Colin Sheeran is the Lead Project Facilitator for Four Seasons Healthcare.
He helped to design the different elements of Four Seasons Dementia Care Framework and now leads a team of dementia and care experts to implement the Dementia Care Framework project.
I began working in dementia care in 1992 as a bank staff nurse in an independent care home run by a sole proprietor. What started out as a way of earning a little extra to support my growing family soon became a passion. When the home was sold to a corporate organisation a whole new career path opened up for me and I committed myself to dementia care in the independent care sector.
I quickly progressed through the organisation from staff nurse to home, deputy home manager, home manager and regional manager.
Through this journey I was able to influence the direction of dementia care at a local and regional level but when the opportunity came to have wider influence I applied for and was given the role of Mental Health Advisor for Ashbourne Healthcare and later became the Dementia Care and Nursing Consultant for Southern Cross Healthcare.
In parallel with my interest in dementia care I have also developed an interest in learning and development and held posts as a Learning and Development Facilitator and a Learning and Development Specialist.
I joined For Seasons Dementia Care Team in 2014 and worked on the PEARL project. The Dementia Care Framework builds on what was best about PEARL but uses a combination of user involvement, technology and innovative learning methods to have a greater reach and sustainability.
I am a graduate, Registered Mental Health Nurse, FITS (Focused Intervention and Training Support) Coach, Dementia Care Mapper and hold PTLLS qualifications in lifelong learning.
Date published: 15 September 2017