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State Board Vacancies – Appointments to the Board of Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann – Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI)

Appointments to the Board of Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann – Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI)

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 persons who wish to be considered for appointment to Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann – Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland. Those who wish to be considered for appointment to the Board must meet the requirements specified below.

The Minister is currently seeking to appoint 6 persons who are not and have never been a registered nurse or registered midwife to the Board, one of whom is experienced in the provision of health or personal social care in the voluntary sector and five persons who have such qualifications, expertise, interests or experience that would enable them to make a contribution to the performance of the Board’s functions.

Background Information

Section 8 of the Nurses and Midwives Act 2011 sets out that the object of the Board “Shall be the protection of the public in its dealings with nurses and midwives and the integrity of the practice of nursing and midwifery through the promotion of high standards of professional education, training and practice, and professional conduct among nurses and midwives”.

In accordance with the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies, the Board should meet regularly, provide strategic leadership, retain full and effective control over the organisation and monitor executive management and performance. The collective responsibility and authority of the Board should be asserted and maintained.

Appointments to the Board

The Board consists of 23 members. Of the 12 members who are not a nurse or a midwife, 6 will be appointed following the advertisement of these positions by the Public Appointments Service.

In accordance with sections 22(1)(i) and (j) of the Nurses and Midwives Act 2011, the Minister for Health is seeking to appoint:

  • One person who is experienced in the provision of health or personal social care in the voluntary sector and who is not and never has been a registered nurse or registered midwife in the State or in another jurisdiction. (section 22(1)(i))
  • Five persons who
    • Are not and never have been registered nurses or registered midwives in the State or in another jurisdiction
    • Have such qualifications, expertise, interests or experience as, in the opinion of the Minister formed after engaging in such consultations as he considers appropriate, would enable them to make a contribution to the performance of the Board’s functions. (section 22(1)(j))

Term of Office

Members of the Board hold office for a term of 3 or 5 years from the date of his\her appointment. No person may hold office as a member of the Board for more than two consecutive terms.

Competencies and Skills

It is important that Board members are appointed with the necessary competencies and abilities to work together to achieve the stated objective of the Board. A Board skills analysis may be used to evaluate the competencies and skills each Board member will possess.

In relation to all of the six nominations, the following identifies a broad range of skills and competencies for any board member. Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann – Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland would invite expertise in public interest, patient safety and advocacy, corporate governance, finance, risk management, human resource management and law. The appointment under 22(1)(i) requires that candidate to have particular experience in the provision of health or personal social care in the voluntary sector.

General Competencies

  • Can see wider picture and perspective
  • Ability to make informed decisions
  • Integrity in personal and business dealings

Strategic Competencies

  • Ability to recognise opportunities and threats for the organisation
  • Ability to recognise wider economic and societal changes
  • Aware of change and the need for change

Analytical Competencies

  • Ability to think critically and challenge proposals
  • Understands issues from different perspectives
  • Asks for and uses information to make informed judgements/assessment

Character Competencies

  • Acts on morals and values
  • Can be objective at all times about what is best for the organisation

Communication Competencies

  • Can articulate thoughts, opinions, rationale and views in a clear, concise and logical manner
  • Is flexible and willing to change stances when necessary or appropriate
  • Has the ability to listen, analyse and understand key points
  • Can interact with other Board members in a group setting, both contributing to and valuing the contribution of all members

Knowledge Competencies

  • Understand responsibilities as a Board member
  • Understand the key performance indicators of the organisation
  • Awareness of the legal, accounting and regulatory requirement affecting the organisation

To fulfil their responsibilities, Board members need to dedicate a significant amount of time and energy to Board activities. This will include familiarisation with the organisations activities and responsibilities; preparation for and attendance at meetings; informal meetings with interested parties and other groups.

Time Commitment and Remuneration

Successful applicants will be expected to attend at least 4 board meetings each year (with additional Special Board Meetings being scheduled as and when required) and members may also be nominated by the Board to serve on sub-committees of the Board. Members will be required to devote as much time to duties of the board as necessary for the proper and efficient discharge of their duties. This will time in preparation for board meetings and attending and preparing for board committee meetings, stakeholder meetings and events and other ad hoc meetings as required. By applying for the position it is assumed that you can meet this time commitment.

Members are obliged to comply with the relevant provisions of the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies. This Code includes a description of the role and responsibilities of board members.

No fees are currently paid to Board members. Travel and subsistence expenses arising from the business of the Board are payable in accordance with rates laid down by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform.

Training

Appropriate induction training will be provided to all new members.

Appointment Process

The Department is committed to the principles of public appointments based on merit, with independent assessment, openness and transparency. 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.

How to Apply

Anyone interested in being considered for appointment as a Board member should submit an application form via the following link www.publicjobs.ie together with detailed Curriculum Vitae not exceeding 3 pages

In submitting expressions of interest, applicants should also set out clearly any actual or potential conflicts of interest that may arise should they be appointed to the Board.

The application will consist of the following steps:

When you click on ‘Apply for this job’ you will be brought to the registration page. If you are already registered on www.publicjobs.ie you can log in using your username and password.

If you have not previously registered you will need to register your details, then you must go to “Choose a job category” on the left side of the screen. Click on “Membership of a State Board” and then click ‘Apply for this job’.

Step 1 – Download a PDF Application Form. This is an application form which you should fill in and save to your PC.

Step 2 – Complete the Online Application Form. Most of this will be pre filled from your registration profile. Then you will be asked to upload the PDF Application Form that you previously saved.

Step 3 – Attach a detailed CV not exceeding 3 pages.

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.

The closing date for receipt of expressions of interest with an appropriate CV is: 12 midnight on Monday 1st October 2012.

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

Expressions of interest received after that time will not be eligible for consideration.