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Ms Aine Maria MacNamara

Profile summary

  • Regional Academic Staff
  • Staff Tutor (The OU in Scotland)
  • 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.


OU student wins Care Apprentice Award

Heather always wanted to be a mental health nurse, having worked as a carer for a number of years. When she was given the chance by her employer to study for an Open University course in Health Care Practise, she grabbed the opportunity. Earlier this year, Heather was awarded the Care Apprentice Award at the National Care Awards, as Carers Week begins, she talks about her journey with The OU.

10th June 2019
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