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Appointment as Chairperson to the Board of the Health Information and Quality Authority

In accordance with the Government’s decision to widen the opportunity for board membership of State Bodies, the Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly T.D., invites expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced persons interested in being appointed to the position of Chairperson of the Board of the Health Information and Quality Authority. The Chairperson is appointed in a non-executive capacity. The term of office of the current Chairperson will expire on 14th May, 2013.

Health Information and Quality Authority

Background Information

The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) was established under the Health Act 2007. HIQA is the independent Authority established to drive continuous improvement in Ireland’s health and social care services. The Authority comes under the aegis of the Minister for Health and has a Board of 12 members.

HIQA’s role is to promote quality and safety in the provision of health and personal social services for the benefit of the health and welfare of the public. As an independent organisation, the Authority is committed to an open and transparent relationship with its stakeholders. It’s independence within the health system is key and central to being successful in undertaking it’s functions. Further information on HIQA is available from www.hiqa.ie

Chairperson of the Board of HIQA

Details of Appointment

A vacancy for the position of Chairperson of the HIQA Board will arise on 14th May, 2013. The Chairperson is appointed by the Minister for Health in line with the provisions of Section 13 of the Health Act 2007.

The Chairperson of the Board is appointed by the Minister for a term not exceeding 5 years in line with Section 13(4) of the 2007 Health Act. Persons being proposed for appointment as Chairperson of the Board will be required to make themselves available to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health and Children to discuss the approach which they will take to their role as Chairperson and their views about the future contribution of HIQA. Following that discussion a decision will be taken by the Minister to confirm the nominee as Chairperson.

Information on the current Board of HIQA can be found on the Authority’s website www.hiqa.ie

The roles of the Board and individual Board Members are described in the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies 2009 which is available on the website of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. Applicants should be familiar with these requirements and obligations around confidentiality and conflicts of interest. It should also be noted that Board Members on appointment assume significant duties such as responsibility for the proper conduct of the organisation’s affairs, to hold information obtained in their role as Board Member confidential and to act in accordance with public policy and high standards of probity.

In order to qualify for appointment a person must not have any conflicts of interest likely to interfere with his/her ability to play a full part on the Board.

The following is an indication of the time commitment required of Board Members:

  • There are 6 statutorily required meetings annually. These are full day meetings.
  • A number of special Board meetings are also held to progress specific aspects of the Authority’s work as and when required and often take place during evening hours. Currently, the Board has 4 sub-committees and Board Members are required to serve on at least one of the sub-committees. Each sub-committee meets 4 times per year.

HIQA is a Category 2 Board as determined by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. Remuneration of Board members, as well as travel and subsistence allowances, is paid in line with Government guidelines. The current rate of remuneration for the Chairperson is €20,520 per annum. The Chairperson will be required to devote as much time to duties on the Board as is necessary for the proper and efficient discharge of their duties, and to comply with the relevant provisions of the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies.

www.per.gov.ie/wp-content/uploads/CODE-OF-PRACTICE-FOR-THE-GOVERNANCE-OF-STATE-BODIES-2009.pdf

It should be noted however, that under revised Department of Public Expenditure and Reform arrangements, it is now a requirement that public servants:

  • who sit on state boards in an ex officio capacity or on behalf of their parent Department/organisation or
  • who may be nominated to such board positions independently of their public service employment

should not be paid remuneration in the form of board fees when serving in such a representational capacity. It should also be noted that Board members, including Chairperson, may voluntarily waive their right to any remuneration.

Chairperson Expertise

The position of Chair is one that requires considerable leadership skills with responsibility for ensuring that effective governance arrangements are in place and are adhered to in all aspects of HIQA’s activities.

The main responsibilities include:

  • Managing the Board
  • Managing key relationships (with the CEO, the Minister and the Department)
  • Leading on performance management (for the body overall, the CEO and the Board)
  • Leading on compliance (by effective audit arrangements and compliance with key regulatory and reporting requirements).

It would be desirable that candidates for this position have some experience in chairing Boards of Directors and have some experience and expertise in one or more of the following areas:

  • experience in regulation, corporate governance, health systems and healthcare
  • management
  • corporate and business management
  • public sector, human resources and organisational development
  • health information/health economics
  • health technology assessment
  • social services, particularly in the area of child protection and disability
  • professional aspects of the delivery of health and social care services.

It should also be noted that Board Members on appointment assume significant duties such as responsibility for the proper conduct of the organisation’s affairs, to hold information obtained in their role as Board Member confidential and to act in accordance with public policy and high standards of probity.

In order to qualify for appointment a person must not have any conflicts of interest likely to interfere with his/her ability to play a full part on the Board.

How to apply

Interested applicants should register an Expression of Interest through the Public Appointments Service at www.publicjobs.ie. Applicants who have not previously registered with the Public Appointments Service will be required to register to apply for the post.

The application process will consist of the following steps:

  • Registering with publicjobs.ie (if not already registered)
  • Downloading and completing a PDF based questionnaire
  • Completing an online application form
  • Attaching the completed PDF questionnaire

By submitting an expression of interest the applicant accepts that appointments are made in the exercise of a statutory discretion, that the Minister is not obliged to consider the expressions of interest offered, that he is not confined to recommending an appointment from amongst those who have expressed an interest and is not bound by any statement set out in this notice. Applications will be accepted up to and including 9th April 2013.

Results will be posted on this website. We will treat all applications /expressions of interest confidentially and information will only be given to the appropriate personnel