Appointments to the Social Workers Registration Board

Following a Public Appointments Service (PAS) campaign, the Minister for Health, Simon Harris T.D., with the consent of the Minister for Business, Enterprise an Innovation appointed the following non-professional members to the Social Workers Registration Board with effect from 5 August 2018 to 4 August 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 is currently also seeking re-appointment to the Physiotherapist Registration Board as a representative of the interest of the general public, has 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.


Dr Colm O’Doherty

Dr O’Doherty has 42 years’ experience as practitioner, academic and manager/academic leader in the social care professions.  His contributions to this field include, amongst others, his role as a founder member of Irish Association of Social Care Educators, and development of Social Science Course at UCC and Social Studies Department in the Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT). He has been the author of, and contributor to, books and journals/periodicals on social care and social work and undertaken extensive research in the area. He has chaired, and been a member of, a number of boards and social care organisations and has also served as an academic consultant and research supervisor.   He has in addition been the recipient of local “Teaching Hero” awards from the National Forum for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Dr O’Doherty has been a lecturer in Applied Social Studies in ITT since 1998. His academic qualifications include, inter alia, a PhD awarded by UCD in 2004.