Job Title and Grade: MEDICAL OFFICER, SENIOR Grade Code: 183T
Location of Role: Dublin, Cork, Galway or Limerick
Hours of Role: Full Time 37 hours (Part Time hours are a potential option)
Details of Service: In March 2020, the Health Service Executive initiated an extensive contact tracing project in response to the outbreak of COVID-19 in Ireland. The ultimate aim of the contact tracing project is to ‘flatten the curve’ by quickly informing patients of the result of their COVID-19 test, and in the case of a ‘positive’ diagnosis, promptly identifying the ‘close contacts’ of the individual, from when they displayed symptoms.
Contact Tracing has always been a function within the Public Health department of the HSE. However, given the scale or rate of the COVID-19 outbreak, additional resources were urgently required.
All the contact tracing centres were established in response to the pandemic. In response to a change in the need for contact tracing services, the number of Contact Tracing Centres has since been reduced. All CTC’s will be are operating 9 hours a day 7 days a week. Its principal services include:
● Informing positive patients
● Gathering close contact details
● Engaging with close contacts as appropriate
● Engaging with local Public Health departments
Contact Tracing is a critical component in how the country can continue to function in an environment where the COVID-19 virus still exists and future outbreaks are still a possibility.
Reporting Relationship: The Senior Medical Officer will report to a Specialist in Public Health in the the Contact Management Programme.
Purpose of the Post: The Senior Medical Officer will assist the Specialist in Public Health and the Clinical Lead in the prevention, investigation, surveillance and control of infectious disease, as per the Infectious Disease Regulations 1981 as amended, and undertake other duties as designated by the Clinical Lead or as appropriate to the office. He/She will be required to work with relevant stakeholders to undertake these functions.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities: The Senior Medical Officer will provide on-site clinical governance to the operation of the CTC and will support the Clinical Lead for the Contact Management Programme in carrying out specific functions designated by the Clinical Lead or as appropriate to the office which will include the following:
· Undertake duties appropriate to the post in relation to prevention, investigation, surveillance and control of infectious diseases as per Infectious Disease Regulations 1981 as amended (on the advice of a M.O.H).
· Provide the Public Health expertise and leadership, on-site at the COVID-19 Contact Tracing Centre.
· Provide clinical and public health advice and support to Contact Tracers, Shift Leads. Work closely with the Clinical Lead for the Contact Management Programme, and with the Public Health Team to support programme developments e.g. IT, education and training, reporting, quality assurance, knowledge development.
· Work closely with colleagues in Departments of Public Health on COVID-19 cases, suspect cases and contacts, referring and accepting referrals, as appropriate.
· Participate with the Public Health Team and other professionals in implementing targets and plans for the Department.
· Carry out such statutory functions that may be assigned to the SMO.
· Provide cover for clinical colleagues in their absence, when appropriate.
· Perform other duties/ functions appropriate to the post at the request of the Clinical Lead of the CMP.
Education & Training
· Have a good understanding of Infectious Diseases Legislation, especially as it relates to COVID-19, and the implications for contact tracing work, for cases and for contacts.
· Work with the Education and Training Team to inform education and training programmes, and development of scripts and scenarios.
· Participate in continuing professional development.
· Undertake clinical audit
· Work with the Clinical Lead and other staff in the CMP to foster a positive learning environment.
· Participate in on-going training programmes, as required and as appropriate.
Risk, Health & Safety
· Promote a safe working environment in accordance with Health and Safety legislation
· Be aware of and implement agreed policies, procedures and safe professional practice by adhering to relevant legislation, regulations and standards
· Actively participate in risk management issues, identify risks and take responsibility for appropriate action
· Report any adverse incidents in accordance with organisational guidelines
· Participate in the development and implementation of a quality assurance programme for the CTC/CMP and help review progress and performance against those targets.
· Participate in and co-operate with the development of appropriate information systems and information technology systems relevant to the provision of contact tracing for COVID-19.
· Contribute to development of appropriate Public Health reports for the CMP.
· Demonstrate pro-active commitment to all communications with internal and external stakeholders.
· Demonstrate a good understanding of Public Health structures, processes, and operations.
· Have a working knowledge of the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) Standards as they apply to the role for example, Standards for Healthcare, National Standards for the Prevention and Control of Healthcare Associated Infections, Hygiene Standards etc. and comply with associated HSE protocols for implementing and maintaining these standards as appropriate to the role.
· To support, promote and actively participate in sustainable energy, water and waste initiatives to create a more sustainable, low carbon and efficient health service.
The above Job Specification is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all duties involved and consequently, the post holder may be required to perform other duties as appropriate to the post which may be assigned to him/her from time to time and to contribute to the development of the post while in office.
Eligibility Criteria: Candidates must have at the latest date of application
Qualifications and/ or experience
Professsional Qualifications, Experience etc.
a) Be a medical practitioner who is registered other than provisionally or temporarily in the Register of Medical Practitioners for Ireland or is entitled to be so registered.
b) Possess a Masters in Public Health / Diploma in Public Health and /or equivalent qualification. Examples would include:
· MSc in Community Health
· Master in Community Child Health (UK)
· Membership of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine (Ireland or UK)
· Membership of the Irish College of General Practitioners
· Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners (UK)
· Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (Ireland or UK)
· Membership of the Faculty of Paediatrics (Ireland or UK)
· Membership of the Faculty of Occupational Health (Ireland or UK)
c) Have had, since becoming entitled to full registration, at least five years satisfactory experience in the practice of the medical profession.
Entry to Competition & Subsequent Appointment:
For the purposes of eligibility for entry to any competition or recruitment process associated with this post, a candidate must fulfil the eligibility requirements laid down in the information pack for this post.
A candidate for and any person holding the office must be fully competent and capable of undertaking the duties attached to the office and be in a state of health such as would indicate a reasonable prospect of ability to render regular and efficient service.
Each candidate for and any person holding the office must be of good character.
Please note that appointment to and continuation in posts that require statutory registration is dependent upon the post holder maintaining annual registration in the relevant division of the register. For further clarification please visit The Medical Council of Ireland.
Post Specific Requirements: Demonstrate depth and breadth of experience in best practice of infectious disease prevention, surveillance and control as relevant to the role.
Other Requirements Specific to the post: Access to appropriate transport to fulfil the requirements of the role.
Skills competencies and/or knowledge:
· Demonstrate excellent track record in public health medicine and a demonstrable commitment to best practice
· Demonstrate a high level of clinical and professional knowledge relevant to the role.
· Demonstrate a high degree of commitment, professionalism and dedication to the philosophy of quality health care provision.
Planning and Organising Resources
· Demonstrate ability to plan, organise and deliver services in an efficient, effective and resourceful manner, within a model of patient centred care and value for money.
· Demonstrate ability to manage deadlines and effectively handle multiple tasks.
· Demonstrate ability to adapt to changing sets of demands / work environment.
Building and Maintaining Relationships: Leadership, Managing People and Team Skills
· Demonstrate ability to build strong relationships and networks at all levels within and outside the organisation.
· Demonstrate effective leadership and team skills including the ability to work in a multi-disciplinary environment.
· Demonstrate flexibility and openness to change and ability to lead and support others in a changing environment
· Demonstrate ability to manage, motivate and develop staff to maximize performance at work
· Demonstrate the ability to foster a learning culture amongst staff and colleagues to drive continuous improvement in services to patients.
· Demonstrate ability to work effectively with multi-disciplinary teams
· Ability to influence others.
Commitment to Quality Service
· Demonstrate understanding of, and commitment to, the underpinning requirements and key processes in providing quality patient centred care
· Demonstrate an ability to monitor and evaluate service performance and levels of care
Evaluating Information and Judging Situations (problem solving and decision making skills)
· Demonstrate strong problem-solving skills including the ability to evaluate information and make effective decisions especially with regard to service delivery.
Communication and Interpersonal Skills
· Display effective interpersonal and communication (verbal and written) skills including skills in multi-disciplinary working and the ability to collaborate with colleagues, families, etc. ; the ability to give constructive feedback
· Demonstrate competency in general use of information technology-computers, office functions, internet for research purposes, email, preparation of presentation materials etc.
Should this role be of interest to you please apply in by attaching your CV with your application or you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information