Sheila McClelland, NMBI CEO
Our CEO, Sheila McClelland, Appointed to Higher Education Authority Expert Advisory Panel


Our CEO is part of an Expert Advisory Panel to review opportunities for new nursing education programmes.

Earlier this month, the Higher Education Authority announced that Sheila McClelland had been appointed to a new Expert Advisory Panel set up to review opportunities in the higher education sector to contribute to addressing national skills needs in dentistry, pharmacy, medicine, nursing, and veterinary.

Sheila joins the panel as representative of the professional and regulatory body responsible for nursing. 

The panel is comprised of representatives from Government departments and regulatory and professional bodies that have direct professional experience and or academic expertise in the relevant disciplines, or knowledge of the higher education system at a senior level. 

Sheila welcomed the announcement and discussed how she was looking forward to being part of the Expert Review Panel:

“When we consulted on our draft Statement of Strategy 2023-2025 last year, our stakeholders told us that more third-level undergraduate student places are needed to meet demand. Furthermore, the recommendations from the Expert Review Body on Nursing and Midwifery report in 2022 found that there is a need to increase undergraduate student numbers.  

“I look forward to contributing to the Expert Review Panel and representing these views and the nursing profession as we work to inform the development of new education programmes for nursing in Ireland that are at the highest possible standard and meet the needs of the healthcare sector and Irish population into the future.” 

Following the panel’s recommendations, the Higher Education Authority will consider opportunities for new programme provision alongside options for programme expansion to determine a final list of options to present to Government in March 2023.