Clinical Care Programme Nurse Lead & Chairperson
Communications/Social Media lead
To Be Appointed
Dr Patricia Minnock is a registered Advanced Nurse Practitioner (RANP) (Rheumatology) since 2003 in the Rheumatic Musculoskeletal Disease Unit, Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Service, Harold’s Cross, Dublin. Since qualifying as a nurse (1982) and midwife (1983), from University Hospitals Limerick she has dedicated herself to the chronic disease speciality of rheumatology progressing clinically and academically along the career pathway. She returned to adult education (1992) undertaking a 2-year part-time Diploma in Nursing and Primary Fellowship followed by the award by examination of Final Fellowship (1995) by the Faculty of Nursing, RCSI. She was awarded a BSc Honours Degree (University of Ulster) (1997) followed by an MSc (2000) and PhD from TCD (2011) on fatigue as a patient centred outcome in inflammatory arthritis. In partnership with University College Dublin, she wrote the curriculum (2001) for the ongoing and evolving post-graduate diploma in rheumatology and co-developed the professional certificate in intra-articular/soft tissue injection (2014). She is first author in nine peer-reviewed publications. Patricia was elected to the Board of the Faculty of Nursing at RCSI (2017) and Hon Secretary to the board in 2019. In 2019, she was elected committee member to the Irish Rheumatology Nursing Forum and chair elect in 2020. In clinical practice, she works with a young adult population and patients requiring complex case management and proactively supports the national and international agenda to enhance the role, and assess the impact on patient outcome, of advanced nurse practitioners in rheumatology.
Dorcas Mafuva works as a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) in the Rheumatic Musculoskeletal Disease Unit, Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services (OLH&CS), Harold’s Cross in Dublin. She qualified as a nurse in 1997 from Parirenyatwa School of Nursing in Zimbabwe. She then moved to Ireland in 2001 and worked as a staff nurse in care of the elderly until 2006. Since joining OLH&CS IN 2006, over the years she has taken up different roles within the rheumatology unit initially as a staff nurse, clinical site manager, clinical nurse manager 1 & 11 and currently clinical nurse specialist. During this time, she completed BSc Nursing Management in 2010, Management of Age-Related Bone and Joint Disorders in 2012, H. Diploma in Rheumatology in 2015, Nurse/Midwife Prescribing in 2018 and MSc Advanced Nursing in 2020. Dorcas was a board member of Arthritis Ireland and IRHPS representative between 2018 and 2019. She is currently a committee member of the Irish Rheumatology Nursing Forum (IRNF). She has recently received an award from RCSI for fellowship of the faculty of nursing & midwifery in RCSI (FFNMRCSI) by examination. Dorcas works closely with rheumatology consultants and healthcare teams in the outpatient clinics set up for managing different rheumatic and musculoskeletal conditions. In addition, her special interested in fibromyalgia has led to the implementation of a nurse-led fibromyalgia outpatient clinic established following completion of her MSc in Advanced Nurse Practice in 2020. The clinic offers a community-based and person-centred self-management programme for people diagnosed with fibromyalgia.
I completed my general nurse training in the Whittington Hospital, London in 1992. Post registration I progressed to ward management specialising in Medical, Respiratory & Rheumatology care. I relocated to Ireland in 1999 and took up a staff nurse post in the North West Regional Rheumatology unit, Manorhamilton, Leitrim covering a large geographical region, (Sligo Leitrim Donegal and parts of Mayo and Roscommon). Education has been a prominent priority in my career. Since returning to Ireland I completed the Bachelor of Nursing Science Degree (BSc), National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) in 2007, graduating with first class honours. I completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Rheumatology Nursing in 2009 in University College Dublin (UCD) and my MSc in research in NUIG in 2010. I am a Registered Nurse Prescriber in medicinal products following graduation at RCSI in 2011 and registered as an X-ray prescriber (Ionising Radiation) graduating from UCD in 2013. Finally, I completed articular joint injection courses in Keele University, UK and UCD to enable me to work as an autonomous rheumatology nurse practitioner. I formally commenced my role as an RANP Rheumatology in the North West Regional Rheumatology Unit (NWRU) in May 2014. The clients included in my caseload are individuals who are newly diagnosed with inflammatory arthritis with the aim of achieving early remission of disease activity. My role is built around a client centred model and fits with the national and international perspective in relation to rheumatology care. I have presented my research on rheumatology at several local meetings and national conferences since taking up my RANP post in 2014. I have received several poster prizes at national conferences. I presented my research at the national IRHPS conference 2017 and 2108 after receiving the Barry Bresnihan award for excellence. I am committee member of ISR since 2018 For further information, contact: Ms. Noreen Harrington, by Email: email@example.com
I qualified as a general nurse in 1999 after training in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda. I gained a Batchelor of Arts degree from Maynooth University in 2004 before taking up a staff nurse post in Beaumont Hospital in a 5- day medical admissions ward where I first developed an interest in rheumatology, caring for patients admitted for investigations and treatment for various rheumatology conditions. From 2010 to 2012 I helped establish a dedicated, nurse led infusion service in Beaumont Hospital. This involved developing an infusion care pathway document and various drug protocols for the safe infusion of biologic drugs. In 2012 I was given the opportunity to join the rheumatology department in Beaumont Hospital, where I have worked since in the Rheumatology Protocol clinic, involved in the blood test monitoring of patients on disease modifying drugs using the Dawn database and the nurse helpline. In 2015 I achieved a Post Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Rheumatology) and have been working as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Rheumatology since 2017 and am deeply committed to my role in the education and counselling of patients with rheumatic diseases specifically in the areas of self- management of conditions and the various drug therapies. I am a member of IRNF since 2012 and enjoy attending and meeting colleagues in rheumatology nursing at national and international conferences for the valuable exchange of ideas and advice.
Mary Gillespie MHSc (Advanced Practice and Nurse Prescribing NUIG), HDip (Rheumatology UCD), RGN, ENB 124 (Coronary Care) Mary has worked in the Rheumatology Department of the University Hospital Limerick Group working across all sites and based at Nenagh Hospital Co.Tipperary for the last 10 years. Prior to this she worked as a Staff Nurse in the Coronary Care Unit at Harefield Hospital Buckinghamshire before returning to Ireland working in Coronary Care at Wexford, Sligo and Nenagh Hospitals. With the reconfiguration of the Limerick hospital group, Mary was redeployed to the outpatient setting where Mary’s interest in Rheumatology began. This lead to achieving a Hdip in Rheumatology, becoming a CNS and developing a nurse led Rheumatology service at Nenagh hospital in 2013 - a post held until she was appointed Candidate Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Rheumatology in 2017 and received accreditation from NMBI in 2019 as a Registered Advanced Nurse Practitioner Rheumatology. Mary is an Adjunct Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at University of Limerick. She has been a member of the IRNF since 2013 and currently a member of the IAANMP and IRHPS. Mary has previously been the candidate ANP nurse representative on the Steering Group for the Graduate to Advanced Nurse practice demonstrator project initiative which led the drive for the critical mass of ANP’s supported by the Department of Health. Currently Mary is the nurse representative on the National Clinical Programme for Rheumatology looking at developing practical solutions to addressing problematic areas such as delays in outpatient appointments. In addition to this role Mary is also participating on a scheduled care transformation programme by the Department of health. Mary is passionate about improving the patient experience of out-patient Rheumatology in collaboration with her Nursing and Consultant colleagues.
Newly elected communications officer, Una Martin has worked as a registered advanced nurse practitioner (Rheumatology) at University Hospital Waterford since 2018. Her nursing career commenced with General Nursing at University of Hertfordshire in the UK. She worked in orthopaedics (trauma, elective and rheumatology) for a number of years and was appointed as the first clinical nurse specialist in The North West London NHS Trust in 1998. She returned to Ireland in 2004 and was appointed as Clinical Nurse Specialist in University Hospital Waterford in 2007. She obtained a graduate diploma in Rheumatology in UCD in 2007 and an MSc in Clinical Practice in UCD IN 2010. She became a registered prescriber of ionising radiation in 2013, and a nurse registered prescriber in 2014. Her areas of research, audit and project work include patient education with specific reference to Methotrexate . She has presented widely on education of patients prescribed Methotrexate for inflammatory arthritis. She has co-authored with colleagues in the UK on adherence of Methotrexate. She developed a national Methotrexate education and monitoring booklet and digital media card for patients prescribed Methotrexate for Inflammatory Arthritis. This was done in collaboration with the national rheumatology clinical care programme and has been adopted in centres nationally. She also has a special interest in health and well being, motivational interviewing and bridges self management, incorporating these self management strategies into clinical practice. She is a certified health and wellness coach. She was a committee member (bursary officer) of the Irish Rheumatology Health Professionals Society (IRHPS) from 2014 to 2018. She was involved in the committee of the IRNF that worked on the national business case for additional ANP and CNS posts nationally in 2014. She has also supported the IRNF education programme presenting on numerous occasions over the last number of years. She has been a member of the Irish Rheumatology Nursing Forum since 2008. Passionate about improving care for patients living with Inflammatory Arthritis.
Helen has been membership secretary for past 2 years and is a Registered Advanced Nurse Practitioner (Rheumatology) in the North Western Rheumatology Unit in County Leitrim. Helen commenced her training as a general nurse in the Richmond Hospital and relocated to Beaumont Hospital to complete her final year of training. She worked in London and Sydney and on return commenced employment in the Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Disease Unit, Harold’s Cross where she held several positions including Staff Nurse, Clinical Nurse, Manager 2 and Clinical Facilitator for the UCD Higher Diploma in Nursing Studies (Rheumatology strand) course. In 2001, Helen moved to the North Western Rheumatology Unit in County Leitrim where she was appointed Clinical Nurse Specialist and continued in this post until 2017 when she was successful in becoming a Candidate Advanced Nurse Practitioner under the Department of Health Initiative. Following completion of a Masters in Advanced Practice in UCD, Helen received accreditation from NMBI in 2019 as a Registered Advanced Nurse Practitioner Rheumatology. Academic achievements include a Batchelor of Social Science UCD, Diploma in Nursing Studies RSCI, Higher Diploma in Nursing Studies Clinical Practice UCD. Helen is a registered Nurse Prescriber in both ionising and medicinal products. Helen has continued her professional development by attending rheumatology meetings and conferences nationally and internationally and has presented to various audiences at local and national level to further enhance the speciality of rheumatology nursing.