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Triona Fortune

Deputy Chief Executive Officer


Triona is Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua). Her expertise is in the development of international health and social care standards and external evaluation systems, especially accreditation. Triona has advised several governments on best practices for developing their National Accreditation schemes, including South Africa, Nigeria, Indonesia, Lebanon and New Zealand to name a few. She leads ISQua’s International Accreditation Programme.  

Triona continues to work with the World Health Organisation as an Expert Advisor, and on various Patient Safety initiatives - including EMRO’s Patient Safety Friendly Hospital Initiative.

Before joining ISQua she was Director of Client Services with the Irish Health Services Accreditation Board and was responsible for implementing accreditation in 90% of acute care hospitals in Ireland. This was followed by a senior position in HIQA were she led Irelands first national investigation into cancer misdiagnosis. She has held senior healthcare management positions in Ireland and internationally.

Triona has taught on numerous Masters Programmes, specialising in healthcare quality and is currently an external examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland’s MSc programmes and also works with the Sultan Qaboos University, Oman. She is an international speaker at numerous international conferences on all aspects of healthcare accreditation, patient safety and leadership. 

She is also the author of several peer reviewed articles published on health care standards, accreditation systems and patient centered care.

Triona commenced her healthcare career as a nurse and midwife, specialising in emergency care and obtained her academic qualifications from Trinity College Dublin. When not travelling, she lives in Dublin.