Departments > Nursing, Quality & Risk

The Department of Nursing, Quality and Risk is led by the Director of Nursing. The Director of Nursing is supported by two Assistant Directors of Nursing, a Risk Health and Safety Manager, an Infection Prevention & Control Nurse, and a Quality and Practice Development Nurse. 

Each unit in the hospital is led by a Clinical Nurse Manager 2 and suported by a team consisting of Clinical Nurse Manager 1, Staff Nurses, Healthcare Assistants, Household staff, catering staff and clerical. 

Person centred care is the foundation of the service we provide. Our staff regularly update thir skills to enhance patient and resident experience. The team works collaboratively with colleagues from other disciplines in multidisciplinary teams to provide person-centered services to people with complex healthcare needs.

The following areas are part of the remit of the Department of Nursing, Quality and Risk


Department Remit

The following areas are part of the remit of the Department of Nursing, Quality and Risk

  • Nursing Staff
  • Nursing Students
  • HIQA Person in Charge for Residential Care
  • Healthcare Assistants
  • Infection Prevention & Control
  • Complaints
  • Clinical Risk
  • Nursing Quality
  • Pastoral Care
  • Volunteer & Activities Department 

Nursing Students

The hospital facilitates undergraduate student nursing placements with BSc nursing students from UCD carrying out their placement for Care of the Older Person.

For further information:  Beena Joseph, CNM3 Quality and Practice Development on 01 4066 766 or [email protected]

HIQA Person in Charge

The Royal Hospital Donnybrook has 50 residential care beds registered under HIQA as a designated centre.  Reshmi Kachappilly, Assistant Director of Nursing is the HIQA Person in Charge of the designated centre pursuant to Regulation 14 and named in the Certificate of Registration issued in respect of the designated centre. 

Volunteers & Recreational Activities

The Volunteers at The Royal Hospital Donnybrook provide a valuable service, giving of their time and offering their services which improve the quality of life for our residents and patients.  The Volunteers form a vital part of the hospital’s activities function providing meaningful recreational, one to one or group activities for our residents and patients.

The local Community Employment Scheme (CES) provides the hospital with assistants who facilitate patient recreational activities and we are very grateful for their contribution to the daily life of the hospital.  A team of around a dozen assistants provide a wide-ranging menu of activities for residents of the hospital.  Operating up to six days and evenings a week, the choices provided by the team include quizzes, games, concerts, movie nights and excursions.

Volunteers are always needed and are very welcome.  If you would like to join the volunteer team in the hospital, please contact:

Monika Wolffe, Volunteer & Activities Coordinator

To register your interest, please complete our volunteer registration form:  Volunteer Registration Form

For further information on residential services activities, please contact, Monika Wolffe, Volunteer & Activities Coordinator at 01 4066 643.

Pastoral Care

Our Pastoral Care service provides spiritual and emotional support to patients and residents. Pastoral Care also provides support when needed to family members, relatives and friends of our patients and residents.

For further information:  contact 01 4066  716 or email [email protected]

Department Staff

Director of Nursing:                                                              Patricia McAuliffe

Assistant Director of Nursing (Rehabiliation):          Saverio Brusca

Assistant Director of Nursing (Residential):              Reshmi Kachappilly

Risk, Health & Safety Manager:                                      Tanya Sharonizadeh

Quality & Practice Development (CNM3):                 Beena Joseph

Infection Prevention & Control (CNM2):                     Anumol Gopinathan

Occupational Health Nurse (CNM3):                            Sile Gunning

Pastoral Care:                                                                          

Activity & Volunteer Coordinator:                                  Monika Wolffe

Catering Manager:                                                                 Jobis Skariah



Comments, Compliments and Complaints

Our information leaflet “How to Make Comments, Suggestions and Complaints” is widely available on all units in the hospital.

An explanation of the complaints process is available to download here.

To make a comment, compliment or complaint you can talk to any member of our staff, a manager or the complaints officer. Alternatively you can

Email to: [email protected]
Write to: Complaints Manager, The Royal Hospital Donnybrook, Morehampton Road, Dublin 4.

Infection Prevention & Control

The hospital employs a full time Infection Prevention & Control Clinical Nure Specialist. 

The IPC role enhances patient and resident care through the prevention, surveillance, investigation, liaison, education and control of healthcare acquired infection. 

Anumol Gopinathan, Infection Prevention and Control Nurse

Email to: [email protected]