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John Farrelly reappointed to lead Mental Health Commission


The board of the Mental Health Commission (MHC) has reappointed John Farrelly to serve as its chief executive for the next five years.

Mr Farrelly has led the MHC since October 2018 and prior to that served as Ireland’s charity regulator and as HIQA’s deputy chief inspector of social services. He has 35 years’ experience in health and social care services.

Over the past five years, he was responsible for the strategic development and execution of a full programme of regulation to enhance the quality and safety of Ireland’s inpatient mental health services, whilst also overseeing the commencement of the Decision Support Service.

Mr Farrelly was reappointed following an independent recruitment process conducted by the Public Appointments Service.

Dr John Hillery, chairperson of the Mental Health Commission said: “We are delighted that John has once again agreed to lead the organisation for the next five years to help us realise our vision of an Ireland with equity of access to person-centred mental health and decision support services that deliver high quality care and support.”

John Farrelly said: “The MHC has a central role in the ongoing transformation of Irish mental health services and I want to ensure that we continue to play a key part in that change. I look forward to working with the chairperson, board members and staff of the MHC to help ensure the provision of good quality mental healthcare.

“The regulation of community mental health services is a key objective for all of us over the next five years. In tandem with this – through the Decision Support Service – the MHC, under my leadership, will provide the appropriate supports for adults who have difficulty in making decisions. These services must be rights based, safe and compliant with the law.”



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