Sarah is the Head of Clinical Effectiveness in the Department of Health’s National Patient Safety Office, where she leads a team working on clinical effectiveness policy and clinical services review. Sarah has practiced as a nurse and midwife in Ireland and Scotland. After a number of years teaching in the hospital and university sectors, she then worked at national level in health research funding and strategy, before becoming involved in the clinical effectiveness agenda. She has written a number of government and statutory agency reports. In addition, she has authored and co-authored papers on research capacity building, patient safety and gendered healthcare with publications in high impact journals such as BMJ Quality and Safety and Journal of Advanced Nursing. Sarah also led the development of Ireland’s National Clinical Effectiveness Committee’s Framework of Public Involvement in Clinical Effectiveness Processes.