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Keynote Speakers

Wednesday 8 March 2023: 09.00-09.15

Welcome address

Prof Fintan Sheerin
Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery,Trinity College Dublin


Prof Fintan Sheerin biography

Professor Fintan Sheerin - PhD MA BSc PgDipEd RNID RGN RNT FEANS FNI MRSB is Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Trinity College Dublin, where he has taught for 16 years. He is registered in both intellectual disability and general nursing, and his research has largely focused on engagement, mental health and well-being, seeking to address the issues which impact both. He has explored intellectual disability across the areas of health, social care and rights and has worked with communities in various parts of the world. He has published widely, spoken at many international conferences, has edited one book and contributed several others. He is a Fellow of the European Academy of Nursing Science and of NANDA International.

Wednesday 8 March 2023: 09.15-10.00

Opening Keynote Presentation

Kelly Mofflin
Deputy Chief Nursing Officer, Department of Health



Kelly Mofflin biography

Kelly Mofflin is a Deputy Chief Nursing Officer in the Chief Nurses Office in the Department of Health. Kelly is a mental health nurse with over 20 years’ experience working in mental health nursing in a broad range of settings including acute mental health; community mental health services; rehabilitative mental health; clinical supervision and practice development for mental health nursing. Kelly is originally from Australia, trained in Northern Ireland and has worked in Australia, Northern Ireland and Ireland. Kelly recently joined the CNO Office and works largely with Advanced Practice, Education and Regulation.

Wednesday 8 March 2023: 14.00-14.45

Nursing Leadership in the WHO European Region

Margrieta Langins
Nursing and Midwifery Policy Adviser, WHO Regional Office for Europe


Synopsis of keynote presentation

Maggie will discuss the importance of policy and clinical leadership for nurses in the WHO European Region. Her presentation will focus on the challenges our European region faces today. In her capacity as the Nursing and Midwifery officer of the WHO European Region she will share what it is we as educators, students, clinicians and clinical mentors can do and why it is so critically important to embrace leadership at this juncture in time.

Margrieta Langins biography

Margrieta Langins is the nursing and midwifery policy advisor to the WHO Regional Office for Europe in Copenhagen Denmark.

Maggie is a Latvian born, Canadian trained nurse. She has a bachelor’s degree from McGill University, a nursing degree from the University of Toronto and has completed a Masters of Public Health from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sante Publique in Paris. She is a Queen’s Nursing Institute fellow as well as a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland.

Over the course of her nursing career Maggie has worked in various settings in Canada – working in rural health, delivering services to the homeless and working several years as a pediatric nurse. She is a former fellow at the International Foundation for Integrated Care in Oxford and has more than 15 years of international experience. Her work at the WHO Regional Office for Europe has involved working at the crossroads between health and care workforce issues, long-term care service models, and primary health care.

Maggie is working hard to position nurses and midwives as integral in advancing progress towards Universal Health Coverage. Her three-pronged agenda in working with Member States of the WHO European Region is to work with Member States to strengthen the nursing and midwifery professions to work to safely, to their full extent and hape health systems and services for the benefit of patients and communities. Maggie is passionate about improving social equality and economic well-being for this profession. In December 2021, her team launched the Roadmap for Implementing the Global Strategic Directions for Strengthening Nursing and Midwifery in the WHO European Region.

During her career, Maggie has worked in more than 20 countries across the WHO European Region.

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic she has been involved in rolling out guidance and support to countries to improve mental health and psychosocial support for the health and care workforce, strengthening long-term care services and maintaining essential health services during the pandemic.

Thursday 9 March 2023: 09.00-09.45

Blending lived and learnt experience: why co-production matters

Yvonne Newbold MBE
Newbold Hope


Yvonne Newbold MBE biography

Yvonne Newbold MBE is an expert-by-experience in Intellectual Disability and Autism thanks to her son, Toby, who has taught her so much over nearly 30 years.
She is the Founder of Newbold Hope which provides help, support, and training to parents and professionals who care for children and younger people with disabilities who behave in difficult and dangerous ways. Due to this work, she now knows of over 3,000 families who have been able to significantly reduce their children’s violent or extreme behaviour episodes, so that they are now living much happier lives and with a much more optimistic future ahead of them.
Yvonne is a member of the NHS Assembly and works with the NHS to amplify the voices of her community at a national policy and strategy level in many other streams of work associated with intellectual disabilities and autism. Yvonne’s book, ‘The Special Parent’s Handbook’ is an Amazon Number One bestseller.
Yvonne has also been living with cancer for the past ten years. While continuing to undergo treatment in efforts to slow its progression, she is determined to spend whatever time she has left advocating for and supporting families that have children with disabilities. This work she describes as part of her ‘bucket-list’ to improve the lives of the next generation of families like her own.
She received an MBE in the 2021 UK New Year’s Honours List for services to children with special educational needs and disabilities and to their families.

Thursday 9 March 2023: 13.00-13.30 (GMT)

Nursing and midwifery research - the hand that guides compassionate evidence-based care

Eileen Carruthers
Honorary President , Irish Association of Directors of Nursing and Midwifery (IADNAM)
Director of Nursing, Regional Palliative Care Services Louth, Meath, Cavan, Monaghan


Eileen Carruthers biography

Eileen Carruthers, Director of Nursing, Specialist Palliative Care Louth, Meath, Cavan & Monaghan. Eileen qualified in General Nursing in London in 1991 and has worked in oncology and palliative care since 1997. Eileen became a Clinical Nurse Specialist in 2000, working both in Ireland and England in community and hospital settings. She led the development of a hospital based nurse led palliative care service within North West London Hospitals Trust and in 2013 returned to Ireland to take up the post of Director of Nursing, Specialist Palliative Care Louth, Meath, Cavan & Monaghan. She holds a degree in Palliative Care Nursing and in 2011, she achieved an MSc from Kings College London in Palliative Care. Eileen has a keen interest in organisational change and leadership. She is a scholar of the Florence Nightingale Foundation having participated in the foundations Senior Leadership Programme in 2019. Eileen is currently the Honorary President for the Irish Association of Directors of Nursing & Midwifery.