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Seeking expressions of interest for Assistant Principal Officer Position

Assistant Principal Officer - Head of Investigations & Complaints; Solicitor - Legally Qualified
(Fixed Term Contract – 10 months)

Established under the Medical Practitioners Act, 1978, as amended in 2007, the Medical Council is the regulatory body for members of the medical profession. Its primary role is to protect the public by promoting and better ensuring high standards of professional conduct and professional education, training and competence among registered medical practitioners.

Key responsibilities of the Council include:

  • Maintaining the four Divisions of the Register of Medical Practitioners, a register of all medical practitioners legally entitled to work in Ireland 
  • Ensuring high standards of medical education and training 
  • Setting standards for the maintenance of professional competence
  • Promoting good medical practice
  • Investigating complaints and conducting inquiries concerning medical practitioners


This person will:

  • Work within the Council’s Directorate of Regulation. The Directorate is responsible for advising and supporting the Council, the Preliminary Proceedings Committee (“PPC”), the Fitness to Practise Committee (“FTPC”) and other related committees and working groups in their statutory duties and powers
  • Report to the Director of Regulation on all matters pertaining to the Directorate
  • Provide advice and guidance on any queries concerning the Medical Council’s policies and procedures
  • Be responsible for the day to day management of the PPC Unit
  • Make presentations before the Council concerning section 60 and applications in the High Court 
  • Assist the Medical Council in carrying out its legal function in compliance with best practice and legislative requirements
  • Be responsible for issuing advice and supervising all the case officers in relation to investigations of cases
  • Provide expert legal advice to the PPC
  • Responsibility for overseeing the preparation of cases, including obtaining witness statements and expert reports, drafting instructions to Counsel and charges, attending case conferences, liaising with doctors, defence solicitors and others involved and proactive case progression 
  • Be responsible for investigative tasks including obtaining witness statements and expert reports, preparing legal advice and drafting particulars of allegations
  • Participate in the preparation of responses to Judicial Reviews and appeals including liaising with senior managers, solicitors and Counsel and attending hearings 
  • Participate in continuous improvement projects and responsibility for projects within the legal team and the organisation
  • Provide assistance to members of the legal team in investigating and constructing high profile complex cases
  • Provide instructions to external lawyers in the preparation and presentation of evidence to the Fitness to Practice Committee
  • Oversee the work of the Senior Executive Officers
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned from time to time

Role requirements:

  • A good knowledge of the Medical Practitioners Act 2007 in addition to the Medical Council’s remit and functions
  • A thorough knowledge of administrative and constitutional law and Judicial Review
  • A thorough knowledge of the principles of natural justice
  • Must have developed keen advocacy skills at District, Circuit and High Court levels
  • Make applications to the High Court for orders for the temporary suspension of doctors registration
  • Instruct counsel and external lawyers
  • Must have an understanding of the law relating to professional regulation in this and other jurisdictions and other relevant Irish legislation
  • Must have an understanding of EU legislation and regulation 
  • A proven track record of success at planning and prioritising legal case work
  • An unwavering attention to detail particularly when under pressure
  • Experience in the use of appropriate technology in particular case management systems and other IT applications 
  • Ability to provide expert advice to the Council and its committees in relation to their functions duties and powers
  • Ability to advise other Directorates within the Council and to provide advice concerning processes, procedures, guidelines and standards under the Medical Practitioners Act and related legislation 
  • Ability to provide expert legal advice to the Council concerning its functions, duties and powers 
  • Experience of managing a significant workload
  • Ability to work on own initiative with strong multitasking capabilities
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines and prioritise tasks effectively
  • Highly organised with strong attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Experience of staff management, diverse teams and the prudent use of resources 
  • A proven track record of working in a multidisciplinary environment
  • Experience as a supervisor of case work and/or similar staff activities
  • Strong communication and written style with forensic attention to detail 
  • Ability to supervise and manage own and others workloads

Qualifications:
Applicants for this post should have at least four years satisfactory experience in a similar role within a professional body, a health service provider or similar organisation. Applicants must be a solicitor or barrister (either admitted to the Rolls or called to the Bar)
Applicants must be able to demonstrate an ability to manage a significant work load and a well-developed knowledge of regulation, interpersonal, communication and IT skills. Applicants must also be prepared to undertake additional duties from time to time and as required by the Medical Council. The ability to make a significant contribution to the development of policy is a key requirement.


Salary Scales:
Salary will be determined in line with the following scale:

€65,093 to €73,846 with LS1 €76,1491 and LS2 €78,4512 less statutory deductions.

1After 3 years satisfactory service at the maximum
2After 6 years satisfactory service at the maximum


Additional information

  • The postholder will be based in the Medical Council’s offices in Kingram House, Kingram Place, Dublin 2 but may be required to work at an alternative location within Ireland at the Council’s discretion without additional compensation. 
  • Due to limited spaces, parking is not guaranteed with priority given to Council members. 
  • Employment is on a full-time basis. The hours of duty will be based on a 37.5 hour week Monday to Friday. 
  • The Medical Council does not provide for flexi-time.
  • Employees are required to be flexible in their position in line with the Council’s mobility policy. 
  • Staff may be required from time to time to work outside of the core hours listed above.
  • Staff may be required to travel as part of the role and outside of the core hours listed above. 
  • The Medical Council is an equal opportunities employer.

The deadline for applications is 25th of September 2017, interviews are expected to take place on the 28th and 29th of September.



Contact
Please submit a covering letter outlining your experience and interest in the role, along with a copy of your CV to:

Judith Marquez
Human Resources
Medical Council of Ireland
Kingram House
Kingram Place
Dublin 2

T. 01 498 3106
E.jmarquez@mcirl.ie