RCSI Hospital Group HQ

Senior House Officer in Medicine

Job Locations Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital & Louth County Hospital
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(25/05/2023 00:00)
Job ID
# of Openings
Medical & Dental
Closing Date


For July 2023 Start - During the appointment the successful candidate will, under the supervision of the Consultant / Clinical Director / Employer, participate in and deliver a quality health care service.

Appointees will be required to actively engage in continuing professional education and development in accordance with organisational / professional requirements.

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 NCHD’s standard duties and responsibilities include, as directed by the Consultant / Clinical Director / Employer to, inter alia:

  • participate as a member of a multi-disciplinary team in the provision of medical care to patients;
  • diagnose and treat patients;
  • ensure that duties and functions are undertaken in a manner that prioritises the safety and well being of patients;
  • assess patients on admission and/or discharge as required and write detailed reports in the case notes;
  • order and interpret diagnostic tests;
  • initiate and monitor treatment;
  • communicate effectively with patients and clients;
  • attend clinics and participate in relevant meetings, case conferences and ward rounds; followed by documentation of findings on each patients chart; follow through with actions arising from the round;
  • represent the department / profession / team at meetings and conferences as appropriate
  • further progress knowledge of diagnosis and management;
  • participate in multi-disciplinary clinical audit and proactive risk management and facilitate production of all data / information for same;
  • co-operate with investigations, enquiries or audit relating to the provision of health services;
  • maintain professional standards in relation to confidentiality and ethics; abide by the Irish Medical Council ‘Guide to Ethical Conduct and Behaviour’ (www.medicalcouncil.ie);
  • seek advice and assistance from the Consultant / Clinical Director / Employer with any assigned cases or issues that prove to be beyond the scope of his / her professional competence in line with principles of best practice and clinical governance;
  • engage in technological developments as they apply to the patient and service administration
  • cover for occasional unplanned absence of colleagues;
  • Assignment to support gynaecology services as required.
  • perform other duties as required by the supervising Consultant / Clinical Director / Employer.

Legislation / Policy / Procedures:

  • Co-operate with such measures as are necessary to ensure compliance with the requirements of the European Working Time Directive and related Irish legislation
  • comply with statutory and regulatory requirements, agreed training principles[1] where appropriate, corporate policies and procedures and human resource policies and procedures (e.g. Dignity At Work, Trust in Care, Flexible Working Scheme etc);
  • co-operate with such arrangements as are put into pace to verify the delivery of all contractual commitments;
  • document appropriately and report any near misses, hazards and accidents and bring them to the attention of relevant / designated individual(s) in line with best practice;
  • be aware of risk management issues, identify risks and take appropriate action.

Education and Training:

  • attend at NCHD Induction;
  • participate in mandatory and recommended educational and professional development programmes in accordance with organisational / professional requirements;
  • maintain and develop professional expertise and knowledge by actively engaging in continuing professional education and development;
  • make satisfactory progress in his / her training and development as per the requirements of the training body;
  • engage in planning and performance reviews as required with the supervising Consultant / Clinical Director / Head of Academic Department.

Health & Safety:

  • Comply with the policies, procedures and safe professional practice of the Irish Healthcare System by adhering to relevant legislation, regulations and standards;
  • Document appropriately and report any near misses, hazards and accidents and bring them to the attention of relevant / designated individual(s) in line with best practice;
  • Work in a safe manner with due care and attention to the safety of self and others
  • Be aware of risk management issues, identify risks and take appropriate action;
  • Promote a culture that values diversity and respect.


  • Ensure good working practice and adherence to standards of best practice;
  • Promote quality by reviewing and evaluating the service, identifying changing needs and opportunities to improve services;
  • Assist the Consultant / Clinical Director / Employer in service development, including policy development and implementation;
  • Ensure the maintenance of accurate records in line with best clinical governance, the organisation’s requirements and the Freedom of Information Act, and provide reports and other information / statistics as required;
  • Engage in service audit and demonstrate the achievement of the service objectives;
  • Represent the department / profession / team at meetings and conferences as appropriate;
  • Keep up to date with change and developments within the Irish Health Service. 

Essential Criteria

Candidates must possess, on the closing date:

Before taking up the post: Each successful candidate must be registered in the Register of Medical Practitioners, maintained by the Medical Council of Ireland, in accordance with the Medical Practitioners Act 2007.



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


Age restrictions shall only apply to a candidate where he/she is not classified as a new entrant (within the meaning of the Public Service Superannuation Act, 2004).  A candidate who is not classified as a new entrant must be under 65 years of age on the first day of the month in which the latest date for receiving completed application forms for the office occurs.

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.



Has the ability and desire to work cooperatively with others; collaborating to get the job done. Provides support to colleagues to help develop a strong and cohesive team ethos. Willing to participate as a member of the team.


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.


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 respects and fosters trust.


Attention of Detail

Is thorough and precise when accomplishing a task showing concerns for all aspects of the job; developing detailed plans; accurately checking processes and tasks.


Commitment to Quality & Risk Management

The ability to focus on understanding stackholder’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.


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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