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Geriatric Care Team

Your GP may refer you to a geriatrician for review. A geriatrician is a medical doctor who specialises in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease and disability in older adults.

Geriatricians are concerned with health problems that frequently affect older adults, such as pain, falls, memory loss, incontinence (involuntary loss of urine) and medication side effects. Another important aspect of geriatric medicine is evaluating an older patient's ability to care for themselves (e.g., prepare and eat meals, bathe, dress).

Geriatricians focus on all aspects of health care and work as part of a health care team to address issues that affect the older person. Healthcare professionals who work with geriatricians include nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, pharmacists, dietitians and psychiatrists, amongst others. This makes up the multi-disciplinary team. This team focuses on many aspects of the patient's health and life, including his or her social support (e.g., spouse, children, other relatives), living conditions and home life and community.

Geriatricians provide care in a number of settings including hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centres, day hospitals and outpatient clinics and work closely with GPs in the community.


The National Clinical Programme for Older Persons Team

National Working Group Membership

Regional Consultant Geriatrician Leads

National Clinical Lead – Dr. Diarmuid O’ Shea

Programme Manager – Ms. Helen Whitty

Director of Nursing – Ms. Deirdre Lang

HSE Service Planner – Ms. Carmel Hoey

Therapy Group Lead and OT Representative – Ms. Alice Gormley

Therapy Group Lead and Physiotherapy Representatives – Ms. Siobhan Twomey /Ms. Gillian Harte/Ms. Sinead Coleman

Therapy Group Lead Speech & Language Therapist – Ms. Anne Claffey

Therapy Group Lead Dietician – Ms. Grainne Flanagan

Social Worker Representative – Mr. John Brennan

Pharmacy Representatives – Ms. Niamh McMahon/Ms. Kate Browne

General Manager Lead for the Office of Dementia Social Care Division HSE – Ms. Mary Manning

Area Specialist Service for Older People (Dublin North East) – Ms. Roisin Maguire

National Clinical Advisory Group Lead Social Care Division HSE - Dr. Siobhán Kennelly

Consultant Geriatrician - Centre for Gerontology & Rehabilitation, UCC – Dr. Suzanne Timmons

Consultant Geriatrician & Internal Medicine – Dr. Sean Kennelly

Consultant Geriatrician – Dr. Martin Mulroy

Consultant Geriatrician – Dr. Tom O’ Malley

Dr Tom O'Malley - HSE West

Dr Suzanne Timmons - HSE South

Dr Sean Kennelly - HSE Mid Leinster

Dr Martin Mulroy - HSE North East


If you require any additional information regarding the National Clinical Programme for Older People or would like to contact the programme, 
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The National Clinical Programme for Older People can also be contacted at the following address:

Royal College of Physicians in Ireland
Frederick House
South Frederick Street
Dublin 2


Clinical Strategy and Programmes Division
Health Service Executive 
Dr Steevens Hospital
Dublin 8

Clinical Design and Innovation