Our Training Team

Frankie O’Sullivan – Owner and Course Director

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Frankie O’Sullivan

Frankie has been working and teaching in the health and social care industry for more than twenty five years. Her career in disability services has taught her that services need to be innovative and creative in order to enhance the experiences of those in receipt of care. Through teaching she has developed methods that can bring about innovation and improvements to services, delivering sustainable behavioural change. She believes that training services must keep pace not only with national standards but with international standards. It is essential that the end user is the focus of every service and training programme offered.

In 2011, Frontline Training Services was established. Frontline Training have developed new standards for Health and Social Care training. Her passion is the development of engaging content for the Health and Social Care sector. In recent years she has combined her passion for engaging content with the selection of excellent trainers. Frontline Training is dedicated to the development of its trainers, we provide our trainers with all the resources necessary to ensure positive engaging experiences for our learners.

Frankie is the principal author of the book to support the Award in Community and Health Services – Caring for People in Community and Health Services published in 2013 by Gill & Macmillan.

 

Susie Phelan – Marketing and Business Development

Susie has worked with Multinational Tech companies both in Ireland and abroad. Her vast experience includes business development ,marketing and PR and overall team management / development. While working as a Business Development/Partner Account Manager she worked on the proactive development of new business, concentrating specifically on the sales and the development of marketing activities in conjunction with partners to support incremental business growth. In her spare time Susie volunteers as a PR Officer for Midlands ISL Learners, this group provides sign language classes throughout the Midlands and aims to bridge the gap between Deaf and Hearing communities.

 

Linda Finegan BA (Hons) HDip (Ed) Dip (Social Care)

Linda studied at University College Dublin and began her career as a secondary school teacher. She took time out to concentrate on being a full-time mother, but was happy to return to the workplace as a volunteer in a day-care centre for older adults with intellectual disabilities. Inspired and encouraged by the people she was working with, Linda went on to study for and receive a diploma in Social Care from the National University of Ireland, Galway. In addition to her volunteer work, Linda has worked as a carer in a nursing home with Alzheimer’s and dementia patients and in a community house for adults with intellectual disabilities and challenging behaviours. In more recent times, Linda has used her knowledge and experience to train other carers. Linda is convinced that excellence in care begins with excellent training and support for carers. She is passionate about teaching and delivering programmes that will give carers the skills and supports they need to provide the highest quality of care to each and every one of their end users. Linda has worked with Frontline Training since our inception in 2011.

Kerry McGlynn RGN, MSc, H.Dip, ITEC, IMST

Kerry has been delivering training with us since 2012 and she is an Emergency Department Clinical Nurse Manager with over 22 years ED nursing experience. She has held since 2003, and remains to hold a senior nursing position within her Band 1 hospital. She has excellent communication, clinical & Leadership skills and in 2016 completed her Masters Degree in Leadership with the RCSI. Within her clinical work environment and as part of her MSc and final dissertation Kerry has introduced Organisational Development and Quality Improvement Projects to the highest standards, these have had very positive results and have added to the betterment of the department. She writes, produces and updates PPPG’s for her Clinical Care Area of which are published on the HSE Intranet. In her healthcare region she also delivers education to nursing and medical staff in the areas of the assessment and triage for both children and adults using the Manchester Triage System and The Irish Children’s Triage System.  Kerry attended a programme on Infection, Prevention & Control with the RCSI. She feels very strongly about education and the importance of quality, evidence based practice that incorporates person centred care. Kerry was awarded the honour of The Ernie Martin Award for outstanding clinical skills while working in London and we are delighted that she brings this to the education that she delivers for us in Care Skills, Infection, Prevention & Control and Palliative Care in the Midland Region.

 

Ger McDevitt RCN, RGN

Ger is hard-working flexible individual who is passionate about educating others. A confident,  competent and experienced instructor with strong communication and leadership skills. She is highly organised and committed to providing the best quality teaching experiences. Ger commenced her career in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in 1976, she has enjoyed a comprehensive Nursing career. She has been combining teaching and nursing since 1999 and delivers a whole range of courses including, Patient Handling, Basic Life Support and Automate External Defibrilation and Cardiac First Responder. Ger also deliver a range of modules from the Healthcare Support Major Award.

Ger delivers Care Skills and Care of the Older Person in the Dublin area.

Alice Nolan RGN, RM

Alice qualified initially as a Nurse and then as midwife, she has over 40 years nursing experience and 10 years training experience. Alice is a dedicated professional to the disciplines of Nursing and Teaching. She has a true understanding of the importance of Mentorship and Preceptorship in the care environment.

Alice delivers a range of modules to include: Care Support, Care of the Older Person and Palliative Care in the Kilkenny and Midlands area.

 

Edel Matthews RGN, BSc Nursing Management

Edel is a qualified nurse with over 20 years’ experience in healthcare, pharmaceutical, community, and hospital settings.  Edel has spent the last 15 years delivering successful homecare programmes which involved educating & training patients and healthcare professionals in treatment administration, clinical studies & guidelines. She has a wide range of experience across a number of therapeutic areas and takes all this experience to support her passion to facilitate the delivery of high quality healthcare programmes. Edel delivers the full Major Award in Healthcare Support. Edel is registered with the Teaching Council of Ireland.

Edel delivers a comprehensive range of programmes in the Midlands area to include Care Skills, Infection Prevention and Control and Care of the Older Person.

Blathnaid O’Donoghue (RGN,Dip Nursing Management)

Blathnaid is a registered General Nurse with honors BSc Degree in Nursing. She has over eight years experience working as a healthcare professional within a spectrum of roles. She has experience working in nurse management and has received a Diploma in Nursing Management Studies.

She is committed to her role as nurse tutor and facilitator providing high quality training and mentoring to other healthcare professionals, she is registered with the Teaching Council of Ireland through further education. It is her aim to deliver high quality, interactive and evidence based training to healthcare professionals in line with HIQA standards.

Blathnaid is Cork based and is involved in the delivery of training for Carers and Nurses in the Cork/Kerry area and surrounds.

Mary Dermody MEd ACE, PG Dip ACE, BMS (Hons), RM, RGN

 

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Mary Dermody

Mary Dermody has a passion for learning, both personally and professionally. With a Masters in Adult and Community Education, she facilitates learning and consciousness raising in her healthcare classes and workshops. As an experienced chef, general nurse and midwife over the past 32 years, she brings a wealth of experience gained from working with individuals and groups in a myriad of healthcare and educational settings. Application of her clinical knowledge to scenarios in the classroom, with a value on life-long learning while unearthing the wisdom within her learners, lends for an authentic sharing of knowledge.

Her constructivist approach to teaching and learning that draws content, reflection and knowledge from learners, through a range of creative teaching methods, augments the existing knowledge, experiences and insights of the group. Her passion for her learners’ development of skills as lateral thinkers and critical reflectors in all aspects of their lives contributes to democracy, equality and well-being. Mary has been delivering training for Frontline Training Services since 2013.

Marie O’Connor

Marie is a dedicated tutor, initially working in the field of Childcare and running her own successful business. Marie now dedicates her time to teaching a range of programmes which include Special Needs Assisting and Early Childhood Education and Care. Marie has completed a BA (Hons) Degree in Early Childhood Education and Care and is presently completing an MA in Child Youth and Family Studies at Carlow Institute of Technology.

Marie delivers Work Experience and Communications in the Tullamore and Kildare areas.

Pamela Carolan RGN, MSc

Pamela qualified as a Nurse in 2012, she has worked in a range of healthcare settings and currently works as a Community Nurse supporting patients with medication management and educating patients on self-administration of medication. Pamela completed her Masters in Health Science (Nursing Education) in 2017, she has worked as teaching assistant in Athlone Institute of Technology facilitating 1st, 2nd and 3rd year nursing students. Pamela is an enthusiastic tutor, she currently teaches Care Skills in the Midlands area.

Marian Spelman

Marian has worked with people with Intellectual Disabilities since 1986 , originally working as a care assistant with the Brothers of Charity.  She then completed her Nurse training trained in the area of Intellectual Disabilities with The John Of God Brothers in Co. Louth and worked as a relief staff nurse for Cheeverstown House in Dublin. She has worked as a Community Facilitator in the Brothers of Charity in Co. Clare and then returned home to Galway to work as a relief nurse for the Brothers of Charity, Galway in 2005. She became a permanent staff nurse with the Brothers of Charity in 2008 and is now a Clinical Nurse Manager in a Day Service in the Clarin Services, which also incorporates the GRETB teachers. She currently runs the advocacy programme in the Clarin Services ,where we ensure that people are trained in their human rights and are enabled to advocate for themselves where possible.
Marian delivers training in Galway and surrounding counties.