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Dr. Orlaith O’Reilly, National Clinical Advisor & Group Lead for Chronic Disease (Chair)

Dr Orlaith O’Reilly is the Clinical Lead for the Integrated Care Programme for the Prevention and Management of Chronic Disease.

Dr O O'ReillyDr Orlaith O’Reilly graduated from University College Cork in 1982 and did her MPH in University College Dublin in 1985. She undertook general professional training in medicine, paediatrics, obstetrics and psychiatry, prior to undertaking higher specialist training in Public Health Medicine, under the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland. Her special interests have included policy and service development in cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic disease management and health information. She has been the Director of Public Health in the South Eastern region of Ireland between 1995 and 2014. She was appointed as the National Clinical Advisor and Programme Group Lead, Health and Wellbeing/Clinical Strategy and Programmes in 2014 and National Clinical Advisor Chronic Disease in 2019.

The ICP CD Team include:-

Dr. Sarah O’Brien, SPHM, Office of National Clinical Advisor & Group Lead for Chronic DiseaseSarah O Brien

Sarah graduated from University College Dublin School of Medicine before working in Emergency Medicine in both rural and urban Australia. Upon her return to Ireland, Sarah trained as a General Practitioner with the Trinity College Dublin-Health Service Executive School of General Practice. Through her clinical experience working across a variety of urban, rural and disadvantaged settings, Sarah developed a keen interest in chronic disease management and health service improvement which spurred her on to undertake a Masters in Public Health Medicine and to complete Higher Specialist Training in Public Health Medicine. Sarah has been working as part of the NCAGL for Chronic Disease team since 2019.

Mairead Gleeson, General Manager, Office of National Clinical Advisor & Group Lead for Chronic DiseaseMairead Gleeson                                                                                              

Maireád has a nursing background. She holds a Masters in Healthcare Management from University College Dublin, a Higher Diploma in Project Management from the Michael Smurfit Business School and a Diploma in Leadership and Quality in Healthcare from the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. Maireád has an extensive background working in healthcare management including experience in senior nursing management roles in clinical settings and national project management roles leading on large-scale complex chronic disease projects. Maireád was the Project Manager for the Cardiovascular Strategy in the former South Eastern Health Board, Programme Manager for the National Clinical Programme for Diabetes, and Operations Manager for the National Director for Clinical Strategy and Programmes before commencing her current role as General Manager in the Office of NCAGL for Chronic Disease in 2014

Prof. Sean Dinneen, Clinical Lead, National Clinical Programme for DiabetesSean Dinneen

Seán graduated from University College Cork Medical School. He completed Internal Medicine Residency and Endocrinology sub-specialty training at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, MN. After a period of postgraduate training and work experience in the USA (Mayo Clinic), Canada (McMaster University) and the UK (Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge) he returned to Ireland as an Academic Endocrinologist. He was part of successful bids that brought a School of Podiatric Medicine and a Clinical Research Facility to NUI Galway. He served as Head of the School of Medicine in NUI Galway from 2013 to 2016. In June 2016, he was appointed Clinical Lead for the National Clinical Programme for Diabetes. His professional interests include developing and evaluating programmes of self-management education and support for people living with diabetes, developing optimal models of community-based diabetes care and understanding the diabetic foot.

Dr. Diarmuid Quinlan, Irish College of General Practioners’ Lead, National Clinical Programme for DiabetesDiarmuid Quinlan

Diarmuid works as a GP in a six-doctor training practice in Glanmire, Cork. He was ICGP-HSE Clinical Lead for diabetes in primary care from 2018-2020. He was appointed ICGP Medical Director in 2020. He graduated from UCC, undertook GP training in England, and worked in Australia before returning to Cork. He is passionate about clinical quality improvement and patient safety. He participates in both undergraduate and postgraduate medical education. He is a director of 'Diabetes in General Practice' and the Health Products Regulatory Authority.

Margaret Humphreys, National Lead, Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support, Office of the National Clinical Advisor & Group Lead for Chronic DiseaseMargaret Humphreys

Margaret is a CORU registered dietitian with over 30 years’ experience working in diabetes care. She holds a Masters in Human Nutrition from UCC, a Higher Diploma in Health Care Management from RCSI, and has postgraduate training in adult teaching and learning. She has extensive experience as a Clinical Specialist Dietitian in diabetes, working in Cork University Hospital since 2001, before joining the NCAGL for Chronic Disease team in 2015. Currently she leads a number of Sláintecare Integration Fund projects to advance the design, development and implementation of diabetes self-management education and support nationally. 

Cliodhna O’Mahony, Programme Manager, National Clinical Programme for DiabetesCliodhna O Mahony

Originally qualifying from NUI Galway as an Occupational Therapist, Cliodhna has over 10 years of experience working in clinical practice, in the UK and Ireland, across a variety of community and acute hospital settings. Most recently, Cliodhna worked as a Senior Occupational Therapist in the Mater Hospital Dublin, a role which involved leading on local and integrated care service improvement projects. In 2018, Cliodhna graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland with a Masters in Healthcare Management and was appointed to the role of Programme Manager for the National Clinical Programme for Diabetes. Cliodhna manages the day-to-date operations of the programme and works closely with the Clinical leads, National Working Group, RCPI Diabetes Clinical Advisory Group and HSE Senior Management to advance the work of the programme and improve services for those living with diabetes in Ireland.

Prof. Ken Mc Donald, Clinical Lead, National Heart ProgrammeKen McDonald

Ken developed the St Vincent's/ St Michael’s Heart Failure Unit following his return from his sub-speciality training in heart failure at the University of Minnesota, USA. He has overseen the growth of the Unit into an internationally recognised clinical service and translational heart failure research centre.

The Unit clinical programme provides specialist heart failure services to in excess of 5,000 patients across the spectrum of heart failure. In addition, Ken developed the St Vincent's ‘Screening to Prevent Heart Failure (STOP-HF)’ Programme in association with St. Vincent's Collaborative General Practice Group. The STOP-HF study is a first-of-type, pragmatic, prospective trial which showed that natriuretic peptide-based screening and collaborative care can reduce the combined rate of left ventricular dysfunction and heart failure as well as major adverse cardiac events. Initially a research project, this effort is now an established clinical service managing in excess of 3,000 patients.

With established links to the School of Medicine and Medical Science and the Conway Institute at University College Dublin, Ken’s research team has focused on the natural history of left ventricular dysfunction, biomarkers of cardiovascular disease and novel strategies in the delivery of health care in chronic disease. The unit has close collaborative links with similarly focused units in the US and Europe. Ken is an ex-president of the Irish Cardiac Society, the Medical Director of the Heartbeat Trust and presently holds the position of the Clinical Lead for the National Heart Programme.

Dr. Joe Gallagher, Irish College of General Practioners’ Lead, National Heart ProgrammeJoe Gallagher

Joe is a GP in Gorey, Co Wexford. He trained on the South East GP training scheme and undertook a MD in the use of natriurietic peptides in prevention and diagnosis of heart failure.  He is a clinical associate professor in UCD.


Regina Black
, Programme Manager, National Heart ProgrammeRegina Black

The National Heart Programme was established in 2020. Regina manages the day-to-date operations of the programme and works closely with the Clinical leads, National Working Group, Clinical Advisory Group and HSE Senior Management to advance the work of the programme and improve services for those living with cardiovascular disease in Ireland.  Regina holds an MSc Healthcare Ethics & Law from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland as well as a Diploma in Healthcare Management. 

Regina worked as Programme Manager to the National Heart Failure Programme for almost ten years with responsibility for the day to day management of the clinical programme developed to improve the quality of life of patients with heart failure. Prior to this she worked as Project Manager for Heart Health, with responsibility for co-ordination and monitoring of the implementation of Building Healthier Hearts in the Eastern Regional Health Authority. Regina has also worked as Programme Manager of the Prevention of Chronic Disease Programme and as Interim Programme Manager of the Acute Coronary Syndrome Programme.

Dr. Des Murphy, Clinical Lead, National Clinical Programme for RespiratoryDes Murphy

Des is a Consultant Respiratory Physician in Cork University Hospital and Clinical Lecturer in University College Cork where he is clinical lead for asthma, pulmonary vascular disease, neuromuscular respiratory failure and joint clinical lead for COPD. His leads an active research programme focused on dissecting factors associated with adverse outcomes and severe clinical phenotype in asthma. He has authored or co-authored over 80 publications in peer-reviewed journals, 3 book chapters, and over 200 abstracts. Currently he is Clinical Lead on the National Clinical Programme for Respiratory (Asthma & COPD).

Susan Curtis, Programme Manager, National Clinical Programme for RespiratorySusan Curtis

Susan Curtis has been the programme manager for the NCP Respiratory since September 2019. Susan has a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy and a MSc in Leadership in Healthcare and is currently on secondment from her post as Physiotherapy Manager in Peamount Healthcare. Susan worked in the acute respiratory field for many years in Naas General Hospital which included experience in intensive care, pulmonary rehabilitation and oxygen clinics.

In her role as programme manager, Susan has led on the development of  guidelines to support clinicians during the COVID-19 pandemic including guidelines for virtual Pulmonary Rehabilitation and virtual Early Supported Discharge as well as oxygen clinics and virtual training sessions for health care professionals across the country. Susan was involved in the launch of the HSE “End-to-End COPD Model of Care” in 2019. With the NCP Respiratory Susan is currently working with the other members of the team in the development of ambulatory care hubs for Chronic Respiratory Disease, the National Model of Care Document for Asthma, the NCEC document for COPD and patient education videos for Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

Dr. Mark O’Kelly, Irish College of General Practioners’ Lead for COPD, National Clinical Programme for RespiratoryMark O Kelly

Mark is the principal in a GP practice in the Rialto Primary Care Centre in Dublin’s inner city. Mark is also the ICGP Lead for COPD working on the National Clinical Programme for Respiratory. Mark works in an area of significant deprivation and is passionate about working to achieve integrated care for chronic disease management, where all patients will have improved access to diagnostics and care delivered at the lowest levels of complexity and as close to their homes as possible. Mark is the author of a number of strategic reports and peer reviewed papers in general practice since 2005. He is an active member of the Irish College of General Practitioners and represents GPs on a number of committees.  Mark, along with his colleagues in the ICGP, has recently helped to oversee the successful 1st phase introduction of the Chronic Disease Management Programme in general practice. 

Dr. Dermot Nolan, Irish College of General Practioners’ Lead for Asthma, National Clinical Programme for RespiratoryDermot Nolan

Dermot is a GP partner in Tramore, GP trainer and local CME assistant tutor. He is the ICGP Lead for Asthma working on the National Clinical Programme for Respiratory. He has a special interest in allergy and asthma having worked in the allergy and asthma clinic in Guys Hospital in London for two years.  He has many publications in the field of asthma. He is chair of the Irish Primary Care Respiratory Society and is interested in asthma education in general practice. He has published the Irish general practice Asthma guidelines in 2020.

Dr Miriam Owens, Specialist Public Health Medicine*

Dr Claire Buckley, Specialist Public Health Medicine*

*Currently reassigned to Covid services

Siobhán O’Farrell, provides executive support to the NCAGL office and is also the Administrator for Self-Management Education and SupportSiobhan O Farrell

Siobhán graduated from the National University of Ireland, Galway in 2006 with a BSc (Hons) in Anatomy. After working in a number of different sectors, Siobhán joined the HSE and the Office of the NCAGL for Chronic Disease in 2016. She has specific responsibility for the Irish Self-management Education IT system and diabetes education courses.


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