Our Mission

"To provide leadership through discovery, training and applied programmes to prevent and control cardiovascular disease for all, promote healthier living, raise the standards of preventive cardiology practice, and prepare leaders to advance preventive healthcare in Ireland"

About Us

The National Institute for Prevention and Cardiovascular Health (NIPC) has been established by Croí, the Cardiac Foundation and functions as an entity within the Croí Heart and Stroke Centre, Galway. Established in 1985, Croí is a registered Irish Heart and Stroke Charity committed to preventing disease, saving lives and promoting recovery and wellbeing. The NIPC has a strong alliance with the National University of Ireland Galway and operates as an affiliate of the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.

Healthcare providers, educators, researchers and industries involved in cardiovascular disease prevention and rehabilitation are able to subscribe to the NIPC Alliance to access a wide range of resources supporting excellence in preventive cardiovascular healthcare in Ireland. In addition, the NIPC Alliance offers patients and members of the public a platform for information exchange and discovery with the aim of empowerment and self care.

The NIPC is a member of the HF Policy Network - a multidisciplinary group from across Europe working with patients, health professionals and other stakeholders aiming to lead significant policy changes that will improve the lives of people with heart failure (HF). The Network has developed the HF Policy Toolkit and other key materials to raise awareness of HF as a policy priority.

Our Goals and Objectives

Goal 1

Produce a new generation of scholars and leaders in cardiovascular health and disease prevention


  • Provide a portfolio of educational and training programmes in the prevention and control of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity, and active lifestyles. This portfolio includes programmes designed specifically to support continuous professional development right through to a range of formal postgraduate qualifications.
  • Provide educational programmes that meet workforce development needs.
  • Attract a strong and diverse student body of healthcare providers, educators and researchers.
  • Recruit and retain an outstanding and diverse faculty.
  • Maintain and enhance excellent educational programmes that emphasise current knowledge, discovery and practice.
  • Prepare students who, upon graduation, are competitive in the public health and health professions employment markets.

Goal 2

Address priority health needs by driving cardiovascular research in disease prevention and rehabilitation


  • Compete successfully for research funding, thus contributing to greater national prominence.
  • Promote and participate in collaborative research within the College of Medicine, across the University, and with other institutions and Industry.
  • Produce and disseminate new knowledge that contributes to the health of communities and individuals.

Goal 3

Develop and test innovative models of preventive care and service delivery


  • Develop applied programmes that are effective, equitable and efficient and improve the quality of preventive health and healthcare.
  • Discover, create and evaluate new methods for risk assessment, disease prevention, diagnosis, therapy and long-term population health.
  • Communicate findings to government, policy makers, health practitioners, researchers and educators.
  • Support the implementation of evidence-based tried and tested models into routine clinical practice.

Goal 4

Engage with policy makers and health practitioners to strive for excellence in preventive healthcare


  • Promote the practice and philosophy of high quality preventive cardiology practice.
  • Support the implementation of national and international guidelines for cardiovascular disease prevention.
  • Produce NIPC communications, in all appropriate forms to communicate the work of the Institute.
  • Deliver an Annual National Prevention Conference.
  • Facilitate communication to support health care providers to deliver high quality preventive practice.
  • Act as a national resource in preventive cardiology.
  • Collaborate with other professional associations to promote the practice of preventive cardiology.

Goal 5

Enable patient advocacy and empowerment


  • Offer patients with cardiovascular health issues and members of the public a platform for information exchange and discovery to assist in learning how to prevent and control cardiovascular disease and manage health & wellbeing.
  • Provide resources for patients and the general public with the aim of empowerment and self care.
  • Facilitate the patient voice in developing innovation, discovery and service delivery.

Career Opportunities with NIPC

Job Description

Post Title:

Executive Director

Post Duration:

3-Years Full-Time; Secondment Considered


Commensurate with Experience

Position and Background

The National Institute for Prevention and Cardiovascular Health (NIPC) was established by Croí, the west of Ireland Cardiac Foundation and functions as an entity within the Croí Heart and Stroke Centre, Galway and is affiliated to NUI Galway. The Institute aims to operate at a number of levels, namely; providing Education and Training excellence in the prevention and control of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity; developing & testing Innovation in Cardiovascular Care Delivery; enabling Implementation Excellence in preventive healthcare; and driving vital Cardiovascular Research in disease prevention and rehabilitation. The vision is to provide transformational leadership in behavior and lifestyle change to reduce the impact of chronic disease.

We are seeking to appoint an Executive Director of the National Institute for Prevention and Cardiovascular Health who will provide strategic and operational leadership of the Institute. This is an exciting opportunity for an individual who is passionate about preventive healthcare and the attainment of optimal health and wellbeing. Ideally, we are seeking someone who has a knowledge of the cardiovascular health sector. The successful candidate will be employed by Croi, supported by the Advisory Council of the Institute and the Research, Education and Medical Directors of Croi. The post is funded through grant support from the HSE’s Health and Wellbeing Division and aims to contribute to the Healthy Ireland Framework by driving innovative research and education programmes and delivering a high-quality research output that is internationally recognised in the prevention and control of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity.

Primary Roles and Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership in the development and delivery of the Institute’s strategic plan.
  • Lead the Institute in developing a national and international reputation for education & training excellence and innovation in preventive cardiovascular healthcare.
  • Develop strategic relationships which can deliver a sustainable funding model to ensure that the Institute can deliver to its strategic vision and has a viable and progressive future
  • Identify research and education opportunities; develop collaborative relationships & partnerships; attract funding and drive research output from a research programme which is is strategically aligned to and contributes to the Healthy Ireland Framework. As such this position is required to work closely with the HSE Health and Wellbeing Division
  • Provide leadership and management of the Institute’s research, education and training output


  • Relevant leadership and senior management experience in a similar organisation, ideally within the healthcare and or education & training sector.
  • Demonstrated experience in establishing and fostering strategic relationships & alliances, especially within an academic or research environment.
  • Demonstrated success in attracting research investment and evidence of excellent business and human resources management. Ideally we are seeking someone with an entrepreneurial flair who has the capacity to establish a sustainable funding model for the Institute.
  • Strong research experience and/or a proven ability to manage a diverse research programme
  • Excellent, presentation, communication and negotiation skills.
  • A team player who can inspire others and lead the Institute as a national voice for preventive healthcare.

Interested Candidates should submit their CV with cover letter to careers@croi.ie by Friday 28th of October.

Our Advisory Council

The NIPC wishes to acknowledge the highly valued and enthusiastic support of its NIPC Advisory Council. This consists of national clinical leads, national experts and representatives from specialities and organisations relevant to Preventive Cardiology; including Heart Disease, Stroke, Diabetes, Obesity and Public Health. The role of the NIPC Advisory Council is to participate in a forum that informs, advises and supports the work of the Institute in a shared commitment to advance preventive healthcare in Ireland.

Advisory Council

Professor Tim O'Brien (Chair)

Dean of the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, NUI Galway

Professor Kieran Daly

National Clinical Lead for the ACS Programme

Professor Ken McDonald

National Clinical Lead for Heart Failure

Professor Ian Graham

Chair Council on CVD Prevention, Irish Heart Foundation

Professor Fidelma Dunne

Specialist in Gestational Diabetes

Professor Ivan Perry

Specialist in Public Health

Professor Francis Finucane

Specialist in Obesity

Mrs Noeleen Fallon

President IACR, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Cardiac Rehabilitation

Dr Diarmuid O'Donovan

Specialist in Public Health

Professor Gerard Flaherty

Director of the MSc/PG Dip in Preventive Cardiology

Dr Jim Crowley

Croí Medical Director

Dr Orlaith O'Reilly

Clinical Lead for the Integrated Care Programme for Chronic Disease

Dr Susan Connolly

Consultant Cardiologist, imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Professor Sean Dinneen

Professor of Diabetic Medicine, NUIG

Dr Molly Byrne

Senior Lecturer and Director of the Health Behaviour Change Research Group, School of Psychology, NUIG

Professor Joe Harbison

Senior Lecturer/Consultant (Centre For Medical Gerontology

Dr Jenni Jones

Reader in Physiotherapy, Brunel; Past Executive Director, NIPC

Ms Barbra Dalton

Executive Administrator, Irish Cardiac Society

Founding Partners

Heart Pillar


Patient Pillar


Croí                           Galway

Established by Croí and an affiliate of the National University of Ireland, Galway