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Minister Simon Harris TD appoints Chairperson to CORU

Following and advertising campaign, the Minister has appointed Professor Bernard E McCartan as Chairperson to the Health and Social Care Professionals Council. His appointment is for the period 17th August 2016 to 16th August 2019.

CORU is Ireland’s multi-profession health regulator, responsible for regulating health and social care professions. The statutory body comprises the Health and Social Care Professionals Council and the Registration Boards for each profession regulated by CORU.

Professor McCartan has extensive experience promoting high standards across the health and social care sector. He has held a number of positions in the areas of regulation and fitness to practise, having previously served as President of the Dental Council and Chair of the Professional Conduct Committee of the Pharmaceutical Society. He was first appointed to the Health and Social Care Professionals Council in June 2014.

Professor McCartan is Visiting Professor in Oral Medicine in Trinity College Dublin and was the first Director of Specialist Training in Dentistry in Ireland. He was formerly Consultant in Oral Medicine in the Dublin Dental Hospital, Hume Street Hospital and the Blackrock Clinic.

Commenting on his appointment Professor McCartan said, “I am pleased to be taking on this role at a pivotal time for the work of CORU. Independent regulation is critical to protect the public and as a consequence should enhance the professional status and standing of the professionals. The public must have confidence in the standard of care they receive from health and social care professionals and we will ensure high standards of education, training and competence across the professions regulated by CORU.”

“My priority will be to work with the Department of Health, Council, the Registration Boards, our Chief Executive Ginny Hanrahan and Executive team to build a sustainable regulatory model that supports health and social care professionals dedicated to operating to the highest standards, while imposing sanctions on those found guilty of poor professional performance or professional misconduct”.