Noticeboard

State Boards Vacancies – Physiotherapists Registration Board

In accordance with the Government decision to widen the opportunity for board membership of State bodies, the Minister for Health, Dr. James Reilly, TD, invites expressions of interest invited from suitably qualified and experienced persons interested in being appointed to positions on the board of the Physiotherapists Registration Board.

The Physiotherapists Registration Board will be established by the Minister under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005 to regulate physiotherapists practising in Ireland.

Functions of the Physiotherapists Registration Board

The object of the Physiotherapists Registration Board is to protect the public by promoting high standards of professional conduct and professional education, training and competence amongst physiotherapists. Its functions will include

  • Establishing and maintaining a register of members of the profession of physiotherapist
  • Deciding on applications for registration and issuing certificates of registration
  • Setting the standards of performance and the code of conduct and ethics expected of registrants
  • Giving guidance to registrants concerning
    • ethical conduct
    • practice of the profession
    • continuing professional development
  • Monitoring the continuing suitability of programmes for the education & training of applicants for registration
  • Approving new courses
  • Making recommendations with respect to sanctions in Fitness to Practise cases
  • With the approval of the Council, conducting research into education & training relating to the practice of the profession
  • Maintaining statistical records which must be available for research & planning
  • Recognising qualifications gained outside the state in the boards function of Competent Authority

The Physiotherapists Registration Board has collective responsibility to the public in the performance of its duties.

Background Information

CORU is the umbrella term used to describe the Health and Social Care Professionals Council and the registration boards established under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005.

The 12 designated professions are (a) Clinical Biochemists; (b) Dietitians; (c) Medical Scientists; (d) Occupational Therapists; (e) Orthoptists; (f) Physiotherapists; (g) Podiatrists; (h) Psychologists; (i) Radiographers; (j) Social Care Workers; (k) Social Workers; and (l) Speech and Language Therapists.

Each registration board consists of 13 members with responsibility for registration and education functions. The Council oversees and co-ordinates the work of the registration boards to ensure consistency and effectiveness in CORU’s regulatory regime.

The Physiotherapists Registration Board will be the sixth registration board to be established under the Act.

Membership of the Physiotherapists Registration Boards

In accordance with sections 28(1) and (4) of the Act the initial composition of the registration board will consist of the following members:

Six persons of whom,

  • three are to be persons who are engaged in the practice of the designated profession,
  • two are to be persons who are engaged, as members of the designated profession, in the management of services provided by it, and
  • one is to be a person who is engaged in the State in the education and training of persons with respect to the practice of the designated profession.

Seven persons of whom,

  • one is to be representative of the management of the public health sector, the social care sector or both sectors,
  • one is to be representative of the management of a voluntary or private sector organisation concerned with health or social care,
  • one is to be representative of third level educational establishments in the State involved in the education and training of persons in the practice of the designated profession (this person is to be nominated by the Minister for Education and Skills)
  • four to be are representative of the interests of the general public.

Term of Office

Members of a registration board hold office for a term of up to 4 years from the date of his/her appointment. No person may hold office as a member of a registration board for more than 2 consecutive terms.

Probity and Conflict of Interest

Board members on appointment assume significant duties such as responsibility for the proper conduct of the registration board’s affairs, to hold confidential information obtained in the course of their role as board member 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. Confidentiality is a key element to the work of a Board member.

Role description and person specification

The variety of issues to be dealt with will require board members that can add value through knowledge, experience or expertise gained in their current or previous roles. This will involve the ability to balance a strategic view of key decisions with a specialist or expert perspective, while being committed to the principle of collective decision making that underpins the Board’s role. It will also require understanding and experience of what it takes to develop a well-run, responsive and high performing public sector organisation. Having some appreciation of the environment in which the Registration Board operates and being patient/service user focused is desirable.

Skills

In order to carry out the functions of members of the Physiotherapists Registration Board it is necessary that members should have skills or expertise in some or all of the following areas:

  • A knowledge and/or experience of the Irish health and social care system, including an awareness of emerging developments in health and social care research and practice
  • An understanding of the issues involved in delivering physiotherapy services
  • An understanding of educational approval and monitoring requirements in health and social care education
  • A knowledge and appreciation of good corporate governance practices
  • Experience of strategic management and managing organisational change
  • Experience of chairing a group, and working effectively as part of a committee to reach sound solutions to problems or of working in a partnership environment
  • Focus on patient/service user safety and clinical governance issues broadly
  • Strategic awareness of the wider social, political, economic context in which the health/social care sector sits.
  • Have experience of working in a regulatory/ regulated environment / service
  • Have experience of policy development in particular in areas of governance and risk
  • Have a proven record of management in the public health /social care sector as required
  • The ability to articulate and advocate the views, concerns and expectations of consumers especially those who have experience as users of physiotherapy services.

Candidates should note that dependent on level of interest the selection process may include a short interview.

Time Commitment and Remuneration

Successful applicants will be expected to attend up to ten board meetings each year and members may also be nominated by the board to serve on sub-committees of the Board/Council. 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 include 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

Members will serve on a part-time basis and there is no remuneration for the positions. However, members are entitled to claim travel and subsistence allowances which will be paid in respect of journeys undertaken to attend meetings of the board or to transact its business, in accordance with approved public sector rates.

Meetings are usually held at CORU offices located in Sandyford, Dublin 18

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

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 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. Applicants should also set out clearly any actual or potential conflicts of interest that may arise should they be appointed to the board. Applications will be accepted up to and including Thursday 2nd May 2013.

Further information

Further information on the work of the Health and Social Care Professionals Council and registration boards is available on CORU’s website: www.coru.ie