Medical Scientist

March 12, 2020
Job Type Full Time
Function Health and Social Care Professionals
Location Beaumont Hospital, Dublin Cavan Hospital, Cavan Connolly Hospital, Dublin Louth County Hospital, Dundalk Monaghan Hospital, Monaghan Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda

Description

Job Title and Grade
Medical Scientist

Campaign Reference
RCSI932020
Please quote the campaign reference when applying 

Closing Date
Indefinite

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

Location of Post

RCSI Hospital Group:

Cavan General Hospital, Co Cavan

Monaghan Hospital, Monaghan, Co. Monaghan

Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, Co. Louth

Louth County Hospital, Dublin Road, Dundalk

Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown, Dublin 1

Beaumont Hospital, Beaumont Road, Dublin 9

Details of Service

RCSI Hospital Group is recruiting for a number of Medical Scientist positions across our sites listed above. If interested please apply stating clearly which location you wish to apply for. CVs will only be shared with the site of your preference and applications will be processed locally as appropriate.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Scientific / Professional 

  • Maintain awareness of the primacy of the patient in relation to all hospital activities.
  • Perform to the highest professional standards and participate in implementing a service that supports the clinical needs of patients and is consistent with the mission, vision, values and strategic plan of the HSE.
  • Demonstrate behaviour consistent with the values of the profession of Medical Scientist.
  • Liaise with other health care professionals as appropriate.
  • Perform analytical testing appropriate to a regional Microbiology laboratory.
  • Perform all activities related to the receipt, analysis and reporting of laboratory specimens.
  • Perform assigned work to the highest professional standard in accordance with ISO 15189, ISO 17025 and laboratory SOPs.
  • Ensure that procedures are carried out in compliance with international and national guidelines and actively participate in internal and external quality control and quality assurance.
  • Be familiar with and duly implement all documented procedures and policies of the Microbiology department.
  • Be responsible for their own work and carry out their duties in accordance with laboratory and hospital policy.
  • Report all anomalies, near misses, non-conformances, incorrect results immediately to appropriate senior staff.
  • Ensure all policies in relation to record keeping are followed.
  • Evaluate reagents, equipment, consumable items as required.
  • Carry out procedures according to laboratory policy and use resources to the maximum efficiency.
  • Observe strict confidentiality when dealing with all aspects of patient or hospital information.
  • In co-operation with the Consultant Heads of Department, Laboratory Manager, Chief Medical Scientist and other designated senior staff, participate in the introduction of new ideas and methods according to HSE policy.
  • Participate and co-operate in research and development projects.
  • Be familiar with and respond accordingly to the activation of the Major Emergency Plan.

Health & Safety 

  • Be familiar with the duties of an employee in accordance with health & safety legislation and carry out all duties in a manner that ensures their own safety and the safety of others.
  • Co-operate fully with all infection control procedures.  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.
  • Be aware of risk management issues, identify risks and take appropriate action; report any adverse incidents or near misses

Education & Training 

  • Participate in mandatory training programmes.
  • Participate in training as required to maintain their competence in all practices and procedures.
  • Participate in the training of others and in creating and promoting healthy working relationships.
  • Take responsibility for, and keep up to date with current practice by participating in continuing professional development.
  • Maintain an up-to-date personal training / retraining record in accordance with laboratory policy.
  • Engage in performance review processes including personal development planning as per laboratory policy.
  • Facilitate arrangements in the laboratory area for educating and training scientific, medical personnel and others as appropriate.
  • Co-operate fully with the implementation of new procedures, technologies and IT systems.

Administrative

The Medical Scientist, Staff Grade (Microbiology) will:

  • Actively participate in the improvement and development of services by liaising with Senior Medical Scientists / Chief Medical Scientist.
  • Be familiar with and duly implement all documented procedures and policies.
  • Participate as required in the registration, custody and stock monitoring of materials held in the laboratory.
  • Participate in the provision of appropriate statistical and management information.
  • Make the most effective use of information technology for both patient care and administrative support.
  • Represent the department at meetings and conferences as designated.
  • Promote a culture that values diversity and respect in the workplace.
  • Keep up to date with organisational developments within the Irish Health Service.

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

Each candidate must at the latest date of application:

  1. Professional Qualifications, Experience, etc.

a)

i) Possess a Bachelor in Science (Applied Science) Honours degree (Biomedical option) from the University of Dublin/Dublin Institute of technology (now Technological University, Dublin), Kevin Street.

Or

ii) Possess a Bachelor in Science Honours degree in Biomedical Science from the joint University College Cork – Cork Institute of Technology course.

Or

iii) Possess the Diploma in Medical Laboratory Sciences of the Dublin Institute of Technology, Kevin Street or the Cork Institute of Technology awarded prior to 1994.

Or

iv) Possess the Certificate in Medical Laboratory Sciences of the Dublin Institute of Technology, Kevin Street or the Cork Institute of Technology or the Galway/Mayo Institute of Technology (awarded prior to 1997).

Or

v) Possess a recognised qualification at least equivalent to (i) or (ii) above.

And

b) Possess membership of, or be eligible for membership of the Academy of Clinical Science and Laboratory Medicine (ACSLM) or, prior to 1997, possess or be eligible for associate membership of the Academy of Clinical Science and Laboratory Medicine (ACSLM).

And

c) Possess the requisite knowledge and ability (including a high standard of suitability and management ability) for the proper discharge of the duties of the office.

Or

 All applicants from outside the Republic of Ireland must be eligible for state registration through CORU.

  1. Age

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.

  1. Health

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.

  1. Character

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

Post Specific Requirements

Ideally, demonstrate post qualification experience in a Clinical Microbiology Laboratory.

Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of Clinical Microbiology

Successful candidates will be expected to participate in laboratory weekend cover.

Skills, Competencies and/or Knowledge

Knowledge

  • Demonstrate evidence of theoretical and practical knowledge of Clinical Microbiology.
  • Demonstrate up-to-date knowledge of best practice in delivering a Quality Laboratory Service and awareness of the requirements of ISO 15189.
  • Demonstrate evidence of computer skills and a willingness to develop IT skills relevant to the role
  • Demonstrate commitment to continuing professional development

Communications Skills

  • Demonstrate effective communication skills including the ability to present information in a clear and concise manner.

Team Skills

  • Demonstrate effective team and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrate motivation and an innovative approach to job and service developments. 

Planning & Organising Skills

  • Demonstrate evidence of effective planning and organising skills.
  • Demonstrate the ability to manage self in a busy working environment
  • Demonstrate the ability to evaluate information, solve problems and make effective decisions.
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify and resolve system failures and anomalies
  • Demonstrate flexibility and openness to change

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 application form.  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.

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 Commissioners 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, feedback facilities for 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 www.careersinhealthcare.ie in the document posted with each vacancy entitled “Code of Practice, information for candidates or on www.cpsa-online.ie.

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.

Medical Scientist Terms and Conditions of Employment

Tenure

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.

Remuneration

The Salary Scale for the post will be discussed at offer stage.

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

Superannuation

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.

Probation

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

t 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 a 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.

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

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