Deirdre Madden is Professor of Law at University College Cork with teaching and research interests primarily in the area of healthcare law and medical ethics. She was a member of the Medical Council from 2004 - 2013 and is a current member of the Health and Social Care Professionals Council (CORU). She chaired the Commission on Patient Safety and Quality Assurance and has been a member of a number of national expert groups related to medical law, ethics and patient safety, including the National Patient Safety Advisory Group, the Board of the National Office of Clinical Audit, and the National Advisory Committee on Bioethics.
Deirdre chaired the National Consent Advisory Group for the HSE and is current Chair of the HSE Assisted Decision-Making Steering Group. She was a member of the Expert Advisory Group for the Citizens Assembly on the 8th Amendment of the Constitution, and is currently a member of the Independent Review Group examining the role of voluntary organisations in health and social care. She has also recently been appointed as a member of the South/South West Hospital Group Board.