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The National Conference of  An Bord Altranais was held on Wednesday 10 October at the Chartered Accountants House, Pearse Street, Dublin 2.  The title for the conference was Patient Safety through the Regulation of Nursing and Midwifery.  The Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly T.D, in his address, acknowledged the exciting changes in the regulation of nursing and midwifery and referred to changes throughout the healthcare system that would require the continued and valued input of nurses and midwives.

He stated the changes will amount over time to profound reform of healthcare in Ireland and that reform must mean measurably better outcomes for patients.  He said that the new Nurses and Midwives Act 2011 sets out to ensure better outcomes for patients since it places the protection of the public at its very core.

The conference featured a number of speakers who addressed the implications of the new Nurses and Midwives Act 2011 for nursing and midwifery.  The notion of change and its effect within the healthcare environment was also explored in presentations from invited guests, Mr John Saunders, Director of Shine and Dr. Phillip Crowley, HSE National Director.  A presentation by Ms. Ciara Burns, Investigator at the Office of the Ombudsman, explained that whilst Ombudsmen and regulators can be seen to have different functions, they also have a common aim within the healthcare arena - the protection of the patient and the integrity of the healthcare system. Ciara outlined the Ombudsman’s "top ten" complaints in the healthcare area and detailed some of cases that were dealt with by her office, emphasising the lessons that could be learned from the patient experience and those of their carers. 

The conference finished with a presentation on leadership in nursing by Dr Maura Pidgeon, CEO, An Bord Altranais.  In acknowledgement of two great leaders in nursing, a presentation was made to Mrs Anne Carrigy, President of An Bord Altranais and Ms. Sheila O’Malley, Chief Nursing Officer, Department of Health (Retired) and President of An Bord Altranais (1997-2002). 

The conference was streamed live for the first time this year and can still be viewed on our website at in the News and Events section. 

All presentations are available to view below.


Reflections on the journey from the Nurses Act 1985 to the Nurses and Midwives Act 2011

Mrs Anne Carrigy, President, An Bord Altranais

Implementing the Nurses and Midwives Act 2011

Ms Deirdre Hogan, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, An Bord Altranais

Key note address: Protection, Integrity and Confidence in the Regulator

Ms Emily O'Reilly, Ombudsman and Information Commissioner, Office of the Ombudsman

Quality and Patient Safety in a changing environment

Dr Philip Crowley, HSE National Director

Nursing in a Changed Environment - From Care To Facilitation

Mr John Saunders, Director of Shine

Midwifery and the Nurses and Midwives Act

Ms Bernie Conolly, Project Officer (Midwifery), An Bord Altranais and Ms Louise Gallagher, Board Member, An Bord Altranais

Maintenance of Professional Competence

Mr Thomas Kearns, Education Officer, Post Registration Education, An Bord Altranais

Review of the Code of Professional Conduct

Ms Kathleen Walsh, Professional Officer, Standards of Practice & Guidance, An Bord Altranais

Regulating Advanced Practice

Ms Maria Neary, Professional Officer, Regulation, An Bord Altranais

Fitness to Practise and the Nurses and Midwives Acts

Ms Ursula Byrne, Acting Director of Regulation and Ms Pauline Treanor, Chair of Fitness to Practise, An Bord Altranais

Leadership in Nursing

Dr Maura Pidgeon, CEO, An Bord Altranais

Biographies of presenters

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