from left: Mark Stewart, Paul Hawkins, Lesley Vard, Dr Richard Blennerhasset, Brid O’Meara, Niall Delaney, Brother Dominic Barry and Stephen Boss

Congratulations to Saint John of God Hospital which recently won the Nursing Project of the Year Award at the Irish Healthcare Awards for its project on “Changing observation practice in a mental health setting”. This new approach to patient observation marks a shift in emphasis from a paternalistic approach to one where patients are actively involved in their own care and recovery.

Director of Saint Joseph’s Centre, Brid O’Meara, who led the project while still a member of staff at the hospital says: “At present there are no national guidelines for patient observation in acute mental health settings in Ireland. We hope Saint John of God Hospital’s work in this area may influence future practice.”

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The  contribution of the Hospitaller Order of Saint John of God to medical and social care in Korea was honoured at a special ceremony recently. Brother Kilian Keaney, one of a number of Irish Brothers who worked in Korea, is pictured receiving a memorial plaque from Soonie Delap on behalf of the Korean Society of Ireland. 
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from left: Mary Bergin, Brother Jean-Claude Maboko OH, Mary Monaghan, Anite Delaney, Fr. John Dunphy, Siobhan Seligman and Catherine Keenan

Congratulations to all the graduates of the recent CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) course which was run at Saint John of God Hospital. The hospital is one of four clinical Pastoral Education Accredited Training Centres in Ireland and chaplain Catherine Keenan is Course Director.

The HSE requires all professional healthcare chaplains to complete a degree in theology and successfully undertake three units of CPE as their practical component before going forward for the Certification in Healthcare Chaplaincy. 

Dr Mary Clarke

Congratulations to Dr Mary Clarke  who has been appointed Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCD (University College Dublin). A consultant psychiatrist at Saint John of God Hospital, Dr Clarke is currently seconded to  DETECT  which is based at Cluain Mhuire.

Her appointment is part of the college's Clinical Pathway scheme which recognises the contribution of clinicians within their affiliated teaching hospitals to UCD research and teaching. 

 more about Cluain Mhuire Community Mental Health Service 


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