Nurse Practice Development Co-Ordinator

Applications are invited for the above Specific purpose contract for one year.

The Organisation:

Stewarts Care is a long-established voluntary organisation providing comprehensive community-based services to people with intellectual disability in the West Dublin area.

We support people with a wide range of support needs across residential settings, day services, supported independent living, job advocacy and vocational training.

Purpose of the Post:

To be responsible for developing and monitoring nursing standards across Stewarts Care services.

The post holder has responsibility for promoting excellence in clinical care and practice across the organisation. The post holder will be responsible for the management of the undergraduate nursing programme HSP requirements.

Candidates must meet the following criteria relevant to the role:

  • Registered Nurse Intellectual Disability (RNID) with five years’ experience in ID or Registered Nurse with seven years’ experience in ID.

  • QQI level 9 in a relevant postgraduate qualification.

  • Evidence of participation in continued professional development.

  • Minimum two years nursing management experience at Clinical Nurse Manager 2 level or higher, which must have been in an Intellectual Disability setting.

  • Nurse Tutor or training and education experience would be preferable.

  • On appointment practitioners must maintain live annual registration in the Intellectual Disability Division of the Register of Nurses & Midwives maintained by (NMBI)

  • Possesses the clinical, managerial, and administrative capacity to properly discharge the functions of the role.

Salary and qualifications are in accordance with Department of Health consolidated pay scales. CNM III scale €64,685 to €73,231 LSI per annum.

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Applications should include a CV and cover letter demonstrating how you meet the essential criteria.

Email:  HR@stewartscare.ie  or by Post: HR Dept., Stewarts Care, Mill Lane, Palmerstown, D20 XT80.   

Closing date: 1st April 2024

Applications will be short-listed based on the information supplied.

A panel may be formed, from which future permanent and temporary positions may be filled.

Stewarts Care Ltd is an Equal Opportunities Employer   

Job Description - Nurse Practice Development Co-Ordinator

Role

Nurse Practice Development Co-Ordinator

Duration of Post

Specific purpose contract for one year.

Location

Palmerstown, Dublin 20

Reporting Relationship

Director of Nursing

Job Purpose

To be responsible for developing and monitoring nursing standards across Stewarts Care services.

The post holder has responsibility for promoting excellence in clinical care and practice across the organisation.

The post holder will be responsible for the management of the undergraduate nursing programme HSP requirements.

Scope of the Role

To provide expertise, education and support in the area of clinical care and nursing practice.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support the development and implementation of the Nursing and organisational strategy, to ensure high professional standards of nursing practice and care are achieved and ensure a culture of continuous quality improvement is promoted.

  • Ensure that the undergraduate nursing programme delivers high quality learning outcomes and experience for student nurses and their preceptors.

Nursing Standards

  • To promote to the highest possible standard of nursing governance and clinical nursing leadership across the services delivered in Stewarts Care.

  • Set achievable safe standards of nursing care and effectively monitor and respond to changing needs

  • To ensure that the nursing undergraduate programme is delivered inline with NMBI standards.

  • Ensure awareness of the undergraduate nursing curriculum, professional development for nurse prescribing and requirements for specialist and advance nursing developments.

  • Ensure that the IPC programme is delivered in line with standards and requirements.

  • In consultation with the Director of Nursing, support the continued development of nursing capabilities and service user supports in Stewarts in line with the Report on Shaping the Future of Intellectual Disability (2018)

  • Communicate educational and CPD opportunities to identified local and organisational nursing groups.

  • To support the care management team to ensure full compliance with HIQA standards.

  • Provide professional guidance, support and mentorship programmes to nurses in the organisation.

  • To maintain regular contact with nurses in all parts of the organisation and support them in education and continuous professional development.

  • Ensure clinical learning environments provide quality learning opportunities for student nurses.

  • To monitor, evaluate and audit nursing standards within the organisation.

  • Ensure the undergraduate team operate to the highest professional standard in supporting students in their placements.

  • Collaborate with teams across Stewarts and external services to develop quality services for persons with an ID.

  • Promote a human rights-based approach to nursing which respects the capacity, diversity and person-centred needs of persons with an ID.

  • Review and develop nursing templates and documentation systems within the EHR regarding professional and legal standards and requirements.

Nursing Education

  • Work in consultation with the Learning and Development department in the identification, development of and implementation of nursing education priorities and courses.

  • Develop a training programme with TCD Nurse Tutor for students and preceptors. 

  • To participate on the Learning and Development committee to agree nursing educational strategies and priorities throughout the year. 

  • Support practice requirements of nurses across the service by identifying education and training needs and sourcing and delivering appropriate evidence-based training.

  • Engage with national and local NMPDU to identify and provide nurse education supports through the CNME’s.

  • Establish a pathway and supports for developing clinical competencies to deliver safe care.

  • Support and guide nurses undertaking post graduate courses.

  • Promote training opportunities from the team to deliver non nursing programmes as appropriate.

  • Ensure preceptors are supported in providing quality learning opportunities for students.

  • Develop and deliver Nurses fora and mentorship programmes and contribute to delivery of conference and webinars on issues relating to persons with an ID.

  • Have capability to deliver training, manage meetings on a variety of platforms in person and virtually.

Policy Development

  • Contribute to the development and review of nursing and departmental policies and procedures, which comply with agreed best practice and high standards of care.

  • To identify nursing /care policies required by the organisation. Actively develop, implement, and provide guidance on such polices at the request of the Director of Nursing.

  • To adhere to Stewart’s policies and procedures and ensure implementation of same across the assigned caseload.

Research

  • To support the Director of Nursing in development of research opportunities in line with developing Stewart’s strategy and building evidence base in intellectual disability nursing.

  • Actively promote evidence-based care as the fundamental basis in nursing care.

  • Support nurses and students to practice within and develop their scope of practice.

  • Undertake, and promote research-based projects in nursing throughout the organisation.

  • Engage in CPD and up to date knowledge of nursing literature, reports, research, and nursing developments.

Management

  • Provide a high level of professional leadership and clinical leadership. 

  • Operate as a senior nursing management role within the team with delegated responsibility and authority to manage the undergraduate programme team and assigned nurses.

  • Ability to manage deadlines and projects, and ability to write comprehensive reports and business plans.

  • Ensure the undergraduate programme is delivered in line with NMBI requirements and actively promote the programme.

  • Promote development of new CLE’s to provide capability and development of the programme.

  • Attend and contribute to partnership meetings with TCD, NMPDU and other external agencies as required.

  • Support and monitor the service plans and quality outputs of the assigned nursing team.

  • Promote good communication and positive working relationships within the team.

  • Ensure regular meetings and reviews with members of the team and partners in TCD.

  • Ensure assigned members of the team undertake required training and development appropriate to their role.

  • Ensure the team operate to safe and effective nursing practice in line with relevant legislation, regulation, and standards.

  • Ensure that nurses comply with NMBI professional requirements and take appropriate action in the event of poor professional practice.

  • Support the Quality office in carrying out clinical audit and quality assurance initiatives.

  • Audit nursing documentation across the EHR system against professional requirements and appropriate care and follow up accordingly.

  • To monitor assigned staff performance, provide appropriate supervision, governance, absence management, participation in education and CPD of staff assigned under the remit by the Director of nursing.

  • Participate in the development of quality initiatives including clinical audit, standards and policy development and investigations.

  • Assist with managing resources effectively and efficiently having reference to budgetary provision to ensure cost effective service.

  • Prepare reports as required.

  • Prepare / maintain records as required.

Qualifications& Experience

Candidates must meet the following criteria relevant to the role:

  • Registered Nurse Intellectual Disability (RNID) with five years’ experience in ID or Registered Nurse with seven years’ experience in ID.

  • QQI level 9 in a relevant postgraduate qualification.

  • Evidence of participation in continued professional development.

  • Minimum two years nursing management experience at Clinical Nurse Manager 2 level or higher, which must have been in an Intellectual Disability setting.

  • Nurse Tutor or training and education experience would be preferable.

  • On appointment practitioners must maintain live annual registration in the Intellectual Disability Division of the Register of Nurses & Midwives maintained by (NMBI)

  • Possesses the clinical, managerial, and administrative capacity to properly discharge the functions of the role.

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.

Terms and Conditions of Employment

Remuneration

Remuneration is in accordance with the Department of Health (DOH) consolidated pay scales.

Current Salary Scale: €64,685 to €73,231

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Salaries and increments are paid in accordance with DOH scales.

Annual leave

Depending on experience

Working week

The hours allocated to this post are 37.5 hours per week, exclusive of lunch breaks

The allocation of these hours will be at the discretion of the Director of Nursing or a person nominated by them and in accordance with the needs of the service.

Probation

All employees will be subject to a probationary period of 6 months, with an extension if required to 9 months. This probationary period applies to all employees irrespective of their role or type of role.

Garda Vetting

Stewarts Care will carry out Garda vetting on all new employees. An employee will not take up employment with the organisation until the Garda Vetting process has been completed and the organisation is satisfied that such an appointment does not pose a risk to the service users and employees.

References

Stewarts Care will seek up to two written references from current and previous employers, educational institutions or any other organisation with which the candidate has been associated. Stewarts Care reserves the right to determine the merit, appropriateness and relevance of such references and referees.