level and membership of subgroups/working groups within the Physiotherapists Registration Board i.e. Audit Committee and Forensic Working Group. In addition, he has experience of change management strategies for improving practice. His educational qualifications include a Diploma (Hons) in Nursing from NUI Galway.


The Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, has re-appointed the following as members of the Physiotherapists Registration Board with effect from 4 September 2018 to 19 May 2022:

Ms Jane Carolan

Ms Carolan’s main interests are in strategy development and implementation, performance measurement, risk evaluation and management as well as leading teams to execution in challenging times.

She is a physiotherapist by profession with over 10 years clinical work experience in many settings both in Ireland and the USA.

Since then she has worked in a range of senior management roles within the North Eastern Health Board and was an Assistant CEO for Community Services when it was disbanded. Ms Carolan has held a number of senior management roles in the HSE and was the National Director for Corporate Planning and Performance for almost six years and a member of the HSE Senior Management Team during that period.


Professor Catherine Doody

Professor Doody is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health Physiotherapy and Sports Science.  She qualified in Physiotherapy in UCD, completed an MSc in Physiotherapy in the University of East London, an MSc in Mindfulness Based Interventions in UCD and her PhD in UCD.  She is a founder director of the MSc Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy which is a specialist Musculoskeletal programme with accreditation from the International Association of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists. Professor Doody contributes to and teaches on the BSc Physiotherapy programme and taught MSc programmes in UCD.  Her research interests are in the area of chronic musculoskeletal pain and she is a founder co-director of the Centre for Translational Pain Research in UCD.

She has served on the Life Sciences Research Ethics Committee in UCD and Chair of the undergraduate Research Ethics Committee for the School of Public Health Physiotherapy and Sports Science in UCD.  She has clinical experience working as a Physiotherapist in Ireland and the UK.  Professor Doody is a member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapy (ISCP) and has previously served on a number of committees of the ISCP including Professional Accreditation, Education and Musculoskeletal Therapy


Ms Anne Horgan

Ms Horgan is a registered physiotherapist, a professional member of Health and Social Care Professionals Council and held the position of Chair of the Physiotherapists Registration Board at CORU (2014-2018). She was a previous Board member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP) professional body (1995-1996 and 2010-2012).

She has been working in the acute hospital setting since 1992. After in excess of 10 years of clinical work at the National Acute Spinals Injuries Unit, Mater Hospital, Dublin, Ms Horgan transitioned into people management and process/service improvement roles. These roles included Physiotherapy Operations Manager, Mater Hospital, Service Improvement Lead with the Ireland East Hospital Group (IEHG) and, more recently, Planning and Performance Lead, Clinical Strategy and Programmes at the Health Service Executive (HSE).