Pictured: Neil Reddy, Medical Director, Precision Health
Neil Reddy is the medical director at Precision Health which delivers Health Screening, Occupational Health, and Health education services across Ireland. Neil’s expertise are in healthcare solution design, training and governance and he has lent his knowledge to multinational corporations to provide solutions for medical issues.
What was your first job?
Working in the family business – The Reginald Bar, restaurant and nightclub in Waterford. Great learning experience, tough boss.
What pushed you to pursue a career in this field?
My parents encouraged me to do an aptitude test, which identified medicine and teaching as my main interests. Then they were persistent enough to put me in contact with Dr. John Walsh (paediatrician) who was a junior doctor at the time and my chat with him didn’t do enough to put me off. A summer observership in the radiology department of Waterford Regional Hospital sealed the deal. Once I knew I wanted to do medicine, then the hard work of getting the points began.
What would you regard as your greatest achievement to date?
Taking the (medical) road less-travelled and making a decent career out of it.
Career wise, would you do anything differently?
I would advise all junior doctors to spend a couple of hours with a decent financial advisor as soon as they start earning. It’s not something that a lot of doctors consider while they have their heads down in their busy academic career. I would have saved myself a few years of financial back-tracking if I had known then what I know now.
In one sentence, how would you define success?
Waking up without worry.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
“Turnover is for vanity, profit is for sanity” (PJ Reddy)
How do you motivate yourself and your staff?
I motivate myself by keeping focused on the goals – family, health, wealth. In that order!
How do you handle adversity?
How do you relax?
I spend so many hours doing sedentary work, staring at a screen, then my relaxation is by doing something (anything) physical eg. gardening, DIY, playing tennis with the kids or playing volleyball with my geriatric teammates in Aer Lingus VC.
What are your aspirations for the future of the business?
As the business grows, I will need to learn how to delegate responsibility, something I’m not particularly good at yet. Precision Health is putting together a talented team of administrators, sales & marketing, and clinical personnel to expand our capacity in Occupational Health and Skin Health. We aspire to get the right blend of remote and on-site clinical activity to attract the best people to the job. When we get that right, the business will grow in the way we want.