Meet Altnagelvin's Hospital Services Manager, John Paul McGinley


Meet Altnagelvin's Hospital Services Manager, John Paul McGinley

JohnPaul McGinley is the Hospital Services Manager at Altnagelvin Area Hospital. John Paul has been working with the Trust since 2007 and worked in Belfast, London and Glasgow previously.

John Paul speaks about his background, his role as Hospitals Services Manager and the challenges of his post: “I have always worked in the healthcare profession, starting my nursing training in 1989 at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast and then working in Orthopaedics and Medicine for two years. I then moved to London in 1995 and specialised in Orthopaedics and Critical Care. In 2000 I took a gap year and went travelling for seven months to parts of Australia, New Zealand and Asia.


“In 2001 I moved to Glasgow and initially worked as a Deputy Charge Nurse in critical care prior to commencing the role of Hospital at Night Nurse Practitioner in 2004. I moved back to Derry in 2007 and took up my current post in the Western Trust which I really enjoy. I firmly believe in life-long learning and have just recently finished a Post Graduate Diploma in Health and Social Care Management”


John Paul added:” My role is very varied and no two days are the same. My principal duties include the operational management of the Altnagelvin site during the out of hour’s period. My main responsibilities include ensuring timely patient throughput, coordination of staff and resources overnight and liaising with all the services within the trust during the out of hour’s period i.e. Estates, Pharmacy and Security to name a few. A Hospital Services Manager acts as point of contact and resolution for all multi-disciplinary staff that may be experiencing operational difficulties during the course of their work.”


“There are many challenges in my job; however the biggest challenge is to ensure that all services are coordinated in a manner that provides timely and effective care for patients. The out of hour’s period is often a time of high demand and available resources must be utilised in a manner that ensures quality and safety of care, whilst also meeting targets and maintaining financial stability. This at times can prove very challenging, however I work with fantastic staff and we all work together to ensure that service user needs are met to the highest standard.”