Dr. Irene Regan is a fellow of the Academy of Clinical Science and Laboratory Medicine (ACSLM) and the Royal College of Pathologists UK (FRCPath). She is currently the Scientific Lead of Coagulation at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, Dublin with her main interests being in paediatric bleeding disorders in both service provision and research. Dr. Regan is a Clinical Research Fellow with University College Dublin and is engaged in lecturing. As an active member of a MDT and involved in clinics, parent and patient days, and clinical trials Dr. Regan has first-hand experience of the need for a safe and quality service for patients and their families.
Dr. Regan is in her fourth year as President of the Academy of Clinical Science and Laboratory Medicine, which is the professional body and competent authority for Scientists working in clinical laboratories in Ireland. In her position as President of the ACSLM, she and the council of the Academy ensure that they are involved in strategies and position papers that are key to laboratory medicine. This in turn is to ensure that the patient and the public receive the best quality healthcare in their journey and that laboratory medicine is well equipped to provide this service. She has overall responsibility for the ACSLM Membership Committee that assesses eligibility to practice as a medical scientist in Ireland and is a member of the Medical Scientists Registration Board of CORU. Dr. Regan is familiar with the current legislation both nationally and within Europe and has met with the Department of Health re same. She actively participates in CPD and has overall responsibility for the Academy programme as President ensuring that the CPD the ACSLM offers professionals working in laboratory medicine is both relevant and conforms to best practice.
Dr. Regan is currently a member of the Health and Social Care Professional Advisory Group where her remit is Research, Advanced Practice and CPD. She is an advocate for patient safety and a quality service as evidenced by best practice, with that in mind she is a member of many committees including Clinical Programme in Pathology, Research Collaborative in Quality and Patient Safety, a joint initiative between the Health Services Executive (HSE) and the Royal College of Physicians Ireland (RCPI).
Dr. Regan has developed close working links with the Faculty of Pathology in Ireland and the Association of Clinical Biochemists Ireland through working groups such as Joint Working Group on Laboratory Accreditation. Internationally, she has been a mentor with the Royal College of Pathologists (UK) initiative to improve the Technical, Quality, Leadership and Research Skills of Diagnostic Services in five countries (20 public sector laboratories) in Africa (LabSkills Africa).
Title: Laboratory Medicine – The Times They Are A-Changin