National Fellows for Innovation and Change

National Fellow for Innovation and Change

Rachel McNamara

rachel-picMy name is Rachel McNamara and I am excited to be one of the National Fellows for Innovation and Change 2021-22. I graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2016 and I completed intern year at St James' Hospital, before returning to my native Limerick for Basic Specialist Training in General Medicine at UHL (with a few pit stops along the

I am a consistent advocate for doctors; having held national union positions, lead-trainee roles and generally striving for smarter, more streamlined healthcare processes. Although this year has been one of the most challenging in the history of our health service, I was proud to see the enormous capacity for innovation in our hospitals and the
resilience of our healthcare workers. Ireland's people deserve a healthcare system that is as hard-working and adaptable as its staff.

Through the Innovation and Change Fellowship and the Spark Programme, I look forward to harnessing the ingenuity and spirit of our healthcare workers to create a health service of which we can be truly proud.

National Nursing/ Midwifery Innovation Fellow


Amy Carroll

I qualified as a midwife in 2004 and since then I have worked in the acute and community setting in the UK and in the South East of Ireland. I am a clinically practicing midwife/ clinical placement coordinator with additional experience in developing innovative projects and guiding and promoting others to the same. I am delighted to be the first Nursing/ Midwifery Innovation fellow in the Spark Innovation programme.

My vision is that every nurse and midwife in the country will know what the Spark Innovation Programme is and that it will encourage those with a problem solving/ innovative mind to become engaged with the programme. One of my core goals is to ensure that the reality and challenges specific to nursing and midwifery are kept at the forefront when planning Spark initiatives. I aim to provide tailored support, practical guidance on implementation and measurement of success, and promotion of projects. Also I aim to nurture the successful collaboration between the ONMSD and the Spark innovation in all my endeavours.    087 4465530              


HSCP Fellow- Dermot Burke

My name is Dermot Burke and I am delighted to be the first HSCP National Fellow for Innovation and Change. I have worked as a Physiotherapist in both the public and private healthcare systems in Ireland and the UK since graduating in 2010. I’ve always been interested and involved in improvement and innovation projects with a particular focus on initiatives promoting a holistic approach to health and wellbeing through multi-sector collaboration and the utility of digital technology.

In 2020, I graduated from TCD's Post Grad Diploma in Healthcare Innovation and since then have instigated and led on a number of projects at St. Michael’s Hospital, Dun Laoghaire. I also work with a Health-tech start-up, Cushla Health, who aim to empower patients and improve outcomes by facilitating access to your healthcare data.

HSCPs inherently have an inbuilt inquisitive, problem solving mentality and accounting for over a quarter of the HSE’s clinical workforce, I firmly believe we are perfectly positioned to identify and enact innovation and change across all settings of our healthcare system. I look forward to representing and collaborating with you all, building on the fantastic work of past Fellows, continuing to promote and develop a culture of innovation throughout the HSE.

If you would like to get in touch with any suggestions for the year ahead or queries about the Spark Innovation Programme, please email