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Medical Director

We are currently seeking to appoint a Medical Director to join St Patrick’s Mental Health Services senior leadership team, who, under the direction of the CEO, will ensure we continue to advance our mission & strategic goals & to work towards a society where all citizens are empowered & given the opportunity to live mentally healthy lives.

This is an exciting time to consider applying for a Directorship in St Patrick’s Mental Health Services, as we progress the implementation of a new & ambitious five-year strategy Changing Minds, Changing Lives 2018 – 2022. Developed through consultation with our service users, staff & service delivery partners, the strategy commits us to the development of the physical infrastructure, national network & operational excellence of St Patrick’s Mental Health Services.  The goal is to provide the highest quality of mental health care to as many people experiencing mental health difficulties in Ireland as possible.

We are already recognised as a respected advocate for improved understanding of mental health issues at a national level, & for seeking to change stigma & misunderstanding of mental health & the treatment of mental health difficulties. We continue to maintain our position as one of the leading mental health care providers, not only in Ireland, but internationally.

Reporting to the Chief Executive, the Medical Director will be responsible for the formulation & implementation of clinical policies & the organisation, management & development of clinical services.

The post is full time with a term of five years commencing 1st January 2020. The closing date for receipt of applications is 30th April 2019

Applications must include:

  1. a comprehensive CV
  2. brief covering letter. 

Job description

St Patrick’s Mental Health Services is Ireland’s largest and oldest independent provider of mental health care. Since its founding through the legacy of Jonathan Swift over 270 years ago, the organisation has sought to protect and care for those who experience mental health difficulties.

Job description

St Patrick’s Mental Health Services is grounded in the human rights values of believing in and promoting peoples’ rights to be treated with dignity and respect, to be given equal opportunities and to be protected against discrimination. We seek to provide the least restrictive, least intrusive treatment, to promote independence and personal autonomy, to give people the opportunity to make decisions about their own care, to empower recovery by fostering positive coping and management skills, and to provide individual care plans grounded in evidence based best practice.

Driven by a dedicated, hard-working and committed Board of Governors, leadership team and staff, St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services is focused on four key essential and complementary areas of activity; service delivery, advocacy and awareness-raising, service user engagement and research and training. We believe that a modern, progressive mental health service must encompass each of these activities.

We are currently seeking to appoint a Medical Director to join St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services senior leadership team, who, under the direction of the CEO, will ensure we continue to advance our mission and strategic goals and to work towards a society where all citizens are empowered and given the opportunity to live mentally healthy lives. This is an exciting time to consider applying for a Directorship in St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services, as we progress the implementation of a new and ambitious five-year strategyChanging Minds, Changing Lives 2018 – 2022. Developed through consultation with our service users, staff and service delivery partners, the strategy commits us to the development of the physical infrastructure, national network and operational excellence of St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services. The goal is to provide the highest quality of mental health care to as many people experiencing mental health difficulties in Ireland as possible.

We are already recognised as a respected advocate for improved understanding of mental health issues at a national level, and for seeking to change stigma and misunderstanding of mental health and the treatment of mental health difficulties. We continue to maintain our position as one of the leading mental health care providers, not only in Ireland, but internationally.

Reporting to the Chief Executive, the Medical Director will be responsible for the formulation and implementation of clinical policies and the organisation, management and development of clinical services.

Responsibilities 

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer the Medical Directors responsibilities include:

Clinical

  1. Take responsibility for the effective management of the clinical activities of the Hospital’s clinical staff and to cooperate with the Director of Programmes and Services in the management of the various treatment programmes of the Hospital.
  2. Ensure that the highest quality of medical/clinical practice, technology and treatment is carried out in the Hospital.
  3. Ensure the continuing development of St Patrick’s and St Patrick’s, Lucan’ reputation as centre of excellence for psychiatric care.
  4. Ensure the professional functioning of the St. Patrick’s Hospital Research Ethics Committee, Chair the Clinical Council and Chair the Consultants Committee of the Hospital.
  5. Enact the duties and responsibilities pertaining to the role of Medical Director in relation to the consultant staff in the Hospital as laid down in the contract held by each consultant with the Hospital.
  6. Encourage and foster the Hospital’s environment so as to ensure the development and implementation of new treatment approaches.

Academic

  1. Maintain the role of the Hospital as a University Teaching Hospital for doctors, nurses and other professions involved in the delivery of psychiatric care.  Assist in the teaching of undergraduate medical students, nurses and others and the cultivation of postgraduate education and research.  (The Medical Director of St. Patrick’s is historically accorded the position and title of Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the Faculty of Health Sciences of the University of Dublin, Trinity College).
  2. Ensure that the delegated co-ordination of the Dublin University Psychiatric Rotational Training Programme, involving the Hospital, together with St. James’s Hospital, Tallaght, Naas, Stewarts and the Central Mental Hospitals operates effectively.
  3. Maintain and expand the Hospital’s commitment to research.

General

  1. Advise the Board on clinical issues.
  2. Cooperate with senior management colleagues in designing and leading the development of the Hospital’s programmes and services thus contributing to and co-ordinating the medical practitioners input in the Hospital’s medium and long-term plans
  3. To work in conjunction with the Director of Programmes and Services in the delivery of the various treatment programmes and quality commitments.
  4. Ensure that the Hospital maintains its international accreditation.
  5. Ensure that the Hospital maintains compliance with the standards and regulations governing the operation of a mental health care facility as set down by the Mental Health Commission and other such relevant statutory bodies.

  6. Assist the Chief Executive in the provision of regular management information to the Board, particularly as it relates to clinical governance and service quality and attend meeting of the Board of Governors.
  7. Participate in negotiations with external institutions and organisations of crucial importance to the successful operation of the Hospital, including health insurance bodies, the Health Service Executive, the Department of Health and other hospitals and health service facilities.
  8. Advise and provide the environment to enable clinical staff to meet the standards determined by the Board, to be delivered in the most effective manner within agreed financial guidelines.
  9. Such additional other duties and responsibilities as the Board of Governors   and/or the Chief Executive Officer may reasonably designate from time to time.

Further Information

The recruitment process will be conducted by way of competitive interview. All candidates wishing to be considered for the position of Medical Director must have as a minimum:

  1. The possession of the M.D.** Degree in Psychiatry of a recognised University of the M.R.C.P.I. in Psychiatry or membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists or the Diploma in Psychological Medicine awarded before February 1972 or a professional qualification at least equivalent to one of these (**other than a primary degree); and
  2. At least seven years satisfactory experience (after becoming entitled to full registration) in the practice of the medical profession, including not less than five years satisfactory experience in psychiatry.

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