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Ministerial Appointments to the Medical Council

The current term of office of the Medical Council is due to expire on 31st May 2013. The Council consists of 25 members, 5 of whom will be appointed by the Minister for Health in accordance with the provisions of section 17(1)(n) of the Medical Practitioners Act 2007.

“ 5 persons who –

  • are not and have never been medical practitioners in the State or in another jurisdiction, and
  • have such qualifications, expertise, interests or experience as, in the opinion of the Minister, would enable them to make a contribution to the performance of the Council’s functions”

Those who wish to be considered for appointment by the Minister to the Council must meet the requirements specified above.

Background Information

The objective of the Council is to protect the public by promoting and better ensuring high standards of professional conduct and professional education, training and competence among registered medical practitioners.

The Medical Practitioner’s Act (“the Act”) sets out the Council’s duties and powers. The principal functions of the Council are to:

  • Establish and maintain the Register of Medical Practitioners
  • Set and monitor standards for undergraduate, intern and postgraduate education and training
  • Specify and review the standards required for the maintenance of the professional competence of registered medical practitioners
  • Specify standards of practice for registered medical practitioners including providing guidance on all matters related to professional conduct and ethics
  • Conduct disciplinary procedures

Mission Statement:

‘Protecting the public by promoting and ensuring the highest professional standards amongst doctors’

The Medical Practitioners Act 2007 has conferred the Medical Council with an increased number of statutory functions that allows Council to exercise this role in a more comprehensive manner. The above principal functions, in addition to the increased responsibilities for establishing standards for undergraduate education and postgraduate training of doctors, provides a stable mandate for achieving Councils mission statement.

The Medical Council’s Vision, Mission and Values are laid down in the Statement of Strategy 2010-2013, arising from which the six strategic objectives that define the focus for the organisation have been identified.

Appointments to the Council comprise of the following:

Elected members:

  • One medical practitioner registered or able to be registered in the Specialist Division in relation to obstetrics and gynaecology
  • One medical practitioner registered or able to be registered in the Specialist Division in relation to anaesthesia
  • One medical practitioner registered or able to be registered in the Specialist Division in relation to public health medicine
  • One medical practitioner registered or able to be registered in the Specialist Division in relation to pathology or radiology
  • One registered medical practitioner, not being a consultant, practicing medicine in a hospital
  • One registered medical practitioner, not falling within any of the categories above

Nominated members:

In addition to the 6 elected members, the Council comprises of a further 19 nominated members:

  • one registered medical practitioner nominated by the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland in relation to medical specialties;
  • one registered medical practitioner nominated by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in relation to surgical specialties;
  • one registered medical practitioner nominated by the Irish College of General Practitioners in relation to general practice;
  • one registered medical practitioner nominated by—
    • the Irish Psychiatric Training Committee in relation to psychiatry,
    • if a body other than that Committee is approved under section 89(3)(a)(ii) to grant evidence of the satisfactory completion of specialist training in relation to psychiatry, that body;
  • one person nominated by the Royal Irish Academy who is not and never has been a medical practitioner in the State or in another jurisdiction;
  • 2 persons nominated by the Health Service Executive who are representative of the management of the public health sector;
  • one person nominated by the Minister for Education and Science, after consultation with the Higher Education Authority, who is not and never has been a medical practitioner in the State or in another jurisdiction;
  • one person nominated by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland and whose name is entered in the register of nurses and midwives maintained under the Nurses and Midwives Act, 2011;
  • one person nominated by the Health and Social Care Professionals Council—
    • subject to subparagraph (ii), who is a registrant within the meaning of section 3 of the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005,
    • in the absence of any such registrant, a person who is a member of a designated profession within the meaning of that section;
  • one person nominated by the Health Information and Quality Authority who is not and never has been a medical practitioner in the State or in another jurisdiction;
  • one person nominated by the Independent Hospitals Association of Ireland who is not and never has been a medical practitioner in the State or in another jurisdiction;
  • 5 persons who—
    • are not and never have been medical practitioners in the State or in another jurisdiction, and
    • have such qualifications, expertise, interests or experience as, in the opinion of the Minister, would enable them to make a contribution to the performance of the Council’s functions.

Term of Office

The Term of Office for the new Council is June 2013 – May 2018. Members of the Council hold office for a term not exceeding 5 years from the date of his\her appointment. No person may hold office as a member of the Council for more than two consecutive terms.

Competencies and Skills

It is important that Council members are appointed with the necessary competencies and abilities to work together to achieve the stated objectives of the Council, namely the protection of the public in their interactions with the profession.

In accordance with the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies, the Council is collectively responsible for promoting the success of the Medical Council by leading and directing its activities. It should provide strategic guidance to the Executive, and monitor the activities and effectiveness of management. Council members should act on a fully informed basis, in good faith, with due diligence and care, and in the best interest of the Medical Council.

The following identifies a broad range of skills and competencies for any Council Member.

General Competencies

  • Ability to focus on the wider perspective and long term implications of decisions
  • Ability to make informed decisions
  • Integrity in both personal and business dealings
  • Adheres to organisational policies and procedures

Strategic Competencies

  • Ability to recognise organisational opportunities and threats
  • Ability to recognise wider economic and societal changes that have an impact on organisations
  • Aware of change and the need for change
  • Understands and practically reflects organisational values

Analytical Competencies

  • Ability to think critically and challenge proposals
  • Understands issues from different perspectives
  • Asks for and uses information to make informed judgements/assessments
  • Ability to identify and appropriately manage conflicts of interests.

Character Competencies

  • Creates space for and respects the contribution of others
  • Can be objective at all times about what is best for the organisation
  • Act in an independent and unbiased manner at all times
  • Avoids personal issues
  • Creates and maintains the professional image of the Council
  • Is committed to contributing to all aspects of the Council remit where appropriate

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 Council members in a group setting, both contributing to and valuing the contribution of all members
  • Ability to adhere to the Medical Council’s communication policies.

Knowledge Competencies

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

Team Intelligence

  • Supports the Council’s aims and goals, respecting the roles of others
  • Challenges freely and constructively, compromising when appropriate
  • Respects the authority of the Chair
  • Recognises value of inputs by and knowledge base of the Executive Team

Equality & Diversity

  • Promotes and appreciates the principles of diversity, considering its principles in the decision making process
  • Is consistent and fair in treatment of others

Time Commitment and Remuneration

Successful appointees as Council members will be expected to attend 8 scheduled and approximately 4 extraordinary Council meetings per year, totalling approximately 14 meeting days per year. In addition to this, Council members will be nominated to serve on a range of Council activities including Committees, Sub Committees, Working Groups and Medical School and Post Graduate Training Body inspections.

Council Members will be required to devote as much time to the duties of Council as necessary for the proper and efficient discharge of their duties. This will include significant time to prepare for Council meetings, and to attend and prepare for other activities, such as, Committee meetings, stakeholder meetings, events and ad hoc meetings as required. By applying for the position it is assumed that the member can meet this time commitment.

Council members are obliged to comply with the relevant provisions of the Code of Practice for the Government of State Bodies. This Code includes a description of the role and responsibilities of Council Members. Council members will be further expected to comply with all relevant legislation including the Freedom of Information and Data Protection Legislation as appropriate.

The Medical Council is a Category 3 Board. Remuneration of Board members, as well as travel and subsistence allowances, are paid in line with Government guidelines. The current rate of remuneration for a board member is €7,695 per annum. Members will be required to devote as much time to duties 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.

It should be noted however, that under revised Department of Finance 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 may voluntarily waive their right to any remuneration.

Training

Appropriate induction training will be provided to all new members as well as additional on-going training specific to Council activities.

Application 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 the application form together with a detailed Curriculum Vitae not exceeding 3 pages to the following mailbox boardvacancies@health.gov.ie

Applications by post should be addressed to

Mr Derek Noonan
Agency Governance
Room 9.31
Department of Health
Hawkins Street
Dublin 2

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.

Closing Date

The closing date for receipt of applications is: 5 pm on Thursday 28th March 2013.

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