Group Chief Director of Nursing and Midwifery
November 14, 2019
Job Type Full Time
Function Nursing and Midwifery
Location RCSI Hospital Group, Dublin
Job Title and Grade
Location of Post
RCSI Hospitals Group Headquarters
The post holder will cover the geographical area of the RCSI Hospitals Group.
Context / Background
The reform actions necessary to enable the Government to deliver ‘whole system’ health reform, as undertaken within the Programme for Government, are laid out in Future Health: A Strategic Framework for Reform of the Health Service 2012 – 2015. The establishment of Hospital Groups has been an integral part of this reform, which has seen public hospitals reorganise into more efficient and accountable hospital groups that harness the benefits of increase independence and greater control at local level. The Government’s decision regarding the establishment and operation of the hospital groups is informed by two reports The Establishment of Hospital Groups as a Transition to Independent Hospital Trusts and The Framework for Development – Securing the Future of Smaller Hospitals. These reports fulfil important commitments in Future Health for the reform of the health service.
Each Group has a single consolidated management team, with responsibility for performance and outcomes, within a clearly-defined budget and employment ceiling. The management team have autonomy- to reconfigure services across the group. This will enable hospitals to provide care in the right way at the right location. This will be done in a manner that ensures a safe, high quality service for all, maximising and capitalising on the strengths of both larger and smaller hospitals, with better outcome for patients
In addition each Hospital Group will have a primary academic partner which will ensure the capability of the Group to delivery on healthcare teaching, training and research and innovation agenda in an integrated manner.
The Group Chief Director of Nursing & Midwifery will report directly to the Chief Executive Officer of the RCSI Hospitals Group
Key Working Relationships
In the execution of the role the Group Chief Director of Nursing & Midwifery will be supported by the Hospital Executive Management Team comprising of: –
In addition he/she will have a professional link to Corporate Nursing and Midwifery function at national strategic and policy level.
The proper execution of duties will involve the development of appropriate communication arrangements with key stakeholders both internal and external.
Scope of the Role
To participate as a member of the RCSI Hospitals Group Management Team. The RCSI Hospitals Group includes the following hospitals:
The post holder will have responsibility for the Nursing, Midwifery and Nursing Support Services for all Hospitals in the Group. He/she will be accountable for the clinical and operational governance for all staff under his/her authority and will be answerable for quality and safety matters within the service area. Quality and Safety will be to the forefront of the post and the post-holder will play a key role in the development and implementation of Risk Management initiatives for his/her areas of responsibility.
Purpose of the Role
The Group Chief Director of Nursing & Midwifery contributes to the corporate management agenda of the RCSI Hospitals Group by providing strong strategic, professional and clinical leadership for all aspects of nursing, midwifery and support staff within the Group. The post holder will demonstrate care, compassion and respect for patients receiving care and for staff delivering care across the hospital group. The focus of the role is on improving the patient experience and quality of care, while delivering to agreed Key Performance Indicators and establishing a high-performance culture.
The Group Chief Director of Nursing & Midwifery is a member of the Group’s corporate management team and will have a key role in creating an atmosphere and culture where excellence can flourish with strong multidisciplinary collaboration across the Group.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
CORPORATE AND CLINICAL MANAGEMENT
The Group Chief Director of Nursing & Midwifery, in conjunction with the CEO, the Clinical Directors and other members of the Executive Council and Group Board will ensure that the strategic direction taken by the health care organisation is applicable to, and takes into account, all of the organisation’s corporate and clinical risks (HSE, July 2010, ‘Achieving Excellence in Clinical Governance’ and HIQA June 2012, ‘National Standards for Safer Better Healthcare’)
The Group Chief Director of Nursing & Midwifery will:
PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP, SERVICE CHANGE AND DEVELOPMENT
The Group Chief Director of Nursing & Midwifery will:
high quality scheduled and unscheduled care across the Hospital Group
GOVERNANCE, QUALITY, PATIENT SAFETY AND RISK MANAGEMENT
The Group Chief Director of Nursing & Midwifery will:
MANAGEMENT – FINANCIAL AND RESOURCE
The Group Chief Director of Nursing & Midwifery shall be the budget holder for the nursing/midwifery and support staff resource and will:
Risk Management, Infection Control, Hygiene Services and Health & Safety The post holder:
The above 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 experience
Only staff of the HSE, other statutory health agencies, the Department of Health and bodies which provide services on behalf of the HSE under Section 38 of the Health Act 2004 are eligible to apply at this time.
The successful candidate will:
i)Be registered in the General Division of the Register of Nurses kept by Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) or be entitled to be so registered
ii)Hold a post graduate qualification at not less than level 8 (QQI) in health care management, nursing or a related field relevant to the duties of the role
iii) Provide evidence of ongoing continuous professional development
b) Have a minimum of 10 years post registration nursing experience consisting of no less than 4 years clinical experience and 3 years senior nursing management experience in the last 5 at Management/Board level with a knowledge or experience of the acute healthcare environment.
c) The requisite knowledge and ability (including a high standard of suitability and management ability) for the proper discharge of the duties of the office.
Note: Post holders must maintain annual registration with Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann (Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland)
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
Experience, Skills, Competencies and Knowledge
Demonstrate the following:
Clinical/ Professional Knowledge and Experience Demonstrate:
Leadership & Direction Demonstrate:
Managing and Delivering Results in a complex environment Demonstrate:
Communication & Interpersonal Skills Demonstrate:
Critical Analysis & Decision Making Demonstrate:
Personal Commitment and Motivation
Applicants may be shortlisted for interview based on information supplied in the application form at the closing date or in other specified assessment documentation. Criteria for short listing are based on the requirements of the post as outlined in the experience, skills, competencies and/ or knowledge section of this job specification.
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 short listing stage of this process (where applied) will be called forward to interview.
Code of Practice
The HSE 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 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 www.hse.ie/eng/staff/jobs in the document posted with each vacancy entitled “Code of Practice, Information for Candidates” or on www.cpsa.ie.
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.
HEALTH SERVICES EXECUTIVE - Terms and Conditions of Employment - Chief Director of Nursing & Midwifery, RCSI Hospitals Group
The appointment is permanent and whole-time.
A recruitment panel may be created from which future fixed term posts of whole time or part time duration may be filled.
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:
Assistant National Director Grade
This rate takes account of the reduction provided for by the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2013.
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).
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.
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.
Ethics in Public Office 1995 and 200 - Positions remunerated at or above the minimum point of the Grade VIII salary scale (€64,812) as at 01.07.2013
Positions remunerated at or above the minimum point of Assistant National Director Grade 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 http://www.sipo.gov.ie/
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