Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly Appoints New Members of NMBI Board


Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has appointed three new members to the Board of NMBI to run until 14 January 2025.

The new Board members are Thomas Glynn, Richard Bruton and Don Faller.

Thomas Glynn

Thomas currently works as Nurse Practice Development Coordinator in the National Forensic Mental Health Service (NFMHS). Thomas has extensive experience in policy development and setting standards in the healthcare service. He has worked in both undergraduate programmes leading to registration and post-registration programmes leading to registration on other divisions of the register. By learning from practice, emphasis is placed on transforming the culture and context of care through systematic approaches, continuous evaluation, development, implementation and monitoring of nursing practice in the delivery of patient care. Thomas previously worked in the Nursing & Midwifery Planning & Development Unit (NMPDU) in Dublin North where he was involved in a number of National and Regional projects including Quality Care Metrics. Thomas has a keen interest in Digital Health Transformation and was a member of the National Nursing and Midwifery COVID-19 Digital Response Group while working in the NMPDU. His other areas of interest include psychosocial interventions and standardised performance indicators that target service outcome data.

Thomas Glynn is co-opted to the Board following a resignation of an elected member.

Mr Richard Bruton

Richard Bruton has more than 20 years senior management experience in the Irish health services. During this time he was a member of the St James’ Hospital management team as General Manager with responsibility for all non-clinical services in the hospital and Head of Procurement in the former North Eastern Health Board. Richard's more recent experience has been in the development of governance frameworks in the area of medical education and training and regulation of consultant posts. He holds a B Comm. from UCD and MSc from DCU and has completed the INSEAD European Health Leadership Programme along with the HSE Leadership Academy Leading Care 1 Programme.

Richard Bruton is appointed to the Board following nomination by the Health Service Executive.

Dr Don Faller

Dr. Don Faller is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Science and Health at Technological University of Shannon (TUS). He commenced his academic career as a lecturer in Pharmacology and Biochemistry in 1993 on completion of a year of post-doctoral research in UCD. His current role as Dean of Faculty includes acting as a leader in the management of quality assurance, programme development and design and assessment of a wide range of academic programmes from NFQ levels 6 to 10, including TUS’s BSc (Hons) in General Nursing and BSc (Hons) in Mental Health Nursing. In addition, he has overall responsibility for the management and quality assurance of TUS’s Department of Nursing and Healthcare’s postgraduate programmes, both taught and research. Dr. Faller has been involved in the development of TUS’s Department of Nursing since the commencement of nursing programmes in 1998. He served as interim Head of Department of Nursing between 1998 and 1999 to put in place the academic processes and structures necessary for the initial intake of undergraduate Nursing students.

He has chaired TUS’s Local Joint Working Group since 2014. This group was established to monitor and manage partnership processes between HSE-approved clinical sites and TUS. He has extensive experience in the design and development of academic programmes from NFQ Level 6 to 10 and has participated in a large number of external validation and revalidation panels for undergraduate and postgraduate academic programmes, both as chair and as a panel member for public and private HEIs. In his role as Dean of Faculty, he has engaged with a range of accreditation bodies including the Veterinary Council of Ireland, the Psychological Society of Ireland, CORU, Athletic and Rehabilitation Therapy Ireland and the Dental Council of Ireland and has overseen the successful accreditation and re-accreditation of TUS’s BSc in Veterinary Nursing, BSc (Hons) in Applied Psychology, BSc (Hons) in Athletic and Rehabilitation Therapy and Higher in Dental Nursing.

Dr Don Faller is appointed to the Board following nomination by the Minister for Education.

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