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Dr Hanley qualified from UCD in 1987, and following her internships in Dublin, joined the Donegal GP Training Scheme. She took up practice in Donegal in 1992 and has had 25 continuous years of running a practice. Dr Hanley completed a Masters in Family Medicine in 2000 and has been published regularly. She has been a trainer since 2000 and assistant programme director of the Donegal GP Training Scheme since 2003.
Commenting on the appointment, College President Dr Gerry Cummins said: “We are delighted to have someone of Karena’s experience and calibre take up this role, particularly at this important juncture in GP training with ongoing negotiations on the transfer of GP training. With over 25 years as a practising GP, wider ranging experience of the ICGP and being a trainer herself, she is more than aptly qualified for this role and we wish her every success.”
Dr Cummins also paid tribute the work of Dr Mansfield, who had done “an outstanding job”.
Meanwhile, ICGP CEO Mr Kieran Ryan will leave post today to take up a new position with RCSI. The College said it has engaged PwC as a recruitment partner and Ms Susan Gilvarry, an external member of the Board, to chair the Selection Committee.
Mr Dermot Folan, ICGP COO, will undertake the role of Acting CEO until a new CEO is appointed.