Appointments to the Physiotherapists Registration Board

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris T.D., has appointed Ms Jenny Branigan, Ms Niamh Murphy and Mr John Stacey as professional members of the Physiotherapists Registration Board. These appointments are from 19th January 2018 to 18th January 2021.

Ms. Jenny Branigan
Ms. Branigan is a chartered physiotherapist with 17 years’ experience working in the environment of team sport, including roles with the FAI, the Irish National Hockey squads and TCD Rugby. She is the owner, developer and manager of a physiotherapy and sports injury clinic in Dublin, Total Physio. Ms. Branigan has extensive media experience including participation as resident physiotherapist on programmes on RTE Radio where she also appeared on Morning Ireland and presented a show on health matters. She has in addition written for publications including the Irish Times and Irish Runner magazine. She has served on a number of committees holding, inter alia, positions as Chairperson and Honorary Secretary of the Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports & Exercise Medicine (CPSEM) clinical interest group, and Honorary Secretary of the Irish Sports Medicine Association. Ms. Branigan is also a part-time lecturer in UCD on the Undergraduate Physiotherapy Musculoskeletal module. Her academic qualifications include, amongst others, an MSc (Hons) in Sports & Exercise Medicine awarded by TCD in 2002.

Ms. Niamh Murphy
Ms. Murphy has wide experience, both in Ireland and internationally, in the field of physiotherapy. She has served as Physiotherapy Manager in Charge at St. James’s Hospital since 2004 where she is responsible for the strategic and operational management of a department with a budget of €3.5m. She is also currently responsible for management of the executive performance of the health and social care professions’ departments at the hospital. She previously worked for three years as COPE (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) Outreach Co-Ordinator at Beaumont Hospital where she was founder and developer of the first early supported discharge programme for patients admitted with the condition. Ms. Murphy has also obtained experience working abroad as a physiotherapist in the US and Australia and has lectured in the Schools of Physiotherapy in TCD and UCD. She is an active member of the ISCP (Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists) and has served on a number of that professional body’s committees, including as Chair of its Appeals Committee and member of its Accreditation Committee. She has also contributed to a number of publications and has been the recipient of several awards. Ms. Murphy’s academic qualifications include, inter alia, an MSc in Exercise Physiology from TCD in 2002. She has recently been elected as Chairperson of the Physiotherapists Registration Board by fellow members of the Board.

Mr. John Stacey
Mr. Stacey has been a self-employed physical therapist since 2004 providing musculoskeletal assessment and treatment to athletes and other clients together with developing rehabilitation programmes and presenting seminars and workshops. He has also been involved in the design and presentation of modules in the areas of physical education, applied health science and sports science as a tutor in the University of Limerick (UL) and the Institute of Physical Therapy in Dublin. He has designed and delivered the rehabilitation content for the Irish College of General Practitioners (IGCP) Diploma in Practical Musculoskeletal Injury Management. In his role as Sports Therapy Module Leader he has delivered Sports Science & Sports Therapy modules at the Portobello Institute. As a voluntary athletics coach he has designed training programmes and coached groups of both recreational and elite athletes. Mr. Stacey has represented Ireland at junior level in athletics and served on the boards of UL and Fingallians Athletics Club. His professional qualifications include a BSc (Hons) in Sports Science from UL and he is currently completing an MSc in Strength & Conditioning at LIT (Limerick Institute of Technology).