Opportunities for Mental Health Staff Nurse Positions in General Adult & Adolescent Services now available

Here at St Patrick's Mental Health Services (SPMHS), we have opportunities for mental health staff nurse positions in general adult and adolescent services.

SPMHS is Ireland’s largest, independent, not-for-profit mental health service provider. We provide inpatient care through our three approved centres; St Patrick’s University Hospital, St Patrick’s, Lucan (St Edmundsbury), and Willow Grove Adolescent unit, in addition to community and outpatient care provided through the Dean Clinics and Wellness and Recovery Centre.

We offer employment permits to non-European Economic Area (EEA) citizens with no cost to the individual and one-to-one assistance from our Human Resources department throughout the application process. 


Key activities

Grounded in human rights and a vision for a society where all citizens are empowered to live mentally healthy lives, our key activities and areas of work include:

  • Service delivery
  • Service user participation
  • Research and training
  • Advocacy

Benefits of a nursing career in SPMHS

SPMHS recognises nurses as being at the core of delivering a quality mental health service and in turn offers nurses a rewarding career with exciting opportunities for progression. We regard our staff as our most important asset, enabling us to fulfil our mission to make a positive difference to the care of those experiencing mental health difficulties.

Some of the benefits include:

  • Permanent posts
  • Minimum starting salary of €38,247
  • Sign-on bonus of €3,000[1]
  • Flexible DC Pension Scheme with 10% employer contribution
  • Location allowance of €1,955
  • Access to external and in-house Continuing Professional Development (CPD) training
  • Access to funding to pursue postgraduate education
  • Incremental credit for recognition of years of service
  • Proactive career planning within a multi-disciplinary setting
  • Enhanced payments for Sunday, public holidays and night duty
  • Flexible hours
  • Maternity leave (26 weeks paid, plus up to 16 weeks unpaid), two weeks paid paternity leave, parental leave, and force majeure available
  • VHI group scheme available
  • No paperwork – Electronic Health Records
  • Preferential rates of pay: Point 5: €38,247 | Point 6: €39,288 | Point 7: €40,424 | Point 8: €41,897 | Point 9: €43,346 | Point 10: €45,410 | LSI: €46,850

We continually strive to create and maintain a forward-looking environment where our staff experience satisfaction in their work.  

As well as the benefits outlined above, we also offer:

  • Assistance in locating accommodation in Dublin if required
  • Subsidised canteen
  • Onsite gym
  • City centre location
  • Nursing staff recreational area includes showers, pool table, table tennis and darts
  • City centre location – three minute walk from Heuston train station, plus St Patrick's University Hospital is directly on the LUAS Red Line and several provincial and city bus routes
  • Free onsite parking
  • An active Staff Wellbeing Committee.

In 2018, we became the first hospital and the first healthcare organisation in Ireland to be awarded the KeepWell Mark from IBEC.  IBEC's KeepWell Mark is a workplace wellbeing accreditation that helps organisations demonstrate their commitment to improving the lives of those who work from them.

Career development

  • ‘Acting up’ opportunities: further your development by ‘acting up’ to a more senior role while receiving support from senior team members.
  • Promotional prospects include Clinical Nurse Manager, Team Liaison Nurse, Dean Clinic manager
  • Opportunity to work with multidisciplinary teams which include consultant psychiatrists, registrars psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, addiction therapists, cognitive behavioural therapists, pharmacists, dietician, and many more.
  • Proactive career planning with access to opportunities such as acute unit experience, and to work as a key worker and on wards linked with specific programmes such as Anxiety, Depression, Eating Disorders, Psychosis Recovery, Bipolar, Young Adult, Alcohol and Chemical Dependency, Psychiatry in Later Life, Memory Clinic, and specialist programmes for Personality Disorder and more.
  • Opportunity to work with the Willow Grove Adolescent Unit, the Dean Clinic community services and the Wellness and Recovery Centre (day programmes).
  • No paperwork! We were the first mental health provider in Ireland to use a fully integrated electronic health record.

How do I apply?

To start your career with us, successful applicants must:

  • Hold current registration or be eligible for registration on the Psychiatric Register with Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI)
  • Have proven ability to establish solid working relationships within an organisation and with service users
  • Possess an excellent level of clinical knowledge.

Post registration experience is desirable.

Current intern nurses due to qualify in September 2020 are welcome to apply.

All successful applicants will be placed on a panel and appointments will be made subject to operational requirements. 

More information on the vacancies available and the application process can be found here.  

Informal enquiries

For informal enquiries, please contact Dominique Smith.

[1] Subject to six months’ service