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Clinical Nurse Manager 2 (Clinical Skills Facilitator – Critical Care) - Full Time Permanent

Job Locations Connolly Hospital
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(23/05/2023 15:48)
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The post of Clinical Nurse Manager 2 (Clinical Skills Facilitator – Critical care )

is a pivotal role in service planning, co-ordinating, and managing activity and resources within the clinical area. The main responsibilities are: quality assurance, people management, resource management, staffing and staff development, practice development, facilitating communication and professional / clinical leadership


The Clinical Nurse Manager 2 (Clinical Skills Facilitator – Critical care )

will deliver care in line with the five core concepts of the role set out in the Framework for the Establishment of Clinical Nurse/Midwife Specialist Posts, 4th edition, National Council for the Professional Development of Nursing and Midwifery (NCNM) 2008



 The primary purpose of the post of the Clinical Skills Facilitator is to provide clinical support to qualified nurses in becoming competent skilled and professional members of the multidisciplinary team who provide exemplary Nursing care who use our service.

The role of the Clinical skills Facilitator is to support qualified nurses in developing clinical skills and competencies in order to fulfil their roles and responsibilities in an ever changing health service.


A key element of this post is the clinical credibility of the post holder. It is envisaged that the post holder would be acknowledged as an excellent resource to professionals and lead and support nursing development initiatives that aim to ensure the highest standards of patient acre throughout the hospital.


This campaign will run in compliance with the Code of Practice prepared by the Commission for Public Service Appointments (CPSA).

The CPSA is responsible for establishing the principles that should be followed when making an appointment. These are set out in the CPSA Code of Practice. The Code outlines the standards that should be adhered to at each stage of the selection process and sets out the review and appeal mechanisms open to candidates should they be unhappy with a selection process.

The CPSA Code of Practice can be accessed via https://www.cpsa.ie/.

Organisational Context

Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown is a major teaching hospital providing a range of acute medical and surgical 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, allied health professionals, management and general support staff play a pivotal role in the development, delivery, monitoring and evaluation of these services.  The hospital has a current bed complement of >300 beds.


The hospital is affiliated to the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) for medical education, to Dublin City University (DCU) for nursing education and to University College Dublin (UCD), Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and the Institute of Technology for allied health professional education.


Connolly Hospital is one of 8 hospitals in the RCSI Hospitals Group covering a population of over 800,000 people.  Connolly Hospital’s Catchment Population of over 331,000 covers Dublin West, North Kildare and South Meath. 


The RCSI Hospital Group includes the following hospitals

  • Beaumont Hospital, Dublin 9
  • Cavan General Hospital, Cavan
  • Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15
  • Louth County Hospital, Dundalk,
  • Monaghan General Hospital, Monaghan
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda
  • Rotunda Hospital, Dublin 15

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 person holding this post is required to support the principle that the care of the patient comes first at all times and will approach their work with the flexibility and enthusiasm necessary to make this principle a reality for every patient to the greatest possible degree.
  • Maintain throughout the hospital awareness of the primacy of the patient in relation to all hospital activities.
  • Performance management systems are part of role and you will be required to participate in the Group’s performance management programme. 
  • The post holder’s practice is based on the five core concepts of the Clinical Nurse Specialist role as defined by the NCNM 4th edition (2008) in order to fulfil the role
  • The concepts are:
    • Clinical Focus
    • Patient/Client Advocate
    • Education and Training
    • Audit and Research
    • Consultant

Clinical Focus

The Clinical facilitator Critical care  will have a strong patient focus whereby the specialty defines itself as nursing and subscribes to the overall purpose, functions and ethical standards of nursing. The clinical practice role may be divided into direct and indirect care. Direct care comprises the assessment, planning, delivery and evaluation of care to the patient, family and/or carer. Indirect care relates to activities that influence and support the provision of direct care.



Professional /Clinical

  • Act as a source of clinical expertise for staff within the area.
  • Set objectives and develop policies, procedures and standards for the nursing service. Ensure effective implementation and audit of compliance.
  • Implement and assess quality management programmes.
  • Be familiar with the recommendations of judicial reports relating to nursing services.
  • Promote participation and advancement of the transfer of tasks or other initiatives in the promotion of best practice.
  • Lead, facilitate and participate in audit of clinical practice and be responsible for the implementation of changes required by audit.
  • Ensure clinical expertise and level of competence of staff in clinical setting. Be aware of the advances in nursing practice and to be supportive of the development of the profession.
  • Observe and identify knowledge and clinical experience of staff and promote and encourage post registration education.
  • Participate in the identification, development and delivery of education, training and development programmes for midwifery, and nursing, healthcare assistants.
  • Ensure that all staff are fully aware of their duties and responsibilities.
  • Supervising and directing the staff in the unit, making them aware of policy and policy changes by good communication.
  • Ensure that all staff members are aware of the importance and necessity of maintaining and confidentiality of all matters pertaining to the hospital.
  • Promote and facilitate good communications between the multidisciplinary team and staff motivation.
  • Work within a multidisciplinary team in the provision of a safe, effective, high quality service to patients and their families.
  • Work closely with the Practice Development Co-ordinator, the Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Nursing/ Midwifery Managers, Clinical Placement Co-ordinator in the implementation and evaluation of continuing education programmes/initiatives.
  • Develop links with other clinical skills facilitators in the relevant tertiary centres and other the members of the practice development teams.
  • Work with the multidisciplinary team in establishing and maintaining a quality clinical learning environment.
  • Actively participate in educational programmes specifically designed for the development of Nursing and midwifery Staff e.g. Venepuncture and cannulation, falls prevention education, SSKIN Bundle, best practices in documentation
  • Maintain a high level of professional and clinical leadership and conduct all duties in accordance with national and local policies and to support the implementation of any new developments in the group or nationally
  • Ensure adherence to all standards and guidelines relating to professional nursing/midwifery practice according to hospital policies and the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI). Ensure nursing care is provided to the highest professional standards using evidence based approach.
  • Maintain records ensuring that all documentation is maintained to a high standard according to the standards set by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI).
  • Promote the expansion of the role of the Nurse and other appropriate skill mix within the hospital.
  • Encourage and participate in the nursing research and audit as required.
  • Ensure nursing care is provided to the highest professional standards using evidence based approach.

Education & Training

  • Ensure the clinical environment is conducive to supporting the education and learning of all staff
  • Engage in continuing professional development by keeping up to date with nursing literature, recent nursing research and new developments in nursing management, education and practice and to attend staff study days as considered appropriate
  • Be familiar with the curriculum training programme for Nurses and be aware of the clinical experience required to meet the needs of the role.
  • Participate in the identification, development and delivery of induction, education, training and development programmes for Nursing staff.
  • Be closely involved in the continuing education of student nurses, newly qualified nurses
  • Supervise and assess Newly Qualified Nurses and foster a clinical learning environment
  • Participate in Teaching, Mentorship, and Preceptorship of newly recruited Nursing staff to the unit.
  • Participate in the orientation of all new staff members as required.
  • Participate in continuing education of qualified nurses, as required.
  • Attend Mandatory training including the following Basic Life Support, Manual Handling, Fire Training and other training as deemed necessary.
  • Engage in performance review processes including personal development planning as appropriate.
  • To act as a resource to mentors/preceptors.
  • Promote reflective practise for self and staff.
  • Provide Sepsis teaching to all inpatient areas (approx 8 hrs /week)


Patient/Client Advocate

The Clinical Nurse Manager 2 (Clinical Skills Facilitator –critical care) will

Communicate, negotiate and represent patient’s family and/or carer values and decisions in relation to their condition in collaboration with MDT colleagues in both Primary and Secondary Care as appropriate.

  • Develop and support the concept of advocacy, particularly in relation to patient participation in decision making, thereby enabling informed choice of treatment options.
  • Respect and maintain the privacy, dignity and confidentiality of the patient, family and/or carer.
  • Establish, maintain and improve procedures for collaboration and cooperation between Acute Services, Primary Care and Voluntary Organisations as appropriate.
  • Proactively challenge any interaction which fails to deliver a quality service to patients.

Audit & Research

  • The Clinical Nurse Manager 2 (Clinical Skills Facilitator –critical care) will
  • Undertake audits and complete reports against agreed guidelines.
  • Maintain a record of clinically relevant data aligned to National Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) as directed and advised by the Director of Nursing.
  • Identify, initiate and conduct nursing/midwifery and MDT audit and research projects relevant to the area.
  • Use the outcomes of audit to improve service provision.
  • Contribute to service planning and budgetary processes through use of audit data and specialist knowledge.
  • Monitor, access, utilise and disseminate current relevant research to advise and ensure the provision of informed evidence based practice.
  • Initiate and organise studies of new techniques and trials of products / equipment to evaluate outcomes and recommend change, if necessary.


Health & Safety

  • These duties must be performed in accordance with local organisational and the HSE health and safety polices. In carrying out these duties the employee must ensure that effective safety procedures are in place to comply with the Health, Safety and Welfare at Work Act (2005). Staff must carry out their duties in a safe and responsible manner in line with the local policy documents and as set out in the local safety statement, which must be read and understood. 

Quality, Risk and Safety Responsibilities

It is the responsibility of all staff to:

  • Participate and cooperate with legislative and regulatory requirements with regard to quality, risk and safety.
  • Participate and cooperate with local quality, risk and safety initiatives as required
  • Participate and cooperate with internal and external evaluations of the organisation’s structures, services and processes as required.
  • Initiate, support and implement quality improvement initiatives in their area which are in keeping with local organisational quality, risk and safety requirements.
  • Contribute to the development of PPPGs and safe professional practice and adhere to relevant legislation, regulations and standards.
  • Comply with Health Service Executive (HSE) Complaints Policy.
  • Ensure completion of incident/near miss forms and clinical risk reporting.
  • Adhere to department policies in relation to the care and safety of any equipment supplied and used to carry out the responsibilities of the role of CNM 2
  • Will conduct audits on sepsis and develop report as she/he will be the sepsis lead for the hospital



  • Comply with all relevant professional and statutory requirements ( NMBI Guidelines, Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics and  HIQA  National Standards for Safer Better  Healthcare etc)
  • Adhere to all relevant hospital policies including accident/incident reporting; welfare, health & safety; fire regulations; disciplinary and grievance procedures Promote and facilitate good communications within the hospital and with external agencies.
  • Maintain high visibility and ensure effective communication with staff, patients and visitors
  • Provide a high level of professional and clinical leadership and conduct all duties in accordance with hospital policy
  • Participate in the identification, development and delivery of nursing education programmes
  • Ensure that effective safety procedures are developed and managed to comply with statutory obligations in conjunction with relevant staff
  • Facilitate team building and staff motivation
  • Contribute to nursing strategies to facilitate the recruitment, retention and succession planning of midwives and nurses.
  • Provide staff leadership and motivation which is conducive to good working relations and work performance
  • Promote a culture that values diversity and respect in the workplace
  • Manage all resources efficiently and effectively.
  • Lead on practice development within the clinical area.
  • Promote, facilitate and participate in the development of nursing policies and procedures. Monitor as appropriate and lead on proactive improvement
  • Contribute to the formulation, development and implementation of policies and procedures at area and hospital level
  • Ensure compliance with legal requirements, policies and procedures affecting service users, staff and other hospital matters
  • Maintain all necessary clinical and administrative records and reporting arrangements
  • Engage in IT developments as they apply to service users and service administration


  • The identification and development of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) which are congruent with the hospital’s service plan targets and Nursing Respiratory Department objectives.
  • The development of Action Plans to address KPI targets.
  • Driving and promoting a Performance Management culture.
  • In conjunction with line manager assist in the development of a Performance Management system for your profession.
  • The management and delivery of KPIs as a routine and core business objective.


  • Employees must attend fire lectures periodically and must observe fire orders.
  • All accidents within the Department must be reported immediately.
  • Infection Control Policies must be adhered to.
  • In line with the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005 all staff must comply with all safety regulations and audits.
  • In line with the Public Health (Tobacco) (Amendment) Act 2004, smoking within the Hospital Building is not permitted.
  • Hospital uniform code must be adhered to.
  • Provide information that meets the need of Senior Management.

Risk Management, Infection Prevention & Control, Hygiene Services and Health & Safety

  • The management of Risk, Infection Prevention & Control, Hygiene Services and Health & Safety is the responsibility of everyone and will be achieved within a progressive, honest and open environment.
  • The post holder must be familiar with the necessary education, training and support to enable them to meet this responsibility.
  • The post holder has a duty to familiarise themselves with the relevant Organisational Policies, Procedures & Standards and attend training as appropriate in the following areas:
  • Continuous Quality Improvement Initiatives.
  • Document Control Information Management System.
  • Risk Management Strategy and Policies.
  • Hygiene Related Policies, Procedures and Standards.
  • Decontamination Code of Practice.
  • Infection Prevention & Control Policies
  • Safety Statement, Health & Safety Policies and Fire Procedure.
  • Data Protection and confidentiality Policies.
  • The post holder is responsible for ensuring that they become familiar with the requirements stated within the Risk Management Strategy and that they comply with the Hospitals Risk Management Incident/Near miss reporting Policies and Procedures.
  • The post holder is responsible for ensuring that they comply with hygiene services requirements in your area of responsibility. Hygiene Services incorporates environment and facilities, hand hygiene, catering, cleaning, the management of laundry, waste, sharps and equipment.
  • The post holder must foster and support a quality improvement culture throughout your area of responsibility in relation to hygiene services.
  • It is the post holders’ specific responsibility for Quality & Risk Management, Hygiene Services and Health & Safety will be clarified to you in the induction process and by your line manager.
  • The post holder must take reasonable care for his or her own actions and the effect that these may have upon the safety of others.
  • The post holder must cooperate with management, attend Health & Safety related training and not undertake any task for which they have not been authorised and adequately trained.
  • The post holder is required to bring to the attention of a responsible person any perceived shortcoming in our safety arrangements or any defects in work equipment.
  • It is the responsibility of the post holder to be aware of and comply with the HSE Health Care Records Management / Integrated Discharge Planning (HCRM / IDP) Code of Practice.

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.

Essential Criteria

Statutory Registration, Professional Qualifications, Experience etc.

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


  • Must have post-grad diploma in Critical care 


Annual Registration

  • On appointment, practitioners, must maintain live registration on the General Nurse Division of the Register of Nurses and Midwives maintained by Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland [NMBI] (Bord Altranais agus Cnaimhseachais na hEireann) 


  • Practitioners must confirm annual registration with the NMBI to the HSE by way of the annual Patient Safety Assurance Certificate [PSAC]
  • Have at least 5 years post registration experience – two of which must be in Critical care nursing.



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



  • Demonstrate evidence of continuing professional development at the appropriate level.


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 


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.

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.


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