Staff Nurse General, Public Health Nursing Department

Community Healthcare WestGalwayPart-timePermanent

Staff Nurse General, Public Health Nursing Department, Galway

Job Specification, Terms and Conditions

Job Title and Grade

Staff Nurse General, Public Health Nursing Department, Galway

(Grade Code: 2135)

Campaign Reference

CHW009-SNPHNG-2023

Closing Date

Friday 17th February 2023 at 12 noon

Proposed

Interview Date

As soon as possible after the closing date.

Taking up Appointment

A start date will be indicated at job offer stage.

Location of Post

There are currently a number of vacancies available for both permanent and temporary and whole time and part time in Galway Public Health Nursing Department.

A panel may be formed as a result of this campaign for Staff Nurse, Public Health Nursing Department, Galway from which current and future, permanent and specified purpose vacancies of full or part-time duration for the role of Staff Nurse, Public Health Nursing Department, Galway may be filled

Informal Enquires

Helen Martin Director of Public Health Nursing

Tel: 091 546343/086 8202348

Email: helen.martin@hse.ie

Details of Service

The staff nurse will be appointed to work specifically in the Public Health Nursing Service, working as part of multi-disciplinary teams in the delivery of a coordinated approach to client care.

Reporting Relationship

The professional reporting relationship for clinical governance and clinical supervision will be to the Director of Nursing through the professional line management structure.

Purpose of the Post

The Staff Nurse will assess, plan, implement and evaluate care to the highest professional and ethical standards within the model of nursing care practiced in the relevant Primary Care setting. The staff nurse will provide holistic, person centred care, promoting optimum independence and enhancing the quality of life for service users.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Professional Responsibilities

The Staff Nurse will:

· Practice nursing according to the Code of Professional Conduct as laid down by the Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann (Nursing Midwifery Board Ireland) and Professional Clinical Guidelines.

· Adhere to national, regional and local Health Service Executive (HSE) guidelines, policies, protocols and legislation.

· Work within their scope of practice and take measures to develop and maintain the competence necessary for professional practice.

· Maintain a high standard of professional behaviour and be accountable for their practice.

· Be aware of ethical policies and procedures which pertain to their area of practice.

· Respect and maintain the privacy, dignity and confidentiality of the patient.

· Follow appropriate lines of authority within the Nurse Management structure.

Clinical Practice

The Staff Nurse will:

· Deliver the nursing care of an assigned group of patients within a best practice / evidence based framework.

· Manage a designated caseload.

· Promote the health, welfare and social wellbeing of patients within our services.

· Actively participate as a multi-disciplinary / inter-disciplinary team member in all aspects of service delivery including case conferences, clinical meetings, team meetings.

· Assess, plan, implement and evaluate individual person centred care programmes within an agreed framework and in accordance with best practice.

· Develop and promote good interpersonal relationships with patients, their family / social network supports and the interdisciplinary care team in the promotion of person centred care.

· Ensure that care is carried out in an empathetic and ethical manner and that the dignity and spiritual needs of the patient are respected.

· Promote and recognise the patients’ social and cultural dimensions of care and the need for links with their local community.

· Collaborate and work closely with the patient, their family, the multi-disciplinary / inter-disciplinary team, external agencies and services to facilitate discharge planning, continuity of care and specific care requirements.

· Provide appropriate and timely education and information to the patient, their family and be an advocate for the individual patient and for their family.

· Report and consult with senior nursing management and the medical director on clinical issues as appropriate.

· Maintain appropriate and accurate triage nursing records and reports in accordance with local / national / professional guidelines.

· Participate in innovation and change management in the approach to patient care delivery particularly in relation to new research findings, evidence based practice and advances in treatment.

· Participate in clinical audit and review.

· Participate in community needs assessment and ongoing community delivery of care as appropriate.

· Undertake key worker role as appropriate.

· Promote a positive health concept with patients and colleagues and contribute to health promotion and disease prevention initiatives of the Health Service Executive.

· Delegate to and supervise the work of other grades of staff within the remit of their role, as appropriate.

· Refer clients to other services as required.

Clinical Governance

The Staff Nurse will:

· Participate in clinical governance structures within the local / regional / national clinical governance framework.

· Have a working knowledge of HIQA Standards as they apply to the role / care setting, for example, Standards for Healthcare, National Standards for the Prevention and Control of Healthcare Associated Infections, Hygiene Standards etc.

· Contribute to ongoing monitoring, audit and evaluation of the service as appropriate.

· Accurately record and report all complaints to appropriate personnel according to local service policy.

· Participate in the development of policies / procedures and guidelines to support compliance with current legal requirements, where existing, for the safe storage and administration of medicines and other clinical products.

· Participate in the development of policies / procedures and guidelines with health, safety, fire, risk and management personnel and participate in their development in conjunction with relevant staff and in compliance with statutory obligations.

· Observe, report and take appropriate action on any matter which may be detrimental to patient care or well being.

· Be aware of, and comply with, the principles of clinical governance including quality, risk and health and safety and be individually responsible for clinical governance, risk management / health and safety issues in their area of work.

· Participate in the development, promotion and implementation of infection prevention and control guidelines.

· Adhere to organisational dress code.

· Assume responsibility for and coordinate the management of the unit / care setting in the absence of the Clinical Nurse Manager.

Health &Safety

The Staff Nurse will:

· Comply with current legal requirements for the safe administration and storage of medicines

· Be aware of the principles of risk management and be individually responsible for risk management issues in their area of work

· Observe, report and take appropriate action on any matter which may be detrimental to patient care or well being or inhibit the efficient operation of the assignment

· Work in a manner to minimise risk

· Be aware of the principles of risk management and be individually responsible for risk management issues in their area of work

Education, Training & Development

The Staff Nurse will:

· Take responsibility for own learning and development needs and actively contribute to the learning and development of the interdisciplinary team

· Complete all mandatory training as deemed necessary by the Director of Nursing and ABA

· Participate in performance evaluation / review with their line manager, identifying areas for improvement and appropriate plans / measures to achieve them

· Identify and contribute to the continual enhancement of learning opportunities in the clinical area

· Participate in the clinical / workplace induction of all new nursing and support staff

· Contribute to the identification of training needs pertinent to the clinical area

Administration

The Staff Nurse will:

· Act as an information source to colleagues within PCCC and the acute hospital framework

· Utilise the resources provided in an effective and economic manner

· Accurately record and report all complaints to appropriate personnel according to local service policy

· Contribute to the development and implementation of information sharing protocols, audit systems, referral pathways, individual care plans and shared care arrangements

· Contribute to ongoing monitoring, audit and evaluation of the service as appropriate

· Contribute to the service planning process as appropriate

· Maintain records and submit activity data / furnish appropriate reports as required

· Ensure that records are safeguarded and managed in a confidential manner as per HSE / local policy

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, by the latest date for receipt of completed application forms for the post:

1. Professional Qualifications & Experience

Be registered, or be eligible for registration, in the General Divisionof the Register of Nurses maintained by An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann (Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland).

And

Candidates must possess the requisite knowledge and ability, (including a high standard of clinical and administrative capacity), for the proper discharge of the duties of the office.

2. Annual Registration

On appointment, practitioners must maintain live annual registration on the General Nurse Division of the Register of Nurses and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) (Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais nahÉireann).

And

Practitioners must confirm annual registration with the NMBI to the HSE by way of the annual Patient Safety Assurance Certification (PSAC).

3. Health

Candidates 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.

4. Character

Candidate for and any person holding the office must be of good character

Post Specific Requirements

Demonstrate depth and breadth of professional knowledge and experience across the Staff Nurse General scope of nursing practice in a range of clinical settings as relevant to the role

Other Requirements

Specific to the Post

Qualification in midwifery would be desirable.

Access to appropriate transport to fulfil the requirements of the role.

Other requirements may be indicated at expression of interest stage if applicable.

Skills, Competencies and/or Knowledge

Candidates must:

Professional Knowledge

· Demonstrate practitioner competence and professionalism in order to carry out the duties and responsibilities of the role.

· Demonstrate sufficient clinical knowledge, clinical reasoning skills and evidence based practice to carry out the duties and responsibilities of the role.

· Display evidence-based clinical knowledge in making decisions regarding client care.

· Demonstrate a commitment to continuing professional development.

· Demonstrate knowledge of Primary Care.

· Demonstrate a willingness to engage and develop IT skills relevant to the role.

· Demonstrate an awareness of developments within the HSE.

· Demonstrates an awareness of legislation and standards relevant to the role.

Planning & Organising Skills

· Demonstrate evidence of effective planning and organising skills.

· Demonstrate effective analytical, problem solving and decision making skills.

Building & Maintaining Relationships

· Demonstrate the ability to build and maintain relationships including the ability to work effectively as part of a multi disciplinary team.

Commitment to Providing Quality Service

· Demonstrate evidence of ability to empathise with and treat patients, relatives and colleagues with dignity and respect.

· Demonstrate a commitment to providing a quality service.

Communication and Interpersonal Skills

· Demonstrates excellent communication skills, including sufficient command of the English language so as to effectively carry out the duties and responsibilities of the role.

Competition Specific Selection Process

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 facilitates 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 description 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.

Staff Nurse General, Public Health Nursing Department, Galway

Terms and Conditions of Employment

Tenure

There are currently a number of vacancies available for both permanent and temporary and whole time and part time in Galway Public Health Nursing Department.

The post is pensionable. A panel may be formed as a result of this campaign for Staff Nurse, Public Health Nursing Department, Galway from which current and future, permanent and specified purpose vacancies of full or part-time duration for the role of Staff Nurse, Public Health Nursing Department, Galway 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.

Remuneration

The Salary Scale (as at 01/10/2022) for the post is:

€32,542 €34,437 €35,405 €36,684 €38,297 €39,908 €41,511 €42,898 €44,288 €45,672 €47,057 €48,417 €49,868 LSI

Working Week

The standard working week applying to the post is 37.5 hours (5 over 7) per week (pro rata)

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 is to 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

Age

The Public Service Superannuation (Age of Retirement) Act, 2018* set 70 years as the compulsory retirement age for public servants.

* Public Servants not affected by this legislation:

Public servants joining the public service, or re-joining the public service with a 26 week break in service, between 1 April 2004 and 31 December 2012 (new entrants) have no compulsory retirement age.

Public servants, joining the public service or re-joining the public service after a 26 week break, after 1 January 2013 are members of the Single Pension Scheme and have a compulsory retirement age of 70.

Probation

Every appointment of a person who is not already an 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

Health & Safety

It 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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