Dr Carole McKenna - Senior Professional Officer

Dr Carole McKenna joined NIPEC as a Senior Professional Officer in January 2009. During this time she has led a number of regional projects and initiatives. She is currently Project Managing the development of a Workforce Plan for Nursing and Midwifery (2015 - 2025) on behalf of the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) and co-leads the Implementation of the DHSSPS Mental Health Nursing Framework. Carole also hosts and is a member of the Regional Project to Evidence Care through Key Performance Indicators and the Regional Implementation Group for Practice Development. In addition, Carole represents NIPEC on a range of Regional Strategic Groups including the DHSSPS’ Research and Development Committee and Regional Mental Health Forum.

Carole began her nurse training in 1987 at Holywell Hospital, Antrim. Working as a Mental Health Nurse and then as a Community Nursing Sister she began to develop a keen interest in Research and Practice Development. She worked at the RCN as a Senior Professional Development Officer between 2000 and 2008 where she was extensively involved in multi-disciplinary research and practice development in primary care. During this time she also held a range of significant positions throughout Northern Ireland including Chair of the NI Multi-disciplinary Primary Care Forum and has been a member of the NI Multi-disciplinary Partnership for Clinical and Social Care Governance and the NI Forum for Health and Social Services Research.

Carole is a Registered Mental Health Nurse and holds a Diploma in Supervisory Management, a Higher Education Diploma in Community Mental Health Nursing, a BSc (Hons) in Nursing, a Post Graduate Diploma in Primary Health Care/General Practice and completed a PhD at the University of Ulster in 2008. She has contributed to over 30 publications, including policy reports, articles and books.