Patricia Rickard-Clarke (DPA(UCD), BCL(UCD), D.Sc. (honoris causa((UCD), Fellow of the Institute of Banking) is a solicitor and former Commissioner of the Law Reform Commission. She was the lead Commissioner in relation to the Commission’s work on: Vulnerable Adults and the Law: Capacity, Bioethics: Advance Health Care Directives and Legal Aspects of Professional Home Care.
From 2012 to 2016 she was a member of the Council of the Hospice Foundation and of its Think Ahead Project Advisory Group of the Forum on End of Life. She was a member of the Council of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland from 2013 – 2017.
She is the Chair of Safeguarding Ireland clg and Deputy Chair of SAGE Advocacy clg. She was a member of the Multi-Disciplinary Group appointed by the Minister for Health to draft a code of practice on Advance Healthcare Directives and was a member of the National Disability Authority’s Expert Group that developed the non-healthcare codes for the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015. She has contributed to a number of national and international publications on topics related to decision-making capacity.
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