RGN, RMN, Dip in Nursing (London), BSc in Health Studies, Advanced Dip (with distinction) in Educational Studies, PG Diploma with commendation in Primary Care and General Practice.
With 40 years’ extensive experience as a senior leader in Northern Ireland’s Health & Social Care economy operating at political, strategic, programme, project, senior management and Nurse Consultant, Molly is uniquely qualified to provide clinical eHealth advice and guidance to a wide variety of public and private eHealth organisations.
Molly has 40 years’ experience working in Health and Social Care services in Northern Ireland holding a range of clinical, inspectorial, advisory, and strategic roles. She qualified as a general adult nurse in 1980 and later undertook post registration mental health nurse training remaining in this field of practice for most of her career. Molly worked as a Registration and Inspection Officer and for 20 years was employed as a commissioning nurse. Molly’s expertise is in developing and designing mental health and learning disability nursing services, including the implementation of technology to support new ways of working. Her specialist areas of interest are in patient safety, quality and experience and service user involvement in co-production. Molly is an Associate Education Consultant for the Clinical Education Centre and was appointed to the N.I. Board of Royal College of Nursing in February 2016. She is an ardent Twitter user and believes social media is a powerful tool which nurses can use to influence politicians and health and social care leaders in matters of importance to the profession.
Molly provided professional nursing advice to the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) and Public Health Agency (PHA) on the standard of mental health, learning disability and prisoner health care nursing services across Northern Ireland. She has extensive experience of reviewing Provider Business Cases, workforce planning, auditing and monitoring Health and Social Care services and undertaking thematic reviews aimed at improving the quality of care provided and reducing variation across service areas. This includes coordinating and reviewing serious adverse incidents, identifying regional learning and taking remedial action as necessary. Molly also has extensive experience in chairing regional uni-professional, multidisciplinary and multiagency steering groups to reform and modernise services to achieve improved outcomes for service users.
Strategic Oversight Experience
Molly is experienced in providing strategic leadership, direction and professional nursing advice for mental health and learning disability programmes across Northern Ireland. She was the Northern Ireland Regional Lead Nurse Consultant for mental health, learning disability and prisoner health care at the Public Health Agency and she led the nursing contribution to the strategic direction, planning, commissioning and monitoring of services across Northern Ireland until retirement. Molly participated in the development of the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) and Public Health Agency (PHA) joint Commissioning plans for Northern Ireland and co-chaired the HSCB/PHA Prison Service team setting strategic objectives for service development and working with the Department of Health to oversee the implementation of the Prison Review Team’s recommendations for Health Care. She worked closely with the department of health to shape and influence policy for mental health, learning disability and prisoner health care services. Molly is passionate about the influencing role of nursing as a profession and believes that nurses are central to ensuring the provision of high quality care and enabling health and social care transformation to meet the needs of the population.
Understanding How to Establish and Run eHealth Programmes
Molly has experience in identifying, commissioning and working with providers to introduce eHealth programmes to support the improved care to people with mental health, learning disabilities and prisoner health care. Molly chaired the regional implementation steering group for the Releasing Time to Care programme in mental health. This was designed to improve productivity and reduce variation in clinical practice in inpatient wards which brought about the use of electronic smart boards providing Patient Status at a Glance (PSG) information. She also led the introduction of the Health Equality framework (HEF) across learning disability services in the Belfast trust and an electronic solution to evaluate the performance of services in reducing exposure to known determinants of health. Molly also chaired and led the regional introduction of a Directly Enhanced Service in primary care aimed at improving access to health care for people with learning disabilities and reducing inequalities in health. This led to the regional development and introduction of Health Care Passports for people with learning disabilities accessing acute general hospital services. Molly was involved in strategic planning to link these Passports to the Northern Ireland Electronic Care Record enabling secure information sharing across services.
Understanding of How a Health Economy is Funded and Governed
Molly understands how health economies operate and has worked with stakeholders at all levels including HSCB/PHA/Trust Directors, GP’s, Commissioners, Department of Health (N.I.), Ministers of Health (N.I.), Business Services Organisation and Independent Healthcare providers. She is experienced in negotiating, influencing, leading, championing and chairing. She understands how to influence key policy makers and leaders across a Health economy, especially in nursing. Molly is an ardent Twitter user and believes social media is a powerful tool which can be used to influence politicians and health and social care leaders to improve health and social care services.