Maighréad Kelly

Following an extensive career as a Senior Operations Manager in the Social Care Sector Maighréad transitioned to Freelance Management Consultancy in 2018. Maighread is a solutions focused consultant who will assist employers to address issues which can arise in the day to day operations of any business. She works with a wide and varied range of clients including;

  • Voluntary Agencies & Not-for-Profits
  • Local Authorities & Government Agencies
  • Consultancy Agencies
  • Social Enterprises
  • Home Care Providers
  • Health Professionals

Maighréad works alongside business owners and senior managers advising and supporting them on how to effectively manage their staff and develop policies and procedures to support effective operations. She will also work as an external consultant who will undertake investigations or sit in on interview boards.  She offers independent, impartial advice and expertise to companies which can include but is not limited to; sitting on interview boards, carrying out safeguarding investigations, reviewing of documentation, report writing, auditing of services, writing organisational policies and procedures, risk assessments and quality assurance.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Masters of Science in Business Management from Dublin City University, 2014
  • QQI Level 6 Special Purpose Award in Training & Development 2020
  • Level 7 Certificate in Safety, Health & Welfare at Work from University College Dublin, 2009
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Service Management from Dublin Institute of Technology, 2004
  • Certificates in Office Management Skills, Care Practice and Disability Studies

PUBLICATION:

The Potential of Social Enterprises to Support People with Intellectual Disabilities to Overcome Barriers to Employment.

Published in O’Brion, D. & Hyland, M. (2014) “Innovation in the Social Economy”, Glasnevin Publishing, Dublin. The research study demonstrated that social enterprises that have been designed specifically to support people with intellectual disabilities have more potential to support their employees to overcome the barriers to employment. The findings also warn of the dangers of establishing social enterprises which are nothing more than a modern version of the segregated sector of sheltered workshops and job enclaves. See publication: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Innovation-Social-Economy-Emerging-Practice/dp/1908689277 

Common pitfalls that employers experience when conducting interviews.

Published in Nel, Werner (2021) – Human Resource Management 11e”, Oxford University Press Southern Africa.  Chapter 5 page 156 Common pitfalls that employers experience when conducting interviews. See publication: https://www.oxford.co.za/book/9780190735166-human-resource-management-11e

SOCIAL ECONOMY CONSULTANCY:

Maighread is also a Director at Collaboration Ireland. Collaboration Ireland provide an end to end facilitated process for organisations seeking to Collaborate. They will broker collaborations with key stakeholders, support the formation of sustainable and effective services in the Third Sector. They also help organisations develop a social economy strategy and for start up social enterprises to grow. https://collaboration.ie/

SAFEGUARDING TRAINING:

In 2021, Maighread collaborated with Best Practice Healthcare to develop an online training course on Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults at Risk of Abuse. Maighread has been working in the disability sector since 1992 and since 2018 has been working as an external safeguarding consultant in the voluntary sector. Best Practice Healthcare is Led by CEO, Founder and Registered General Nurse, Deirdre Kennedy.

Maighread and Deirdre came together to produce a course which is designed for Healthcare Workers, Social Care Workers, Residential Service Providers, Home Care and Disability Sector employees. The online course helps the trainer to clearly identify safeguarding risks, and understand when and how to report a safeguarding concern including allegations or concerns of abuse. This course is available by either contacting Maighread directly or by clicking here to access the course directly from Best Practice Healthcare website.