NURSING, MIDWIFERY & HEALTH SYSTEMS
Virginia Pye is recognised for her innovative work in child welfare and health services. She graduated from UCD in 1991, after which she received two more degrees from Trinity College Dublin, before working up to a position as the Director and National Lead for Public Health Nursing in the National Primary Care Division. Pye has helped to introduce multiple frameworks that have been adopted by health services. One of her greatest achievements came in 2014, when the HSE launched the Child and Family Needs Assessment Framework for Public Health in the Midlands. The framework is used by PHNs to help assess risk and protective factors in work and situations with children and "at risk" families.