Recent Appointments to the Occupational Therapists Registration Board

With the consent of the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, the Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD has re-appointed the following person as a Member of the Occupational Therapists Registration Board.  This appointment is with effect from 27 February 2017 until 13 February 2021.

Mr Patrick Benson

Mr Benson is a former Area Director of Nursing for Sligo/Leitrim /South Donegal Mental Health Service from which he retired at the end of 2013 after 28 years in the post.

He has spent all of his career in the mental health services and was National President of Mental Health Nurse Managers Ireland. As area Director of Nursing his responsibilities included, inter alia, management of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, management of the Intellectual Disability Mental Health Team, management of the Nursing and Support Services in the Mental Health Service for the area, and financial management of the Service Budget with specific responsibility for the Nursing Budget. He has played a key role in the development of an integrated mental health service with General Practitioners and has been an advocate for the mental health needs of children and young adults. Mr Benson has served as a registered psychiatric nurse, general nurse and clinical tutor and is currently working as a volunteer with Mental Health Ireland.

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD has re-appointed the following persons as Members of the Occupational Therapists Registration Board.  These appointments are with effect from 27 February 2017 until 13 February 2021.

Ms Maire O’Leary

Ms O’Leary is a qualified Occupational Therapist. She is currently the Chief Executive and also holds the position of Clinical Manager to Early Intervention and School Age Teams at St Gabriel’s centre in Limerick.

She qualified as an Occupational Therapist and has worked in Ireland, England and Australia, specialising in Paediatrics and Learning Disability. In 1991 Ms. O’Leary was appointed to the position of Senior Paediatric Occupational Therapist at St. Gabriel’s School & Centre, Limerick. St. Gabriels is a voluntary organisation providing educational and health related services to children with disabilities in the Mid-West. In 2000 she was appointed Centre Manager and subsequently CEO in 2005. Currently employed as CEO she has extensive involvement in the re-organisation of Children’s Disability Services in the Mid-West Region since its launch in 2003 and is a member of Limerick Children’s Services Management group and Mid-West Regional Clinical Managers Group. Ms. O’Leary has served as Chairperson of St Gabriel’s School Board of Management from 2000-2012 and also been a member of the Board of Directors of St. Gabriel’s School & Centre. She holds a special interest in developing a Partnership approach between Service Providers, promoting equitable service delivery across a region in order to effectively and efficiently utilise resources.

Ms June Boulger

Ms Boulger has been working in Health Services since 1999. Her first appointment as Health Promotion Specialist for Workplace Health, Midland Health Board (MHB), led to the implementation of an organisational wide programme aimed at healthcare staff which was entitled the Quality of Working Life Project – Midland Health Board. This work received numerous awards.

She was also appointed by the MHB as lead for the promotion of physical activity under the National Cardiovascular Strategy. In 2006, Ms Boulger was appointed as National Lead Service User Involvement, HSE. She has led on the development of the National Healthcare Charter -You and Your Health Service, many patient empowerment initiatives and research into the patient’s experience of health services. She holds a B.A. in Sociology and Economics, Postgraduate Diploma in Health Promotion and masters in Health Promotion, National Certificate in Exercise and Fitness from the National University of Ireland, Galway. Special interests include staff well-being and its impact on patient outcomes, patient empowerment and patient partnership in healthcare. Ms Boulger also lectured part-time in Athlone Institute of Technology in Health Policy and delivers guest lectures in Health Promotion.