HAT was created by CEO Pat Deeny and Dr Matt Jennings.
Pat Deeny is a Senior Fellow of the United Kingdom Higher Education Academy and an experienced External Examiner for the Higher Education Sector. He has over 30 years of experience as a nurse, nurse educator, and nursing consultant with a wealth of expertise in curriculum development and educational programme management. He has extensive experience in simulation practice, including in healthcare, disaster response, and community resilience.
Dr Matt Jennings is Lecturer in Drama at Ulster University. Originally from Sydney, Matt has worked as a performer and teacher in Australia, Ireland, the UK, Italy, France, Netherlands, Morocco, and South Africa. Based in Northern Ireland since 2001, he has worked extensively in the field of arts education, community arts and applied drama. In 2010, Matt completed a PhD on the impact of community drama as an aspect of conflict transformation in Northern Ireland. Since 2008, he has been providing training in communication skills for health professionals, using applied drama techniques.
Since 2013, Pat and Matt have been collaborating to develop and deliver the Health Action Training methodology, to teach improved communication skills for Nursing students at Ulster University, as part of their preparation for healthcare simulation and role play assessment.