The NHI Care Awards 2013,
in Association with Homecare Medical Supplies,
Celebrating Excellence in Care


Judging Panel


Chairman of Judging Panel

Prof Brendan McCormack, Nursing Research & Practice Development, University of Ulster

Brendan is Professor of Nursing Research and Practice Development in the Institute of Nursing Research, University of Ulster. His writing and research work focuses on gerontological nursing, person-centered nursing and practice development and he serves on a number of national and international strategy and development groups in these areas.

He is the co-editor of the “International Journal of Older People Nursing” and is President of the All-Ireland Gerontological Nurses Association [AIGNA] and Chairman of the new older person’s charity in Northern Ireland - 'Age NI’.

Brendan is a graduate of the University of Oxford.


Judging Panel

Mr Rodd Bond, Director, The Netwell Centre, Dundalk Institute of Technology
Ms Margot Brennan, Former PRO, Irish Nutrition & Dietetic Institute
Ms Linda Kearns, All Ireland Gerontological Nursing Association
Mr Hugh Mills, Chief Executive, Independent Health and Care Providers (IHCP)
Mr Eamon Timmins, Head of Advocacy and Communications, Age Action Ireland


Mr Rodd Bond, Director,
The Netwell Centre, Dundalk Institute of Technology

A native of Dundalk, Rodd graduated with distinction from the school of architecture at Brookes College, Oxford in 1982, where his major study, focused on computer-assisted design and evaluation frameworks applied to primary care facilities in the UK. An important formative project in his early career was the master-planning of the Shifa International Hospital in Islamabad, while with CRI based in Princeton, New Jersey.

As an architect and researcher committed to inquiry by design, Rodd has a unique blend of experience promoting innovation energised by the attractive power of a positive and inclusive future. Rodd’s creative approach seeks to fuse sustainable and inclusive neighbourhood design, models of community caring centred on citizenship and personhood, and ‘context aware technologies’ in a manner that together can enhance and enrich the health and well-being of people of all ages, and those who care for them.

Rodd’s action research agenda has culminated in the formation of the Netwell Centre, in the School of Health and Science at DkIT, which he now directs. Netwell is a collaborative venture between DkIT, the HSE (Dublin North East) and Louth County Council, and is part funded through a grant from the Atlantic Philanthropies. In partnerships including the WHO and AGE-Platform in Europe, Rodd has influenced the growth of the Age-Friendly County initiative in Ireland and Europe, and is fostering cultural transformation in Irish long term care through the ‘places to flourish’ resource. Rodd works as a catalyst for innovation and change, and continues to work with teams to un-fold new ways to make a difference in the quality of peoples’ lives.


Ms Margot Brennan, Former PRO,
Irish Nutrition & Dietetic Institute

Margot qualified from Trinity College Dublin in 1987 with a BSc (Hons) in Human Nutrition and a Dip in Dietetics.

Margot went on to focus on clinical work in the Older Persons residential care setting and Persons with Intellectual Disabilities where she provides nutritional consultancy services for a range of clients such as HSE, Daughters of Charity and private Nursing Homes throughout Ireland.

Margot has been responsible for introducing improvements for her clients such as Nutritional Screening Assessment Tools, alignment of Catering Policies with Nutritional requirements, developing Person Centred Care plans and ensuring that her clients are meeting requirements laid out by HIQA to ensure registration.

Margot has also acted as PRO for the INDI from 2002-2012 where she raised the profile of Dietetics’ in Ireland by regularly contributing to TV3 Ireland AM, RTE Radio I and 2 show as well as giving professional opinions for News and Public Affairs and Lifestyle programmes. She also represented the profession on national policy development in Ireland in areas such as reviewing the Healthy Eating Guidelines, Folic Acid Fortification and the Intersect oral group on obesity.


Mr Hugh Mills, Chief Executive
Independent Health and Care Providers (IHCP)

Hugh has over 30 years experience at various levels of administration and senior management in health and social care in the statutory sector in the West of N. Ireland.

Following his retirement in 2005, Hugh joined Independent Health and Care Providers (IHCP) and is currently Chief Executive. IHCP is a membership organisation for providers of nursing and residential homes and domiciliary care services in Northern Ireland.

Hugh lives in Enniskillen and is married to Helen. He has one daughter Nikki married to Euan with two grand children living in Holywood. His interests include sailing, walking, watching rugby and regular trips to Cyprus.


Mr Eamon Timmins, Head of Advocacy & Communications,
Age Action Ireland

Eamon Timmins is a graduate of the School of Journalism, College of Commerce, Rathmines, and holds a Masters in Mass Communications from the University of Leicester and a Diploma in Public Relations from the Public Relations Institute of Ireland.

Before joining Age Action, he worked as a journalist for 19 years for a number of newspapers, including the Irish Times, the Irish Examiner and the Irish Independent. Age Action works to improve policies and services for older people, with the aim of making Ireland the best place in the world in which to grow older.


Ms Linda Kearns, Deputy Director of Nursing,
Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Service

Linda Kearns is employed as a Deputy Director of Nursing in Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Service which comprises of 224 beds across two sites with three specialties; Care of Older People Services, Palliative Care and Rheumatology Rehabilitation.

Linda is a committee member on the All Ireland Gerontological Nursing Association (AIGNA) which promotes healthy ageing and well being of older people through the advancement of excellence in gerontological nursing. Linda represented AIGNA on Clinician’s Roundtable on Dementia and the All Ireland Hospice Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC).

Linda co-ordinates operational activity for Nursing in all specialties in addition to operational and professional responsibility for the Care of Older People Services. In her corporate role, she has responsibility for HIQA Residential Standards. As part of the integrated governance structure Linda is currently leading on quality and performance. Linda is recognised in the Organisation as having a strong commitment to making service performance improvements and a determination to achieve positive outcomes for patients/residents and staff. Linda is the Chairperson of the Quality, Performance and Practice Committee which is a group of senior nurses from practice development, clinical areas and education.

Linda has twelve years post-graduate experience in Care of Older People. She has an Msc in Dementia Studies, Higher Diploma in Clinical Practice (Gerontology) and a Bsc (Hons) in nursing.

Linda has always been passionate about working with Older People particularly in the area of dementia care.


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