Declan has a MBs in Co-operative and Social Enterprise and has worked in the financial sector for over 20 years in both voluntary capacity and also as a CEO.
Due to a long term chronic health condition, Declan became involved with the Living Well Programme as a participant, became a Volunteer Leader and has now completed his Master Training in Chronic Disease Self-Management and Cancer Thriving and Surviving. Declan has now shifted his focus to the Community Sector and is currently the Lay Co-Coordinator for the Living Well Programme with Fettercairn Community Health Project. Declan brings his understanding of the difficulties associated with reduced mobility to the PCAC and has the ability to articulate the voice of members within his community who have similar mobility issues.
Declan is committed to improving the role of the community in the development of Tallaght University Hospital and its services.
|Marie Price Bolger - Chief Executive of Trustus|
Marie is Chief Executive of Trustus we care CLG, a community health care provider. Since her appointment Marie has guided the organisation through a restructuring process including a re-branding of the organisation and the transition from Voluntary to Social Enterprise.
Marie’s previous employment history is quite varied with experience in the Music, Frozen Food and Motor Industries before becoming involved in the Community & Voluntary/Non for Private Profit Sector. Aside from her day to day role Marie also currently holds the position of Chairperson with the following groups: The South Dublin County Partnership locally and the Irish Local Development Network nationally. Marie’s academic qualifications include a Master’s Degree in Executive Leadership and a BA in Management Practice from the University of Ulster, and a Post Graduate Diploma’s in Adult Learning Management Practice and Adult Guidance Theory and Practice with NCI Maynooth.
Marie describes herself as driven and passionate about her work and is very active in her local environment regarding the sustainability of groups operating within the Community/Voluntary and Social Enterprise sectors
|Áine Lynch - Director of Nursing, Tallaght University Hospital |
Áine moved from the Adelaide Hospital to Tallaght University Hospital on the day it opened on June 21st
1998. She has spent almost two decades working in several positions at Tallaght including Clinical Nurse Manager II in Trauma Orthopaedics, Clinical Facilitator in Orthopaedic Nursing, Nurse Practice Development Advisor and Nurse Practice Development Co-ordinator in the Adult Services. In her earlier career, she also spent five years working abroad in both the UK and Saudi Arabia.
She moved from Tallaght University Hospital to the HSE in 2016 for just over a year where she initially worked as Nursing and Midwifery Planning and Development Officer and later held the role of Interim Director at the Nursing and Midwifery Planning and Development Unit (Dublin, South Kildare & Wicklow) for a period of nine months. This provided her with a unique opportunity to support nurses in all disciplines: midwifery, mental health, intellectual disability, public health and older persons care.
Áine was very happy to return to Tallaght University Hospital in April 2017 as she believes it maintains a strong focus on ‘people caring for people’. Along with the nursing service, she is also executive lead for the Patient Advocacy, Pastoral Care and Arts and Health Departments and the Patient and Community Advisory Council.
|Carol Mullins - Patient Advocacy Co-ordinator & Patient Experience Lead, Tallaght University Hospital |
Carol Mullins is the Patient Advocacy Co-ordinator & Patient Experience Lead for Tallaght University Hospital. In this role she represents the patients of the Hospital who want to provide feedback on their patient experience positive and negative. She deals with the medical staff in resolving any questions or queries patients have about their experience during their patient care.
This Hospital service vice was established in 2002 by Carol and she remains the driving force behind the development of the service. The objectives of Patient Advocacy is to represent the patient voice, advise senior management on learnings and continuous improvement projects that can be established based on the evidence of feedback received, positive and negative. This all ultimately leads to the delivery of safer patient care which is the mission of the Hospital.
Carol has over 20 years’ experience working in healthcare. She has extensive experience in the delivery of front line services having worked as Administrative Manager in the Emergency Department before undertaking her current role. She has participated in the Patient Community Advisory Council since its establishment in 2012.
|Amanda Mc Cormack - Clinical Nurse Manager, Tallaght University Hospital |
Amanda is a Clinical Nurse Manager on the Children’s Day Ward in the paediatric service at Tallaght University Hospital. She trained as a General Nurse in the Hospital and worked in the Adult service for a number of years. Following some travelling around Asia, Australia and New Zealand she worked as a nurse in a variety of health settings. Upon her return to Ireland she continued her nursing training in paediatrics and has worked in the Children’s service for over 10 years and it is an area of healthcare she thoroughly enjoys.
A proud native of Tallaght, Amanda is both living and working in the area raising her family. Amanda joined the PCAC in 2015 and thoroughly enjoys participating in the group which is so closely aligned to the area that she is from and so supportive of.
|Joanne Coffey - Communications Manager, Tallaght University Hospital|
In her role as Communications Manager for the Hospital, Joanne acts as the communications link within the Hospital and also to our surrounding communities, keeping everyone informed of news and events that take place involving Tallaght University Hospital.
A former volunteer tutor with the National Adult Literacy Agency, she has a great enthusiasm for keeping things simple and ensuring any information presented by the Hospital is done in an accessible way. As a member of the PCAC since 2014 she has involved the group in many different initiatives, such as the new hospital website, Know My Medicines and the Tallaght University Hospital Patient App. She makes every effort to ensure that the interests of the patient is at the forefront of everything that is developed by the Hospital.
She is also the key link between the Hospital and community in developing a growing popular series of Public Health Education talks. These events bring various members of speciality medical teams out into the community to educate on various health topics and answer questions from members of the public.