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Invitation of expressions of interest in appointment to non-professional positions on (i) the Health and Social Care Professionals Council and (ii) Registration Boards it oversees

CORU is the umbrella term used to describe the Health and Social Care Professionals Council, its disciplinary committees and the registration boards established under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005 for the designated professions. It is Ireland’s multi-profession health regulator. Its role is to protect the public by promoting high standards of professional conduct, education, training and competence through statutory registration of the 14 designated health and social care professions.

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

Health and Social Care Professionals Council

The Health and Social Care Professionals Council oversees and co-ordinates the work of the registration boards (currently nine) to ensure consistency and effectiveness in CORU’s regulatory regime. The Council has collective responsibility to the public in the performance of its duties.

The main functions of the Council are to 

  • Oversee and co-ordinate the activities of the registration boards
  • Provide administrative support and secretarial assistance to registration boards and their committees
  • Receive applications and make decisions concerning applications that have been refused by the registration boards
  • Enforce standards of practice for registrants of the designated professions, including the code of professional conduct and ethics adopted by their registration boards
  • Establish committees of inquiry into complaints against registrants
  • Make decisions and give directions relating to the imposition of disciplinary sanctions on registrants
  • Advise the Minister for Health, either on its own initiative or at the Minister’s request, on all matters relating to the Council’s functions under the Act

The 29 members of the Council (14 professional and 15 non-professional positions) are appointed by the Minister for Health. It is proposed to establish a panel to fill vacancies arising in the following non-professional positions on the Council as they arise

  • To be representative of the management of the public health sector, the social care sector or both sectors
  • To be representative of the management of a voluntary or private sector organisation concerned with health or social care
  • To be representative of the interests of the general public
  • To have such qualifications, interests and experience as, in the opinion of the Minister, would be of value to the Council in performing its functions

 Registration Boards

Each registration board consists of 13 members (6 professional and 7 non-professional positions) appointed by the Minister for Health.  Each board has collective responsibility to the public in the performance of its duties.

The main functions of registration boards are to 

  • Establish and maintain registers of members of the designated profession
  • Approve qualifications required for registration
  • Decide on applications for registration and issuing certificates of registration
  • Set the standards of performance and the code of conduct and ethics expected of registrants
  • Give guidance to registrants concerning
    • ethical conduct
    • practice of the profession
    • continuing professional development
  • Monitor the continuing suitability of programmes for the education & training of applicants for registration
  • Approve new courses
  • Make recommendations with respect to sanctions in Fitness to Practise cases
  • With the approval of the Council, conduct research into education & training relating to the practice of the profession
  • Maintain statistical records which must be available for research & planning
  • Recognise qualifications gained outside the State in the boards’ function of Competent Authority under Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of Professional Qualifications.

It is proposed to establish a panel to fill vacancies arising in the following non-professional positions on the registration boards as they arise

  • To be representative of the management of the public health sector, the social care sector or both sectors
  • To be representative of the management of a voluntary or private sector organisation concerned with health or social care
  • To be representative of the interests of the general public

Expressions of interest are being invited from suitably qualified and experienced candidates for appointment to one or more of the non-professional positions on the Health and Social Care Professionals Council and the nine registration boards it currently oversees.

All candidates must demonstrate significant professional experience at an appropriately senior level of two or more of the following:

  • Executive management
  • Corporate governance
  • Risk management
  • Change management
  • Strategic planning
  • Sectoral knowledge/experience
  • Experience of regulation/operating in a regulatory environment
  • Financial management and accounting skills

The following are also considered desirable:

  • Demonstrate an ability to build key relationships, and build consensus amongst diverse stakeholders
  • Previous Board experience
  • Knowledge of the Irish healthcare system

In considering applications due regard will be given to Government policy on gender balance on State Boards.

On foot of this campaign successful candidates will be placed on a list to be retained by the Department for a period of up to two years.

Term of Appointment

Appointments to the Board will be for an initial period of 4 years with an option to extend the term of engagement for a second term of 4 years,

Applications should be made through the State Boards website

Information booklet

www.coru.ie

Appointment to be made by the Minister for Health.

Location of board meetings are in Dublin.

Date Board Vacancy Advertised: Friday 13th January 2017

Closing Date for submission of applications: Friday 3rd February 2017