IICMP

Senior Cardiac Physiologist

Naas General Hospital

Cardiac Physiologist, Senior
Job Specification & Terms and Conditions

Job Title and Grade Cardiac Physiologist, Senior
(Grade Code: 3003)
Campaign Reference NAAS-10-2022-344
Closing Date Monday 14 th of November 2022 at 12 noon
Proposed Interview
Date (s)

Proposed interview dates will be indicated at a later stage. Please note you may be called
forward for interview at short notice.
Start Date A start date will be indicated at job offer stage.
Organisational Area Naas General Hospital, Dublin Midland Hospital Group
Location of Post Naas General Hospital.

There is currently one permanent whole time (35 hrs per week), Senior Cardiac
Physiologist post available.
A panel may be formed for Senior Cardiac Physiologist, Naas General Hospital from
which current and future permanent and specified purpose vacancies of full or part time
duration may be filled.
Informal Enquiries Name: Celine Coffey
Phone: (045) 849813
Email: celine.coffey1@hse.ie

Details of Service Naas General Hospital is an Acute General Hospital serving the catchment population of
over a quarter of a million people in Kildare and West Wicklow. The majority of the hospital
activity results from unscheduled inpatient admissions through the Emergency
Department/Acute Medical Assessment Unit (AMAU). Service users can also access
services through the Day Ward, Day Hospital and Outpatient Services. The bed
complement is 243. We aim to provide a high quality patient centred service within a safe,
cost effective and flexible environment.

Reporting
Relationship

The post holder will report to the Chief II Cardiac Physiologist
.

Purpose of the Post The Cardiac Physiologist, Senior will provide support to the provision of a comprehensive

Cardiac Diagnostic Service

Principal Duties and
Responsibilities

The busy Cardiac Department carries out a comprehensive range of non-invasive and
limited invasive investigations as outlined below. The successful candidate will be
expected to demonstrate an appropriate level of knowledge and competence and be
suitably qualified to perform/train in all of these areas.
The Senior Cardiac Physiologist should be familiar with the techniques and range of
equipment used in current medical practice for the diagnosis, treatment and care of
cardiac patients including resuscitation equipment.

Professional/ Clinical
The Senior Cardiac Physiologist will:

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 Perform the following procedures:
o Resting ECG
o Exercise treadmill testing, both Medical and Physiologist led ( as per
British Society protocols, performance, interpretation and analysis for
reporting)
o Fit and analyse of ambulatory ECG and BP recordings
o Pacemaker and ICD/CRT follow-up
o Transthoracic echocardiography and report on same
o Assist with transoesophageal echocardiography
o Train and assist with Dobutamine Stress Echocardiography
o Train and assist with Exercise Stress Echocardiography
o Report procedure findings and highlighting abnormal findings
 Vetting and Scheduling of Cardiology diagnostic tests on CVIS.
 Be responsible for the maintenance of standards of practice of self and staff appointed
to clinical/ designated area(s).
 Be responsible for managing own caseload and for assessment, planning,
implementation and evaluation of cardiac diagnostic services for service users
according to service standards and best practice.
 Supervise staff, prioritising and allocating work and promoting positive staff morale and
team working in conjunction with the Chief II Cardiac Physiologist.
 Foster and maintain professional working relationships with colleagues, front line
managers, and other healthcare personnel in the team.
 Ensure the quality of documentation of reports are in accordance with local service
and professional standards.
 Communicate verbally and/ or in writing results, data interpretation and reports to the
relevant team and consultants in accordance with service policy.
 Participate as part of a multi-disciplinary team as appropriate, communicating and
working in co-operation with other team members.
 Carry out duties in a timely manner, and in line with local policy guidelines.
 Be responsible for adhering to existing standards and protocols and for the
development and maintenance of standards/ strategies for quality improvement and
outcome measurement.
 Ensure that professional standards are maintained in relation to confidentiality, ethics
and legislation.
 Operate within the scope of practice and in accordance with local guidelines.
Education and Training
The Senior Cardiac Physiologist will:
 Participate in mandatory training programmes.
 Participate in continuing professional development including in-service training,
attending and presenting at conferences/ courses relevant to practice, contributing to
research etc. as agreed by the Chief II Cardiac Physiologist.
 Engage in support/ supervision with peer Cardiac Physiologists and Managers and
participate in performance review.
 Ensure newly qualified staff have adequate induction and clinical supervision and
assist in implementing annual staff development and performance review.

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Administrative
The Senior Cardiac Physiologist will:
 Be responsible for the co-ordination and delivery of service.
 Review and allocate resources in collaboration with the Chief II Cardiac Physiologist
and relevant others.
 Promote good working practice and uniformity of standards of best practice.
 Promote quality by reviewing and evaluating the Cardiac Investigations Department
service regularly, identifying changing needs and opportunities to improve services, in
collaboration with the Chief II Cardiac Physiologist and relevant others.
 Develop and implement service / business plans, quality initiatives, audits etc. and
report on outcomes in collaboration with the Chief II Cardiac Physiologist.
 Oversee the upkeep of accurate records in line with best clinical governance,
organisational requirements and the Freedom of Information Act, and render reports
and other information / statistics as required.
 Represent the department at meetings and conferences as appropriate.
 Liaise with the Chief II Cardiac Physiologist regarding the needs, interests and views
of Cardiac Investigations staff.
 Promote good team working, and a culture that values diversity.
 Participate in the management of stock and equipment in conjunction with the Chief II
Cardiac Physiologist
 Engage in IT developments as they apply to service users and service administration
 Keep up to date with developments within the organisation and the Irish Health
Service.
 Perform such other duties appropriate to the office as may be assigned by the Chief II
Cardiac Physiologist.
Health and Safety
The Senior Cardiac Physiologist will:
 Promote a safe working environment in accordance with health and safety legislation.
 Be aware of and implement agreed policies, procedures and safe professional practice
by adhering to relevant legislation, regulations and standards.
 Actively participate in risk management issues, identify risks and take responsibility for
corrective actions.
 Report any adverse incidents in accordance with organisational guidelines.
 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.
 To support, promote and actively participate in sustainable energy, water and waste
initiatives to create a more sustainable, low carbon and efficient health service.
KPI’s
 The identification and development of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) which
are congruent with the Hospital’s service plan targets.

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 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.
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING GENERAL CONDITIONS:
 Employees must attend fire lectures annually 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 Buildings is not permitted.
 Hospital uniform code must be adhered to.
 Provide information that meets the need of Senior Management.
 To support, promote and actively participate in sustainable energy, water and
waste initiatives to create a more sustainable, low carbon and efficient health
service.
Risk Management, Infection Control, Hygiene Services and Health & Safety
 The management of Risk, Infection 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:
o Continuous Quality Improvement Initiatives
o Document Control Information Management Systems
o Risk Management Strategy and Policies
o Hygiene Related Policies, Procedures and Standards
o Decontamination Code of Practice
o Infection Control Policies
o Safety Statement, Health & Safety Policies and Fire Procedure
o 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 Group’s 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 through-out
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 this will be clarified to you in the induction process and
by your line manager.

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 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 post holder’s responsibility 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.

Eligibility Criteria
Qualifications and/ or
experience

1. Professional Qualifications, Experience, etc.
(a) Eligible applicants will be those who on the closing date for the competition
i) Possess the BSc in Clinical Measurement from Dublin Institute of Technology

OR

ii) Possess the BSc in Clinical Measurement from Technological University Dublin
(TU Dublin)

OR

iii) Possess an equivalent relevant scientific qualification (Level 8) as confirmed by
the Irish Institute of Clinical Measurement Science (IICMP).

OR

iv) a) Possess the Certificate in Medical Physics and Physiological Measurement
(MPPM) from Dublin Institute of Technology
OR

b) An equivalent scientific qualification as confirmed by the Irish Institute of
Clinical Measurement Science awarded in or before 2005. (See Note 1*)

AND

v) All candidates must have a minimum of 3 years fulltime (or an aggregate of 3
years fulltime) relevant post qualification experience.

AND

(b) Candidates must have the requisite knowledge and ability (including a high
standard of suitability and professional ability) for the proper discharge of the
duties of the office.
AND
(c) Echo scanning experience essential. Desirable that candidate is working towards
Echo accreditation (BSE/ARDMS or EEC)

Note 1.
In exceptional cases, where the IICMP are not in a position to validate pre 2005
qualifications, the Clinical Measurement Physiologists experts on the eligibility / selection
board may, at their discretion, deem as eligible:

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HSE applicants who are currently employed as Clinical Measurement Physiologists, and
who were employed in or before 2005, on the presentation of proof of their qualification/s
that was acceptable on the commencement of their employment
2. Age
Age restriction shall only apply to a candidate where s/he is not classified as a new entrant
(within the meaning of the Public Service Superannuation (Miscellaneous Provisions) 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.
3. Health
Candidates 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.
4. Character
Candidates for and any person holding the office must be of good character.

Post Specific
Requirements

Demonstrate depth and breadth of experience in cardiac diagnostics as relevant to the
role.
Other requirements
specific to the post

The post holder must be available outside of normal working hours for emergency
situations.

Skills, competencies
and/or knowledge

Candidates must demonstrate:
 The necessary experience and knowledge to carry out the post in a competent
and safe manner.
 Commitment to maintaining and enhancing professional knowledge and skills.
 Effective planning and organising skills including the ability to meet deadlines,
work on own initiative and multi-task.
 Commitment to providing a quality service in an effective and resourceful manner,
including awareness of importance of value for money.
 Demonstrate awareness and appreciation of the service user including evidence
of ability to empathise with and treat patients, relatives and colleagues with dignity
and respect.
 An awareness of the primacy of the patient in relation to all hospital activity and
the importance of providing a high quality, person-centred service.
 Team skills and leadership skills including the ability to work within a multi-
disciplinary team (particularly in the context of a changing clinical and technical
environment).
 Willingness to share knowledge and/or new ideas with staff and colleagues.
 Innovation including the ability to effectively challenge existing practices and
procedures in developing and improving services to patients.
 Flexibility and openness to change.
 Demonstrate problem solving and decision making skills and the ability to develop
solutions to complex situations.
 Experience of gathering, interpreting and analysing information to make informed
decisions.

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 Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to present
information in a clear and concise manner.
 Demonstrate evidence of computer skills relevant to the role including use of
Microsoft, Word, Excel and email.

Campaign Specific
Selection Process
Ranking/Shortlisting /
Interview

A ranking and or shortlisting exercise may be carried out on the basis of information
supplied in your application form. The criteria for ranking and or shortlisting are based on
the requirements of the post as outlined in the eligibility criteria and skills, competencies
and/or knowledge section of this job specification. Therefore it is very important that you
think about your experience in light of those requirements.
Failure to include information regarding these requirements may result in you not being
called forward to the next stage of the selection process.
Those successful at the ranking stage of this process (where applied) will be placed on an
order of merit and will be called to interview in ‘bands’ depending on the service needs of
the organisation.

Code of Practice The Health Service Executive will run this campaign in compliance with the Code of
Practice prepared by the Commission for Public Service Appointments (CPSA). The Code
of Practice sets out how the core principles of probity, merit, equity and fairness might be
applied on a principle basis. The Code also specifies the responsibilities placed on
candidates, facilities for feedback to applicants on matters relating to their application
when requested, and outlines procedures in relation to requests for a review of the
recruitment and selection process and review in relation to allegations of a breach of the
Code of Practice. Additional information on the HSE’s review process is available in the
document posted with each vacancy entitled “Code of Practice, Information for
Candidates”.
Codes of practice are published by the CPSA and are available on in the document posted
with each vacancy entitled “Code of Practice, Information for Candidates” or on
www.cpsa.ie.

The reform programme outlined for the Health Services may impact on this role and as structures change the job
specification may be reviewed.
This job specification is a guide to the general range of duties assigned to the post holder. It is intended to be neither
definitive nor restrictive and is subject to periodic review with the employee concerned.

Senior Cardiac Physiologist
Terms and Conditions of Employment

Tenure There is currently one permanent whole time (39 hrs per week), Senior Cardiac

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Physiologist post available.
The post is pensionable. A panel may be created from which permanent and specified
purpose vacancies of full or part time duration may be filled. The tenure of these posts
will be indicated at “expression of interest” stage.
Appointment as an employee of the Health Service Executive is governed by the
Health Act 2004 and the Public Service Management (Recruitment and Appointments)
Act 2004 and Public Service Management (Recruitment and Appointments)
Amendment Act 2013.

Remuneration The Salary Scale for the post is (as at 23/08/2022):

€46,671, €48,050, €49,509, €51,005, €52,557, €53,997, LSI1 €57,560, LSI2
€61,128,

Working Week The standard working week applying to the post is to be confirmed at Job Offer

stage.
HSE Circular 003-2009 “Matching Working Patterns to Service Needs (Extended
Working Day / Week Arrangements); Framework for Implementation of Clause 30.4
of Towards 2016” applies. Under the terms of this circular, all new entrants and staff
appointed to promotional posts from Dec 16 th 2008 will be required to work agreed
roster / on call arrangements as advised by their line manager. Contracted hours of
work are liable to change between the hours of 8am-8pm over seven days to meet
the requirements for extended day services in accordance with the terms of the
Framework Agreement (Implementation of Clause 30.4 of Towards 2016).
Annual Leave The annual leave associated with the post will be confirmed at Job Offer stage.
Superannuation This is a pensionable position with the HSE. The successful candidate will upon
appointment become a member of the appropriate pension scheme. Pension
scheme membership will be notified within the contract of employment. Members
of pre-existing pension schemes who transferred to the HSE on the 01 st January
2005 pursuant to Section 60 of the Health Act 2004 are entitled to superannuation
benefit terms under the HSE Scheme which are no less favourable to those which
they were entitled to at 31 st December 2004.

Probation Every appointment of a person who is not already a permanent officer of the Health
Service Executive or of a Local Authority shall be subject to a probationary period of
12 months as stipulated in the Department of Health Circular No.10/71.

Protection of
Persons
Reporting Child
Abuse Act 1998

As this post is one of those designated under the Protection of Persons Reporting
Child Abuse Act 1998, appointment to this post appoints one as a designated
officer in accordance with Section 2 of the Act.  You will remain a designated officer
for the duration of your appointment to your current post or for the duration of your
appointment to such other post as is included in the categories specified in the
Ministerial Direction. You will receive full information on your responsibilities under
the Act on appointment.

Mandated Person
Children First Act
2015

As a mandated person under the Children First Act 2015 you will have a legal
obligation:
 To report child protection concerns at or above a defined threshold to TUSLA.
 To assist Tusla, if requested, in assessing a concern which has been the
subject of a mandated report.
You will remain a mandated person for the duration of your appointment to your
current post or for the duration of your appointment to such other post as is
included in the categories specified in the Ministerial Direction. You will receive full

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