RQ525 Clinical Nurse Manager 2: Rheumatology Service

Peamount Healthcare
Employment Type
€51,422 - €60,792 per annum
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Job Title & Grade

Clinical Nurse Manager 2; Rheumatology Service 

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Closing Date

Noon Friday June 10th 2022.

Proposed Interview Date

Week ending June 17th 2022

Taking Up Appointment

To be outlined at interview

Informal enquires


Location of Post

Peamount Healthcare, Newcastle, Co. Dublin

Details of Service

Peamount Healthcare is an independent voluntary organisation that provides a range of high-quality health and social care services. We help people return home after a serious illness, we provide safe and homely residential care for those who need it, and we support people to live as independently as possible in the community.


Rheumatology is a new Consultant led service to Peamount Healthcare, this service included 10 inpatient beds and an outpatient clinic including an infusion suite. The Rheumatology services consists of a Multidisciplinary team approach which includes a CNS in Rheumatology.


Peamount Healthcare Services include –

·        Neurological Rehabilitation Services

·        Neurological Disability Services

·        Age Related Rehabilitation and Residential Services

·        Respiratory Services including Rehabilitation and Sleep services

·        Residential Services for Older adults with an Intellectual Disability

·        Community Outpatients Services

Specific Clinical Area:

Rheumatology is the medical speciality caring for patients with musculoskeletal disease. The service is a consultant led service that provides expert outpatient and inpatient services in the diagnosis, treatment, management and Rehabilitation of patients.


Inpatient Services:

This service includes a 10 bedded inpatient unit on a Monday to Friday basis. Admissions to the unit are elective, arranged through OPD services or transfers from acute hospital services. The setting of care is rehabilitative. The ethos of care is rehabilitation, optimisation and access to multidisciplinary services to enhance the quality of life of patients with a musculoskeletal disease .


Outpatient Services:

·        Consultant led outpatient clinics. 

·        Infusion clinics for Rheumatology patients

·        Rehabilitation led by the Multidisciplinary Team

·        Multidisciplinary Team services

·        Diagnostics including bloods, Xray, Pulmonary Function and Respiratory Services


Reporting Relationship

Assistant Director of Nursing / Director of Nursing

Purpose of Post

The post of CNM 2 has a pivotal role in service planning, co-ordinating, and managing activity and resources within the clinical area. The main responsibilities are: quality assurance, resource management, staff development, practice development, facilitating communication and professional / clinical leadership, patient education and support in Chronic disease management.


The CNM 2 in Rheumatology will be part of a Multidisciplinary Team within the Peamount Healthcare, responsible for the overall care of patients with Rheumatologic complaints and musculoskeletal conditions. He/she will demonstrate a caring competent manner to instil patient confidence and contribute to an environment that is centred on the needs of Rheumatology patients. They will demonstrate an ability to interpret and promote evidence based practice within the field of Rheumatology, as this is an area of Nursing which is rapidly changing.


Eligibility Criteria Qualifications & Experience


Professional Qualifications and Experience

(a) Eligible applicants will be those who on the closing date for the competition:

(i)  Are registered in the General division of the Register of Nurses & Midwives maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann) or entitled to be so registered.

(ii) A minimum of two years experience working in a Rheumatology department at CNM1 level.

Annual registration

(i) Practitioners must maintain live annual registration on the relevant division of the Register of Nurses and Midwives maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann).


(ii) Confirm annual registration with NMBI to the HSE by way of the annual Patient Safety Assurance Certificate (PSAC).

  •  Each candidate and every person holding the office must be registered in the general division of the register of nurses maintained by NMBI (Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland)
  • Have at Least 5 years post resignation experience of which 2 must be in Rheumatology.
  • Evidence of consistent updating of clinical skills and knowledge.


Previous Management experience and a recognised qualification in management

  • Competent and confidential IT skills – Word, Excel. Power Point and e-mail
  • Demonstrate Coaching & Development skills within clinical practice.


Skills, Competencies and Knowledge

Duties & Responsibilities

1.           Management Responsibilities

1.1      To effectively manage the activities of the unit.

1.2      To develop nursing and operational policies regarding the care of the service user and the family, in keeping with the policies of Peamount Healthcare.

1.3      To identify resources and facilities required to manage the unit.

1.4      Manage all resources efficiently and effectively within agreed budgets.

1.5      To ensure adequate levels of stocks/supplies are maintained.

1.6      To ensure that appropriate, accurate and concise records are maintained at all times.

1.7      To maintain records of service users valuables handed over for safekeeping.

1.8      To ensure that the working environment is as safe and healthy as possible for service users, staff and visitors.

1.9      To plan and co-ordinate duty rotas and annual leave. Ensure accurate records of attendance and absenteeism are maintained.

1.10    To participate in and undertake individual personal development planning using a self-assessment model.

1.11    Facilitate co-ordination, co-operation and liaison across multidisciplinary team and programmes and promote community liaison.

1.12    To liaise closely with household and catering staff with regard to service users’ needs.

1.13    To liaise with nursing colleagues and attend/ participate at meetings as required.

1.14    To ensure that all registered staff are aware of their legal responsibilities as regards the prescription, administration and custody of drugs.

1.15    To be familiar with and ensure all staff are familiar and adhere to Peamount Healthcare’s policies and procedures. Ensure polices, procedures and SOP’s are implemented,

1.16    Assist with planning, assessing and arranging admissions to the unit/wards.

1.17    To cover for nursing administration as requested.


2.        Clinical Responsibilities


2.1      To promote a person cantered approach to care, utilising specialist knowledge relating to the care of the service user and family.

2.2      To act as an effective role model and resource/advisor to colleagues in the delivery of nursing care and provide a high level of professional and clinical leadership.

2.3      To take an active part in the delivery of care as and where appropriate.

2.4         Manage patient care to ensure the highest professional standards using evidence based, care planning approach, evaluate and manage the implementation of best practice policy and procedure.

2.5         To be involved in the assessment, planning implementation and evaluation of patient care.

2.6         To be familiar with the audit cycle and support the audit process at unit level.

2.7      To provide a welcoming relaxed and informal atmosphere for the patient and those close to them.

2.8      To ensure patient confidentiality is respected and maintained at all times.

2.9      To be familiar with and act according to Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland professional code of conduct.

2.10    To be responsible for personal professional development.

2.11    To ensure that all staff are up to date on Mandatory training.

2.12    To promote and encourage professional development of staff.

2.13    To create a good learning environment by keeping up to date with new developments and supporting and encouraging open discussion.

3.        Teaching Responsibilities

3.1         To provide instruction and guidance in the form of orientation and ongoing informal and formal teaching sessions to care assistants and staff nurses.

3.2         Participate in the identification, development and delivery of education, training and development programmes for nursing and non-nursing staff.

3.3      To be prepared to participate in relevant and appropriate research as agreed by Director of Nursing /Assistant Director of Nursing



  •  To adhere to policies at all times.
  • To perform such other duties appropriate to the post as may be assigned from time to time by the Manager or a nominee.

Self Development

  • To be aware of current developments and issues in healthcare by reading current literature and keeping abreast of new developments, attending ‘in-house’ seminars, lectures and courses when possible and as appropriate in consultation with your head of Department.
  • To assume responsibility for his/her own professional development and safe work practice.
  • To maintain own competence in all areas of role.
  • To ensure a safe environment for himself/herself, colleagues and visitors.


  • To have a working knowledge of Peamount Healthcare’s policies.
  • To present and act in a professional manner at all times and ensure colleagues do likewise.


Other requirements specific to the post

Demonstrate experience/ interest in the area of rheumatology or other experience that may be relevant to the speciality of rheumatology.

Principal Duties & Responsibilities

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.


Peamount Healthcare is an independent voluntary organisation that provides a range of high-quality health and social care services. We help people return home after a serious illness, we provide safe and homely residential care for those who need it, and we support people to live as independently as possible in the community.