Practice Education Staff
Practice Education Staff Team
Ms. Aoife Carroll (Acting Practice Education Co-ordinator) firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Eimear Keohane (Practice Education Administrator) email@example.com
Mr. John Hastings (Practice Tutor for Paeds. - Cork City, West Cork & Kerry)
Ms. Shelley Mack (Practice Tutor for Adult Mental Health - Cork)
Ms. Miriam O'Tuathaigh (Practice Tutor for Acute Care - Cork)
Ms. Orlaith Griffin (Practice Tutor for Primary Care - South East)
Ms. Anne Marie Norris (Practice Tutor for All Services - Waterford)
Ms. Ciara O'Neill (Practice Tutor for Adult Community Services - Cork)
Currently on Leave:
Ms. Helen O'Sullivan (Practice Education Co-ordinator)
Position: Acting Practice Education Co-Ordinator (works 2 days a week)
Profile: I graduated from the University of the West of England in 2002 with a BSc Hons degree. Since that time I have always had a keen interest in Career progression with a particular focus on student education. From 2004- 2007 whilst working clinically full time I also completed a Post Graduate Diploma from Sheffield Hallam University in Advanced Practice focusing on my key areas of interest: Psychology of Care, Contemporary Issues, Legalities of Consent and Personal Professional Development.
In 2007 I joined the Lecturing Staff of Trinity College Dublin undergraduate programme. My role included planning & delivering lectures, tutorials, workshops, research supervision, and curriculum enhancement. I returned to clinical practice for geographical purposes in 2009 as a clinical specialist and in this role continued my passion for education by gaining experience in the Practice Tutor and Practice educator role. In 2014 I was one of 4 candidates shortlisted for the prestigious MEDRAY award recognising experts in the field of practice that go over and beyond the call of duty.
I joined the Practice Education Team here in UCC in February 2015 with a view to facilitating the future development of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy through the education of undergraduate students.
I find this a very rewarding role and am delighted to be surrounded by such a dedicated and enthusiastic team.
Position: Practice Tutor and Lecturer
Education/Qualifications: MSc Advanced Healthcare Practice, BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy
Profile: Following completion of his primary degree in Occupational Therapy at University of Ulster in 2002, John worked as an occupational therapist in the public sector for 5 years in the area of adult mental health addressing clients’ needs in a variety of hospital and community based settings.
In the Seychelles Islands he had the novel opportunity of collaboratively designing, delivering, and evaluating a new undergraduate programme in Occupational Therapy with local occupational therapists to attain WFOT approved standards. John draws on his undergraduate, postgraduate and lecturing experiences to support students and educators in his current role as Practice Tutor in the regional remit of West Cork, Kerry, and in Cork paediatric services.
His Master’s research focused on the attitudes of undergraduate occupational therapy students towards mental health service users before and after their practice education experiences. As a PhD candidate, John’s interests include narrative, occupation across the lifespan, the oldest old generation, and rural living.
Position: Practice Tutor – Mental Health
Geographical/Clinical Area Covered: Cork/Cork North/Dublin as required.
- P.G Certs: Health Management/Supervision/Human Resources & Training/Advanced Healthcare Practice
- Dip: Life &Business Coaching
Profile: NZ & Irish Registered OT. Member of the AOTI Mental Health Advisory Committee.
Shelley obtained her Occupational Therapy degree in NZ and has worked as an OT in NZ, UK & Ireland across a range of different areas including alcohol addiction/acute & enduring mental ill-health/accident compensation assessment/Community Adult Physical.
She worked for 4 yrs as Training & Development Manager for Framework Charitable Trust (NZ), and on Health Promotion contracts for Mental Health Foundation of NZ (Suicide Prevention/Depression Awareness/Caring for the Carer) and Age Concern NZ. Two notable pieces of work in NZ in the 90’s was the supervision of translaters working for the Refugees as Survivors service ( a new service) and the setting up of an Older Persons Network which is still thriving.
In 2005, Shelley took up a fulltime post at UCC in the position of Practice Education Regional Educator for the BSC.OT. degree course. Later that year and until 2009 two days of her time were designated to assisting the development of and lecturing on the Year 3 programme. During this time Shelley became the Department representative for the European Network of Occupational Therapists in Higher Education and initiated the facility for UCC OT student representatives to attend annually. She presented papers in Vienna in 2005 and Turkey in 2006, and took responsibility for organising the ENOTHE conference held in Cork in 2007.
In 2010 she was appointed to the post of Mental Health Practice Tutor.
Shelley has particular interests in mental health, supervision for health professionals, Life Coaching/life style design and natural health & healing.
Position: Practice Tutor based in Cork University Hospital
Geographical Area Covered: Cork City Acute Hospitals (physical)
- BSc Occupational Therapy (Brunel University, London) 2002
- BSc Social Science (University College Cork) 1998
Profile: Having graduated from Brunel University in 2002, I worked in a community drug and alcohol service in London, in both a generic keyworker and occupational therapist capacity.
I then established an occupational therapy service on acute wards in a mental health hospital in central London. On return to Ireland, I worked in St Brendan’s mental health hospital in Dublin covering acute wards and also a period in a homeless service for men with mental health issues in the community.
I have always had an interest in both mental health and adult physical occupational therapy, so I then moved into the physical field, taking up a position in Kerry General Hospital. Here, I working across a wide range of areas including care of the elderly, general medicine, surgery, hand therapy and palliative care. I worked for a period as a community occupational therapist in Kerry. I then went onto establish an occupational therapy service in a palliative care unit.
From this, I moved to Cork University Hospital as a practice tutor and clinican with the Care of the Elderly team. As practice tutor I visit students in the acute hospitals in Cork city; Mercy University Hospital, South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital, St Finbarrs Hospital (rehabilitation unit) and The Bon Secours Hospital.
Clinically my areas of interest are stroke, palliative care and cognition. I completed a masters module in cognition, communication and capacity in UCC. I still remain interested in mental health OT, while not directly working in this area at present.
Position: Practice Tutor
Geographical Area Covered: Adult Primary Care Services North Lee, South Lee and North Cork
Ciara graduated from the BSc, Occupational Therapy programme in University College Cork in 2008. Following graduation, she travelled to Australia, gaining experience as an occupational therapist with Healthscope, a leading private healthcare provider. Ciara practiced in the Victorian Rehabilitation Centre and Dorset Rehabilitation Centre, completing rotations in the areas of neuro rehabilitation; pain management and cardiac, respiratory and multi trauma orthopaedic rehabilitation. Ciara was then employed as a senior occupational therapist working as the sole therapist across two acute hospitals; Melbourne Private and John Fawkner Private Hospital working with a varied caseload, including palliative care, neurology, orthopaedics, cardio respiratory, care of the elderly and general medicine/ surgery.
After her time working and travelling in Australia, Ciara returned to Ireland in 2011. Taking up a post in Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown, she completed rotations across all wards and specialities.
Keen to return to her special interest of neuro rehabilitation, Ciara moved to the Occupational Therapy department in National Rehabilitation Hospital in 2014. Here, Ciara worked within the Brain Injury Programme and as a Discharge Liaison Occupational Therapist facilitating complex discharges.
On her return to Cork, Ciara joined the Primary Care department in North Lee where she had the opportunity to utilise her experience in adult physical settings in the community, including in the community neuro rehabilitation service. In January 2019 Ciara had the opportunity to join the Practice Education Team in UCC as a practice tutor; working with students on placement in primary care adult services in North Lee, South Lee and North Cork. Ciara also works clinically as the occupational therapist on the Community Rehabilitation and Support Team (CR&ST) which provides home based assessments and rehabilitation for persons over 65 who have experienced falls.
Anne Marie Norris
Position: Practice Tutor
Geographical Area Covered: Waterford.
Profile: Anne Marie was awarded an MSc (Hons) degree in Occupational Therapy from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2014. Anne Marie worked in St James Hospital Dublin from 2015 to 2018 gaining experience as a basic grade therapist in the areas of medicine and surgery, neuro rehabilitation, stroke rehabilitation, orthopedics and care of the elderly. During this time, Anne Marie completed an introductory program to Bobath Therapy for working with people within neuro-rehabilitation. In addition, Anne Marie was involved in the co-ordination and supervision of several student placements from Trinity University during her time at St James Hospital.
In 2018 Anne Marie took up the post as staff grade therapist working within hand therapy in University Hospital Waterford (UHW) and has completed the BATH level 1 Hand Therapy programme. In November 2018 Anne Marie commenced in the role of Practice Tutor facilitating and coordinating OT placements from University College Cork. Anne Marie currently works 0.5 hours clinically within UHW covering ICU, CCU and outpatient hand therapy and the remaining 0.5 hours as Practice Tutor for the Waterford area covering acute, primary care and mental health services.