Judging Panel

Dr Amanda Phelan, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems UCD (Chairperson)

Ms Anne Marie Bennett, Senior Dietitian, Irish Nutrition & Dietetics Institute (INDI)

Ms Miriam Enright, Head of Operations, Alzheimer Society of Ireland

Ms Corona Joyce, Senior Policy Officer, Age Action Ireland

Ms Susan Kent, Deputy Chief Nursing Officer, Department of Health

Ms Kate Steele, National Development Manager, Residential Care Settings, Irish Hospice Foundation

Prof. Amanda Phelan
Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems UCD

Professor Phelan holds a number of roles in the School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems. She the Associate Dean for Global Engagement and Subject Head of Older Person’s Nursing. Amanda co-ordinates the Graduate Diploma and Master’s Degree in Person Centred Care as well as the Professional Certificate in the Management of Elder Abuse.

She also acts as Co-Director in the National Centre for the Protection of Older People, UCD, and has undertaken numerous research studies in the area of elder abuse and Person Centred Co-ordinated Care. Amanda has published widely in the area of older person care, including her book International Perspectives on Elder Abuse and has two further Gerontological books in preparation.  Within her outreach work, Amanda acts on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Older People Nursing and the Journal of the All Ireland Gerontological Nurses’ Association. She sits on the Board of Directors in Third Age, the National Advisory Committee of Sage Advocacy and Support for Older People and the Fitness to Practice Committee of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland.

Ms Anne Marie Bennett,
Irish Nutrition and Dietetics Institute (INDI)

Anne Marie is currently in clinical practice in St. Mary’s hospital, Phoenix Park, Dublin. She is secretary of the Older Persons and Dementia Interest Group (OPDIG) of the Irish Nutrition and Dietetics Institute (INDI) and in this role is actively involved in producing national nutrition resources relating to the Older Person and Dementia. She completed a Certificate in Management and Leadership in 2014 and has represented her professional body on numerous occasions, including the INDI representative on a HIQA advisory board addressing Nutrition and Hydration in acute hospitals in 2015/2016. Anne Marie’s special interest is research and service development and she is currently project lead on a year-long Food First Campaign in St. Mary’s hospital (2016-2017). She was involved in a multidisciplinary project to develop an algorithm in the effective prevention and management of constipation in older hospital in-patients, due for publication later this year. She is also clinical supervisor for a post graduate project to introduce a dietary intervention for the prevention of constipation for residents in a long stay unit, due to commence September 2017. She also supervises and mentors dietetic students from UCD and Trinity College.

Miriam Enright
Head of Operations, Alzheimer Society of Ireland (ASI)

Miriam is currently Head of Operations within Alzheimer Society of Ireland (ASI) overseeing the management and development of over 120 Dementia specific services across Ireland including daycare centres, homecare, respite, national Helpline, Dementia advisers etc. Prior to joining ASI in 2014, she gained extensive  experience in both the Not-For-Profit and Corporate Sectors over the past twenty five years. She has recently completed her second Master’s Degree, in Social Enterprise and Innovation at Dublin City University. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, particularly in the areas of strategic planning and implementation, project management, teambuilding as well as systems, operations and process improvement.

Ms Corona Joyce
Senior Policy Officer, Age Action Ireland

Corona is Senior Policy Officer with Age Action. She is responsible for the development of Age Action’s policy and research programme, ensuring that it is shaped by the lived experience of older people and the views of members.

Before joining Age Action, she worked in policy and programme management roles with the Irish Red Cross, the Economic and Social Research Institute and the United Nations Development Programme.

Ms Susan Kent
Deputy Chief Nursing Officer for Women’s Health & Primary Care Services, Department of Health

Susan has a nursing and midwifery career of 33 years. This has encompassed acute and community areas, primary, secondary and tertiary care settings. Susan also teaches on the Mary Seacole Programme (professional leadership programme) for the NHS. She was awarded the Nurses medal and Midwife of the year. Susan’s PhD studies are on Grandfathers in Ireland and are capturing their view in a snapshot of time. Susan has been described as a ‘Hybrid’ of nursing and midwifery with her extensive practice and academic experience.

Kate Steele
National Development Manager, Residential Care Settings, Irish Hospice Foundation

As the National Development Manager for Residential Care Setting Kate is responsible for the development and implementation of the CEOL Programme. CEOL which stands for ‘Compassionate End of Life’ empowers all staff to provide the best possible end-of-life care for people living in residential care centres (RCC) in Ireland. Kate has over 25 years’ experience in the healthcare and disability sector, working with the following organisations;

  • Respite Coordinator – Muscular Dystrophy Ireland (2005-2017)
  • Day Services Support Officer – Headway Ireland (2002 -2005)
  • Project Coordinator (Healthcare) – GOAL – Sudan (1999-2001)

She has a Masters in Rehabilitation & Disability Studies, a Higher Diploma in Health Promotion and is a qualified general and psychiatric nurse.

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