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Healthcare Regulation in Ireland 2020 - POSTPONED

Event Type Law Society Professional Training
Venue Law Society of Ireland
Discounted Fee €160*
CPD Hours 3 Management & Professional Development Skills (by Group Study)
Date 25 March 2020 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM



This item is not available to book online

In line with current government guidelines, this course has been postponed until further notice

Delegates already registered will be contacted directly with more information



Aim and Objectives
The regulation of healthcare is in the public interest with the publication of the 2nd Scally Report and the awaited Report of Mr Justice Charles Meenan. This seminar aims to provide healthcare regulators with an opportunity to engage with those who represent the interest of clients regulated in the healthcare system. This panel-based seminar will focus on changes and developments in the healthcare sector and best practice in compliance with the healthcare regulatory system. 

The event will involve an interactive panel discussion – panel members will include various healthcare regulators, Panel members will discuss developments in the sector/provide guidance on best practice/share their experiences of engagement with the healthcare regulators with the ultimate aim being to open up discussion among the panelists and delegates on an informal basis.

The event will appeal to solicitors/barristers who represent clients regulated in the sector, healthcare professionals and regulators and academics. 

Aisling Gannon, Partner, Eversheds Sutherland
Aisling is Partner & Head of Healthcare with Eversheds Sutherland. Aisling has considerable experience in legally advising healthcare service providers, in both the public and private sectors with a specific interest in regulatory compliance. She advises hospital management teams in relation to claims and risk management practices across multi-disciplinary clinical specialities. She works with healthcare management teams in reviewing issues relating to clinical and corporate governance structures and procedures. Aisling is ranked as a Band 1 lawyer in Healthcare Litigation in the Chambers Europe Guide. She is a member of the Institute of Directors, Medico Legal Society of Ireland, the Mediation Institute of Ireland, and Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and an Associate Member of the Irish Health Care Risk Manager’s Association.


Bill Prasifka, CEO, Medical Council Ireland.
Bill Prasifka is the Chief Executive of the Medical Council in Ireland, taking up that position in October 2015. A trained lawyer from the US, Prasifka has been in Ireland since the late 1980s and has held a number of other high-profile posts, including Financial Services Ombudsman, Chairman of the Competition Authority and Commissioner of Aviation Regulation. Born in Los Angeles, Prasifka was educated at Columbia University, New York, and practised as a lawyer in US before moving to Ireland. He has held a number of roles in the private sector advising in areas of Irish, European and American law — prior to assuming his regulatory roles.


Ginny Hanrahan, CEO, CORU
Ginny Hanrahan is the CEO/ Registrar of CORU, the umbrella body established by the Minister for Health to statutorily regulate Health and Social Care Professionals in Ireland. CORU’s role is to protect the public by promoting high standards of professional conduct, education, training and competence through statutory registration of health and social care professionals. CORU currently regulates dietitians, dispensing opticians, medical scientists, occupational therapists, optometrists, physiotherapists, radiographers, radiation therapists, social workers and speech and language therapists. Other professions due to be regulated by CORU include: clinical biochemists, orthoptists, podiatrists, psychologists, social care workers, counsellors and psychotherapists. Ginny trained as an Occupational Therapist in the mid-1980’s and provided direct patient care for 17 years in Ireland, Scotland, England and Australia. She was the Head of Clinical Services in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin for seven years prior to setting up CORU in May 2008.  She holds an MSc in Community Health from Trinity College Dublin and an M.Sc Executive Leadership from Ulster University, Northern Ireland, UK. She is the President elect for CLEAR – the Council for Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation, the international body for regulators of professions and occupations and a Board member and Treasurer of the Association of Chief Executives of State Agencies (ACESA)


Niall Byrne, Registrar & Chief Officer, PSI –The Pharmacy Regulator.
Niall Byrne is Registrar and Chief Officer of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI).  PSI is the statutory body responsible for the regulation of the profession of pharmacy in Ireland.   As part of its remit, PSI is also responsible for the regulation of almost 2,000 community pharmacies.  Prior to joining PSI in 2016, Niall was Head of State Board Appointments with the Public Appointments Service where he led on the implementation of the 2014 open public procedures for appointments to State Boards.  Prior to this, he was Deputy Director of Regulation at the Health Information and Quality Authority, where he was responsible for the regulation of residential services for older people and for adults with disabilities.  From 2009, he worked for almost ten years as Head of HR and Service Quality with Cheshire Ireland, a HSE-funded voluntary organisation providing support and accommodation services to people with physical and neurological disabilities. Earlier in his career, he held various management and operational positions in the Department of Social Protection and the Office of the Revenue Commissioners.  Niall is a public interest appointee to the Registration Board for Psychologists which is working to bring the profession of psychologist within the professional regulatory framework operated by CORU.


Phelim Quinn, Chief Executive Officer, Health Information and Quality Authority 
Phelim was appointed Chief Executive of the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) on 26 November 2014. He joined HIQA as Director of Regulation and Chief Inspector of Social Services on 1 November 2012. He has over 30 years’ experience working in health and social care services in Northern Ireland and Ireland. Phelim comes from a nursing background, with qualifications and experience in mental health, emergency department and community nursing. Prior to joining HIQA, he held a number of senior management positions in Northern Ireland’s health and social care system.  They included commissioning of health and social care services as Chief Nurse in one of the former commissioning boards and as Director of Regulation in the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA). Phelim has led on the strategic development and execution of regulation and quality improvement programmes across health and social care services in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. More recently, Phelim has worked within HIQA and in conjunction with other agencies to develop best practice in adult safeguarding, and in the promotion of human rights based care in regulated services. 


Rita Purcell, Deputy Chief Executive, Health Products Regulatory Authority.
Rita Purcell is the Deputy Chief Executive at the Health Products Regulatory Authority where she has responsibility for international affairs, finance, legal, regulatory affairs, corporate governance and infrastructure. She has lead on a number of international initiatives and is an active participant in the International Coalition of Medicines Regulatory Authorities (ICMRA). Rita is the alternate member of the Board of the European Medicines Agency and is on the Council of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland, the regulator of pharmacies and pharmacists. Since 2016 Rita has lead the internal HPRA Brexit Task Force and represents the management team for Brexit coordination and planning at national government level and leads HPRA’s engagement with the European network and stakeholders in Brexit preparations. She read law at University College Dublin and is qualified as a Chartered accountant. She previously worked for Price Waterhouse in Dublin and San Francisco and also has worked in the construction and food industries in the areas of finance, acquisitions and internal audit.


Ursula Byrne, Director of Regulation, NMBI 
Ursula Byrne is the Director of Regulation in the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland and has had responsibility for managing the Fitness to Practise Department for the last fourteen years. She has also worked in a number of other roles within the organisation. She is a Registered General Nurse, a Registered Midwife and a Registered Nurse Tutor and has worked in clinical practice, management, education and regulation in Ireland, Canada and Australia. She has a Bachelor of Nursing Studies (Midwifery), an LLB in Irish Law (Hons), a Higher Diploma in Healthcare Risk Management and an MSc in Midwifery. 


Future topics and speakers to be confirmed


* Applicable to Law Society Finuas Skillnet membres



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