Clinical Specialist Radiographer – Interventional Radiology (INTERNAL COMPETITION CONNOLLY HOSP

RCSI Hospitals Group
Employment Type
Not disclosed
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Specifically the Clinical Specialist in I.R. will have a pivotal role in service planning, co-ordinating and managing activity and resources within the unit. The main responsibilities are, quality assurance, scheduling workflow, staff development, facilitating communication and professional/clinical leadership.

The ability to manage in a rapidly changing environment and the willingness to undertake additional duties as may be assigned from time to time are essential.

Reporting directly to the Radiography Service Manager II (RSM II) or designate

Organisational Context

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.

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 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.

Key Responsibilities

Carry out duties appropriate to a Radiographer in relation to Interventional Radiology(IR) and other areas within the Diagnostic Imaging Department, including the provision of an on-call service as required and to provide leadership in the delivery of specialised services as follows:
Clinical Operations
The Radiographer Clinical Specialist(IR) will:

  • Undertake, as team leader, primary responsibility on a day-to-day basis for the IR service and the effective utilisation of all resources allocated
  • Be accountable for the quality of the service provided, including customer service and technical aspects
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of operational policies, protocols and guidelines to ensure optimum utilisation of resources and systematic audit of such usage
  • Advise as required on equipment selection, purchase, replacement or upgrading.
  • Contribute to the preparation of plans for the service – monitor and report on their implementation. Implement and maintain accurate information systems for clinical data in accordance with hospital standards
  • Maintain up to date knowledge of clinical, technical and radiographic developments in relation to IR and promote awareness of new developments. Ensure that best practices are implemented and maintained
  • Regularly liaise with the physicist , Radiation Protection Officer(RPO), Interventional Radiologist Radiographer Services Manager(RSM) on safety issues and other operational issues as appropriate
  • Maintain up to date knowledge of Radiographic developments in relation to IR and other imaging modalities
  • Adhere to all departmental imaging protocols; be responsible for the correct identification of patient images.
  • Adhere to professional guidelines as determined by the Irish Institute of Radiography and Radiation Therapy(IIRRT).
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of agreed policies, procedures and safe professional practice.
  • Take part in routine inspection of equipment and quality assurance procedures.
  • Be responsible for the cleaning and care of all imaging equipment.
  • Be responsible for the safe use of all imaging equipment and adhering to instructions on its use; ensure other staff complies with same.
  • Be responsible for the logging of and reporting of all equipment faults to Radiography Service Manager or his / her designate and liaising with service company re same
  • Attend at such other health institutions administered by the HSE as may be designated from time to time.
  • Demonstrate flexibility in response to service needs.
  • Lead and assist in audit of various aspects of the IR service and wider Radiology service
  • Is accountable – takes responsibility for his / her actions, seeks advice / a second opinion as required.
  • Report all operation issues to Radiography Services Manager.


The Radiographer Clinical Specialist IR will:

  • Maintain accurate records of equipment service, maintenance, malfunction, downtime and performance as required and co-ordinate preventative maintenance schedules in accordance with clinical demand and Department policy
  • Contribute to financial planning and ensure that appropriate budgetary control procedures are implemented
  • Manage use of consumables efficiently
  • Liaise with Radiography Services Manager on all financial matters.
  • Lead in the establishment and maintenance of standards for quality improvement and ensure adherence to existing standards and policies.
  • Assist in the organisation, maintenance and / or ordering of equipment and materials as required.
  • Represent the department at meetings and conferences as required.
  • Engage in IT developments as they apply to service user and service administration.
  • Keep up to date with developments within the organisation and the Irish Health Service.

Human Resources

The Radiographer Clinical Specialist IR will:

  • Participate as required in human resource planning, recruitment and selection of staff
  • Support the Radiographic Service Manager in the implementation of initiatives aimed at on-going service development and improvement
  • Promote and maintain a safe environment for staff and patients
  • Assist in the development and implementation of risk management and health and safety strategies in association with appropriate personnel
  • Develop and maintain a training function as may be required in relation to qualified staff and/or trainees and students
  • Supervise and assess all training as required
  • Liaise with the Radiographic Service Manager and other senior staff on the rotation of staff through the Department to ensure an adequate number of trained staff are available
  • Liaise with the Radiographic Service Manager on human resource issues as appropriate.

Health & Safety

The Radiographer Clinical Specialist IR will:

  • Be involved in 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.
  • Be familiar with the necessary education, training and support to enable them to meet this responsibility.
  • 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 Systems
    • Risk Management Strategy and Policies
    • Hygiene Related Policies, Procedures and Standards
    • Decontamination Code of Practice
    • Infection Control Policies
    • Safety Statement, Health & Safety Policies and Fire Procedure
    • Data Protection and confidentiality Policies
  • Be 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.
  • Be 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.
  • Foster and support a quality improvement culture through-out your area of responsibility in relation to hygiene services.
  • Be responsible for Quality & Risk Management, Hygiene Services and Health & Safety will be clarified to you in the induction process and by your line manager.
  • Take reasonable care for his or her own actions and the effect that these may have upon the safety of others.
  • Cooperate with management, attend Health & Safety related training and not undertake any task for which they have not been authorised and adequately trained.
  • Be required to bring to the attention of a responsible person any perceived shortcoming in our safety arrangements or any defects in work equipment.
  • Be responsible and be aware of and comply with the HSE Health Care Records Management / Integrated Discharge Planning (HCRM / IDP) Code of Practice.


The Radiographer Clinical Specialist IR will:

  • Identify and develop Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) which are congruent with the hospital’s service plan targets.
  • Assist in the development of Action Plans to address KPI targets.
  • Drive and promote a Performance Management culture.
  • In conjunction with line manager assist in the development of a Performance Management system for your profession.
  • Be involved 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.

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

Each candidate must on closing date for applications

1. Professional Qualifications, Experience, etc.

a) (i) Be registered on the Radiography Division of the Radiographers Register maintained by the Radiographers Registration Board at CORU.


(ii) Have 6 years fulltime (or an aggregate of 6 years) post qualification clinical experience.


(iii) Possess a minimum of 10 postgraduate ECTS credits or equivalent relevant to the profession or the management of the profession as adjudged by the HSE and verified by the IIRRT** ( see Note 1* below ).

b) Have the requisite knowledge and ability (including a high standard of suitability, managerial, leadership and professional ability) for the proper discharge of the duties of the office.

2. Annual Registration

(i) Practitioners must maintain annual registration on the relevant division of the Radiographers Register maintained by the Radiographers Registration Board at CORU.


(ii) Confirm annual registration with CORU to the HSE.


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.

* A list of ‘other statutory health agencies’ can be found here .

Note 1* :

Portfolio Requirements for meeting the educational requirement for the post of Radiography Services Manager I and Radiography Services Manager II.

All candidates wishing to apply for the role of Radiography Services Manager I and Radiography Services Manager II must submit a portfolio for review, along with their application form, to demonstrate how they meet the educational requirements of the post. A minimum of 10 postgraduate ECTS credits, or equivalent as recognised by the IIRRT, is required to meet the eligibility for this post and certified proof of completion must be included.

Ten European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits equates to 250 hours of learning, effort with one ECTS equating to 25 hours of work. ‘Effort includes all courses, lectures, tutorials, seminars, time spent in independent study or research and any additional time and effort expected of a Radiographer’). A minimum of 5 ECTS must be accumulated through direct learning i.e. through attending courses, lectures, tutorials, seminars or completing e-learning modules.

The portfolio should be pertaining to the preceding 6 years and should include:

  • Details of relevant education undertaken including copies of certificates of any relevant courses completed*
  • Copy of transcripts of any academic courses completed bearing the stamp of the awarding body and details of the curriculum of the completed course**
  • Details of relevant continuing professional development*
  • Details of relevant research activity*
  • Details of involvement in relevant educational activities*
  • Details of relevant professional activities, which demonstrates acquired prior learning of the speciality*

Include details of the time spent on the activity and the acquired competences relevant to the context of practice gained through this form of learning.

The IIRRT reserve the right to request original transcripts.

Post Specific Requirements:

Demonstrate depth and breadth of management experience as relevant to the role and/or have completed management training/obtained a qualification in management.

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.

Communication & Interpersonal Skills/Teamwork

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.

Has the ability and desire to 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.

Resource Management

Manages and utilises the organisations resources in the most effective manner to maximise the value for money proposition and to identify costs savings where possible.

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.

Leadership & 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.

Flexibility & Adaptability

Works effectively within a variety of situations with individuals or groups. Adapts one’s approach as the requirements of a situation changes; adjusts tasks and priorities when necessary. Accepts that changes in one’s role may be required from time to time.

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.