Recent Appointment to the Health and Social Care Professionals Council (CORU)

On the nomination of the Radiographers Registration Bord, the Minister for Health Simon Harris TD has appointed the following person to be a member of the Health and Social Care Professionals Council (CORU).  This appointment is with effect from 28 February 2017 until 23 January 2018.

Ms Catherine McKenna

Ms McKenna has had a career spanning more than thirty five years in the Irish public health service, having gained broad experience in a variety of roles and specialisations from clinical to managerial level. In early 2009 she was appointed as the Radiation Therapy Services Manager (RTSM) at St. Luke’s Hospital Dublin. More recently, with the expansion of Radiotherapy Services in Dublin to include centres on Beaumont and St. James’ campuses, she has assumed the role of Network RTSM within the St. Luke’s Radiation Oncology Network (SLRON).

As Network RTSM, Ms McKenna is responsible for facilitating and enabling change within a structured and risk managed environment with all necessary training and supports in place to improve services to patients and achieve successful outcomes.

She is a member of the Board of Directors of St. Luke’s Institute of Cancer Research (SLICR), whose main objective is to foster and support research in radiation oncology, working collaboratively with other academic and research institutions.

She is the National Clinical Lead for Radiation Therapists with a key role as advisor to the National Cancer Control Programme, chairing the National RTSM group, and progressing standardised work practices, competency matrices, and evidence based practices within radiotherapy.

A member of the Professional Body since its inception, she currently holds the Radiography Services Managers Chair on the Council of the Irish Institute of Radiography and Radiation Therapy (IIRRT).

Ms McKenna sits on the National Radiotherapy Sub-Committee of HSE with a mandate to advise the Medical Exposures Radiation Unit (MERU) in the areas of Incident Reporting and National Clinical Audit in Radiotherapy.

She is a graduate of the College of Radiographers, London.