Co-Chair, Professional Providers and Caregivers Board
Laura is the Chief Executive of Resilience HealthCare Ireland, a national private provider of community-based services for people with disabilities and Advanced Community Care Services caring for children and adults with complex care needs in their own homes and communities.
Laura is a registered Occupational Therapist and has an MSc in Health Services Management from Trinity College Dublin, with over 30 years’ experience working in the health and social care sector, as a clinician and then progressing into Executive Management, working across the Voluntary and Private sectors. Her passion is in delivering supports which empower and enable people with disabilities to achieve their full potential and have every possible opportunity to live a good life.
She has experience in developing a culture of Continuous Quality Improvement within large scale organisations such as embracing and implementing the HIQA standards for residential services in Ireland, achieving EQUASS (European Quality Assurance System for Social Services) in day services and achieving Level 5, European Standards in Business Excellence (EFQM)
Laura is very interested in contributing to policy development at a national level and is a member of the Health Service Executive, Working Group leading the implementation of New Directions Policy and interim standards for adult day services. She is currently a voluntary Board Member of St. Gabriel’s school, a centre in Limerick which provides services for children with physical disabilities. She is currently Co-Chair of IPWSO’s Professional Providers and Caregivers Board.
Laura is equally passionate about developing specialist residential and community support services for people with PWS and recently led the development of a new service in the South East of Ireland, comprising of six apartments supporting people with PWS to live their best possible lives within the local community.