Prof Anthony McCarthy 


Prof Anthony McCarthy MRCPsych MRCPI DCH MSc (Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy) is a Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist in the National Maternity Hospital, Holles St Dublin. He previously worked as Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Director at St Vincents University Hospital and at Guy’s Hospital, London. Between 2011 and 2013, was President of The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland.

Anne Hegarty 


Anne Hegarty is Head of Medical Social Work Services for the University Hospitals Limerick. Throughout her career Anne has been involved in developing services and led on many projects nationally & regionally both in the UK & Northern Ireland that impact on the health and well-being of children & families both in the statutory & voluntary sectors.


She was one of the first group of Independent Chairs for Child Protection Conferences in N.Ireland and was passionate to develop working in partnership & in participation with families, providing Children with a voice- which became a hallmark in their initial assessment work. Through her work & experience with homelessness, addiction, mentalhealth, domestic violence & child abuse, Anne represents our UHL Group at many forums-National Safeguarding, HSCPs & is our Hospitals Lead on Children First.


Anne in her present role is actively involved in the Perinatal Mental Health Committee, a founding member of UMH Limerick Mental Health Network, Allied Health Rep in UMHL/Paediatrics. Anne also co-founded/wrote our UMHL Domestic Abuse Policy, currently engaged in similar for PHNs & is the HSE accredited Trainer in Domestic Abuse. Introduced the “MSW Walk In Clinic” into our Ante Natal Clinics & currently instrumental in bringing the Mellow Parenting programme into Ireland.

Catherine Kinane 
MB BCh BAO, Dip Obs, DCH, MSc, MRCGP,MRCPsych, Dip FMH. CCT General Adult and For Psychiatry, Executive Medical Director KMPT


Catherine is the Executive Medical Director for KMPT and visiting Professor to CCU.  Catherine is a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist who has also undertaken GP training.  Catherine is a Board Lead for Quality jointly with the Director of Nursing.

Catherine has worked in the Kent Mental Health economy since 2004 and prior to taking her current role was the Associate Medical Director responsible for the Trusts outstanding Forensic Services. Special interests include patient safety initiatives, social networks, in particular development of Open Dialogue in the UK, carers burden and solution focused therapy to improve forensic patient quality of life. She is the Clinical Lead for the Kent and Medway STP Mental Health Workstream and a member of the STP Clinical Board. 

KMPT has opened an 8 bedded Mother and Baby Unit in September 2018 after a successful bid and much planning.  This covers a population of over 4 million people across Kent, Surrey and Sussex.  KMPT also provides community services including pre-conception advice.  


The MIMHS complements our mental health services across the county of Kent.

Eimear Smalle


Eimear Smalle is a professionally qualified social worker with a Bachelor's Degree in Social Science and a Masters in Social Work from University College Cork. Eimear began her career working in the area of child protection, undertaking complex assessments and interventions with families. Eimear worked for a number of years in Disability services and progressed to Team Leader and Designated Safeguarding Officer for the organisation.


Eimear has worked in the area of Medical Social Work since 2016. She has worked alongside the perinatal mental team since its inception in UMHL in May’18. Through her work she has worked with individuals and their families, undertaking assessments, to identify and address challenges and support them in accessing supports within their environment to help improve wellbeing. Eimears’ expertise of both crisis and support work compliments and facilitates her ability to undertake assessments and provide emotional and practical support. Eimear was part of the Limerick Infant Mental Health Network until recent change in role. She is an accredited facilitator of Mellow Bumps programme, aimed at reducing stress and anxiety for expectant parents whilst also focusing on babies’ development and attachment in utero. Eimear recently began post as Senior Medical Social Work Practitioner in the Emergency Department as part of randomised clinical trial, supporting over 65 age group. 



Karen Dorey-Rees is the Assistant Director for Specialist Services in Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust.  Karen qualified as a mental health nurse in 1986 and since then has worked in a variety of clinical and operational management roles in the South East of England.


Throughout her career Karen has been involved in developing services and has lead on key projects within adult mental health community and inpatient services to support the transformation of services to ensure improvements in the quality of care.


Over the past 2 years Karen has taken a lead role in the development of Perinatal Mental Health Services.  This has included major expansion of the Community Perinatal Mental Health Services in Kent and the successful development of a perinatal mental health Mother and Baby Unit to serve women from across Kent, Surrey and Sussex. Karen champions the involvement of service users and carers and co-production has been at the heart of these service developments and continues with subsequent service delivery.

Dr Liz McDonald


Dr Liz McDonald is a Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist. She is a native of Castleconnell and a graduate of UCC. She trained in the Royal Free Hospital, Maudsley and Institute of Psychiatry. She developed and worked in perinatal mental health services in east London. She was a member of the guideline development group for the NICE APMH Guidelines (2007, 2014). She was vice-Chair, then Chair of the Perinatal Faculty at the RCPsych (2008-2016), and chair of the pan-London Perinatal Mental Health Clinical Network (2013-2017). She is a reviewer for the confidential enquiries into maternal deaths due to psychiatric causes and was on the IAG for MBRRACE (-2017). She is currently Clinical Lead at the RCPsych for training perinatal psychiatrists. She is actively engaged in training and education across the disciplines in PMH through work for NHSE and the Tavistock and Portman Foundation Trust.  

Mas Mahady Mohamad


Mas Mahady Mohamad MRCPI MRCPsych is a Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist in University Maternity Hospital Limerick (HSE Mid-West) and he co-chairs their Perinatal Mental Health Committee. A graduate of University College Cork, his research interests include perinatal psychiatry and palliative care psychiatry/psycho-oncology. He is passionate about promoting awareness of the importance of perinatal mental health and further developing services in the region.

Mark Williams


Mark Williams is a keynote speaker, author and International campaigner. In 2004 he himself experienced depression and suffered in silence for years until a breakdown. He founded International Fathers Mental Health Day and #Howareyoudad campaign to make sure all parents are having support for the whole family.


Mark has spoken on television and radio stations around the world and works with Dr Jane Hanley who have both published articles on Fathers Mental Health together. Mark was awarded Inspirational father of the year and local hero at the Pride of Britain Awards in 2012 and was invited to meet The Royal Family on World Mental Health Day in 2016.



Dr Mendinaro Imcha


Dr Mendinaro Imcha is a Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist at University Maternity Hospital Limerick and is the lead for the Perinatal Mental Service.  Her practice involves care for complex obstetric cases with specialisation in maternal medicine. She completed her medical training at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in London prior to her initial Consultant post at Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.


She is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Limerick and is involved in training the students of the Graduate Entry Medical Programme. She is a trainer for the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland with responsibility for guiding and mentoring junior doctors. She is also a trainer accredited by The British Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology.


Dr Imcha has taken on vital leadership responsibilities through key administrative positions at the University of Limerick Hospitals Group (ULHG). She is the Chief Clinical Information Officer for ULHG, whose role is to support and enhance the application of Information Technology in clinical care. She is also the Chairperson of ULHG’s Quality Improvement Committee tasked with the duties of sustaining a quality and safety culture, as well as building the infrastructure for systemic quality and safety practice.


She is an alumnus of Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland, King’s College London, as well as Dr MGR University in India. She has achieved Memberships with the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in the United Kingdom and with the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.

Dr. Raja Gangopadhyay


Dr. Raja Gangopadhyay is a Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist at the West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust, UK, with a special interest in Perinatal Mental Health (PMH). He is a passionate campaigner to provide comprehensive obstetric care for women with all kinds of Perinatal Mental Health illnesses during their pregnancy and after the childbirth. In conjunction with his multidisciplinary team, Raja has been championing joint approaches to perinatal mental health that take into account infant mental health.


Raja is a well-known Trainer in PMH and organises teaching, training and Conference for Obstetricians, Midwives, GP and other healthcare professionals. He is a renowned speaker and has been invited to speak at many National and International events Conferences/ Events/ Universities. He obtained a Certificate in Medical Education from the University of Bedfordshire, UK.


He has been invited to House of Lords meeting as a member of the Expert panel and organised and chaired events at the House of Commons (UK Parliament). He has been invited to many media interviews (Radio/ Television) and views/ opinions have been quoted in many leading UK newspapers.


He is the Founder of International Forum for Wellbeing In Pregnancy (IFWIP): a unique initiative to raise awareness of mental wellbeing during pregnancy in a global perspective (www.ifwip.org)

Sandra Burke


Sandra Burke works as a Project Leader with the Teen Parents Support Programme Limerick a support service for young mothers, fathers and their families from pregnancy until the baby is 2 years of age. They offer support and information in all areas of a young expectant parent and young parent’s life including health, relationships, parenting, child care, social welfare entitlements, education, training and anything else about which the mother or father is concerned.  Much of her professional development and history has involved the work of early intervention and prevention aiming to promote and protect the health, well-being and rights of children, young people and their families. Sandra has vast   experience   of   identifying   and  meeting   the   needs of families and individuals. 


Sandra has extensive experience in community based programmes for families and young people experiencing addiction & worked with Aislinn Adolescent Treatment Centre & Foroige. She is also an accredited Mellow Bumps Programme Facilitator which leads on from her Incredible Years Parenting Programme Facilitator work”

Ursula Nagle


Ursula Nagle is a clinical midwife specialist in perinatal mental health at the Rotunda Hospital, Dublin. She works as part of the established perinatal mental health team. Ursula completed her Masters in mental health in 2017 and recently published her research in Midwifery journal.

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