Extensions to the Terms of 2 Non-Executive Members to the Northern Ireland Social Care Council

Date published: 15 November 2018

The Department of Health has announced extensions to the terms of appointments of Ms Catherine McPhillips and Ms Anne O’Reilly as Non-Executive Members of the Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC). Ms McPhillips’ extension as a Registrant will run from 3 November 2018 to a date not later than 31 March 2019. Ms O’Reilly’s extension as a Stakeholder will run to a date not later than 31 March 2019, from 1 December 2018. These appointments carry a time commitment of 2 days per month and attract an annual remuneration of £6,367.

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NISCC is responsible for registering and regulating social care staff by maintaining a register of the workforce and conducting inquiries into allegations of misconduct; in the event that individuals are found unfit to practice on grounds of misconduct, bad practice, negligence, abuse or ill-health, the Council has powers to suspend, vary or remove registration; publishing Codes of Practice for employees and employers; and, promoting, developing, approving and regulating training and education, at qualifying and post-qualifying level, of social care staff.

It is also the Northern Ireland component of the UK sector skills council partnership Skills for Care and Development which has the responsibility of ensuring that an appropriately skilled and qualified workforce is available.

The board of NICSCC comprises of a non-executive Chair and 12 non-executive members.  

The appointments were made in accordance with the Code of Practice issued by the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland.


Notes to editors: 

  1. Catherine McPhillips chairs the NISCC Professional in Practice Partnership Committee. Catherine is a qualified social worker and has worked in the profession for over 30 years. She has had extensive experience in a range of professional and managerial posts up to her retirement from her post as Head of Primary Mental Health Care for the Southern Health & Social Care Trust in October 2012. Catherine has played a key role towards the development of social work expertise in Mental Health Services. She was an Approved Social Worker and was involved in the training and development of Approved Social Work candidates. Catherine is a voluntary member of the Cruse Bereavement Southern Area Management Committee.
  2. Anne O’Reilly - has over 25 years’ experience in the voluntary and community sector. Anne worked in the age sector for over 20 years both as CEO of Age Concern and AgeNI, managing a range of care services and community based programmes for older people throughout that period. She also has extensive experience in the women’s sector; as Chair of NI Rural Women’s Network, Chair of Women’s Resource and Development Agency. Anne is also a Non-Executive Director of Belfast Health and Social Care Trust with a particular brief for carers and PPI and also chairs the Trust Social Care committee. Anne is also a short term professional foster carer with Barnardos.
  3. There are no specific qualifications for appointment. Each person is appointed to act in a personal capacity and not to represent any particular interest or group.
  4. All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, the Commissioner for Public     Appointments for Northern Ireland requires the political activity of appointees to be published. Both applicants declared that they had not engaged in any political activity in the last five years.
  5. For media enquiries please contact the DoH Press Office team on 028 9052 0575 or email pressoffice@health-ni.gov.uk  Out of office hours please contact the Duty Press Officer on 028 9037 8110. Follow us on Twitter @healthdpt

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