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Denis Cullen


IASW Independent Social Workers

Name: Denis Cullen


Telephone: 083 404 7506

Type of Work/Specialism: Mental Health, Assessment, Supervisor, Facilitator, Serious Incident Reviews and Root Cause Analysis

CORU Registration Number: SW004134

Region/Location: West of Ireland, Clare, Galway, Limerick / Nationwide as required / Online

Languages spoken: English

Description of relevant experience/profile:

  • A highly experienced social worker (Ireland & UK registered) with over 35 years experience in the field of mental health across community, hospital, criminal justice, and forensic mental health services.
  • Working independently since 2017.
  • Highly experienced at both practitioner and senior manager level, bringing independent expertise across both Health & Social Care sectors.
  • Successful delivery of internal and external training and organizational leadership.
  • Highly experienced and effective social work supervisor (via both individual and group settings). 

Qualifications: CQSW, M.A., Dip. Counselling, PG Dip. Forensic Behavioural Science, Advanced Dip. Personal, Leadership and Executive Coaching.

Professional registrations:

  • CORU (Ireland)
  • Social Work England (UK)
  • European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC)

Extra skills:

  • Professionally qualified and Accredited Personal, Executive, & Leadership Coach - facilitating individual, team, and organisational achievement and growth.
  • Assessment of Risk and Post-Incident Review via Root Cause Analysis.
  • As a contracted Tribunal Lay Member, I bring an independent perspective to the role and function of the Mental Health Review Tribunal Panel on behalf of The Mental Health Commission of Ireland.
  • Knowledge and experience of supporting Religious Organisations across Ireland and England in respect of individual and organisational assessment of risk and safeguarding requirements.

Having worked independently since 2017 I have acquired a diverse range of additional experience including:

  • Providing Independent Consultancy services to UK NHS trusts, supporting and leading on post-homicide/suicide serious incident reviews in line with statutory requirements
  • Providing independent risk assessments for Tusla Child & Family services, and separately for Catholic Church Diocese’ including associated Religious Orders across Ireland on behalf of The Irish Child & Family Institute.
  • Providing an independent whole-systems service evaluation relating to a mid-west Ireland addiction treatment service. The genesis of the evaluation was based upon the need for the commissing organisation to better understand the model of services being provided, the quality and outcomes of those services, and the extent to which those services were aligned to international best practice.
  • Leading a successful whole-systems review on behalf of a large UK NHS Trust of Mental Health Policy, Practice and Procedures including implementation of Quality Improvement outcome measures aligned to national standards/policy.
  • The expansion and development of a supervision portfolio / service, providing quality outcomes and enhancing personal and professional development for supervisees.