Person Centred Care Conference

Explore how your patient's views and values can be included in consultations

29 January 2020

Join us for a masterclass in person-centred care and hear from leading experts in the field, including:

  • Professor Victor Montori, Consultant, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism, Nutrition, Mayo Clinic, USA
  • Dr Derek O'Keeffe, Consultant Endocrinologist at UHG and is the Professor of Medical Device Technology at NUIG Subject: How medtech can be the patient's friend
  • Dr Mark Davies, Clinical psychologist Subject: Diabetes and Empowerment course. How do we get healthcare people?
  • Prof Tony O’Brien Subject: Lord save us from good physicians
  • Dr Joan Cunningham & Prof Sean Dineen Subject: The Schwartz round- the Irish experience
  • Prof Siobhan Kennelly The older person – Person centred point

Meet the speakers 

Professor Victor Montori

We are delighted to give attendees the opportunity to hear from Professor Victor Montori MD, a Mayo Clinic based Endocrinologist and author of Why We Revolt: A Patient Revolution for Careful and Kind Care.

Professor Montori's research takes place in the Knowledge and Evaluation Research Unit at Mayo Clinic. He is interested in how knowledge is produced, disseminated and taken up in practice — and how this leads to optimal health care delivery and patient outcomes. Professor Montori and his team at Mayo Clinic have developed shared decision-making tools to help include the patient’s views and values in evidence-based consultations. He also serves as director of community engagement and of late stage translational research for the Mayo Clinic Center for Clinical and Translational Science.

Professor Sean Dinneen

Prof Dinneen is National Lead for the Diabetes Clinical Programme, HSE, Consultant Endocrinologist, Galway University Hospitals, Galway, Ireland and Professor of Diabetic Medicine, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland. Seán Dinneen graduated from University College Cork Medical School. After a period of postgraduate training and work experience in the USA (Mayo Clinic), Canada (McMaster University) and the UK (Addenbrooke’s Hospital) he returned to Ireland as an Academic Endocrinologist.

Prof Dinneen was part of successful bids that brought a School of Podiatry and a Clinical Research Facility to NUI Galway. He served as Head of the School of Medicine from 2013 to 2016. In June 2016 he was appointed National Lead for the Diabetes Clinical Programme of the HSE and received a Personal Professorship from NUI Galway. His professional interests include developing and evaluating programmes of self-management education and support for people living with diabetes, developing optimal models of community-based diabetes care and understanding the diabetic foot. He is a Regional Editor (for UK and Ireland) with Diabetic Medicine, the journal of Diabetes UK and is Clinical Lead for Schwartz Rounds in Galway University Hospitals.

Dr Joan Cunningham

Dr Cunningham is a Consultant in Palliative Medicine and Medical Director Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services, Dublin. She is a graduate of Queen’s University Belfast and completed specialist training in Palliative Medicine in the Republic of Ireland in 2007. Thereafter she was appointed as Consultant in Palliative Medicine to Blackrock Hospice (OLH&CS), Wicklow Community Palliative Care Team and St Columcille’s Hospital, Loughlinstown. In 2016 she was appointed Medical Director of Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services. She has a long standing interest in Medical Ethics, particularly the ethical issues which can arise in end of life care. She has a MSc in Healthcare Ethics & Law from RCSI and has lectured on the same program since 2007. Most recently she was Clinical Lead for Schwartz Rounds in Blackrock Hospice as part of the HSE pilot of Introducing Schwartz Rounds in Ireland and part of Project ECHO with the All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care.

Professor Derek O'Keeffe

Professor Derek O’Keeffe is a Consultant Endocrinologist at UHG and is the Professor of Medical Device Technology at NUIG. He holds dual first class honours degrees in Engineering and Medicine as well as a Masters and PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Limerick and NUIG. He was a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard and is a graduate of the Endocrinology Clinical Fellowship at the Mayo Clinic, USA.

As well as multiple academic publications, he holds two biomedical patents and several international research prizes. He was awarded the Outstanding Young Person of the World by JCI. He is a Black Belt Taekwondo Instructor, Qualified Pilot and Advanced Scuba Diver. 

Prof O’Keeffe previously worked with NASA as a flight surgeon for their NEEMO mission and placing an astronaut health experiment on board the International Space Station. As well as multiple academic publications, he holds two biomedical patents and several international research prizes.

Dr Siobhan Kennelly

Dr Siobhán Kennelly is the National Clinical Advisor and Group Lead for Social Care D and clinical lead for the Integrated Care Programme for Older People (ICPOP), HSE, Ireland since 2015. She is a consultant geriatrician in Connolly Hospital and CHO 9 Dublin and Clinical Senior Lecturer in the Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland. Her areas of clinical and academic interest are integrated care of the older person, management of frailty across the care continuum and end of life care. She was recipient of a Genio award in 2014 to develop integrated services to support people living with dementia across acute hospital and community settings.

Prof Andrew W Murphy

Prof Murphy is Foundation Professor of General Practice at NUI Galway and general practitioner principal Turloughmore, County Galway.

He has contributed to national policy development as the Chair of the Primary Care Sub-Committee of the Ministerial Advisory Forum of the Cardiovascular Strategy (2000-6), a member of the Ministerial Expert Group on Resource Allocation and Financing in the Health Sector (2009-10) and National Out of Hospital Cardiac Strategy Group (2017-9). Currently he is a member of the Hypertension Committee of the Irish Heart Foundation (2008-). He is also an Examiner (2011-) and former Board member and Chair of Research (2014-7) of the Irish College of General Practitioners.

His research, largely quantitative and always collaborative, addresses chronic disease management and professional practice in the community. Great colleagues in these endeavors include Susan Smith (GP), Molly Byrne (Health Psychologist), Margaret Cupples (GP), Liam Glynn (GP), John Newell (Biostatistician) and Gerry Molloy (Health Psychologist). His H-index (for all its limitations!) in May 2019 is 40 and hisi-10 Index 115, with a total of 6, 397 citations. The all-island SPHERE trial of which he was PI was awarded the 2011 Royal Academy of Medicine In Ireland Best Overall Research Paper - the only time a general practice paper has been so recognised. He is Director, with Nikita Burke as Development Manager, of the five year € 2.5 million HRB Primary Care Clinical Trial Network (2015) which has run over 26 trials recruiting over 3, 500 patients ( Together with Siobhan Masterson, he has contributed to the academic stewardship of the National Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest Register (

He is currently an External Advisor to the UK National Institute of Health Research, the Norwegian General Practice Research Network and the German Federal Ministry of Research and Education.

Who can attend

All healthcare professionals are welcome to attend.

Further details will be announced soon.