This Programme provides appropriate care and support for health professionals in Ireland who may have mental health issues such as stress, anxiety or burnout or who may have a substance misuse problem. It is fully independent and separate from the regulatory bodies and employers. It has been endorsed by Memorandum of Understanding by the relevant professional councils and is supported by representative organisations and training bodies.
Dr Íde Delargy
MICGP, FRCGP, Dip. Workplace Dispute Resolution
Dr Delargy is a GP with a special interest in addiction and substance misuse problems. As well as being Chairperson of the former Sick Doctor Scheme since 2007, her other roles include National GP Co-ordinator for the HSE Addiction Service and Director of the Substance Misuse Programme at the ICGP. She runs her own GP practice in Blackrock, Co. Dublin.
Professor Frank Murray
MD FRCPI FRCP(Edin) FEBG FACG AGAF
Honorary Chairman / Trustee
In April 2022, Professor Frank Murray has joined Practitioner Health Matters as Chairman. He graduated University College, Dublin, Medical School, Ireland, 1980. He trained in Gastroenterology/Hepatology in Dublin, Boston and Nottingham and has been a Consultant in Dundee, Scotland and Dublin for almost 30 years.
He has held leadership positions in Medical Training in Ireland and senior leadership positions including Registrar and President of Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.
He initiated the Health and Wellbeing programme in RCPI.
Professor Murray played a leading role in the Alcohol Policy Group in RCPI as initiator and chairman and led the alcohol advocacy programme in RCPI.
He is Chairman of Alcohol Health Alliance Ireland and Alcohol Action Ireland.
He played a key advocacy role which was crucial to the passage of the Public Health Alcohol Act, 2018.
He initiated and is foundation Chairman of the EQUALS initiative, which has evolved as a philanthropic joint venture between HSE and RCPI to deliver medical equipment and biomedical engineering training in Zambia, and has partnered with the Zambian Government to help delivery of medical training in Zambia.
He has also served as Director, National Doctors Training and Planning (NDTP), HSE, April 2018-November 2020.
Ms Siobhan Kelly
Honorary Secretary / Trustee
Siobhan is the CEO at the Irish College of Ophthalmologists (ICO). The ICO is the recognized training and professional body for medical and surgical eye doctors in Ireland.
Siobhan leads the team at the College in its work to provide and support education and learning for ophthalmologists in training, in practice and those who work alongside them as they deliver care to patients. In her role as Programme Manager for the National Clinical programme for Ophthalmology, Siobhan advocates on behalf of patients and the specialty to strive for the best eye healthcare system for patients and for doctors.
Siobhan is a trained Mediator and is experienced in developing and implementing corporate governance structures in keeping with the requirements of the Charities Regulator. She has a Masters in Leadership and a Diploma in Corporate Governance.
Siobhan is a member of the Irish Professional Mediators Organisation.
Ms Noeleen Harvey
Noeleen Harvey is a retired Pharmacist .She completed a BSc Pharm in UCD in 1975 and registered as a pharmacist in 1976 following a pre registration year in Jervis St Hospital .
From 1976 until 2017 Noeleen worked as a Community pharmacist in the same pharmacy in Dublins North Inner City .
Noeleen had a particular interest in the provision of accessible and equitable services for all needing access to Addiction and Mental Health services.
She was a Member of the Board of the ERHA from 2000-2004.
She was a Member of the Council of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland from 2005 -2011. She was President from 2009-2011.
Dr Muiris Houston
Dr Muiris Houston is an award-winning medical journalist, health analyst and columnist.
He writes for the Medical Independent and The Irish Times.
He is especially interested in the stories patients tell, which led him to complete a Masters in Medical Humanities at the University of Sydney, Australia. Muiris is adjunct professor of narrative medicine at Trinity College Dublin, where he teaches and researches narrative based medicine; he also teaches a narrative medicine module to postgraduates at the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland.
He is co-organiser of the international dotMD conference, a festival of medical curiosity.
A graduate of Trinity College Dublin medical school, Dr Houston is on the Medical Council specialist register for both occupational medicine and family practice.
Mr Fintan Hourihan
Fintan Hourihan has served as chief executive of the Irish Dental Association since June 2008.
Fintan has extensive responsibilities including advising, representing and negotiating on behalf of individual dentists and groups of dentists with Government departments, the HSE, dental hospitals and other third party agencies.
He has a particular interest in risk management for individual practitioners with specific reference to probity and audit systems. Fintan oversaw the establishment of the dental complaints resolution service and a mentoring scheme for dentists in recent years and is also involved with the Practitioner Health Matters programme which assists dentists, doctors and pharmacists with mental health or addiction problems.
Fintan worked previously with the Irish Medical Organisation and the ASTI, representing doctors and teachers and has over two decades of experiences in individual and collective representation and negotiations on behalf of teachers, doctors and dentists. He represents the IDA at the Council of European Dentists and the world dental federation (FDI) and has served as Honorary Chair of the Irish Inter Professional Association.
He is a graduate of the University of Limerick and University College, Dublin and has contributed to and produced an extensive range of publications and articles.
Fintan served as Honorary Secretary of PHMP until April 2022.
Mr Hugh Kane
After retiring from the public service in December 2010, Hugh worked with Genio from January 2011 to October 2015, where he helped facilitate the development of a problem-solving focus to removing the barriers to increasing individualised supports. Hugh has worked in personal social services for nearly 40 years. He began his career in health as a community welfare officer and moved into senior management in 1998 as Community Services General Manager. In 2000 Hugh joined the management team of the South Western Area Health Board as Assistant CEO, and was subsequently appointed Deputy CEO in 2003. Hugh joined the HSE in 2005 as Hospital Network Manager. He later worked as Local Health Manager for Wicklow with lead responsibility for disability services, and after that took on the role of Assistant National Director for Dublin mid-Leinster. In 2009 Hugh left the HSE to become CEO of the Mental Health Commission.
Hugh served as Chairman of PHMP until April 2022.
Dr Noel Kavanagh
Dr Noel Kavanagh is a Senior Dental Educator in Dental Protection’s Risk Prevention team, supporting the development and delivery of risk prevention material to members worldwide.
Noel graduated from the Dublin Dental University Hospital. His background is in General Dental Practice, with a clinical interest in minimally invasive & adhesive dentistry. He has worked as an associate and principal dentist in both the UK and Ireland.
Noel holds a Professional Certificate in Medicolegal Aspects of Health Care, a Graduate Diploma in Health Care (Risk Management and Quality), a Diploma in Legal Medicine, and an Advanced Diploma in Medical Law. He is a member of the Medico-Legal Society of Ireland and the College of General Dentistry.
Noel is an international dental speaker and published author on various Risk Prevention topics. He develops & delivers dental podcasts & webinars and is an accredited facilitator of both virtual and face to face workshops. He also develops and delivers Risk Prevention education as part of dental school curricula.
Dr Barney Murphy
Educated Blackrock College and UCD. Qualified in Dentistry in 1975. Worked in general dental practice in the UK for 10 years. On returning to Ireland joined the EHB Dental Service. Gained a Master’s Degree in Public Health (UCD) in 2004. He was a Principal Dental Surgeon from 1996 with a special interest in continuing professional development, oral health promotion and adult treatment schemes. He retired in 2014.
Dr Murphy served as Hon Treasurer and Hon Secretary of the Irish Dental Association and was Irish delegate to the Council of European Dentists for 11 years. Was a professional representative member of the Eastern Regional Health Authority and associated Area Health Boards, 2000-2004, was elected to Dental Council in 2005 and served two full terms as Vice-President from 2005 to 2015 and was a Board member of the Irish Dental Credit Union. Currently is Hon Secretary of the Irish Dental Benevolent Society.
Interests include reading, watching sport, DIY and gardening.
Married to Marianne since 1976; they have three adult children living in Australia and the UK, and two grandchildren.
Mr John O’Connor
Honorary Treasurer / Trustee
John has been managing director of Omega Financial Management since 2001. As the only provider of Day 1 income protection in Ireland the company specialises in healthcare and financial matters for Doctors , Dentists and Pharmacists. John took over as treasurer of the PHMP in the Spring of 2020.
John took over as Treasurer of the PHMP in the Spring of 2020.
Mr Anthony Owens
Anthony Owens is employed as Director of Industrial Relations by the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) with responsibility for Consultants and Non Consultant Hospital Doctors (NCHDs). As part of this role, he is responsible for representing these two groups of members of the IMO on a national level in the context of contract negotiations and other matters. He has served in this role since 2017, and is also a member of among others, the Health Sector Oversight Body and National Joint Council for the Health Service. Anthony also holds a PhD from University College Dublin.
Mr Julian Smith
Julian Smith works as a Data Protection Specialist with Waystone Compliance Solutions.
Previously he had worked in public sector agencies where he developed an interest in the governance of not-for-profit organisations. This extended to his time as the Honorary Treasurer of Fencing Ireland, the national governing body for the sport in Ireland.
Prof. A.E. (Freddie) Wood
Professor A.E. (Freddie) Wood graduated from UCD in 1971 and obtained F.R.C.S.I. in 1975. He trained in Cardiothoracic Surgery first in Dublin and then in the Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast in the late 70’s during the Troubles before completing his training in the Hospital for Sick Children Toronto.
He was appointed to the Mater Hospital in 1983 and Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin in 1985 pioneering complex infant congenital heart surgery and reparative valve surgery. With the late Maurice Neligan he pioneered heart transplantation in 1985. From 1999 to 2010 he served as Director of Heart & Lung Transplantation at the Mater Hospital and led the development of the Lung Transplantation Programme culminating in successful lung transplantation in 2005.
He served on the Council of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland from 2000 to 2014 and was the first Chairman of Governance in 2008, as well as the Chair of the Finance Committee.He retired from the Mater and Our Lady’s Children’s Hospitals in autumn 2010.
Between 2011 and 2013, he was Consultant Cardio-Thoracic Surgeon in Congenital Heart Disease to the Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast to direct, manage, mentor and provide surgery whilst a solution for its all island provision was finalized.
He served as President of the Medical Council for its term from June 2013-2018 during which time he raised concerns about physician health and well being. Now he spends time teaching anatomy as a Surgeon Prosecutor in the Department of Anatomy RCSI.