Temporary Part-time

Academic / Professional Qualifications and / or relevant experience
 
 Essential criteria
 
Be a Member of the Children’s Division of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland. You are required to include your nursing registration pin no on your application.
 
Or registered on the General Register of NMBI, with a minimum of 2 years’ experience in Children’s Nursing.
A minimum of 3 years post registration experience with 1 year in the acute clinical setting
 
Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills
 
Have a level of proficiency in the English language, written and spoken, and in addition possess good IT skills including Microsoft Office, email and Excel.
 
Age Restrictions In Relation To Applications
Age restriction shall only apply to a candidate where he/she 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 applications for the office occurs.
 
Health
A 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.
 
Be of good character.
 
Garda Vetting
Garda Vetting is sought for all employees and prospective employees of Tallaght Hospital.  Given the specialised nature of the services provided, your appointment will be subject to satisfactory Garda Vetting and re-vetting in circumstances where the Hospital deems it appropriate. The Hospital will then process the necessary documentation to endeavour to obtain satisfactory Garda clearance for you.  You are obliged to disclose previous and any criminal convictions acquired during the course of your employment.  Should the Hospital obtain information from the Garda Vetting Unit to indicate that your Garda clearance report is not satisfactory and / or if you have supplied the hospital with false or misleading information in relation to your Garda clearance status, the Hospital reserves the right to withdraw or terminate this contract in accordance with Tallaght Hospital Garda Vetting policy.
 
 
Particulars of Office
1.       The appointment is a 19.5 hour Specified purpose contract, Externally Funded.
 
2.       Remuneration:
Remuneration is in accordance with the salary scale approved by the Department of Health and Children.  Current remuneration with effect from 1st April 2017:
 
€44,288 by 7 increments to 52,191 per annum pro rata
 
 
3.       SUPERANNUATION:
There are three superannuation schemes currently in operation for staff in Tallaght Hospital:
 
(1)      Voluntary Hospital Superannuation Scheme (Non-New Entrant) 
(2)      Voluntary Hospital Superannuation Scheme (New Entrant)
(3)      Single Public Service Pension Scheme
 
Please read carefully the summary of the criteria for the three superannuation schemes below. This will assist you in identifying which scheme membership is applicable to your employment circumstances.
(1)      If you have been continually employed in the public service prior to the 1st April 2004 and you have not had a break in service of more than 26 weeks, you will be included in the Voluntary Hospital Superannuation Scheme (Non-New Entrant) with a Minimum Retirement Age of 60 and a Maximum Retirement Age of 65.
(2)      If you have been continually employed in the public service post the 1st April 2004 and you have not had a break in service of more than 26 weeks, you will be included in the Voluntary Hospital Superannuation Scheme (New Entrant) with a Minimum Retirement Age of 65. There is no Maximum Retirement Age.
(3)      If you have commenced employment in the public service as a new entrant or you are a former public servant, returning to the public service after a break of more than 26 weeks, you will be included in the Single Public Service Pension Scheme effective from the 1st January 2013 with a minimum retirement age of 66 (rising to 67 and 68 in line with state pension changes).  The maximum retirement age under this scheme will be age 70.
 
4.       Duties:
The CNM1 will perform such duties as are outlined in this job description.
 
5.       Hours of work:
Normal working hours are 19.5 worked over 5 days. However you will be required to work the agreed roster/on call arrangements advised to you by your line manager as 0.5WTE on a 5 day basis (Monday-Friday). 
 
6.       Probation:
The successful candidate will be appointed initially for a probationary period of six months.  During the probationary period progress or otherwise will be monitored and at the end of the probationary period the service will (a) be certified as satisfactory and confirmed in writing or (b) if not satisfactory, the probationary period may be extended by 3 months.
 
7.       Annual Leave:
Annual leave entitlement is 25-28days / 187.5-210 hours plus 9 Public Holidays per annum on a 0.5 WTE pro-rata basis. The annual leave year runs from 1st April to 31st March each year.
 
8.       Sick Leave:
Payment of salary during illness will be in accordance with arrangements as approved from time to time by the Department of Health and Children.
 
9.       Termination of Office:
The employment may be terminated at any time by two months’ notice on either side except where circumstances are dictated by the Minimum Notice and Terms of Employment Act 1973/01. The Management’s right under this paragraph shall not be exercised save in circumstances where the Management is of the opinion that the holder of the office has failed to perform satisfactorily the duties of the post or has misconducted himself/herself in relation to the post or is otherwise unfit to hold the appointment. The position is for 2.5 years.
 
General Accountability
 
  • Maintain throughout the Hospital an awareness of the primacy of the patient in relation to all Hospital activities.
  • Ensure the provision of a high standard of care to the patient and families is consistent with the mission, vision, values and strategic plan of the Hospital. Create and promote healthy working relationships in the Department and with other Departments.
  • Must have a sense of responsibility with regard to the development, supervision and teaching of postgraduate and student nurses, junior staff nurses and care attendants.
  • Support the Clinical Nurse Managers in the implementation of Hospital Policy in all matters.
  • Identify and implement operation of Hospital Policy in all matters.
  • Demonstrate behaviour consistent with the Values of the Hospital.
  • Play an active role in patient and family education and be actively involved in Health Education and promotion.
  • Be professionally accountable to the Director of Nursing National Children’s Hospital.
  • Be responsible to Professor Edna Roche (PI), Department of Paediatrics regarding research and academic issues and will also be responsible to the Assistant Director of Nursing.
 
 
Specific Accountability
Research Responsibilities                                                                                
  • Develop and Maintain a knowledge base regarding the issues relating to Down Syndrome in Childhood and adult life
  • Conduct regular systematic literature review to inform and maintain skills
  • Attend training courses and meetings to maintain and develop research and IT Skills as required
  • Be aware of and adhere to data protection policies
  • Assist in ensuring the overall smooth running of clinical research in line with best practice, in accordance with Good Clinical Practice and within the scope of protocol.
  • Develop literature to support the development of the Down Syndrome Register and publication of same
  • Liaise with paediatric and maternity/neonatal units centres nationally, remotely and in person to encourage engagement with the DS Register
  • Maintain regular contact with all centres (minimum of quarterly)
  • Maintain good records securely held and maintain the database accurately
  • Liaise with families of children with Down Syndrome to provide support as required and gather progress data
  • Provide regular progress updates to Professor Roche, Principal Investigator.
  • Provide feedback to reporting centres and committees as required and directed
  • Organise and attend at meetings of the Steering Group record and prepare minutes
And any other issues as required to foster the development of the National Down Syndrome Register
 
1. Clinical Responsibilities
  • Ensure a high standard of care delivered safely in accordance with the Hospital policies and procedures.
  • Encourage recognition of the patient as an individual, ensuring patients’ needs and comfort are given priority.
  • Assess, plan and deliver patient care, together with the Multidisciplinary Team.
  • Communicate with relevant team regarding patients’ condition and relaying information as appropriate.
  • Facilitate the arrangements necessary and participate where appropriate, in education and training of other Hospital staff as the need arises.  This includes students at both undergraduate and post-graduate level and junior staff.
  • Promote evidence based practice.
  • Maintain appropriate documentation and data security.
 
2.       Management Responsibilities
  • Keep abreast of recent trends in healthcare development by reading widely
  • Follow hospital policy with regards to accidents, incidents and complaints.
  • Liaise with other hospital staff and departments in order to promote and maintain good working relationships and high standards of care and service for patients.
  • Take responsibility to ensure that the correct quota of all material is in supply in the unit.
  • Be willing, in an emergency, to be redeployed to another area, when requested.
  • Be neat in appearance and adhere to hospital uniform policy at all times.
  • Ensure a safe environment for staff and patients.
  • Ensure adherence to infection control policies.
  • Promote self-training with regard to Cardiac Resuscitation, Minimal Lifting and be aware of the policies regarding fire procedures and Disaster Plan. Ensure all mandatory training and CPD needs are met.
  • Supervise duties of all non-nursing personnel.
  • Take part in and contribute to, audit programmes as required.
  • Lead, by example, a professional, punctual and dedicated team.
  • Participate in regular staff meetings to ensure information is disseminated and issues discussed.
 
3.       Information Technology
Ensure the most effective and efficient use of developments in information technology for both patient care and administrative support in a manner, which integrates well with systems throughout the organisation.
Collect, interpret and present data and information on the activities, staffing and expenditure, as required.
 
4.       Health & Safety
All employees must comply with the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005.
Comply with relevant Health and Safety responsibilities as outlined in Hospital. Polices, Protocols and Procedures relevant to your area.
Take reasonable care to protect your own safety, health and welfare and that of any other person who may be affected by your acts or omissions at work.
Support the delivery of the Quality, Safety and Risk Management Programme, including the appropriate identification and management of risks and incidents throughout the hospital.
 
5.       Hygiene/Infection Control
All employees have responsibility for Hygiene awareness.  Hygiene is defined as “The practice that serves to keep people and environments clean and prevent infection.”
All employees also have a responsibility under their terms of employment to prevent transmission of infection and to follow the hospital infection control policies and guidelines as outlined in the Infection Control Manual.
All employees must be aware that they work in an area where there is potential for transmission of infection.
All employees have a responsibility to follow hand hygiene guidelines as this is the single most important intervention to prevent the transmission of infection
 
6.       Confidentiality
You will be aware of the confidential nature of Hospital work and in particular, the right of patients to confidentiality. To this end you will not discuss workings of the Hospital or its patients with people outside the Hospital, save as required to do so in the course of your work. You must return to the Hospital upon request and, in any event, upon the termination of your employment, all documents or other property of the Hospital which are in your possession or under your control. No documents or property of the Hospital may be removed from the Hospital without prior authorization.
 
NOTE: The Hospital Structure is currently under review and therefore, reporting relationships may change.
The extent and speed of change in the delivery of health care is such that adaptability is essential at this level of appointment.  The incumbent will be required to maintain, enhance and develop their knowledge, skills and aptitudes necessary to respond to a changing situation. The Job Description must be regarded as an outline of the major areas of accountability at the present time, which will be reviewed and assessed on an on-going basis.
 
GENERAL
 
Applications can be submitted ‘on-line’ at www.amnch.ie by completing the application form and attaching your CV.
 
Candidates should be aware that, when applying for a post through the 'On-Line' Application System (Candidate Manager) they will receive an automated replying acknowledging receipt of their application.  Should you for any reason, not receive this automated acknowledgement, you should notify the Human Resources Department, before the closing date, otherwise your application will not be considered.
 
Closing Date: 1ST  February 2018
 
Informal enquiries to Ms Marian Connolly, Directorate Nurse Manager, NCH telephone 414 2177 or email marian.connolly@amnch.ie 
 
 
 
All candidates should note that, in order to maintain a timely process, the closing date and time for receipt of applications will be strictly adhered to