St Francis of Assisi and St Patricks High School Keady Co Armagh and Ulster University Northern Ireland
Degree, PhD, Professional clinical qualifications, teaching qualifications
NHS Cardiac Physiologist, Clinical Lecturer Ulster University
Course Director and Clinical Lecturer/Clinical Scientist
Favourite thing to do in my job: Look at new ways to do things, build new machines to use in hospitals. Measure, analyse and understand data.
I am healthy, happy and enthusiastic. I like to work with people and have a good time
I live in a very mystical place in Northern Ireland – Slieve Gullion. It is a dormant volcano and at its very top history states a witch guards a sacred lake, that if you jump into will turn your hair grey and age you. I live with my wife and two children. We enjoy outdoor activities, like exploring, trekking, picnics and all things that require exercise. I am a good runner and compete in 10Km and half marathon events. I enjoy the gym and keeping fit. I enjoy being with my friends and experiencing new things.
My project idea: Improving basic life support through smart phones
Clinical Scientist of Cardiac Physiology and heart rhythm management
I specialise in diagnosing heart problems. I use very sophisticated equipment to look inside your chest to see if your heart is beating correctly. I can monitor your heartbeat and decide if you need treatment or not and I can do this using my iphone and ipad.
I teach in a university in Belfast Northern Ireland where future heart scientists train to work in hospitals, maybe you would like to become one of us?
I research ways to better teach and practice diagnosing heart rhythm problems for patients in hospital.
My Typical Day
Coffee, research, teaching , exercise, craic
We all get up very early in my house. My children go to childcare and my wife and I work. We all have breakfast together before starting our day. I travel to Belfast by car and teach students at Ulster University Belfast. My job is to prepare students to become healthcare scientists of cardiac physiology so I teach them and provide exciting practical work so they are ready to work in hospitals helping sick people.
What I'd do with the prize money
Improving community based basic life support through the use of smart phone health applications
Saving a persons life is a very rewarding and difficult thing to do. It can be very scary and confusing to remember the processes. Checking for a pulse is not an easy skill. However improvements to smart phone applications allows us to use technology to help us in difficult situations. My research project idea is to devise a health smartphone application that can assist in detecting if a person has a pulse to assist with their resuscitative needs and empower effective community first aid.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
loud, motivated, fun
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Help patients clinically, teach students at university.
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
When we were young my cousin fell and starting bleeding. I didn’t know what to do, it motivated me to become a clinical scientist
Were you ever in trouble at school?
No well maybe once!
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Well I’m a dad and husband so I like those jobs. Maybe an entertainer?
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Ed Sheerin, Coldplay,
What's your favourite food?
Spicy – indian or chinese or anything Joe Wicks cooks
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Travelling around the world- Las Vegas, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia and Singapore. Whale watching, zip lining, deep sea snorkeling
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Health, happiness and money
Tell us a joke.
Why did the physics teacher break up with the biology teacher? There was no chemistry.