SHS are delighted to announce the formation of our new Multidisciplinary Team. This team is led by Áine Kerr (Principal Social Worker) and comprised of Fiona Smyth (Senior Level Physiotherapist), Justine Breeds (Occupational Therapist), Barry Hickey (Behaviour Support Specialist), Frank McNamee (Medication Trainer/Clinical Assessor), with input from Deirdre Lally and Szymon Radyno (Social Workers). SHS are recruiting a part-time Speech & Language Therapist to the team.
The MDT’s role and function is to bring together the expertise and skills of different clinical disciplines in the planning, organising, and co-ordinating of care to meet the ongoing needs of our clients now and into the future. The responsibilities and contributions of the MDT include:-
- providing assessment, diagnosis and recommendations for interventions;
- a greater focus on prevention and early intervention while planning for and responding to the changing needs of clients;
- promoting interventions to support the psychological well-being of clients, with a particular emphasis on health, skills development, community presence, and community participation;
- adapting supports to suit individual client needs;
- promoting a deeper understanding of the health, learning, and care needs of clients;
- expanding the knowledge and skills bases of staff;
- improving effective communication with clients and providing them with accessible information;
- improving the quality, integration, and consistency of services;
- securing necessary expert advice/services as required;
- promoting, facilitating and supporting family collaboration and coordination;
- promoting, facilitating and supporting inter-agency coordination and collaboration;
- supporting the organisation with regulatory, legal, and systems change requirements.
The MDT are currently in the process of planning the referral system and case management structures. The team will communicate future developments, on a regular basis, with our clients, staff and families.
Meet our Multi-Disciplinary Team
Hi, my name is Áine Kerr and I joined SHS in October 2020 as Principal Social Worker and Multidisciplinary Team Lead. I have worked in the Disability sector for over fifteen years and am excited to bring this experience to the new role. I have a keen interest in Advocacy, Human Rights and I am trained in Social Role Valorisation. I look forward to meeting the people we support, their families, and staff from across the service.
Hi, I’ve been working in SHS since 2014 providing physiotherapy to SHS clients with complex physical disabilities. I aim to improve SHS clients’ quality of life through assessment, physiotherapeutic interventions, and provision of equipment such as mobility aids and postural supports. It has been my pleasure working with SHS clients and building relationships with clients and staff alike.
My name is Deirdre Lally. I have been a Social Worker in SHS since April 2017. I live in Bray with my family. I have a particular interest in Raising Understanding and Awareness of Oneself (RUA), Friendships, Relationships & Sexuality and the Marte Meo approach. I enjoy working in SHS with the clients and their families and I look forward to working as part of the new Multidisciplinary Team.
Hello, my name is Justine Breeds. I am a new Occupational Therapist with SHS and am delighted to be here. I have worked as a Senior Occupational Therapist in a mixture of mental and physical health settings for about 12 years, in the UK. I am Irish and am very pleased to back and closer to family.
My name is Szymon (prounounced ‘Shee mon’) Radyno. I recently joined the Social Work Team as a part-time Social Worker. I am also a Community Support Worker in SHS since July 2017. Professionally I specialize in safeguarding. At work, I rely on building relationships with the client and creating a space for free choice. My life motto is, ‘When we change our thinking, we change our reality’.
Barry has a BA Hons (Mod) Psychology and an MSc (ABA) Psychology both from the University of Dublin, Trinity College. He has more than 15 years experience working with children and adults with developmental disability and/or autism across a wide variety of settings. Working from a perspective primarily informed by positive behaviour support, contextual behavioural science, applied behaviour analysis, and behavioural neuroscience, he is also an Acceptance & Commitment Therapist (ACT).
Frank McNamee has worked in SHS for 8 years, 5 of which are as a Medication Trainer/Clinical Assessor. Prior to that, Frank had 20 years experience as a General and Children’s Nurse in the Mater and Temple Street hospitals. His areas of responsibility are delivering training in medication, epilepsy, diabetes and PEG care. He develops training for other areas of clinical care as required. Part of his remit is policy/practice review development, and medication audits.
Hello, my name is Jackie O’Connell. I am originally from Wicklow and spent two years studying Physiology and Health Sciences in Ireland before moving to the UK to complete my degree in Physiotherapy. I then worked in the disability sector in the UK with children and young adults for 9 years. My areas of interest are in posture, seating and neurology.
I began working with Sunbeam in January 2021.