HSE Launches Campaign to Recruit 120 Medical Consultants

10th April 2008

The Health Service Executive (HSE) today announced the launch of a recruitment campaign for medical consultants. This is a rolling campaign with an initial phase of 20 posts for the Cancer Control Programme (advertised today). On Sunday 13th April a further 19 posts for the Mental Health Services will be advertised. Other posts shall be advertised over the next few weeks.

Appointments to these positions will be made on the basis of a national Consultant Contract, the terms of which are currently being finalised by the health service employers and the consultant representative bodies. This new contract is set to bring big changes to the health services in Ireland as additional consultants are introduced into the health system.

The recruitment campaign for medical consultants, which will run for three weeks, will see approximately 120 consultant posts being advertised right across all acute and community services.

One very significant part of the campaign is the fact that it brings with it a major investment in young people's mental health. Twelve new consultant posts in child and adolescent psychiatry will be advertised during the campaign, and it represents the single largest investment ever made in children's mental health in Ireland.

The Health Service Executive (HSE) is looking to fill positions across the country, and posts and other specialities will be advertised during the following two weeks.

Barry O'Brien, assistant national director of Human Resources, with the lead role in the implementation of the consultants' contract for the National Hospitals Office and all primary care services, pointed out today that the cancer and mental health are priority areas as recognised in the HSE Transformation Programme 2007 - 2010. The Transition Programme represents the HSE's ambition for the future, and sets out to "enable people live healthier and more fulfilled lives".

Mr. O'Brien emphasised - "With the proposed implementation of the new contract, we will see major benefits for patients. The new contract will allow for doctors to work 37 hours per week, Monday to Friday, and to be rostered at weekends and public holidays having regard for service needs. There will also be an extension of the working day. Such initiatives will see a shift from a consultant led service to a consultant delivered service."

"This recruitment campaign will further enhance patient access to our services and increase public confidence in the delivery of our health services by highly skilled staff."

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For Further Information contact: Alex Connolly , Head of HSE Press and Media Relations, 01 635 2840 , 087 6184450

EDITORS NOTE

The consultant recruitment campaign begins with an initial phase of 20 posts for the Cancer Strategy. This Sunday (13th April) a further 19 posts for the Mental Health Services will be advertised. A definitive list of these 39 posts can be found below.

Last updated on: 10 / 04 / 2008