Closing Date: Monday 14th September 2020 at 12 noon.
The role of Community Swabber
The role of Community Swabber is a unique job in the health services and is very much a vital role in the responsive management of COVID-19 in Ireland. The Community Swabber will undertake swabbing and administrative duties as part of the Community Testing Team. Swabbing can take place in Community Test Centres, home-based testing, out break testing, residential care facilities and specific work locations. This means a key element of this role is flexibility to work in these different locations and with varying work patterns. Having access to own transport is important as the Community Swabber is required to move locations as needed.
The Community Swabber takes swabs from the nose and throat of persons who have been referred for testing as they may have COVID-19. The Community Swabber will wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to carry out the role. The role can quite physical with standing, bending and working outdoors, sometimes in inclement weather. The Community Swabber will receive full training to carry out this role and will be supported by the team.
The Community Swabber will swab the public who are referred for testing- this will include adults, children, babies and those with disabilities such as intellectual disabilities. Maintaining confidentiality is an important part of the role.
There is also an administrative element to the job- this includes confirming patient details, labelling tubes, packaging swabs- attention to detail is important in this role. The Community Swabbing role is a role that was developed in response to managing COVID-19 in Ireland. There will peaks and troughs in the number of suspected cases of COVID-19. If testing centre demand decreases, the Community Swabber will work in the administrative function of the Community and return to Community Swabbing when the need for testing increases- professional
agility is part of this role.
The job specification for this role offers more detail on the duties of the role, the requirements of the role and skills needed to carry it out. Please read the job specification and consider your ability to meet those requirements before you apply for this role.
Below is a link to a YouTube video that shows what happens when a person is called to go to Testing
Centre- this will give you good insight into the role of a Community Swabber https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTer6kPUn1Q.
2. Where are the jobs located?
The roles are currently in the following locations (CHO= Community Healthcare Organisation), the initial locations of the roles are:
CHO 1 Monaghan
CHO 1 Cavan -Cavan Town
CHO 1 Leitrim- Carrick on Shannon
CHO 1 Sligo- Sligo Town
CHO 1 Donegal- Letterkenny
CHO 2 Galway- Galway Airport
CHO 2 Mayo- Castlebar GAA Grounds, McHale Park
CHO 2 Roscommon- Castlerea Former Fire Station
CHO3 Limerick- Gaelic Grounds, Limerick City
CHO3 North Tipperary- Nenagh
CHO3 Clare- Ennis Town
CHO 4 Cork - Lee Covid 19 testing centre
CHO 4 Kerry- Tralee
CHO 4 Cork- Dunmanway
CHO 5 South Tipperary Moyles Rovers, Clonmel
CHO 5 Kilkenny- Kilkenny City
CHO 5 Waterford- Kilcohan, Waterford City
CHO 5 Wexford- Whitemills, Wexford
CHO 6 Wicklow- Initial assignment Wicklow Town followed by assignment to Newcastle Hospital
CHO 6 Dublin- Clonskeagh
CHO 7 Dublin- South City Centre
CHO 7 Dublin- City West Convention Centre
CHO 7 Kildare- Punchestown
CHO8 Longford- Longford Town
CHO 8 Westmeath- Mullingar
CHO 8 Offaly- Tullamore
CHO 8 Laois- Portlaoise
CHO 8 Meath- Slane
CHO 8 Louth- Muirhevnamore
CHO 9 Dublin- Swords
Locations may change and candidates will be notified of same at the earliest possible date. We would like to highlight to that flexibility to work in different locations is a key requirement of this role. This is due to the need to provide mobile testing in sites such as home-based testing, outbreak testing such as testing in Residential Care Facilities and serial testing in a range of residential and work locations.
You will need to have access to your own transport in order to carry out the duties of this role in order to provide testing in mobile sites as the health service requires it.
Who should apply?
We welcome applications from all suitably qualified individuals who meet the eligibility criteria for this role. Information on the eligibility criteria are in Appendix 1 and below:
Eligible applicants will be those who on the closing date for the competition:
(i) Obtained at least grade D (or pass) in Higher or Ordinary Level in five subjects from the approved list of subjects in the Department of Education established Leaving Certificate Examination or Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme or Leaving Certificate Applied.
(ii) Passed an examination of at least equivalent standard
(iii) Satisfactory relevant experience which encompasses demonstrable equivalent skills
For information on “Non-European Economic Area Applicants” please see Appendix 2. The HSE welcomes applications from suitably qualified non EEA Nationals who have refugee status. We would be grateful if such applicants would provide documentary evidence confirming their status.
4. How do I apply for this post?
- You first complete the Community Swabber Self Assessment questionnaire. The questions are not scored and the answers are not returned to us, but are returned to you only. This will help you in considering your suitability for this role.
- You must submit a fully completed Application Form particular to this post via the on-line portal. You will need to complete all areas of the form, otherwise your application will not be brought forward to the next stage of the selection process.
- As part of the on-line application process you will receive an email with a unique access/ verification code and a link which is specific to your application. We would advise that you do not share this email/ detail as it contains your personal data.
- In the instance that you are not in a position to complete your application in full at a particular point in time, you have the option to go back into your application via the link received and update your incomplete application where necessary. Once your application is completed in full and submitted you will no longer have the ability to edit your application, you will however have the ability to view your completed application.
- Once you have completed and submitted your application you will receive a copy of your application via email. We recommend you use a personal email address to which you have regular access.
- As we require the same information from all candidates in order to make fair decisions on their applications, we will not be able to process applications by CV or any other method.
- We check eligibility of the candidate at a later date in the process. Please do not apply if you do not meet the eligibility criteria as your application will be deemed ineligible and withdrawn from the recruitment campaign at a later date. It is important that you ensure you have fully demonstrated your eligibility for the role in your application form. If you omit information in this section pertinent to the eligibility criteria you will be deemed ineligible and subsequently not called forward to interview.
- HBS Recruit can only accept complete applications received by the closing date and time of Monday 14th September 2020 at 12 noon. If you submit more than one application the first one received is the version that will be considered.
- Please note that HBS Recruit and Recruitment Services providers outside of the HSE, who are supporting this initiative on our behalf, will in the main contact you by email. As you can appreciate, it is your responsibility to ensure you have frequent access to your emails. You may receive email communications that have a time deadline requirement. As a result, we recommend you use a personal email address to which you have regular access. We will send you an email to alert you if we have sent you a communication by post.
Details of Service
Community Operations incorporating the 9 Community Healthcare Organisations (CHO) and the National Community Testing Team play a key role in the referral and swabbing elements of the end-to-end Testing and Tracing Pathway. Testing and Tracing plays an important role in reducing Community Transmission of Covid-19.
CHO Community Testing Teams manage, deliver and support community swabbing in a range of settings, including but not limited to:
- Community Testing Centres
- Home-Based Testing
- Outbreak Testing: CHO Testing Teams work with local Public Health Departments and the National Ambulance Service to provide swabbing as part of the management of Covid-19 outbreaks.
- Bulk/Mass Testing: CHO Testing Teams support Mass Testing in Residential Care Facilities and other locations in response to National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) recommendations.
- Serial Testing Programmes: CHO Testing Teams support the ongoing provision of serial testing in a range of residential and work locations
The Covid-19 Community Testing service has evolved, developed and expanded in response to the Pandemic. A dynamic, flexible and responsive approach to testing will be required to meet future and changing demands. This will require the Team Members to be agile in terms of work attendance patterns and locations Successful Candidates and new Team Members will be provided with full training and induction and on-going support. Covid-19 Testing is a critical element of the HSE response to the Pandemic.
The post holder will report to the Testing Lead or delegated Manager within CHO.
Purpose of the Post
The purpose of this post is to undertake swabbing and administrative duties as directed by Line Manager as set out in the principal duties and responsibilities. The Community Swabber will be required to be flexible and agile in response to service requirements. This is a Specified Purpose Contract for the duration of the pandemic (contract length will be indicated at job offer stage) with initial assignment to COVID 19 Testing Services.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
The position of Community Swabber encompasses both swabbing and administrative responsibilities within the assigned service.
The post encompasses the following areas of responsibility:
- Obtain nasopharyngeal (swab from the nose) and oropharyngeal (swab from the Throat) swabs from persons refereed for Testing
- Completion of associated administration during the testing process; confirm patient name & contact details; label tubes, package swab tubes etc
- Support other administrative activities as required to support community testing
- Ability to work within administrative function within HSE if and when testing centres demand decreases
- Deal with members of the public attending health services
- Work with Managers to promote the team work required to develop systems and structures for service improvement.
- Maintain appropriate relationships with key stakeholders including other service providers.
- Provide reports as required on daily weekly monthly basis s required.
- Engage in pro-active communications with internal and external stakeholders, particularly focused on service interface initiatives.
- Promote and participate in the implementation of organisational and service change as necessary.
- Comply with obligations to protect patient Confidentiality and data at all times.
- Any other duties as required from time to time as assigned by the Line Manager
Health & Safety
- In accordance with Health and Safety at work policy, observe all rules relating to Health and Safety and Conduct at Work and to use any equipment provided in a safe and responsible manner.
- Understand and adhere to all relevant HSE policies, guidelines and procedures, comply with health and safety, infection control and risk management procedures, comply with statutory obligations.
- Report any incident or potential incident which may compromise the health and safety of patient/ clients / residents, staff or visitors and take appropriate action.
- Report any accidents, near misses to the person in charge and ensure completion of incident / near miss forms.
- Not undertake any duty related to patient/client care for which he/she is not trained.
- Attend training courses as required e.g. CPR, Hygiene, HACCP, Fire Prevention etc.
- Conduct his / herself in a manner that ensures safe patient/ client care.
- 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.
- To support, promote and actively participate in sustainable energy, water and waste initiatives to create a more sustainable, low carbon and efficient health service.
Education & Training
- Attend induction and mandatory in-service education.
- As directed participate in the induction of new staff.
- Maintain continuous personal and participate in team based development, education, training and learning.
- Participate in performance review/ achievement and the development of a personal development plan in conjunction with and as required his / her line manager.
The above Job Description 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.
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