RQ535 Clinical Nurse Manager 2 – Practice Development Facilitator –

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

Clinical Nurse Manager 2 – Practice Development Facilitator



Details of Service

Achieve the highest standard of quality and uniformity in care across the group

  • Deliver cost effective hospital care in a timely and sustainable manner
  • Encourage and support clinical and managerial leaders
  • Ensure high standards of governance, both clinical and corporate and recruit and retain high quality nurses, NCHDs, consultants, allied health professionals and administrators in all our hospitals.


There is an evolving Group governance structure with 3 different care groups

Intellectual Disability

Older persons services

Respiratory services

Each care group has a set of key performance indicators to improve quality, drive performance, and ensure efficiency.

·        Higher quality service

·        More consistent standards of care

·        More consistent access to care

·        Stronger leadership

·        Greater integration between the healthcare agenda and the teaching, training, research and innovation agenda


Our Academic Partner is the Trinity College.


Reporting Relationship

To the Director of Nursing and Midwifery through the Assistant Director of Nursing. –


Purpose of the Post

The person appointed to this post will as part of multi-disciplinary teams delivering a coordinated approach to patient care as a member of the Nurse Practice Development Office. 


The CNM2, Practice Development Facilitator will assist the CNM3 in Quality and Education in a systematic approach to implement evidence based practice that supports Nurses to practice effectively within their relevant Scope of Practice and to exceed relevant health and social care regulations and standards and deliver exceptional outcomes for all residents and patients. The person appointed will assist healthcare teams to examine their practice and identify how it can be improved and become more patient/ person-centred focused. This will be done through staff development, continuing education programmes, clinical expertise, effective communication, managerial and leadership skills.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Professional /Clinical

The CNM2 – Practice Development Facilitator will

  • Provide a high level of professional and clinical leadership to support a culture of patient safety and quality improvement.
  •  Be responsible for the assessment of standards of nursing, midwifery and healthcare assistant practice.
  •  Be responsible for the co-ordination of a regular schedule education, professional development and clinical audit.
  •  Ensure appropriate liaison and communication within the Department of Nursing & Midwifery and with all members of the multidisciplinary team as necessary.
  •  Lead and participate in the development and evaluation of quality initiatives
  •  Participate in teams / meetings / committees as appropriate, communicating and working in co-operation with other team members.
  •  Facilitate co-ordination, co-operation and liaison across healthcare teams and programmes.
  •  Develop on annual work plan to meet the changing service needs
  •  Develop appropriate systems in the streamlining of education, practice development, audit data collection and reporting.
  •  Maintain records in accordance with local service and professional standards
  •  Manage resources efficiently and effectively to ensure continuous quality improvement in service.
  •  Attend and participate on departmental governance teams as required
  •  Adhere to and contribute to the development and maintenance of nursing standards, protocols and guidelines consistent with the highest standards of patient care.
  •  Evaluate and manage the implementation of current evidence based practice policy and procedures.
  •  Maintain professional standards in relation to confidentiality, ethics and legislation.
  •  Implement and assess quality management programmes in consultation with the Nursing Executive and other disciplines.
  •  Initiate and participate in research studies as appropriate.
  •  Operate within the scope of practice – seek advice and assistance from his / her manager with any cases or issues that prove to be beyond the scope of his / her professional competence in line with principles of best practice and clinical governance.
  •  Participate in the development, formulation and evaluation of guidelines, policies and procedures to enhance a quality service.
  •  Promote the guidelines for safety and best practice laid down by the hospital policies, Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland guidelines and relevant Acts such as Data Protection Act 1988, and The Health, Safety & Welfare at Work Act 1999.
  •  Assign time to engage directly in practice in order to keep pace with changes and provide enabling process for the staff to achieve their goals.


 Liaison and Communication:

 he CNM2 – Practice Development Facilitator will


·        Support Clinical Nurse Managers / staff competency development as appropriate.

·        Liaise closely with Clinical Nurse Managers for all specialties in relation to policy proposals, staff training and development.

·        Attend relevant meetings as required for role, liaison with appropriate staff

·        Attend staff meetings and receive staff suggestions for improvement in the system of work

·        Maintain open communication with all relevant staff

·        Develop good working relationships with wards and departments to promote quality patient centred care.

·        Consult inter and intra-disciplinary both internally and externally as part of the contribution to promote staff education and patient management.

·        Promote effective nurse documentation in the department and maintain appropriate records.


Education and Training

The CNM2 – Practice Development Facilitator will

  •  Keep up to date with current research, ensure evidence based practice and research is utilised and must contribute to nursing research that is relevant to his/her area of practice.
  •  Engage in continuing professional development by keeping up to date with nursing literature, recent nursing research and new developments in nursing management, education and practice and to attend staff study days as considered appropriate.
  •  Assist or lead on clinical audits and formulate action plans.
  • Participate in the identification, development and delivery of induction, education, training and development programmes for nursing and non-nursing staff.
  •  Identify the educational needs in collaboration with the Practice Development Office. 
  • Plan, organise, supervise, assess, evaluate and monitor quality nursing standards and foster advance evidence based clinical practice and the clinical learning environment.
  • Reduce the theory practice gap, foster staff empowerment and increase autonomy over learning.
  • Is responsible for the implementation, organisation and evaluation of the general orientation/induction.
  • Educate and support staff, including the introduction and orientation of new staff in assistance with the Clinical Nurse/Midwife Managers /A/Director of Nursing / Human Resources.
  • Assist in the implementation of personal development planning in nursing services
  • Assist nursing personnel to maintain high levels of competence by enabling them to identify their personal professional goals, provide feedback, and facilitate achievement of personal development outcomes.
  • Implement and support the development of personal portfolios in collaboration with the clinical nurse manager, senior staff nurses, mentors and advocators



  • The CNM2 – Practice Development Facilitator will       
  •  Provide professional and clinical leadership and vision and facilitate staff team building to provide planned care and develop educational strategies and service goals.
  •  Maintain a quality standard of service. Lead on pro-active quality improvement and support accreditation.
  •  Effectively educate staff on hospital, regional policies as applicable
  •  Initiate relevant audits related to practice and participate in quality improvements initiatives
  •  Provide leadership and motivation which is conducive to good working relations and work performance
  •  Promote a culture that values diversity and respect in the workplace
  •  Lead and support on practice development within the clinical area
  •  Lead and support the implementation of change
  •  Promote, facilitate and participate in the development of nursing policies and procedures. Monitor as appropriate and lead on proactive improvement.
  •  Contribute to the formulation, development and implementation of policies and procedures at area and hospital level.
  •  Support Clinical Nurse/Midwife Managers in the compliance with legal requirements, policies and procedures affecting service users, staff and other hospital matters.
  •  Manage and promote liaisons with internal / external bodies as appropriate e.g. intra-hospital service and the community.
  •  Maintain all necessary clinical and administrative records and reporting arrangements.
  •  Engage in IT developments as they apply to service user and service administration.
  •  Plan work in line with the recommendations of the Quality & Clinical Care Directorate and focus on patient pathway of care.
  •  Provide advice supervision to Staff Nurse grades within Practice Development.



Health & Safety

The CNM2 – Practice Development Facilitator will:

  •  Have a working knowledge of 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 and record keeping.
  •  Assist Clinical Nurse Managers / nursing staff in their development in observing and ensuring implementation and adherence to established policies and procedures e.g. health and safety, infection control, storage and use of controlled drugs etc.
  •  Adhere to department policies in relation to the care and safety of any equipment supplied for the fulfilment of duty.
  •  To support, promote and actively participate in sustainable energy, water and waste initiatives to create a more sustainable, low carbon and efficient health service.


The above Job Description 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


Each candidate must, at the latest date for receipt of completed applications for the post:

 ·        Be registered in the General Division of the Register of Nurses & Midwives/ or the Intellectual Disability section maintained by Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann (Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland) or be entitled to be so registered.



 ·        Have at least 5 years post registration experience.


·        Have the clinical, managerial and administrative capacity to properly discharge the functions of the role


·        Demonstrate evidence of continuing professional development at the appropriate level




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.


Please note that appointment to and continuation in posts that require statutory registration is dependent upon the post holder maintaining annual registration in the relevant division of the register maintained by Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann (Nursing Midwifery Board Ireland)


Post Specific Requirements

Demonstrate depth and breadth of experience in preceptorship and education in teaching, training or facilitation

Skills, competencies and/or knowledge

  • Demonstrate a good knowledge of the Health Service with particular reference to professional development issues, nurse education and practice development.
  •  Demonstrate a knowledge of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland requirements and standards that underpin the Nurse Undergraduate Programme.
  • Demonstrate a broad knowledge of the developments in nurse education and practice
  •  Demonstrate theoretical and clinical knowledge appropriate to the complexities of the post
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal and communication skills especially with regard to facilitation skills and counselling skills/
  •  Demonstrate effective communication skills including the ability to present information in a clear and concise manner; ability to facilitate and manage groups through the learning process; the ability to give constructive feedback to support learning.
  •  Demonstrate evidence of reflective practice
  •  Demonstrate effective organisational skills including time management
  •  Demonstrate flexibility and adaptability
  •  Demonstrate leadership/personal motivation skills
  •  Demonstrate commitment and responsibility towards students learning outcomes and a focus on quality outcomes.
  •  Demonstrate commitment to professional and personal self development
  •  Demonstrate knowledge of and/or experience of change management
  •  Demonstrate a knowledge of Audit
  •  Demonstrate evidence of computer skills including Microsoft Word, excel and use of email etc


This job description 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.

Encourage and support clinical and managerial leaders