Máirín was appointed Deputy Chief Executive in September 2014. She joined HIQA as Director of Health Technology Assessment (HTA) in September 2007.
Prior to this appointment, Máirín was the Chief 1 Pharmacist at the National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics and previously a senior clinical pharmacist at St James’s Hospital in Dublin with responsibility for HIV clinical pharmacy services. She is an Assistant Professor in Pharmacoeconomics at Trinity College and contributes to a number of graduate and postgraduate courses across a range of institutions. She holds a doctorate from Trinity College Dublin as well as postgraduate qualifications in Health Economics and Clinical Pharmacy. Her research interests include: cost data generation in the Irish setting, determinants of health policy decision-making in Ireland, and economic evaluation of HIV interventions in the African setting.
She and her team are responsible for conducting assessments of health technologies including drugs, devices, diagnostics and public health programs. The assessments help inform safe and effective health policy and health service decisions which are patient-centred and deliver value. In addition, the Directorate supports the development of HTA capacity and capability through the Irish health service and the incorporation of HTA methodologies into decision-making.
HIQA has recently been selected to provide the evidence synthesis to support the development of National Clinical Guidelines and National Clinical Audit. Máirín is a member of the National Clinical Effectiveness Committee.
Máirín currently serves as Chair of the the European Network of HTA (EUnetHTA) Assembly. HIQA has been a member of EUnetHTA since 2008 and Mairin served as the Vice-Chair of the Plenary Assembly from 2014 to 2015. She is also the Irish representative on the EC HTA Network.