Risk Officer - Stewarts Care

Ref: SC117


Risk Officer

Duration of Post

Permanent Full Time


Palmerstown, Dublin 20

Reporting Relationship

Risk Manager or nominated person

Job Purpose

The Risk Officer plays a crucial role in identifying, assessing, and managing risks within Stewarts Care. This position is responsible for ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements, developing risk management strategies, and providing guidance to various departments to mitigate potential risks. The Risk Officer is expected to maintain a comprehensive understanding of the organisation's operations and objectives to effectively assess and address risks.

Key Duties and Responsibilities


  • In conjunction with the Risk Manager lead the implementation of change, in particular change required to implement the Organisation’s Strategic Plan 2022-2026.

  • Develop and maintain risk management documentation, policies and procedures for the organisation.

  • Ensure health & safety policies and procedures for the organisation are kept up to date with legislation and organisational practices.

  • Contribute to the development of organisational policies and procedures to ensure safe and effective service delivery.

  • Ensure a system of organisational learning is implemented regarding incident and risk management and disseminate learning to enable mitigation of future risk.

  • Carry out risk / health and safety reviews and audits.

  • Input into the development and maintenance of risk registers.

  • Drive continuous improvement processes and promote a positive-risk culture across the organisation.

  • Maintain professional standards in relation to confidentiality, ethics and legislation.

  • Support the core values and the mission statement of Stewarts Care.

Risk Mitigation and Management:

  • In conjunction with the Risk Manager and appropriate staff, assist in the identification of potential risks including  service user risk through risk assessment, analysis of accidents and incidents, near misses.

  • Collaborate with department heads and stakeholders to develop risk mitigation plans and strategies.

  • Monitor the implementation of risk mitigation measures and ensure they are effective.

Compliance and Regulations:

  • Develop and maintain a strong working knowledge of HIQA Standards, and other relevant regulations, legislation and National policies in the disability sector.

  • Keep up to date with legislative developments which may affect safety, health, and welfare at work and advise management as appropriate.

  • Ensure the organisation complies with all relevant health and safety obligations.

  • Conduct regular inspections and risk / health and safety audits to address non-compliance issues.

Reporting and Communication:

  • Prepare and, if required, present regular risk and health & safety reports to senior management and key stakeholders.

  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with key stakeholders both internal and external.

  • Participate in working groups as required to drive the Risk management agenda.

  • Manage and maintain incident management & risk management systems for reporting and documenting safety incidents and near-misses.

Training and Education:

  • Educate employees on their role in identifying and managing risks in their respective areas.

  • Develop and support delivery of appropriate education and training for incident, risk and health & safety management, to ensure consistent recording and investigative processes in line with organisational policies and guidance are applied across the service. This will include working with Learning & Development to explore online training solutions.

This job description is a guide to the general range of duties assigned to the post holder. It is intended to be neither definitive nor restrictive and is subject to periodic review with the employee concerned.

Qualifications & Experience

Education and Skills

  • A third level qualification (or equivalent) in (a) Risk Management and/or (b) Health & Safety and/or (c) Healthcare and/or (d ) a related area.

  • A qualification in Health & Safety Management would be an advantage.

  • Risk management experience.

  • Experience of working in the health service in a post that has involved service user safety improvement, risk management, incident management and investigations as relevant to this role is preferable but not mandatory.

  • Excellent report writing skills. 

  • Advanced Microsoft Office skills.

  • Strong verbal and written skills.

  • Good analytical and problem solving skills.

The above is not an exhaustive list of duties. You may be required to perform any other such duties as may be assigned by the Director of Corporate Services or person nominated by them. As the duties and responsibilities of any post in Stewarts Care are likely to change with on-going needs of services users, staff are expected to have a high level of flexibility and a willingness to develop new approaches to their work

Summary Terms and Conditions of Employment

Risk Officer– Stewarts Care

Working week

The hours allocated to this post are 35 hours per week with a 7-hour standard working day, exclusive of lunch breaks

The allocation of these hours will be at the discretion of the Director of Corporate Services and in accordance with the needs of the service


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 service users and employees.


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.