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Clinical Nurse Manager 2 Dermatology

Job Locations Connolly Hospital
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(06/09/2021 16:34)
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Connolly Hospital has an established Dermatology service for Dublin North East.  It is Consultant led by our current Dermatologists Dr. Marina O’Kane, Dr Karen Eustace and Richard Watchorn .  The Hospital now wishes to establish a nurse led service which will enhance the work and improve the patient outcomes of our current dermatology service. 


Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown is running a recruitment campaign for Clinical Nurse Manager 2 for the Dermatology department

  • The service believes that there is a limited applicant pool of Registered General Nurses with a Dermatology Level 8 qualification , therefore in order to address this concern the the CNM2 may also be consider with a view to undertaking a Candidate CNS role in the future.
  • A candidate appointed at CNM2 level must pursue and obtain a Level 8 Quality and Qualifications Ireland major academic award/qualification relevant to Dermatology within a 2 year period of appointment.  Non-obtainment of the specialist qualification will lead to termination of this contract and redeployment within the organisation. 
  • The Academic Fees for this programme will be supported by the Office of the Nursing and Midwifery Services Director/regional Nursing and Midwifery Planning and Development Unit (NMPDU), as per the conditions outlined in the HSE Circular 020/2009.

The CNM2 in Dermatology will contribute to the improvement of the health care experience and outcomes for patients attending dermatology services.



e.g. Patients – adults over 16 years of age

CNM 2 (Dermatology) will focus initially on the following patient groups List caseload – reference Scope of Practice of Clinical Nurse Specialist (Dermatology)

A CNM2 Dermatology here in Connolly will support an enhancement of the Dermatology service, Assist in the reduction of Waiting lists, Standardise care pathways for dermatological conditions and provide a patient centred approach to care in addition to supporting the further developments within the Dermatology service.


The post holder will report to the relevant:

  • Director of Nursing
  • Assistant Director of Nursing
  • CNM 3 Ambulatory & Medical

The CNM2 Dermatology will work closely with the Dermatology Consultants and the NCHD team.


There is one initial permanent whole-time vacancy available in the Outpatient’s Department, Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown. 


A panel may be created from this campaign for Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15, from which current and future, permanent and specified purpose vacancies of full time or part time duration may be filled.


Organisational Context

The RCSI Hospital Group includes the following hospitals; 

  • Beaumont Hospital
  • Cavan General Hospital
  • Connolly Hospital
  • Louth County Hospital
  • Monaghan General Hospital
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital
  • Rotunda Hospital

The Academic Partner for the Group is the RCSI.


RCSI Hospital Group provides a national service and a regional service to Dublin and the North East and is committed to the provision of world-class care, exceptional clinical services with respect and compassion.

Key Responsibilities

The CNM2 Dermatology  will:

  • Manage a caseload of patients with dermatology conditions.
  • Articulate and demonstrate the concept of nursing specialist practice within the framework of Nursing legislation and the regulatory body of An Bord Altranais.
  • Provide safe, comprehensive care for patients and their families within the scope of practice guidelines set out by An Bord Altranais.
  • Plan and initiate care and treatment modalities within agreed interdisciplinary protocols to achieve patient/client centred outcomes and evaluate their effectiveness.
  • Utilise evidence based assessment and treatment skills and techniques to determine and manage each patient/family needs.
  • Develop, document and update care, discharge and teaching plans as necessary.
  • Complete and maintain relevant documentation in a thorough and accurate manner.
  • Plan all care in collaboration with the patient.
  • Liaise as appropriate with other members of the multidisciplinary team (MDT) regarding any aspect of patient care.
  • Implement changes in health care service in response to patient/client need and service demand.
  • Identify and implement health promotion priorities in the area of dermatology specialist practice.
  • Maintain effective and appropriate communication and collaboration with other departments, members of the multidisciplinary team, other agencies, colleagues, personnel, patients and their relatives/carers..
  • Enable patients and their families/guardians to participate in decision about their health needs.
  • Articulate and represent patient interests in collaboration with the multidisciplinary team.
  • Implement changes in healthcare in response to patient need and service demand.
  • Influence practice and promote improved/new standards of care in relation to patients with a dermatological condition.
  • Respect the dignity and confidentiality of patients, serving as their advocate when necessary.
  • Provide specialist information and education to Patients and their families with regard to improving their understanding, coping and effective management of their condition.
  • Provide both formal and informal teaching to a number of people; patients/clients, families, health care providers, including student and trained nurses, and care assistants. Take part in in-house multidisciplinary presentations and teaching to staff in the various acute hospitals.
  • Be self-directed in his/her learning to ensure continued professional credibility. Identify own Continuing Professional Development (CPD) needs and engage accordingly.
  • Identify areas where scope of practice can be advanced.
  • Provide mentorship, preceptor ship, teaching, facilitation and professional supervisory skills for nurses and other health care workers.
  • Act as preceptor to undergraduate and post-graduate student nurses on placement.
  • Plan and deliver staff teaching in relation to individual setting.
  • Identify, critically analyse, disseminate and integrate nursing and other evidence into the management of diseases of the skin.
  • Establish, implement and evaluate audit programmes of the service, the quality of care and the Clinical Nurse Specialist current practice, in line with local and regional developments, to include monitoring and health promotion programmes as relevant.
  • Use the outcomes of audit to improve service provision
  • Contribute to service planning and budgetary processes through use of audit data and specialist knowledge.
  • Review policies, procedures, guidelines and protocols in relation to the dermatology service to ensure they are continually updated in line with best practice evidence.
  • Monitor, access, utilise and disseminate current relevant research to advise and ensure the provision of informed evidence based practice in the management of diseases of the skin.
  • Understand the need for nursing research and be able to implement this process to contribute to the development of services provided.
  • Develop and promote research awareness among all staff in relation to diseases of the skin.
  • Provide leadership in clinical practice relating to the management of diseases of the skin and act as a role model to staff nurses who work in the acute services or in the community.
  • Network with other CNS’ in Dermatology and other associations.
  • Generate and contribute to the development of clinical standards and guidelines.
  • Uses specialist knowledge to support and enhance generalist nursing practice.
  • Liaise with multi-disciplinary team within the acute Hospitals and Community based to create a seamless service.
  • Contribute to nursing quality assurance by assisting in identification of recurring nursing problems and data collection.
  • Contribute to the development of policies, procedures, guidelines and safe professional practice and adhere to relevant legislation, regulations and standards.
  • Have a working knowledge of HIQA Standards as they apply to the role, for example Standards for Healthcare, Standards for the Prevention and Control of Healthcare Associated Infections, Hygiene Standards, and comply with associated HSE protocols for implementing and maintaining these standards.
  • Support, promote and actively participate in sustainable energy, water and waste initiatives to create a more sustainable, low carbon and efficient health service.
  • Provide and efficient, effective, and high quality service, respecting the needs of each patient.
  • Effectively manage time and caseload in order to meet the needs of a changing and developing service.
  • Continually monitor the service to ensure it reflects current needs.
  • Implement and manage identified changes.
  • Ensure that confidentially in relation to patient records is maintained
  • Maintain accurate and up to date statistics of the service provided, including audit of patient contacts.
  • Represent the specialist service at local and national levels as required.
  • Maintain accurate and contemporaneous records / data on matters pertaining to the planning, management, delivery and evaluation of the service in line with HSE.

Essential Criteria

Candidates must at the closing date of application:

  • Be registered in the General Division of the Register of Nurses & Midwives maintained by Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann (Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland) or be entitled to be so registered


  • Have at least 5 years post registration experience in the division of the register in which the applicant is currently practicing


  • Have a minimum of 2 years in the specialist area (Dermatology)


  • Have the ability to practice safely and effectively fulfilling his/her professional responsibility within his/her scope of practice


  • Demonstrate evidence of continuing professional development at the appropriate level


The Public Service Superannuation (Age of Retirement) Act, 2018* set 70 years as the compulsory retirement age for public servants.

 Public Servants not affected by this legislation:

Public servants recruited between 1 April 2004 and 31 December 2012 (new entrants) have no compulsory retirement age.


Public servants recruited since 1 January 2013 are members of the Single Pension Scheme and have a compulsory retirement age of 70.



Candidates 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.



Candidates for and any person holding the office must be of good character.


*Note 1: Section 91 candidates are individuals who qualified before the 31th October 2013 and have been engaged in the practice of the profession in the Republic of Ireland for a minimum of 2 years fulltime (or an aggregate of 2 years fulltime), between 31st October 2008 and  30th October 2013. To be considered as a Section 91 applicant, individuals must have applied to CORU for registration prior to the 31st October 2015.


Post Specific Requirements

  • Demonstrate depth and breadth of experience in Dermatology services.Demonstrate interest in and/ or experience of developing dermatology nurse led services and local National PGPP (Policy, Guidelines, Protocols & Procedures).
  • A willingness to develop information technology (IT) skills relevant to the role. The CNM2 Dermatology  will require to commit to a Dermatology Level 8 qualification & a Willingness to undertake prescribing as relevant to the role.

Skills & Competencies

Technical & Professional Expertise

Has a command over the technical/ professional skills and knowledge required within the job holder’s role and continues to upskill to maintain high professional standards and continuous professional development requirements.


Leadership and Management

Manages performance to deliver team goals; demonstrates accountability for leading, directing, monitoring and evaluating RCSI Hospital Group services. Creates a climate in which people want to do their best. Promotes confidence and positive attitude; influences others to follow a common goal.


Building & Maintaining Relationships

Builds and maintains relationships with a network of people. Recognises the two way nature of relationships and works to develop mutually beneficial partnerships. Interacts with others in a manner that builds respect and fosters trust.


Commitment to Quality & Risk Management

The ability to focus on understanding stakeholder’s needs and expectations and to respond effectively and efficiently to them. Has a good knowledge of and is committed to offer a quality service through the achievement of goals, accreditation standards, other organisation/department standards and risk management frameworks and guidelines.


Problem Solving & Decision Making

Identifies and solves problems by understanding the situation, seeking additional information, developing and weighing alternatives, and choosing the most appropriate course of action given the circumstances.


Communication & Interpersonal Skills

Speaks and writes clearly, fluently and effectively to both individuals and groups; communicates in a manner that will persuade, convince and influence others, in order to motivate, inspire or encourage them to follow a particular course of action.


This Job Description is intended as a basic guide to the scope and responsibilities of the position and is subject to regular review and amendment. The role holder will be required to be flexible in this position and is expected to facilitate working additional hours on occasion, when requested.


The RCSI Hospital Group is an Equal Opportunities Employer.


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