Appointment of the psychologist professional member on the Health and Social Care Professionals Council

The Health and Social Care Professionals Council is an independent regulator established to protect the public by promoting high standards of professional conduct and professional education, training and competence amongst registrants of the 14 designated health and social care professions.  The Council, its disciplinary committees and the registration boards (known under the umbrella name CORU) were established under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005.

The 14 designated professions are:

Clinical Biochemist; Dietitian; Dispensing Optician; Medical Scientist; Occupational Therapist; Optometrist; Orthoptist; Physiotherapist; Podiatrist; Psychologist; Radiographer; Social Care Worker; Social Worker; and Speech and Language Therapist.

The Council’s role is to establish the corporate requirements for the organisation; to oversee and co-ordinate the registration boards and to deal with complaints against registrants of the professions, through establishing and managing the ‘Fitness to Practise’ regime.  The ‘Fitness to Practise’ regime being implemented on a phased basis is similar to that applying to medical practitioners and nurses.

The Council has 29 members comprising a non-professional chairperson,14 professional members (one for each designated profession) and 14 non-professional members representing the management of the health sector, relevant third level educational establishments, and the public interest.  The vacancy has arisen because the term of office of the member representing the psychologist profession expired.

Registration boards for 9 and registers for 8 of the designated professions, have so far been established.  It is proposed to establish the boards for the remaining designated professions in 2016 and 2017.  The Psychologist Registration Board is scheduled to be established this year.

The ideal candidate will have extensive knowledge, skills and experience in the profession of Psychology to be able to advice Council on all matters pertaining to the profession.

Applications should be made to the Public Appointments Service.

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Appointment to be made by the Minister for Health.

Location of board meetings are in Dublin.

Date Board Vacancy Advertised: 22/07/2016

Closing Date for submission of applications: 11/08/2016