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
Group Chief Director of Nursing and Midwifery–RCSI Hospitals Group
Assistant National Director Grade 

Campaign Reference
Please quote the Campaign Reference when applying 

Closing Date
Close of Business on Friday, 22nd November 2019
Interviews will be held in early December 2019

Organisational Area
RCSI Hospitals Group

Enquiries to
Mr. Ian Carter, Chief Executive Officer, RCSI Hospitals Group – (01) 402 5156

Location of Post

RCSI Hospitals Group Headquarters
111 St Stephens’s Green
Dublin 2

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.

Reporting Arrangements

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: –

  • Chief Operations Officer
  • Chief Finance Officer
  • Chief Clinical Director
  • Chief Academic Officer
  • Group Director of HR

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:

  • Beaumont Hospital
  • Cavan Monaghan Hospital
  • Connolly Hospital
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda
  • Louth Hospital
  • Rotunda Hospital

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


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:

  • Support the principle that the care of the patient comes first at all times and will approach their work with the flexibility and enthusiasm necessary to make this principle a reality for every patient to the greatest possible degree
  • Maintain throughout the Hospital Group awareness of the primacy of the patient in relation to all hospital activities.
  • Be responsible for ensuring patient safety and the maintenance of high quality nursing/midwifery and support staff standards across the Hospital Group
  • As a member of the Group Management Team share corporate and clinical responsibility for the achievement of the organisation’s corporate and clinical objectives
  • Contribute to policy, planning and decision-making processes for the Hospital Group
  • As a member of the Group Management Team, ensure objectives and decisions are effectively communicated across the Group
  • Provide professional advice on all issues relating to Nursing and Midwifery and support staff
  • Be responsible for ensuring maintenance of professional standards and statutory requirements as laid down by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) and relevant Statutory Bodies
  • Develop and implement strategies and structures to develop and maintain effective working relationships with Directors of Nursing/ Midwifery within the Hospital Group to ensure achievement of corporate group objectives and effective working of the Group/Senior Management Team
  • Establish collaborative professional relationships and networks with health service providers external to the hospital group (Community Healthcare Organisations, Primary Care and Continuing Care) to ensure an integrated and seamless patient experience for recipients of scheduled and unscheduled care across the hospital group


The Group Chief Director of Nursing & Midwifery will:

  • Define, develop and implement the strategic vision and direction for nursing, midwifery and support staff across the group
  • Be responsible for providing advice to the Hospital Group, Executive Council, Group Board, Chief Executive Officer and Clinical Director on all issues relating to nursing and midwifery policy, statutory requirements, professional practice and workforce requirements
  • Be responsible for providing effective professional nursing/midwifery leadership across the Hospital Group thereby ensuring an effective partnership of care between patients, families, carers and healthcare providers in achieving safe, easily accessible, timely and

high quality scheduled and unscheduled care across the Hospital Group

  • Provide services within available nursing/midwifery and support staff resources
  • Ensure staff operate within the boundaries of roles and as directed by their line manager within the Hospital Group
  • Lead development of nursing/midwifery and support staff components of workforce strategies and plans, including workforce planning, leadership, succession planning, education and training and new ways of working
  • Ensure the development and implementation of appropriate continuous professional and practice development initiatives in line with the strategic aims of the Hospital Group
  • Actively contribute to and influence policy pertaining to the profession and drive the development of nursing and midwifery at group and national level
  • Work closely with education and training bodies to ensure the provision of a highly skilled nursing, midwifery and health care assistant workforce to meet the current and future requirements of the Hospital Group


The Group Chief Director of Nursing & Midwifery will:

  • Ensure that the needs of patients and the public are at the core of the way the healthcare organisation delivers its services
  • Develop and implement strategies and structures to receive feedback from patients receiving care and from staff delivering care across the hospital group with the emphasis on improving the patient experience and quality of care
  • Lead on key elements of clinical governance, quality and safety
  • Ensure high standards of corporate and clinical governance for all health care services and, in particular, nursing, midwifery and support services, including the identification and control of risks to achieve effective efficient and positive outcomes for patients and staff across the Hospital Group
  • Provide assurance to the Hospital Group Board that nursing/midwifery and support staff at each level of the organisation carry out their responsibilities in accordance with the defined authority/individual responsibility
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of multi-disciplinary systems of audit and risk management across the Hospital Group
  • Ensure appropriate systems are in place for measuring quality of outcomes and the effective use of resources such as Key Performance Indicators /Nursing & Midwifery Metrics and Compstat
  • Ensure practice and service development is underpinned by the most up to date evidence and research


The Group Chief Director of Nursing & Midwifery shall be the budget holder for the nursing/midwifery and support staff resource and will:

  • Be responsible for planning, organising and monitoring performance of the nursing, midwifery and support staff resource
  • Manage areas of direct responsibility within budget and within relevant financial plans
  • Be responsible and accountable to the CEO for the management of nursing/midwifery and support staff resource, including service and financial planning, management and performance
  • Be responsible and accountable for the nursing/midwifery and support staff, human resource function, including recruitment and retention of competent and skilled staff
  • Ensure that nursing/midwifery and support staff have a job description setting out the purpose, responsibilities, accountabilities and standards required of their role
  • Be responsible and accountable for the deployment of appropriate skill mix to meet patient and service needs and all associated employment matters


  • The identification and development of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) which are congruent with the Group’s service plan targets
  • The development of Action Plans to address KPI targets
  • Driving and promoting a Performance Management culture
  • In conjunction with the Clinical Directors, the development of a Performance Management system for the profession
  • The management and delivery of KPIs as a routine and core business objective

Risk Management, Infection Control, Hygiene Services and Health & Safety The post holder:

  • Must be familiar with the necessary education, training and support to enable them to manage Risk, Infection Control, Hygiene Services and Health and Safety in a progressive, honest and open environment
  • Has a duty to familiarise themselves with the relevant Organisational Policies, Procedures & Standards and attend training as appropriate in the following areas:
  • Continuous Quality Improvement Initiatives
  • Document Control Information Management Systems
  • Risk Management Strategy and Policies
  • Hygiene Related Policies, Procedures and Standards
  • Decontamination Code of Practice
  • Infection Control Policies
  • Safety Statement, Health & Safety Policies and Fire Procedure
  • Data Protection and confidentiality Policies
  • Is responsible for ensuring that they become familiar with the requirements stated within the Group’s Risk Management Strategy and that they comply with the Hospitals’ Risk Management Incident/Near miss reporting Policies and Procedures
  • Is responsible for ensuring that they comply with hygiene services requirements in your area of responsibility. Hygiene Services incorporates environment and facilities, hand hygiene, catering, cleaning, the management of laundry, waste, sharps and equipment
  • Must foster and support a quality improvement culture through-out the area of responsibility in relation to hygiene services
  • It is the post holder’s specific responsibility for Quality & Risk Management, Hygiene Services and Health & Safety.
  • The post holder must take reasonable care for his or her own actions and the effect that these may have upon the safety of others
  • It is the responsibility of the post holder to be aware of and comply with the HSE Health Care Records Management / Integrated Discharge Planning (HCRM / IDP) Code of Practice

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:

  1. Professional qualifications and experience a)

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:

  • The ability to function effectively in the role as detailed in the job specification.
  • In depth knowledge of Nursing and Midwifery practice in the acute setting and the ability to apply knowledge to best practice.
  • Knowledge of the issues and developments and current thinking in relation to best practice in Hospital policy and service delivery.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of patient safety systems and processes including clinical risk, safety and infection control.
  • An understanding of the environment in which the Group operates its role in serving the public, its governance structure and the healthcare reform programme.
  • A strong commitment to delivering a quality user-centred service.

Leadership & Direction Demonstrate:

  • Experience of successfully leading and managing a diverse team.
  • Experience in promoting team and personal development through a continuous improvement culture.
  • The capacity to take the lead on standards setting and implementation.
  • The ability to lead and manage change and improved service delivery.
  • The ability to establish policy, systems and structures for the management of service delivery in consultation with key stakeholders.
  • The ability to contribute as senior leader in the organisation to the corporate agenda and fulfilment of the Group objectives.

Managing and Delivering Results in a complex environment Demonstrate:

  • The capacity to manage, plan and deliver the Hospital Group Nursing & Midwifery services in an effective and resourceful manner within a model of patient-centred care.
  • Experience in financial/ budget management and resource management.
  • Awareness of quality performance measurement, Key Performance Indicators and quality improvement.
  • Experience of leading and effectively managing change in complex healthcare environments with multiple stakeholders

Communication & Interpersonal Skills Demonstrate:

  • Highly developed oral, written, presentation and leadership skills, with the ability to develop, communicate and gain ownership for a clear vision and direction
  • Strong influencing skills, ability to communicate with impact and be able to convince through personal and professional credibility rather than managerial authority

Critical Analysis & Decision Making Demonstrate:

  • A strong lateral thinker with the confidence and resilience required to operate in a complex and high profile organisation
  • The ability to think and act strategically and develop practical, innovative and creative solutions to the management of strategic issues and complex problems 

Personal Commitment and Motivation

  • Be driven by a value system compatible with the aims and ethos of the HSE
  • Be capable of coping with competing demands without a diminution in performance

Short Listing

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 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.

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.


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

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.

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.

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