Dublin City University (DCU) and the Health Services Executive (HSE) have developed the Elevator programme with the support of Atlantic Philanthropies. Pintail Limited is also a collaborator in the project, providing assistance with project management, administration and dissemination.
The Dementia Champions Team
Dr. Kate Irving
The team is lead by Dr Kate Irving of the School of Nursing and Human Sciences, Dublin City University.
Kate has been involved in clinical practice, teaching and research in the dementia field for over 15 years. Kate is the Principal Investigator in a European dementia project, In-MINDD (innovative midlife intervention for dementia deterrence.) She is a partner on a further two European consortiums, Dem@care and Actif-Care (Joint Programme on Neuro Degeneration). Kate is the developer and co-ordinator of the joint HSE/DCU Dementia Champion Programme, the Dublin Northside Alzheimer Café and the Memory Works screening/remediation Clinic in DCU.
Mary Manning is the HSE lead on the programme. She is Interim Director of the Nursing & Midwifery Planning & Development Unit, based in Tullamore.
Mary has vast experience working in older person services as Staff Nurse, Clinical Nurse Manager, Regional & National Practice Development Facilitator and more recently as project lead for the very successful National Dementia Education Programme (HSE/ONMSD). This saw the development of a suite of dementia education programmes, based on best practice, needs analysis and continuous evaluation. Mary is the HSE lead in the co ordination of the joint HSE/DCU Dementia Champion Programme.
Mary holds an MSc in Education & Training Management from Dublin City University and more recently an MSc in Interdisciplinary Dementia Studies from University of Ulster.
Ann-Marie Coen is the Practice Development Officer with the Elevator team. She registered as a nurse in 1998 in the Mater Hospital, Dublin.
Ann-Marie holds a Bachelor of Arts from University College Dublin and a Master of Arts in Health Promotion from National College of Ireland, Galway. Her previous roles include staffing on wards in aged care, health promotion roles with the Irish Heart Foundation and the Irish Cancer Society, Information and Helpline Coordinator with the Alzheimer Society of Ireland and as a dementia care tutor with Dementia Training Ireland.
Paulina Piasek graduated from the Institute of Art Design and Technology with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology applied to Information Technology. She is near completion of her PhD in the School of Nursing and Human Sciences at DCU. The topic of the PhD was Case Studies in SenseCam use with people with early stage dementia. Paulina trained in Validation therapy as well as Cognitive Stimulation Therapy in the UK, which she delivers in nursing homes in Dublin. She is a member of the steering committee for the Dublin Northside Alzheimer Café and continues to work closely with people with dementia and their carers.
Sophia Kilcullen is a research assistant on the Dementia Elevator project. Sophia graduated from NUI Galway with a BA (Hons) Psychology and has completed a MSc. Applied Psychology in Trinity College Dublin. Sophia has worked as a research assistant on studies of memory and attention in Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience, and enhancing care in Alzheimer’s Disease in the Mercer Institute for Research on Aging. These roles involved her working with older people with dementia and their caregivers as well as with healthy older people. She has also assisted with studies on medical education and quality improvement in healthcare in The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.
Kirsty Rickard worked for several years as a sales administrator before joining DCU to work in support services for students with a disability, and later international students. Kirsty graduated from DCU with a BSc (Hons) in Education & Training after making the move to work in academic administration within the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences. She then graduated from DCU with an MA in Sexuality Studies and more recently took up her current role in research project administration in the School of Nursing & Human Sciences.