Clinical Nurse Manager II Colorectal Service

November 5, 2019
Job Type Part Time
Function Nursing and Midwifery
Location Cavan Hospital, Cavan Monaghan Hospital, Monaghan


Job Title and Grade
Clinical Nurse Manager II Colorectal Service
(Grade Code: 2119)

Campaign Reference
Please quote the Campaign Reference in the Subject Line when applying

Closing Date
17: 00 hours Wednesday, 20th November 2019

Proposed Interview Date (s)
To be confirmed

Taking up Appointment
A start date will be indicated at job offer stage.

Informal Enquiries
Aileen Hetherton, Assistant Director of Nursing, Cavan Monaghan Hospital

Tel: 0494376000 bleep 234

Email: aileen.hetherton@hse.ies

Location of Post

Cavan & Monaghan Hospital

RCSI Hospital Group

There is currently one permanent part-time position available in Surgical Services, Cavan & Monaghan Hospitals.  The successful candidate will be based in Cavan General Hospital. 

A panel may be created from this campaign for Cavan & Monaghan Hospital from which current and future permanent and specified purpose vacancies of full time or part time duration may be filled.

Details of Service

The Clinical Nurse Manager II has a vital role to play as part of the multidisciplinary approach to the management of colorectal disease (malignant and benign) for both inpatient and outpatient. The CLINICAL NURSE MANAGER II has a pivotal role in the co-ordination and management of patients with colorectal disease in the Cavan Monaghan hospital Group catchment area, supporting patients from diagnosis through recovery. The Clinical Nurse Manager II is required to work closely with Consultants, NCHD’s, ward and departmental managers, nursing staff, tertiary settings  and the multi disciplines in the delivery of a high standard of patient care.

Reporting Relationship

The post holder reports to the Assistant Director of Nursing for Surgical Services and is accountable to the Assistant Director of Nursing and Director of Nursing.

Purpose of the Post

The purpose of this Post is to:

Deliver care in line with the five core concepts of the role set out in the Framework for the Establishment of Clinical Nurse Specialist Posts, 4th edition, National Council for the Professional Development of Nursing and Midwifery (NCNM) 2008.


e.g. Patients – adults over 16 years of age.

The Clinical Nurse Manager II (Colorectal Service) will prioritize the workload according to service need: The role involves the following: screening, pre and post-operative clinical care, non-surgical care in the education and administration of infusions counselling, patient advocacy, research and education. Vision, innovation, flexibility, good communication and managerial and audit skills are essential to the successful carrying out of this job.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Professional /Clinical

The Clinical Nurse Manager II will:

  • Manage patient care to ensure the highest professional standards using an evidence based, care planning approach
  • Provide a high level of professional and clinical leadership
  • Be responsible for the co-ordination, assessment, planning, delivery and review of service user care by all staff in designated area(s)
  • Provide safe, comprehensive nursing care to service users within the guidelines laid out by An Bord Altranais
  • The Manager will practice nursing according to:

Professional Clinical Guidelines

National and HSE and Department of Health Guidelines

Local policies, protocols and guidelines

Current legislation

  • Manage own caseload in accordance with the needs of the post
  • Participate in teams / meetings / committees as appropriate, communicating and working in co-operation with other team members
  • Facilitate co-ordination, co-operation and liaison across healthcare teams and programmes
  • Collaborate with service users, family, carers and other staff in treatment / care planning and in the provision of support and advice
  • Communicate verbally and / or in writing results of assessments, treatment / care programmes and recommendations to the team and relevant others in accordance with service policy
  • Plan discharge or transition of the service user between services as appropriate
  • Ensure that service users and others are treated with dignity and respect
  • Maintain nursing records in accordance with local service and professional standards
  • Adhere to and contribute to the development and maintenance of nursing standards, protocols and guidelines consistent with the highest standards of patient care
  • Evaluate and manage the implementation of best practice policy and procedures e.g. admission and discharge procedures, control and usage of stocks and equipment, grievance and disciplinary procedures
  • Maintain professional standards in relation to confidentiality, ethics and legislation
  • In consultation with ADON/CLINICAL NURSE MANAGER III and other disciplines, implement and assess quality management programmes
  • Participate in clinical audit as required
  • Initiate and participate in research studies as appropriate
  • Devise and implement Health Promotion Programmes for service users as relevant to the post
  • Operate within the scope of practice – seek advice and assistance from his / her manager with any cases or issues that prove to be beyond the scope of his / her professional competence in line with principles of best practice and clinical governance

Health & Safety

The Clinical Nurse Manager II will:

  • Ensure that effective safety procedures are developed and managed to comply with statutory obligations, in conjunction with relevant staff e.g. health and safety procedures, emergency procedures
  • Observe, report and take appropriate action on any matter which may be detrimental to staff and/or service user care or well being / may be inhibiting the efficient provision of care
  • Assist in observing and ensuring implementation and adherence to established policies and procedures e.g. health and safety, infection control, storage and use of controlled drugs etc.
  • Ensure completion of incident / near miss forms / clinical risk reporting
  • Adhere to department policies in relation to the care and safety of any equipment supplied for the fulfilment of duty
  • Liaise with other relevant staff e.g. CNS infection control, Occupational Therapist re appropriateness for procurement

Education and Training

The Clinical Nurse Manager II will:

  • Engage in continuing professional development by keeping up to date with nursing literature, recent nursing research and new developments in nursing management, education and practice and to attend staff study days as considered appropriate
  • Be familiar with the curriculum training programme for student nurses and be aware of the clinical experience required to meet the needs of the programme
  • Participate in the identification, development and delivery of induction, education, training and development programmes for nursing and non-nursing staff
  • Provide support and supportive supervision to Clinical Nurse Manager I and front-line staff where appropriate
  • Supervise and assess student nurses and foster a clinical learning environment
  • Engage in performance review processes including personal development planning as appropriate 


The Clinical Nurse Manager II will:

  • Exercise authority in the running of the assigned area(s) as deputised by the ADON/CLINICAL NURSE MANAGER III
  • Provide the necessary supervision, co-ordination and deployment of nursing and support staff to ensure the optimum delivery of care in the Lead on practice development within the clinical area.
  • Lead and implement change
  • Promote, facilitate and participate in the development of nursing policies and procedures. Monitor as appropriate and lead on proactive improvement
  • Contribute to the formulation, development and implementation of policies and procedures at area and hospital level
  • Ensure compliance with legal requirements, policies and procedures affecting service users, staff and other hospital matters
  • Manage and promote liaisons with internal / external bodies as appropriate e.g. intra-hospital service and the community
  • Actively participate in the Nursing Management structure by ‘acting up’ when required
  • Maintain all necessary clinical and administrative records and reporting arrangements
  • Engage in IT developments as they apply to service user and service administration 

The principal duties and responsibilities as outlined above indicate the main functions and responsibilities of the post and are subject to review and amendment in light of changing circumstances and may include other duties and responsibilities as may be determined by the Assistant Director of Human Resources or designated line manager

Eligibility Criteria - Qualifications and/ or experience

Each candidate must, at the latest date for receipt of completed applications for the post:

  • Be registered in the General Division of the Register of Nurses & Midwives maintained by Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann (Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland) or be entitled to be so registered


  • Have at least 5 years post registration experience of which 2 years must be in the Surgical / Oncology Services.


  • Have the clinical, managerial and administrative capacity to properly discharge the functions of the role


  • Demonstrate evidence of continuing professional development at the appropriate level


A candidate for and any person holding the office must be fully competent and capable of undertaking the duties attached to the office and be in a state of health such as would indicate a reasonable prospect of ability to render regular and efficient service.


Each candidate for and any person holding the office must be of good character


Age restrictions shall only apply to a candidate where he/she is not classified as a new entrant (within the meaning of the Public Service Superannuation Act, 2004).  A candidate who is not classified as a new entrant must be under 65 years of age

Post Specific Requirements

Demonstrate depth and breadth of colorectal / oncology knowledge as relevant to the role

Other requirements specific to the post

Access to transport as the role may involve travel to other hospital in the region.

A flexible approach to working hours is required.

Skills, competencies and/or knowledge


  • Organisation & Management Skills
  • Building & Maintaining Relationships (including Team Skills & Leadership Skills)
  • Commitment to Providing a Quality Service
  • Knowledge & Experience Relevant To The Role
  • Communication & Interpersonal Skills

Candidates must:

  • Demonstrate the ability to lead on clinical practice and service quality
  • Demonstrate promotion of evidence-based decision making
  • Demonstrate practitioner competence and professionalism
  • Demonstrate evidence of experience with multidisciplinary teams at clinic and administrative level
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of relevant IT systems (Lantis, Dendrite)
  • Demonstrate a willingness to develop IT skills relevant to the role
  • Demonstrate evidence of project management skills encompassing all streams of work appropriate to cancer nursing, with key objectives to achieve Regional, National and international standards of care
  • Demonstrate awareness of Quality Focus initiative in line with GRUHG Continuous Quality Improvement Programme.
  • Demonstrate capacity for management responsibility and demonstration of initiative, including decision making. Display ability to improve efficiency within working environment and to evolve and adapt to a Rapid Changing Environment.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of and adhere to relevant standards policies and legislation relevant to the service area, for example Health and Safety, Freedom of Information Act 1997, Childcare Act, HIQA Standards, infection control standards.
  • Demonstrate the ability to plan and organise effectively
  • Demonstrate the ability to look ahead and forward plans for service developments, anticipates trends and identifies opportunities, ensures that the learning from new service models and practices influences service planning.
  • Demonstrate the ability to design and implement structured policies and systems for the management of service delivery in consultation with key stakeholders and ensures clear role accountability for service levels, quality and decision making discretion.
  • Demonstrate the ability to build, lead and manage a team
  • Demonstrate the ability to ensure that critical human and material resources are allocated in an effective way, monitors activity levels and intervenes to align resources and maximise efficiencies
  • Demonstrate strong communication and influencing skills
  • Demonstrate strong interpersonal skills including the ability to build and maintain relationships
  • Demonstrate the ability to get a message across fluently and persuasively in a variety of different media – oral, written and electronic.  The ability to make a compelling case to positively influence the thinking of others.  Is strategic in how he/she goes about influencing others: shows strong listening and sensing skills
  • Demonstrate effective analytical, problem solving and decision making skills
  • Demonstrate initiative and innovation in the delivery of service
  • Demonstrate resilience and composure
  • Demonstrate openness to change
  • Demonstrate integrity and ethical stance
  • Demonstrate a commitment to continuing professional development
  • Demonstrate the ability to relate nursing research to nursing practice
  • Demonstrate knowledge of quality assurance practices and their application to nursing procedures
  • Demonstrate an awareness of HR policies and procedures including disciplinary procedures, managing attendance etc.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of current and emerging nursing strategies and policies in relation to the clinical / designated area
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the Health Service Transformation Programme

Campaign Specific Selection Process - Ranking/Shortlisting / Interview

A ranking and or shortlisting exercise may be carried out on the basis of information supplied in your Curriculum Vitae.  The criteria for ranking and or shortlisting are based on the requirements of the post as outlined in the eligibility criteria and skills, competencies and/or knowledge section of this job specification.  Therefore it is very important that you think about your experience in light of those requirements and demonstrate evidence of the competencies in your Curriculum Vitae.

Failure to include information regarding these requirements may result in you not being called forward to the next stage of the selection process. 

Those successful at the ranking stage of this process (where applied) will be placed on an order of merit and will be called to interview in ‘bands’ depending on the service needs of the organisation.

Code of Practice

The Health Service Executive will run this campaign in compliance with the Code of Practice prepared by the Commission for Public Service Appointments (CPSA). The Code of Practice sets out how the core principles of probity, merit, equity and fairness might be applied on a principle basis. The Code also specifies the responsibilities placed on candidates, facilities for feedback to applicants on matters relating to their application when requested, and outlines procedures in relation to requests for a review of the recruitment and selection process and review in relation to allegations of a breach of the Code of Practice.  Additional information on the HSE’s review process is available in the document posted with each vacancy entitled “Code of Practice, information for candidates”.

Codes of practice are published by the CPSA and are available on in the document posted with each vacancy entitled “Code of Practice, information for candidates” or on

The reform programme outlined for the Health Services may impact on this role and as structures change the job description may be reviewed.

This job description is a guide to the general range of duties assigned to the post holder. It is intended to be neither definitive nor restrictive and is subject to periodic review with the employee concerned.

Clinical Nurse Manager II (CLINICAL NURSE MANAGER II) Terms and Conditions of Employment


The current live vacancy for this post is permanent and part time (half time) The post is pensionable.

A panel will be created from which permanent and specified purpose vacancies of full or part time duration will be filled. The tenure of these posts will be indicated at “expression of interest” stage.

Appointment as an employee of the Health Service Executive is governed by the Health Act 2004 and the Public Service Management (Recruitment and Appointment) Act 2004.


The Salary Scale for the post is (as at 01/09/2019):

49,914 50,741 51,439 52,582 53,843 55,081 56,320 57,714 59,010


Working Week

The standard working week applying to the post is to be confirmed at Job Offer stage.

HSE Circular 003-2009 “Matching Working Patterns to Service Needs (Extended Working Day / Week Arrangements); Framework for Implementation of Clause 30.4 of Towards 2016” applies. Under the terms of this circular, all new entrants and staff appointed to promotional posts from Dec 16th 2008 will be required to work agreed roster / on call arrangements as advised by their line manager. Contracted hours of work are liable to change between the hours of 8am-8pm over seven days to meet the requirements for extended day services in accordance with the terms of the Framework Agreement (Implementation of Clause 30.4 of Towards 2016).

Annual Leave

The annual leave applying to the post holder will be agreed at job offer stage and as determined by the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997


This is a pensionable position with the HSE. The successful candidate will upon appointment become a member of the appropriate pension scheme.  Pension scheme membership will be notified within the contract of employment.  Members of pre-existing pension schemes who transferred to the HSE on the 01st January 2005 pursuant to Section 60 of the Health Act 2004 are entitled to superannuation benefit terms under the HSE Scheme which are no less favourable to those which they were entitled to at 31st December 2004


Every appointment of a person who is not already a permanent officer of the Health Service Executive or of a Local Authority shall be subject to a probationary period of 12 months as stipulated in the Department of Health Circular No.10/71.

Protection of Persons Reporting Child Abuse Act 1998

As this post is one of those designated under the Protection of Persons Reporting Child Abuse Act 1998, appointment to this post appoints one as a designated officer in accordance with Section 2 of the Act.  You will remain a designated officer for the duration of your appointment to your current post or for the duration of your appointment to such other post as is included in the categories specified in the Ministerial Direction. You will receive full information on your responsibilities under the Act on appointment.

Mandated Person Children First Act 2015

As a mandated person under the Children First Act 2015 you will have a legal obligation:

  • To report child protection concerns at or above a defined threshold to TUSLA.
  • To assist Tusla, if requested, in assessing a concern which has been the subject of a mandated report.

You will remain a mandated person for the duration of your appointment to your current post or for the duration of your appointment to such other post as is included in the categories specified in the Ministerial Direction.  You will receive full information on your responsibilities under the Act on appointment.

Infection Control

Have a working knowledge of Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) Standards as they apply to the role for example, Standards for Healthcare, National Standards for the Prevention and Control of Healthcare Associated Infections, Hygiene Standards etc. and comply with associated HSE protocols for implementing and maintaining these standards as appropriate to the role.

Health & Safety

It is the responsibility of line managers to ensure that the management of safety, health and welfare is successfully integrated into all activities undertaken within their area of responsibility, so far as is reasonably practicable. Line managers are named and roles and responsibilities detailed in the relevant Site Specific Safety Statement (SSSS).

Key responsibilities include:

  • Developing a SSSS for the department/service[1], as applicable, based on the identification of hazards and the assessment of risks, and reviewing and updating same on a regular basis, at the least annually, and in the event of any significant change in the work activity or place of work.
  • Ensuring that Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) is integrated into day-to-day business, providing Systems Of Work (SOW) that are planned, organised, performed, maintained and revised as appropriate, and ensuring that all safety related records are maintained and available for inspection.
  • Consulting and communicating with staff and safety representatives on OSH matters.
  • Ensuring training needs assessments (TNA’s) are undertaken for employees, facilitating their attendance at statutory OSH training, and ensuring records are maintained for each employee.
  • Ensuring that all incidents occurring within the relevant department or service are appropriately managed and investigated in accordance with HSE procedures[2].
  • Seeking advice from health and safety professionals through the National Health and Safety Function Helpdesk as appropriate.
  • Reviewing the health and safety performance of the ward, department or service and staff through, respectively, local audit and performance achievement meetings for example.

Note: Detailed roles and responsibilities of Line Managers are outlined in local SSSS.

[1] A template SSSS and guidelines are available on the National Health and Safety Function/H&S web-pages

[2] See link on health and safety web-pages to latest Incident Management Policy

Ethics in Public Office 1995 and 2001 - Positions remunerated at or above the minimum point of the Grade VIII salary scale (€ 67,135 as at 01.10.2018)

Positions remunerated at or above the minimum point of the Grade VIII salary scale (€ 67,135 as at 01.10.2018) are designated positions under Section 18 of the Ethics in Public Office Act 1995.  Any person appointed to a designated position must comply with the requirements of the Ethics in Public Office Acts 1995 and 2001 as outlined below;

A) In accordance with Section 18 of the Ethics in Public Office Act 1995, a person holding such a post is required to prepare and furnish an annual statement of any interests which could materially influence the performance of the official functions of the post. This annual statement of interest should be submitted to the Chief Executive Officer not later than 31st January in the following year.

B) In addition to the annual statement, a person holding such a post is required, whenever they are performing a function as an employee of the HSE and have actual knowledge, or a connected person, has a material interest in a matter to which the function relates, provide at the time a statement of the facts of that interest. A person holding such a post should provide such statement to the Chief Executive Officer. The function in question cannot be performed unless there are compelling reasons to do so and, if this is the case, those compelling reasons must be stated in writing and must be provided to the Chief Executive Officer.

C) A person holding such a post is required under the Ethics in Public Office Acts 1995 and 2001 to act in accordance with any guidelines or advice published or given by the Standards in Public Office Commission. Guidelines for public servants on compliance with the provisions of the Ethics in Public Office Acts 1995 and 2001 are available on the Standards Commission’s website