Sister Catherine Feeney RGN
I am a Clinical Nurse Specialist working in the Nationally-Commissioned Mitochondrial Service. I contribute to planning of service provision, developing care pathways, quality improvement schemes and patient and public engagement activities.
My role is to provide support to patients in both outpatient and inpatient settings, as well as liaising with community staff to support patients in their home to improve quality of life. In the absence of curative treatments for Mitochondrial Disease I also support the research activity in the department by facilitating access to studies and focus groups to better understand the disease, develop new therapeutic strategies and improve patient care.
I qualified as a nurse in 1990 and have worked at the RVI for most of my nursing career, predominantly with Neurosciences. I developed an interest in Mitochondrial Disease whilst working on the Neurology ward caring for patients and families coping with complex physical and emotional needs. Their strength and determination to overcome disabilities and assist the clinical team in trying to find new treatments and cures has been an inspiration to me.