Dr Keane is a self-employed quality assurance consultant based in Edinburgh.
She started her career in university administration, and then moved to management posts in the health service in Scotland and in London, latterly as Director of Corporate Affairs for one of England’s largest hospital groups. She then moved back to the university sector as Manager of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Veterinary Science at the University of Bristol. In that role, she coordinated successful accreditations of Bristol’s medical programmes by the UK medical regulator and quality assurance bodies.
Subsequently, and until 2016, Dr Keane spent 11 years as Head of Education & Training at the Irish Medical Council, the medical regulator and the quality assurance body for undergraduate and postgraduate medical education. She designed and delivered the national quality assurance framework, strategy, policy and processes, and led more than 50 national and international inspections of medical programmes and academic and clinical training sites. She served on national undergraduate and postgraduate medical education bodies, and authored significant publications, most recently national Guidelines on Undergraduate Professionalism.
As a member of the WFME panel of advisors, Dr. Keane participated in international consultations, she was an international Inspector for the WFME at an evaluation of the Turkish medical regulator, and acted as a World Health Organisation QA Advisor in Moldova.
Currently, she acts an Inspector for the British Accreditation Council, and an Adviser to the Irish Teaching Council. She is a Public Partner with Healthcare Improvement Scotland, which inspects health and social care provision.
Dr Keane has a B.Sc. in Economic & Social History, and a Ph.D. in the History of Scottish Health Policy from the University of Edinburgh.