State Boards Vacancies – Health Information and Quality Authority

Appointment as Board Member 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 Board Member of the Health Information and Quality Authority. Board Members are appointed in a non-executive capacity. There are up to 6 vacancies arising on this occasion.

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

Membership of the Board of HIQA

Details of Appointment

There will be 6 vacancies arisning on the HIQA Board in May 2012. The Board is appointed by the Minister for Health in line with the provisions of Section 13(2) of the Health Act 2007.

A Board Member is appointed by the Minister for a term not exceeding 5 years in line with Section 13(5) of the 2007 Health Act. Information on the current Board of HIQA can be found on the Authority’s website

The role 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 (CoP State Bodies 2009). It is important that potential candidates are familiar with these requirements. 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 Memebers 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 a Board Member is €11,970 per annum. The Board Members 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.

How to apply

Interested applicants should register an Expression of Interest through the Public Appointments Service at 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 (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 this notice.

Applications will be accepted up to and including Tuesday 10th April, 2012.

Results of the process 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.