Clinical Nurse Manager II (Continence Service)

November 7, 2019
Job Type Full Time
Function Nursing and Midwifery
Location Cavan Hospital, Cavan Monaghan Hospital, Monaghan


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

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

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

Proposed Interview Date (s)
To be confirmed

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

Informal Enquiries
Caroline O’Reilly, Assistant Director of Nursing, Cavan & Monaghan Hospital

Tel: 0494376000 Bleep 235


Location of Post

Cavan & Monaghan Hospital

RCSI Hospital Group

There is currently one permanent whole time position available in Cavan & Monaghan Hospitals, the successful candidate will either be based in Cavan General Hospital or Monaghan 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/Background to the post

The Clinical Nurse Manager II will have a vital role to play as part of the multidisciplinary approach to the management of the Urology Continence Service for both inpatient and outpatient services. The Clinical Nurse Manager II has a pivotal role in the co-ordination and management of patients with Continence related problems. 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.  The Clinical Nurse Manager II will also have responsibility to co-ordinate and manage their own OPD Clinics in both Cavan and Monaghan Hospitals.

Reporting Relationship

Reports to the Assistant Director of Nursing for Surgical Services.  Accountable to the Assistant Director of Nursing and Director of Nursing.

Purpose of the Post

The purpose of this Clinical Nurse Manager II (Continence Service) post is to:

The post holder will ensure the delivery of high quality, clinically effective care, utilising research, and collaborating with colleagues in everyday practice and work in partnership with the MDT to enhance professional standards of care across the speciality. Continence nurses will identify causes, create treatment plans and empower patients with incontinence to be involved in all aspects of their care. The Clinical Nurse Manager II Continence Service will also play a vital role in health promotion.

The post holder will manage a delegated caseload of Urology patients with continence problems, delivering individualised and personalised direct and indirect patient care. The post holder will provide clinical expertise, specialist advice and education across the whole spectrum of the speciality

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Professional /Clinical

The four quality domains set out in the HIQA Safer Better Healthcare Standards and will be incorporated into the role of the Clinical Nurse Manager II Continence Service

  • Person centred – care that is respectful and responsive to individuals needs and values and partners with them in designing and delivering that care.
  • Effective – care that is delivered according to the best evidence as to what is clinically effective in improving an individual’s health outcomes
  • Safe – care that avoids , prevents and minimises harm to patients and learns from when things go wrong
  • Better health & well-being – care that seeks to identify and take opportunities to support patients in improving their own health and wellbeing.

Professional /Clinical

The Clinical Nurse Manager II (Continence Service) will:

  • Work as a key stakeholder and member of the intra disciplinary team providing expert advice and support to all members of the care team.
  • Work as a Nurse clinical lead for staff members in relation to infection prevention and control and work closely in conjunction with associated acute hospitals and community links.
  • Be required to provide and maintain a comprehensive, efficient and effective IPC service by assessing, identifying, developing, implementing and evaluating Key Performance Indicators (KPI) for the role which will be reviewed and evaluated with line management to ensure performance delivery.
  • Carry out the responsibilities of the role with cognisance of national and international best quality assured standards of care.
  •  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 according to the Code of Professional Conduct as laid down by the Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann (Nursing Midwifery Board Ireland) and Professional Clinical Guidelines
  • Practice nursing according to:
  • Professional Clinical Guidelines
  • National and Area Health Service Executive (HSE) guidelines.
  • Local policies, protocols and guidelines
  • Current legislation
  • Manage own caseload in accordance with the needs of the post.
  • Investigate and support services to manage healthcare associated infection outbreaks through the use of effective containment measures and surveillance
  • 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 Assistant Director of Nursing 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 (Continence Service) 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 wellbeing / 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.
  • Provide Infection Prevention Control advice regarding capital projects, renovations and refurbishments
  • Liaise with other relevant staff re appropriateness of equipment for procurement.
  • Have a working knowledge of the 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.
  • Support, promote and actively participate in sustainable energy, water and waste initiatives to create a more sustainable, low carbon and efficient health service.

Education and Training

The Clinical Nurse Manager II (Continence Service) 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.
  • Design, implement and evaluate programmes of Infection Prevention Control education which meets the needs of all healthcare staff.
  • Provide support and supportive supervision to Clinical Nurse Managers 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.
  • Function as a role model for clinical healthcare staff.
  • Display IPC expertise by contributing to conferences, seminars and research/educational activities.


The Clinical Nurse Manager II (Continence Service) will:

  • Exercise authority in the running of the assigned area(s) as deputised by the Assistant Director of Nursing.
  • Provide the necessary supervision, co-ordination and deployment of nursing and support staff to ensure the optimum delivery of care in the designated area(s).
  • Manage communication at ward and departmental level and facilitate team building.
  • Provide staff leadership and motivation which is conducive to good working relations and work performance and act as a resource for specialist practice.
  • Promote a culture that values diversity and respect in the workplace.
  • Formulate, implement and evaluate service plans and budgets in co-operation with the wider healthcare team.
  • Manage all resources efficiently and effectively within agreed budget.
  • 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 above Job Specification is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all duties involved and consequently, the post holder may be required to perform other duties as appropriate to the post which may be assigned to him/her from time to time and to contribute to the development of the post while in office.

Eligibility Criteria - Qualifications and/ or experience

Candidates must at the latest date of application:

1. Professional Qualifications, Experience, etc


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


ii) Have at least 5 years post registration experience of which 2 years must be in the speciality or related area in the management of acute urology care.


iii) Candidates must hold a postgraduate qualification in Urology / Continence Care or complete such a qualification within two years of taking up post.


b) Candidates must possess the requisite knowledge and ability including a high standard of suitability and clinical, managerial and administrative capacity to properly discharge the functions of the role.

2. Annual registration

i) Practitioners must maintain live annual registration on the relevant division of the Register of Nurses and Midwives maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann).


ii) Confirm annual registration with NMBI to the HSE by way of the annual Patient Safety Assurance Certificate (PSAC).

3. Age

Age restriction shall only apply to a candidate where s/he is not classified as a new entrant (within the meaning of the Public Service Superannuation (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2004). A candidate who is not classified as a new entrant must be under 65 years of age on the first day of the month in which the latest date for receiving completed application forms for the office occurs.

4. Health

Candidates 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.

5. Character

Candidates for and any person holding the office must be of good character.

Post Specific Requirements

Demonstrate depth and breadth of experience in the area of Urology / Continence Care as relevant to the role.

Other requirements specific to the post

Access to appropriate transport to fulfil the requirements of the role.

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 the ability to plan and organise effectively.
  • Demonstrate the ability to build, lead and manage a team.
  • Demonstrate strong interpersonal skills including the ability to build and maintain relationships.
  • Demonstrate strong communication and influencing 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 relevant legislation and policy e.g. legislation relevant to the service area, health and safety, infection control 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.
  • Demonstrate a willingness to develop IT skills relevant to the role.

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 specification may be reviewed.

This job specification 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 (Continence Service) Terms and Conditions of Employment


The current vacancy available is permanent and whole-time.

The post is pensionable. A panel may be created from which permanent and specified purpose vacancies of full or part time duration may 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 Appointments) Act 2004 and Public Service Management (Recruitment and Appointments) Amendment Act 2013.


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.

Annual Leave

The annual leave associated with the post will be confirmed at job offer stage.


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/updating same on a regular basis (at 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 assessment (TNA) is 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/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/service and staff through, respectively, local audit and performance achievement meetings for example.

[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