Irene O’Byrne-Maguire, Clinical Risk Adviser, Clinical Indemnity Scheme, SCA
B Physio , M Ed, MSc Healthcare (Risk Management & Quality), CMIOSH
Irene O’Byrne-Maguire joined the State Claims Agency (SCA) in October 2006. Her role is to promote patient/service user safety and quality care. She has specific responsibility for providing clinical risk management advice and support to publicly–funded health and social care enterprises indemnified by the scheme within the Mid West, in addition to community services and some HSE hospitals and a Major Academic Teaching Hospital within the former HSE Eastern Region. She has a national remit in relation to Slips/Trips/Falls, Disability Services, Dental Health Services and education programmes. Irene has a Bachelor of Physiotherapy Degree (1986) from University College Dublin and earned Chartered status with the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) in 2007. She has extensive rehabilitation, occupational health and safety and consultancy/project management experience from working in California, Wales and Ireland. She holds a Masters of Education Degree (2001) from University Of Wales, Bangor, and a Masters in Healthcare (Risk Management & Quality) from UCD since 2009, completing a thesis on falls and bone health. Since January 2013, she jointly co-ordinates AFFINITY, the National Falls and Bone Health Implementation Project, a HSE-SCA collaborative project. She also represents the HSE AFFINITY partner commitment within the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP-AHA) Action Group A2, starting with a Falls Initiative. HSE AFFINITY is a member of the A2 Co-ordination Team where Irene jointly co-ordinates the Implementation Work stream with NHS Scotland.