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Social Workers in Disability Conference & AGM

  • Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street
  • 9.30 - 4.00
  • 17 Oct 2014

Price €25 members/ €35 non-members/ €15 students

FULLY BOOKED & WAITING LIST CLOSED Vulnerable People in Disability – Striving towards a national approach to Safeguarding


Cost includes refreshments and lunch 


Do you want information on the new HSE Vulnerable adult policy nearing completion? Do you think that social workers and designated officers should be offered training on managing allegations and concerns? Do you feel vulnerable as a social worker in this area? Would you like to hear from HIQA on inspecting children and adult services? If the answer to any of these questions is Yes, then this conference is for you!


Please submit AGM motions to SWID Secretary via e-mail anne.o’ before 10/10/14


Conference timetable and working titles for presentations


 9.30          Tea/Coffee and Registration

 9.50          Welcome and Introduction – Frida Lowry, SWID Chairperson

10.00         Safeguarding Children and Adults – the Role of HIQA

 Phelim Quinn, Acting CEO, HIQA

11.00         Tea/coffee

11.20         A National Vulnerable Adult Policy – what it might mean for Social Workers

Colette Daly, Head Social Worker, Abililty West, Galway and newly appointed member of the HSE working group on Policy for the Safeguarding and Protection of Vulnerable Adults from abuse


12.30     AGM and election of Officers


1.15    Lunch


2.15      Designated Person…Not an Add On Job ! 

Marie Therese Mulholland, Designated Person for Child Protection ,Welfare and Vulnerable Adults, St Patricks University Hospital and Mental Health Service Dublin

3. 15       Open Forum

4.00       Close


3.5 CPD points have been awarded for this event



Phelim Quinn, Director of Regulation and Chief Inspector, HIQA

Phelim was appointed as Director of Regulation in HIQA on 1 November 2012. He has 30 years of experience in health and social care services in Northern Ireland, most recently in Northern Ireland's equivalent health and social care regulatory body - the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA). In RQIA, Phelim was Director of Operations and Chief Nurse Advisor and more recently, Director of Regulation and Nursing. In his role he was responsible for the strategic development and execution of a full programme of regulation across adult and children's social care services including, nursing homes, residential care homes, day care services, domiciliary care services, residential children’s centres, residential family centres and voluntary adoption agencies. He also led the development of inspection methodologies to meet the increasing range of services which are subject to regulation.

During his time in RQIA, Phelim was responsible for the development of a full range of service, thematic and governance reviews and special investigations in statutory health and social care. These included reviews of child protection services, maternity services, sensory support services and the Northern Ireland Breast Screening Programme. He has led the successful merger of the functions from the former Mental Health Commission in Northern Ireland into RQIA in 2009.He comes from a nursing background and is a qualified mental health, adult general and Health Visitor. Phelim held management posts in community nursing and was formerly the Chief Nurse in the Southern Health and Social Services Board, commissioning a full range of acute and community health and social care services in the southern board's area. He also worked in professional trade unions and as the lead commissioner for pre and post registration nurse education in Northern Ireland.

Marie Therese Mulholland qualified as a Social Worker in 1983. She has worked at St Patrick’s Mental Health Service since 1986 to date. During that time she has undertaken postgraduate studies in Systemic Family Therapy, Health Service Management and Child Protection and Welfare. She was Principal Social Worker from 1990 to 2010 when she was appointed as Designated Person for Child Protection and Welfare. In 2013 responsibility for Vulnerable Adults was added to the role.  


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