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Ms Aine Maria MacNamara

Profile summary

  • Regional Academic Staff
  • Staff Tutor (The OU in Ireland)
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
  • School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
  • Regions & Nations (HWSC)
  • aine.macnamara

Professional biography

I qualified as a Registered General Nurse (Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast) in 1985 and then gained a Degree in Nursing (University of Ulster) in 1988.  After working as a Staff Nurse in various locations (Dorset, Scotland and London), I took the Institute of Health Service Management Diploma (IHSM).  This was followed by employment as a Development Worker within the Voluntary Sector (Disability Action), focusing on advocacy and community development.  For 7 years after this, I managed a Disability Resource Centre (Down & Lisburn Health and Social Services Trust) where I secured independent funding for the development of a group which was established and run entirely by people with disabilities.  Since 2002 I have been employed as a Staff Tutor (The Open University Ireland headquarters in Belfast).  



Research interests

My main research interest is in end of life care and in care of older people.


Teaching interests

I enjoy working with students at level 1 who benefit from confidence-building and learning how to develop writing and study skills.


Jenny Simpson

Learning from people: the training method bringing service users and social workers together

Jenny Simpson, Head of Social Work (England), as well as students and staff at the OU are involved in an exciting development in relation to social work education. Mend the Gap is a model for the effective involvement of people who are at the receiving end of services, together with those who provide professional support. Read more about Mend the Gap here

18th April 2018
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