Contact Us: Older People National Clinical Programme
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 have any queries about the work of the programme please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note the clinical program is not directly involved in providing a service to patients and their families.
Please contact your GP for further information