Paddie Blaney was the first Director of All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC) from 2011 to 2015. Since retirement, she has been a Trustee on the Board of the homeless charity DePaul Ireland and Northern Ireland for over four years. She is currently Trustee and Vice-Chair on the Board of Foyle Hospice where she also chairs their Governance & Risk Committee.
She was previously a Nurse Consultant with the International Council of Nurses (ICN) working on nursing leadership development initiatives in over twenty-five countries across all world regions as well as establishing the first ICN’s Global Nursing Leadership Institute (GNLI). Prior to that, she was the first Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Practice and Education Council for Nursing and Midwifery (NIPEC) from 2002 to 2008 before leaving to take up the ICN post. Paddie has some forty years of experience across the health and social care field.
She began her career as a registered nurse working in a variety of clinical fields specialising in Trauma and Orthopaedics, she worked in hospital business services and contracting then in clinical audit and quality improvement. Prior to NIPEC, she worked as a Nursing Officer at the Department of Health and Social Services in Northern Ireland with a Nursing and Midwifery workforce, regulation, education and research portfolio