Meet the Team: Cathal McKenna

Cathal joined the DP Medical team earlier this year as a service engineer for the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. In our latest Meet the Team feature, Cathal gives us an insight into his role with the company and tells us a bit more about himself, too.

Tell us about your career history…

Prior to my role with DP Medical, I worked as a member of the quality team for different Pharmaceutical and Medical Device companies.

For the first four years in this sector, my roles included the execution of lab methods such as HPLC, cIEF, cSDS, Karl Fischer & Infrared Spectroscopy for Drug Substances, Drug Products and Raw Materials.  This eventually led into the validation of new test methods for implementation into GMP labs, ensuring that all regulatory requirements were met.

And, for the latter three years of my time in Quality, my role shifted into the role of leading projects in the update of Quality Documentation and the appropriate Corrective and Preventative actions in the event of non-conformances and deviations from controlled procedures.

What’s your job role at DP Medical?

I joined DP Medical in July 2023 as a Service Engineer for the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. It’s a very different role from my previous experience, but I am thoroughly enjoying the new role and challenges.

What does a typical day in your role at DP Medical involve?

My days can vary from the installation of newly purchased equipment to the servicing and/or troubleshooting of Endoscopes, Colposcopes, Microscopes or software issues.

What’s your favourite part of the job?

Being hands on with troubleshooting and solving instrument or software issues has always been very rewarding for me.

As well as that, chatting to the staff is always an enjoyable experience. Everyone I’ve met since I’ve started has been very friendly.   

I’m also studying a Science in Computing IT course part time, and troubleshooting software and database issues for DP Medical has given me an avenue to put my education to use in real world environments, building my experience and knowledge.

What makes DP Medical stand out from the crowd?

A key takeaway from my time in Quality is to strive to do everything to the highest standard with a “Right First-Time” attitude.

I always approach my work with the belief that I can confidently stand over what was done and say that all procedures were followed, and everything is functioning correctly.

At the end of the day, the products manufactured in Pharmaceutical are being administered to real life patients, so it was vital that everything was done to the highest standard.

DP Medical share this same vision I have, with the belief and confidence that the best quality of equipment should be supplied to ensure that successful diagnosis and examinations can be carried out by Healthcare staff.

When you’re not at work, what do you get up to in your spare time?

I’ve been an avid gamer for the majority of my life, owning just about every video game console that’s been released in the last 30 years at some point.

I’m also studying a Science in Computing IT course part time 3 evenings a week with TU Dublin which keeps me busy these days – and cuts down on the gaming time!

I also have a dog named Suzie who’s great for needing walks, it’s great motivation for keeping fit and getting out for some fresh air in the evenings!

And finally, tell us something not everyone knows about you…

I had a lisp and stutter when I was a child and spent some time in speech and language therapy to work through it. While the lisp is gone, I can still stutter over certain words from time to time.