• Challenges Over The Next 18 Months Vaccine Roll-Out Staffing & Contracts – Introducing Pandemic Related Elements
  • Ethical & Human Rights Issues With Refusal To Vaccinate

A one-day conference

Live Virtual Event 

Date: 17th June 2021

The recent pandemic has thrown up an array of issues for those workings in and managing nursing homes and residential care centres. One of the issues going forward is seemingly, this is not the “big pandemic” there are others on the way and how do we plan for these in the future. The other matters facing the sector is vaccinations, what do you do with staff that are not vaccinated? can you implement mandatory vaccination for those working in your organisation and what are the human rights, ethical and contract concerns you will face?

This and much more will be discussed and debated by a panel of expert speakers and will be a truly informative day for anyone working in or managing nursing homes and residential care centres or those involved in the and regulatory affairs surrounding the sector.

This is unique live virtual event from our own custom-built CMG Studios. Initial feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, with attendees praising the additional interactive elements, as well as increased Q&A opportunities throughout the day, giving you more opportunity to gain real practical insights on the key issues that are important to you.

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This event will be very relevant to all involved in the management and running of nursing homes and residential care settings or the legal / regulatory affairs associated

Full Day Programme 

Conference Chairperson & Opening Remarks

Brendan Barrett, Communications Consultant

Keynote address

Covid-19 Nursing Homes Expert Panel recommendations and the requirements for implementation and resourcing

Tadhg Daly, CEO Nursing Homes Ireland

  • Requirement for the continuum of quality care to meet the care requirements of our ageing population
  • Covid-19 Expert Panel Recommendations and Implementation overview
  • Accenture Report – COVID-19 Nursing Homes Expert Panel Impact Assessment
Older Person Care – A Changing Landscape – Covid-19 impact and Future direction of the sector

Brian McEnery, Partner & Head of Advisory BDO Ireland

  • Updated analysis from the BDO / NHI Nursing Home Survey
  • Sectoral trends – ownership structures / recent sectoral activity
  • Programme for Government / Covid-19 impact and Future direction of the sector
Vaccination – Staff & Service Users – Ethical & Human Rights Concerns – Contracts of Employment

Mary Kirwan, Lecturer and Barrister, RCSI 

  • Rollout of vaccination in nursing homes
  • Capacity and consent to vaccination
  • Refusal of vaccination – service users and staff- legal and ethical issues that arise
  • Case study- coercive vaccination- High Court
  • Case study -no jab, no job policies – Vatican City, Pimlico Plumbing, care home operator Barchester Healthcare -legal and ethical issues; 
  • Contract of employment and redeployment-staffing levels-compelling staff to work-legal issues
  • Positive human rights obligations to protect service users
Fair Deal Scheme

Aisling Mulligan, Barrister-at-Law, The Law Library

  • Opening the Fair Deal scheme to small business owners and farmers
  • What changes are being called for to update the scheme
  • What are the challenges in implementing these changes?
World Health Organisations Predictions – This is not the “Big One” – Preparing for and managing future pandemics

Sarah Lennon, Sage Advocacy

  • What’s coming down the road that we need to be prepared for
  • Has the recent pandemic – future proofed nursing homes
  • What would we do different the next time?

Preparing for and managing future pandemics

  • Managing the lack of co-ordination between public and private nursing homes
  • Review the management of nursing homes with the highest deaths from Covid-19- What went wrong?
  • Ensuring that all staff have the highest standard of training for these events
Safeguarding Matters – Effective Approaches in Care Settings

Colm Lehane, Director, Clara Learning Limited.

  • Update on National Developments in Safeguarding for Nursing Homes and Residential Care Settings
  • Making Safeguarding Personal in Practice
  • Outcome Based Approach in Safeguarding Responses
  • Compliance Requirements and Expectations in Safeguarding
Legal implications of acquiring COVID 19 in nursing homes/ RCC

Marian Fogarty, Solicitor, Cantillon Solicitors

  • Nursing Home acquired Covid 19 Infections – Definitions
  • Practical issues for nursing homes to consider re mitigating risk against lawsuits.
  • Role of the Regulator
  • Issues identified in recent reports that led to Covid 19 infections in nursing homes.
  • Explanation of legal proofs.
Lessons learned from experiences in Nursing Homes & Residential care settings during the pandemic – Changes to make for the future

Joanne Condon, Regional Manager, National Advocacy Service for People with Disabilities

  • Congregated settings model
  • Inappropriate placements (e.g. Under 65’s living in Nursing Homes)
  • Supported Decision Making (consent, vaccines etc)
  • Communication Infrastructure (to facilitate contact with family/profs etc)
  • Quality of Life (restrictions, closure of day services etc)

Brian McEneryBrian McEnery

Partner & Head of Advisory BDO Ireland

Brian is the Head of Advisory for BDO in Ireland. Brian is a Corporate Finance & Advisory Partner and specialises in advising companies on their financing, planning and strategy.

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Brian is a specialist advisor in corporate restructuring and turnaround and has acted as Examiner to a number of large companies which have been successfully restructured
Brian is heavily involved in the accounting profession and was Global President of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) in 2017. Brian is also a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) and holds a MSc from the University of London in Professional Accountancy.

Brian has a range of governance and public sector experience having previously been a board member of the National Asset Management Agency (2009 – 2018) and Shannon Foynes Port Company. Brian is a specialist advisor in health and social care and was Chairman of HIQA between 2013 and 2018.

Mary KirwanMary Kirwan

Lecturer and Barrister, RCSI

Mary is a barrister and lecturer at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. She teaches medical law on the undergraduate and postgraduate Ethics programme in the RCSI.
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She is a dissertation director for the MSc Healthcare Ethics and Law course and provides training seminars in hospitals on medico/legal issues. Mary Kirwan is a graduate of the National University of Ireland Galway and the Honorable Society of Kings Inns. Mary is also a winner of the Law Society of Ireland Justice Media Award for her writing on current legal topics. She has written extensively in the area of law, including a weekly legal column in the Irish Independent, and is a frequent legal contributor in national and local broadcast media, including RTE’s Prime Time.

Marian Fogarty Marian Fogarty

Lecturer at UCD

Marian practises in clinical negligence cases with a particular focus on delayed diagnosis of cancer claims, fatal injury, plastic surgery, general surgery, obstetric injury, catastrophic injury and ENT claims
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Her experience in these areas of law ranges from mid value cases to complex and high value claims. She provides advice to clients in relation to issues arising under the Data Protection Acts/GDPR, limitation issues and has experience of litigating before the High Court, Court of Civil Appeal and Supreme Court. She is a CEDR accredited mediator and represents clients in the mediation of clinical negligence claims.

Joanne CondonJoanne Condon

Regional Manager, National Advocacy Service for People with Disabilities

Joanne joined NAS as the Regional Manager for the Southern Region in 2014. Prior to that she acted as Service Manager with regional oversight for a number of private residential services as well as having experience working within public services.

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Joanne established and managed several residential services over a number of years and was an executive member of the Irish Association for Social Care managers until 2014.
Joanne has a particular interest in professional practice and advocacy policy development and standards. Joanne holds a degree in Social Science (UCC), A Masters in Youth & Community work (UCC), a Diploma in Leadership (DIT/IBEC), as well as an Award in Managing People (DIT/college of Business). Joanne additionally holds a level 6 QQI Award in Training delivery & Evaluation.

Aisling Mulligan Aisling Mulligan

Barrister-at-Law, The Law Library

Aisling Mulligan BL is a practising barrister in the areas of Public Health and Social Care.

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She holds a masters from the Royal College of Surgeons in Healthcare ethics and Law, having graduated from UCD with a Bachelor of Civil Law with a minor in philosophy. Aisling has a particular interest in “incapacity” and its affects on the rights of patient autonomy. Her area of speciality relates to the provision of services for those who lack capacity within the healthcare, education and residential services.

Colm Lehane Colm Lehane

Director, Clara Learning Limited.

Colm Lehane, Director of Clara Learning Limited has undertaken consultancy and training projects for over 18 years in the UK and Ireland.

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He qualified with a Masters in Social Work from UCC and is a registered social work professional with CORU. Having worked in operational services (practice and management), he went into independent consultancy in 1999. Since then Colm has provided consultancy, training and development services to large statutory organisations, voluntary and independent organisations on social work and related matters.

Sarah Lennon Sarah Lennon

Sage Advocacy

Sarah Lennon holds a Bachelor of Civil Law and Master of Equality Studies and is currently completing a Professional Diploma in Creativity, Leadership and Innovation

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Sarah has over 15 years work experience working for national advocacy organisations working on disability rights, internationalisation through higher education and with adult learners.
Prior to working with Sage Advocacy, Sarah was the Executive Director of the Irish Council for International Students, where she worked to promote the rights of international students in Ireland, including campaigns for immigration reform, standards in international education and introduction of hate crime legislation.

Tadhg DalyTadhg Daly

Chief Executive, Nursing Homes Ireland

Tadhg Daly is Chief Executive of Nursing Homes Ireland (NHI), the representative organization for the private and voluntary nursing homes sector.

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Tadhg was formerly CEO of the Irish Nursing Homes Organisation (INHO) and was one of the key figures that led to the establishment of Nursing Homes Ireland in January 2008.
Prior to joining INHO in 2005 Tadhg worked with the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children in a number of senior management positions.

Tadhg has led the private and voluntary nursing home sector through 2 of its most significant changes: the development of the National Quality Standards and independent registration and inspection by the Health Information and Quality Authority and the commencement of the Nursing Home Support Scheme (Fair Deal).

NHI is a lead representative organisation within the Irish health sector and its Members play a key role in healthcare provision. Over 400 private and voluntary nursing homes deliver specialist healthcare to 25,000+ persons and account for 90% of all long term care beds in the country, employing more than 35,000 staff.
Nursing Homes Ireland is committed to providing leadership, supporting members and promoting excellence.

There will be CPD certificates awarded to attendees at this conference. Please check directly with your association or awarding body to see how many points they will award



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