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Physiotherapist, Clinical Specialist- Respiratory

Job Locations Cavan & Monaghan Hospitals
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(21/11/2022 11:37)
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This post of Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist for the Respiratory Service will provide expert clinical leadership for the physiotherapy respiratory service within Cavan Monaghan Physiotherapy Department. The Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist will take a lead role in the provision and development of the respiratory service and in particular in the education and training of staff in order to ensure that patients receive a safe, high quality evidence based physiotherapy service in Cavan Monaghan. The Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist will have a lead role within the multi-diciplinary team for education and training in relation to the provision of NIV and Hi-flow oxygen outside of the ICU setting.


The Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist will:

  • Provide physiotherapy assessment and intervention to patients assigned to his/her caseload.
  • Be an expert clinical lead for the Respiratory Physiotherapy service
  • Act as a regional education and quality resource for the Respiratory Physiotherapy service across Cavan Monaghan
  • Promote and ensure the clinical effectiveness of the Respiratory Physiotherapy service through performance management, education, audit and research.
  • Evaluate and develop clinical effectiveness and research in the specialist area
  • Collate and analyse data to evaluate effectiveness. He/she will be required to produce and present reports when requested
  • Develop the respiratory physiotherapy service in line with national Clinical Care Programmes

Details of service:

This is a full time Clinical Specialist Physiotherapy post in the Respiratory service based in Cavan Monaghan Hospital. The primary aim of this post is to lead and develop the Respiratory Physiotherapy Service in Cavan Monaghan Hospital.  This post is based in Cavan General Hospital.  There may be a requirement to provide clinics in Monaghan Hospital or at clinic settings across Primary Care sites in Cavan and Monaghan.


Location of post:

Cavan Monaghan Hospital, RCSI Hospital Group

Cavan and Monaghan Hospital is part of the RCSI Hospital Group and incorporates Cavan General Hospital and Monaghan Hospital. These hospitals provide acute medical, paediatric, surgical, maternity and rehabilitative hospital care for the population of Cavan and Monaghan and surrounding counties. 

There is currently one permanent whole-time post available in the Respiratory Physiotherapy service based in Cavan General Hospital.


A panel may be created from this campaign for Cavan Monaghan Hospital from which current and future permanent and specified purpose vacancies of full time or part time duration may be filled.


Informal enquiries:

Paula Gallagher, Physiotherapy Manager 3, Cavan Monaghan Physiotherapy Department

Email:  Paula.gallagher@hse.ie / Tel:      049 – 4376210


Reporting to: 

The post holder will report to the Physiotherapy Manager I /Physiotherapy Manager III or designated officer

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

Cavan & Monaghan Hospital’s Catchment Population of over 120,000 covering Counties Cavan & Monaghan, and parts of Counties Longford, Leitrim, and Meath. Cavan Monaghan Hospital is part of the RCSI Hospitals Group which covers a population in excess of 800,000.


Cavan & Monaghan Hospital provides a range of acute medical, surgical, obstetric, and gynaecological, paediatric services, day care, outpatient, diagnostic and support services.  Emergency services are provided on a 365-day, 24 hour basis.  Multi-disciplinary teams representative of medical, nursing/midwifery, health and social care professionals, management administration and general support staff play a pivotal role in the development, delivery, monitoring and evaluation of these services.  Cavan General Hospital has a total in-patient bed complement of 255 and 102 day beds.  Monaghan Hospital has a total of 54 in-patient beds inclusive of step-down and rehabilitation and 17 day beds. The total staff HSE complement is approximately 1279 in Cavan General Hospital and 159 in Monaghan Hospital.  The hospital is affiliated to the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) for medical education, to Dundalk Institute of Technology for nursing education and to University College Dublin (UCD), Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and the Institute of Technology for health and social care professional education. 


Clinical Practice

The Physiotherapist Clinical Specialist (Respiratory Service) will:

  • Be responsible for a clinical caseload
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills within Critical Care Physiotherapy
  • Demonstrate evidence based practice through the process of clinical reasoning and decision making, allowing knowledge to be applied to complex/different situations
  • Ensure a high standard of physiotherapy assessment, treatment and management is provided for patients under his/her care and ensure that professional standards of practice are adhered to.
  • Where appropriate advise on and introduce changes in work proctices and procedures in light of best practice developments in the field of respiratory physiotherapy in collaboration with the Physiotherapy Manager.
  • Undertake other duties within the hospital as specified by the Physiotherapy Manager including maintaining their own ward competency level and taking part in the on-call rota and weekend rotas.
  • Keep abreast of research and practice developments in relevant clinical areas by attending seminars, conferences and post graduate courses.
  • Promote changes in work practices, procedures, techniques or technology having regard to the development of best practice and advanced practice in physiotherapy.
  • Communicate with other clinical specialists throughout the country and internationally to further develop clinical excellence and research.
  • Act as resource in his/her specialist clinical area to physiotherapists and other health care professionals regarding the management of problematic cases, both within the hospital and on a regional / national level.
  • Undertake other appropriate responsibilities consistent with the nature of the post.
  • Keep accurate written and/or electronic records on the assessment, treatment, outcome and other information relevant to patients.
  • Record, collate and submit statistics including key performance indicators for the programme within agreed timeframes.
  • Participate in relevant service and professional meetings.
  • Ensure the privacy and dignity of the patient is respected at all times
  • Participate in the weekend and on-call physiotherapy service in line with departmental policy.


Quality, Safety and Risk Management

The Physiotherapist Clinical Specialist (Respiratory Service) will:

  • Comply with the delivery of standards in the assessment, treatment and management of patients within his/her assigned area in line with international best practice guidelines.
  • Contribute to the development of and comply with policy and procedure in the relevant clinical areas.
  • Lead, promote and ensure clinical effectiveness of respiratory physiotherapy through performance management, education, audit and research.
  • Develop service in line with requirements for advanced physiotherapy practitioner role.
  • Advise and support changes in work practices and procedures in the light of best practice developments in the field of respiratory physiotherapy.
  • Advise the Physiotherapy Manager/Respiratory Consultants on  the needs of the service.
  • Contribute to forward planning and development of Respiratory Service Clinical Pathways.
  • Be familiar with and uphold the policies and principles of the Safety Statement, HSE Risk Management and professional guidelines.
  • Identify, assess and report any risk and contribute to the management and review of all risks.
  • Participate as required in Occupational Health and Safety training.
  • Document all accidents, incidents and potential hazards to patients or staff immediately and report them to the Physiotherapy Manager and Consultants
  • 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.
  • Support, promote and actively participate in sustainable energy, water and waste initiatives to create a more sustainable, low carbon and efficient health service.



Working Practice

The Physiotherapist Clinical Specialist (Respiratory Service) will:

  • Attend and contribute to multi-disciplinary meetings.
  • Lead and develop strong links with Respiratory Consultants and negotiate evidence based changes in clinical practice to deliver improved clinical pathways.
  • Ensure timely communication and collaboration with the Multi-disciplinary Team, and Physiotherapy Manager.
  • Build and maintain good relationships with relevant stakeholders.
  • Work collaboratively within the designated region with other Clinical Specialist Physiotherapists.
  • Serve on and advise such committees as appropriate.
  • Compile and prepare reports as requested.



The Physiotherapist Clinical Specialist (Respiratory Service) will:

  • Initiate and participate in own continuous professional development and performance management with the Physiotherapy Manager and Respiratory Consultants
  • Put in place evaluating mechanisms appropriate to the specialist area and continually audit and evaluate the service with a view to maiximizing effectiveness, efficiency and quality.
  • Contribute to the continuing professional development activities programmes of the physiotherapy respiratory service
  • Attend where possible relevant post graduate courses and lectures.
  • Co-operate in the provision of safe and productive clinical placements in accordance with the departments commitment to clinical training programmes.
  • Serve as a resource to other staff in this area of clinical speciality at regional level.

Essential Criteria

Candidates must have at the latest date of application: -

  1. Professional Qualifications, Experience, etc.

(i) Hold a Physiotherapy qualification recognised by the Physiotherapists Registration Board at CORU.


(ii) Be registered on the Physiotherapists Register maintained by the Physiotherapists Registration Board at CORU.


(iii) Applicants who satisfy the conditions set out in Section 91 of the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005, (see note 1 below*), must submit proof of application for registration with the Physiotherapists Registration Board at CORU. The acceptable proof is correspondence from the Physiotherapists Registration Board at CORU confirming their application for registration as a Section 91 applicant.


(iv) All candidates must have 5 years full time (or equivalent) years post qualification clinical experience of which 4 years full time (or equivalent) must be consecutive in the required area of specialism.


(v) All candidates must demonstrate a proven record of clinical excellence in the specialism.


(b) Professional Development and Practice

All candidates must demonstrate evidence of continuing professional development relevant to the required area of specialism, in the form of post-graduate qualifications or relevant courses.


All candidates must demonstrate achievement in the areas of clinical audit, quality improvement initiatives, practice development, teaching and research.


(c ) All candidates must have the requisite knowledge and ability (including a high standard of suitability, management, leadership and professional ability) for the proper discharge of the duties of the office.


  1. Annual registration

(i) On appointment practitioners must maintain annual registration on Physiotherapists Register maintained by the Physiotherapists Registration Board at CORU


(ii) Practitioners must confirm annual registration with CORU to the HSE by way of the annual Patient Safety Assurance Certificate (PSAC).



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 and efficient service.



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


Other post specific requirements:

Access to own transport is essential

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.


Patient Centred

Demonstrates eagerness to understand patient needs. Views the patient as central to the delivery of every day service through consistent understanding, tolerance, care, support and empathy while promoting empowerment, independence and choice.


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.


Leadership & Management

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


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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