Kate Irving

Kate Irving

Developer and Co-Ordinator, Dementia Skills Elevator Programme

Kate is the developer and co-ordinator of the joint HSE/DCU Dementia Skills Elevator Programme, and alongside Mary Manning of the HSE developed and delivered the first dementia champions module in 2009. She instigated the first Dublin Northside Alzheimer Café and the Memory Works screening/remediation Clinic in DCU. She 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).

Cathy Tobin

Cathy Tobin

Ardee

Cathy trained as a General Nurse, 1981-1984, and has worked in various nursing roles until becoming a Clinical Placement coordinator in 1998, supporting the undergraduate students in the clinical area.

She completed a Bachelor of Nursing studies in DCU in 2000 and an MSc in Nursing Clinical Health Sciences in Trinity College Dublin, 2006 when she registered as a Nurse Tutor. Since then Cathy has been working in the CNME Dublin North East as Post Graduate Education Co-ordinator.

She was involved in a National Practice development project to implement a model of person centred care in Residential settings for older people in 18 sites throughout the country. This project led to developing an interest in the concept of person centred care.

Cathy became a Dementia Champion in 2012 and has been delivering the HSE dementia programme, enhancing and enabling the well-being for the person living with Dementia their families and carers.

She is increasingly interested in the well-being of carers and healing the healers through techniques like meditation and mindfulness.

Doreen Lynch

Doreen Lynch

Cork Regional Faciliator

Doreen is an experienced nurse, passionate about dementia care. She completed the Dementia Champions module in 2012, and has been running the Dementia Champions course in Cork for the past year, in a different format.

She is also a member of the National Dementia Education steering group where she was involved in the development and delivery of educational programmes including the two day Introduction to Dementia Care Programme, Delirium Awareness Posters and E-Learning Dementia Assessment Programme.

Doreen is the Director of the Centre of Nurse Education at Mercy University Hospital in Cork.

Linda Kirwin

Linda Kirwin

Waterford

Linda has a lot of experience working in the acute setting as a Nurse with people who have dementia and their families. As a result, she can draw first-hand the difficulties, the obstacles and the consequences of a hospital stay can have on the person with dementia and their families.

Linda is currently Acting/Continuing Education Officer in the RCNME, Waterford University Hospital, where she coordinates the Enhancing & Enabling Well.Being for the Person with Dementia, as well as coordinating the Responsive Behaviours, Supporting and Understanding the Person with Dementia.

She is keenly aware of the necessity of educating and supporting staff in their role as an advocate for the person with dementia and their families.

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