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Fitness to Practise Officer


Job Length:Permanent


Firm:The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland

Job Type:Full Time

Email Address:hr@nmbi.ie


Practice Area:In-House/ Public Sector

Web Address:http://www.nmbi.ie

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland intends to hold a competition for the position of Fitness to Practise Officer, Grade VII.

Purpose of post:

To assist and support the Director of Regulation in the implementation of Parts 8 and 9 of the Nurses and Midwives Act 2011. Principle duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting and supporting the Director of Regulation;
  • Working in partnership with the external legal advisors to the CEO in relation to preparation of cases for Fitness to Practise inquiries, including review of case management plans, meeting witnesses, review of witness statements and documentation, review of draft Notices of Inquiry and liaising with all parties relating to scheduling of inquiries;
  • Preparation for and attendance at call-overs for consideration of preliminary applications to the FTP committee;
  • Responsible for the ensuring that all preparations for the inquiry are completed to a high standard;
  • Preparing for the inquiry, including off-site locations and effective management of all logistics;
  • Attending the inquiry, ensuring that all preparations have been completed including accommodation for all parties, provision of IT facilities for remote access participation, support of witnesses attending;
  • Liaising with the legal team and the Director of Regulation regarding case management decisions during the course of the inquiry;
  • Post-inquiry follow up, including correspondence to relevant parties, and review of case management;
  • Preparing for High Court confirmation applications as required;
  • Attending High Court for confirmation applications as required and preparing all follow-on correspondence;
  • Preparing all correspondence following Board meetings and High Court confirmations, including statutory notifications, publication, issuing of IMI Alerts;
  • Monitoring of conditions attached to registration following FTP proceedings;
  • Attend meetings of the Fitness to Practise Committee and, where Fitness to Practise matters are being considered, meetings of the Board;

To assist and support the Director of Regulation in the following activities: 

  • Review and development of guidance documents and web-based information for complainants; witnesses; nurses/midwives; health service managers; and other relevant stakeholders;
  • Review of FTP policies and procedures in line with best practise and relevant High Court and Court of Appeal judgements;
  • Preparation of fitness to practise articles for inclusion in eZine and NMBI website;
  • Preparation of fitness to practice statistical and analytical reports;
  • Presentation of information regarding fitness to practise to stakeholder groups;
  • Communication with complainants and others seeking information regarding the fitness to practise process;
  • Responsibility to engage in continuing professional development activities in order to remain up to date in relation to development in the areas of FTP, leading into team learning and formal updating;
  • Familiar with all relevant NMBI and legislative documentation– e.g. code of professional conduct, professional practise guidelines, etc.;
  • Building and maintaining positive working relationships with colleagues and relevant external stakeholders;
  • Requirement to manage and delegate work load across the team;
  • Review and follow-up of incoming IMI Alerts;
  • Any other fitness to practise related activities that may be determined by the Director of Regulation;
  • Positively engage in wider organisation initiatives;
  • Team manager: responsible for orientation, staff training, operating PMDS for the team;
  • Support the implementation and operation of a case management system;
  • Understand and operate within GDPR legislative guidelines;
  • From time to time there will be a requirement to work beyond office hours to support FTP inquiries, etc.

Essential criteria:

  • At least 5 years relevant experience combined with experience of working as part of team and managing a team;
  • Legal experience in the areas of professional regulation and/or healthcare;
  • Knowledge of healthcare provision;
  • Knowledge of professional regulation;
  • Experience of successfully managing high volume workloads and working to deadlines;
  • Scheduling and rostering experience;
  • Experience of working within GDPR legislative guidelines;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with proven experience of building internal and external relationships;
  • High degree of business writing skills, etc.;
  • Proven ability/very strong attention to detail;
  • Strong IT skills;
  • Strong analytical abilities;
  • Strong administration skills;
  • Proven track record of continuing professional development


  • Irish legal qualification at degree level or above;
  • Experience of FTP processes;
  • Experience of working with and/or implementing case management systems;
  • Knowledge of nursing and/or midwifery practise

Interested applicants should submit a completed application form to hr@nmbi.ie.

For further information, including job specification and application form, click here.

Closing date for applications is 12 noon, Wednesday 23 October 2019.

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