The Minister for Health invites applications for the position of Chair of the Saolta University Health Care Group Board

The Minister for Health invites applications for the position as Chairperson  of the Saolta University Health Care Group Board.

The ideal candidate will be committed to the Saolta University Health Care Group mission and will be passionate, enthusiastic, and engaged.

He/she must have a career history that demonstrates extensive experience at a senior level in either or both of the following areas:

Corporate Governance: Candidates must have a career history which demonstrates strong corporate governance skills at a senior level in a large, complex environment and an understanding of the principles of corporate risk and the Boards role in establishing and overseeing risk management structures and holding the Executive to account for their effective delivery.

Desirable Skills/Experience: an understanding of the complexity of providing evidence-based, high quality and safe care, including risk management, and the Boards specific role in its governance and assuring itself of quality and patient safety. – an understanding of the role of the Board in providing strategic guidance and oversight, in regularly reviewing and responding to information relating to quality and safety outcomes for service users supporting the associated learning and its dissemination, including learning from national and local investigations – an understanding of the role of the Board in fostering and developing a patient safety culture at all levels of the organisation.

Financial Management: Strategic Planning and Change Management Candidates must have a career history at a senior level in a large complex organisation which demonstrates: – experience in financial planning and the presentation and interpretation of financial performance. He/she will demonstrate a capacity to understand the economics of health care and the budgets required to achieve the organisation-s mission. – strong change management and corporate integration experience e.g. experience in the integration of large organisations – a capacity to quickly understand the complex legal and regulatory environment in which the Hospital Group Board functions.

Desirable Skills/Experience: experience of leading staff through a challenging change environment – commercial business management experience and expertise in delivering outcomes based on best contemporary business practice, ICT and performance management. – experience in the development of education and research programmes on a national/international scale – advocacy skills or experience In addition to the above, a knowledge of Irish and International healthcare systems is also desirable, in particular knowledge of the following will be an advantage: – the Irish Health Care system and an understanding of the environment that the hospital group operates in, the relationship with key stakeholders, – public service management and the environment within which the Board will function. – international models of governance in healthcare.

It should also be noted that the Chairperson, on appointment, will hold information obtained in their role as Chairperson confidential and to act in accordance with public policy and high standards of probity as set out in the Code. In order to qualify for appointment a person must not have any conflicts of interest likely to interfere with his/her ability to assume the role of Chairperson.

A person who is proposed for appointment as Chairperson by the Minister may be required to discuss the approach which they will take to their role as chairperson and their views about the contribution of the Board to the Oireachtas Committee on Health. Following that discussion, a decision will be taken by the Minister to confirm the nominee as Chairperson.

Applications should be made directly to the Public Appointments Service:

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Information Booklet: Chair Saolta Group Board Final Information Booklet

Date Board Vacancy Advertised: 09/09/2016

Closing Date for Submission of Expressions of Interest: 14/10/2016

Website: Saolta