Who we are

Find out more about the governance structure of the National Care Experience Programme

Meet the team

Member of the Steering group

Tracy O'Carroll

Deputy Director of the National Care Experience Programme

Responsible for oversight and delivery of all aspects of the National Care Experience Programme.
Member of the Steering group

Dr Conor Foley

Senior Analyst

Responsible for analysis and reporting across all surveys, as well as developing the Survey Hub.
Member of the Steering group

Anna Maria Verling

Project Lead

Leads on the development of survey tools and methodology to understand the experiences of mental health care.
Member of the Steering group

Tina Boland

Project Lead

Leads on the development and implementation of the National Nursing Home Experience Survey and the National Inpatient Experience Survey.
Member of the Steering group

Trudi Mason

Acting Project Lead, Data and Digital Solution

Leads on the development and delivery of the programmes requirements to drive the data and digital plans.
Member of the Steering group

Donnacha O'Ceallaigh

Project Lead

Leads on the implementation of the National End of Life Survey and the development of data and digital requirements for our stakeholders.
Member of the Steering group

Alice Reetham

Project Officer

Responsible for supporting communications and survey development across the programme.
Member of the Steering group

Geneviéve Ruiz-O'Sullivan

Research Officer

Responsible for research and output synthesis in informing the development of national surveys as well as supporting the analysis of care experience data.
Member of the Steering group

Siobhan Morrison

Project Officer

Responsible for supporting survey development across the National Care Experience Programme.
Member of the Steering group

Dr Ella Tuohy

Research Officer

Responsible for supporting the development of surveys and assisting in the analysis and reporting of survey findings.
Member of the Steering group

Dr Lorna Sweeney

Analyst

Responsible for survey development, analysis and reporting.

Governance

The National Care Experience Programme is a partnership between the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA), the Health Service Executive (HSE) and the Department of Health, with patient representatives providing their input at each stage of the programme.

The partners have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, which outlines their roles and responsibilities. A number of data sharing agreements have been entered into to support the sharing of data under the Memorandum of Understanding.

Click here to see the Memorandum of Understanding

Governance Structure

Governance Structure

Membership of the Steering group

Angela Fitzgerald (Chair)

Chief Executive (HIQA)

Rachel Flynn

Director of Health Information and Standards (HIQA)

Sean Egan

Director of Healthcare (HIQA)

Niamh Bernard

Principal Officer, Acute Hospitals Policy Division (Department of Health)

Mary McGeown

Head of Patient Safety Surveillance and Performance Unit (Department of Health)

Laura Casey

Principal Officer, Older Persons Policy Development (Department of Health)

Mervyn Taylor

Chief Executive Officer (Sage Advocacy)

Joe Ryan

National Director, Operational Performance and Integration (HSE)

Orla Healy

National Clinical Director Quality and Patient Safety (NQPSD) office of COO (HSE)

Fidelma Browne

Assistant National Director, Communications (HSE)

Marty Whelan

Head of Communications and Stakeholder Engagement (HIQA)

Joanne Condon

National Manager (National Advocacy Service for People with Disabilities)

John Farrelly

Chief Executive (Mental Health Commission)

Georgina Cruise

National Manager (Patient Advocacy Service)

Iolo Eilian

Assistant National Director, Patient and Service User Engagement (HSE)

Margaret Brennan

Assistant National Director Quality and Patient Safety Lead, Acute Operations (HSE)

Fiona Garvey

Quality and Patient Safety Manager, Quality & Patient Safety Office, National Community Operations (HSE)

Aoife Lenihan

Head of Quality Safety and Service Improvement, CHO Dublin North City and County (HSE)