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State Board Vacancies – Appointment of Members to the National Haemophilia Council

Appointment of Members to the National Haemophilia Council

In accordance with the Government’s decision to widen the opportunity for board membership of State Bodies, the Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly TD, invites expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced persons interested in being appointed as Members of the National Haemophilia Council. Council members are appointed in a non-executive capacity. Expressions of interest are sought for the position of two members of the Council who are members of a registered profession with an interest in haemophilia.

National Haemophilia Council

Background Information

The National Haemophilia Council was set up under SI No. 451 of 2004 following the Report of the Tribunal of Inquiry into the infection with HIV and Hepatitis C of Persons with Haemophilia and Related Matters (the Lindsay Report).

The Lindsay Report recommended that “A Co-ordinating Committee in regard to the treatment and care of persons with haemophilia should be established with representatives from the various organisations and interest groups in relation to haemophilia care”.

The Council comprises 11 members, including the Chairperson and is a forum through which members of the Irish Haemophilia Society, haemophilia treaters and healthcare administrators advise and make recommendations to the Minister for Health on all aspects of haemophilia, on its own initiative or at the request of the Minister.

Objectives of the National Haemophilia Council

To advise and make recommendations to the Minister for Health on all aspects of haemophilia, on its own initiative or at the request of the Minister, and in particular on:-

  • the care and treatment of persons with haemophilia;
  • protocols for treatment of haemophilia;
  • health services (including counselling services) for persons with haemophilia;
  • education and training of staff who provide services for persons with haemophilia;
  • education and health promotion for persons with haemophilia and their families;
  • the changing needs of persons with haemophilia, in order to help ensure that health services respond effectively to such changing needs;
  • developments arising from research into haemophilia;
  • appropriate support services for the families of persons with haemophilia.

Membership of the National Haemophilia Council

Details of Appointment

There are two vacancies on the National Haemophilia Council and successful applicants will be appointed by the Minister for Health in line with the provisions of Section 6 of the National Haemophilia Council (Establishment) Order 2004 (SI No 451 of 2004). Members are appointed by the Minister for a term not exceeding 3 years. The Council holds approximately 6 meetings annually.

Further information on the Council is available at www.nationalhaemophiliacouncil.ie

The Ministerial appointments cover a cross-section of interests and backgrounds in relation to haemophilia care, including members of a registered profession with an interest in haemophilia.

There is no remuneration for acting as a member of the Council. Travel and subsistence allowances for Council Members are paid in line with Government guidelines. The Council must comply with the relevant provisions of the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies.

How to apply

Interested applicants should register an Expression of Interest through the Public Appointments Service at www.publicjobs.ie/publicjobs/campaignAdvert/6423.htm. Applicants who have not previously registered with the Public Appointments Service will be required to register to apply for the posts.

The application process will consist of the following steps:

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

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 the notice.

Applications will be accepted up to and including 6 December 2012.

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