HBS08636 - 2020 SPHN Sponsorship Campaign



The closing date for this campaign has been extended to 12 noon on Friday 17th April 2020.

If you are experiencing difficulties seeking the requested HSE Supplementary Form 2 – Verification of Service form by the closing date and time you must tick the Self Declaration Box on the application form declaring that you meet the HSE eligibility criteria. Please note that Verification Forms verifying the HSE Eligibility Criteria will be requested and checked at contracting stage if offered a sponsorship placement.

if your employer/HR department  wont complete the HSE form that is provided to download they can issue you with a letter with the required information verifying your experience, the letter needs to be on Headed Paper and stamped.

Candidates who applied last year may upload their Verification of Service Form used for lasts years programme, once confident it verifies the required HSE eligibility criteria outlined for this year (Unfortunately HBS Recruit will not be able to retrieve VOS forms for candidates from last year’s campaign.)

 If you are experiencing difficulties obtaining transcripts due to COVID-19 situation and college closures you can submit an Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) Document instead. Further details on the APEL document are on Page 3 of this document.  This document must be completed by the closing date and time Friday 17th April @ 12 noon

Please note it may be possible to obtain transcripts online from some universities.

HSE 2020 Student Public Health Nurse Recruitment Scheme Graduate/Postgraduate Diploma (Nursing/Public Health Nursing) Ref: HBS08636


It is strongly recommended that you read the “Additional Campaign Information” document which outlines the terms and conditions attached to this sponsorship course, who can apply, the HSE eligibility criteria, the HEI eligibility criteria and the Geographical Area of the clinical placements for the duration of the sponsorship / the offer of a permanent position as a PHN in the sponsoring geographical area.


The purpose of this sponsorship programme is to meet future service requirements for Public Health Nurses nationally.Please be advised that this process is subject to change due to the COVID 19 situation.


The HSE will offer permanent employment on qualification for nurses who successfully complete the Public Health Nursing course. Successful candidates must commit to a minimum of 18 months, in a full-time or part- time/pro rata capacity, as a PHN.  Please note that full-time/part time assignments arising out of this training programme will be targeting the areas with the greatest service need. The majority of vacancies will be in the greater Dublin Area.  The initial assignment as a full time or part time pro rata time capacity Public Health Nurse will be undertaken in the sponsoring geographical area.


The Public Health Nursing service provides a wide range of personal, health and social care to families, individuals, and communities underpinned by the principles of equity, quality, accessibility and accountability. The Public Health Nursing service focuses on a geographical area, meeting the preventative and curative nursing needs of the population. It provides a broad based integrated prevention, education and health promotion service and acts as co-ordinator in the delivery of a quality service that enhances the health status of the population.


HSE services are delivered through multi-disciplinary Primary Care Teams which are integrated with hospital services, voluntary agencies and other interagency bodies.  The reform programme outlined for the Health Services may impact on this role and as structures change the job description may be reviewed. 


Please see tab below "A Day in the Life of a Public Health Nurse" for further information.


Application Process:  Please visit https://v2.pac.ie/institute/8 to apply for this sponsorship.

Closing date for receipt of applications is no later than 12 noon Friday 3rd April 2020


Further information on the public health nurse course is available on the links below.


National University of Ireland, Galway
Informal enquires: Dr. Martina Giltenane, Tel 091 495036 or Administration 091 495387

Details online: http://www.nuigalway.ie/courses/taught-postgraduate-courses/


University College Cork
Informal enquires: Mr Lloyd Philpott Tel: 021 4901509 / Ms. Sheila Hedderman Tel: 021-4901560
Details online: http://www.ucc.ie/


UCD (University College Dublin)
Informal enquires to Dr Gillian Paul Tel: 01 7166406

Details online http://www.ucd.ie


Commencement Dates:


UCD                       24th August 2020              

NUIG                     7th September 2020       

UCC                       31st August 2020              



Every effort will be made to facilitate your identified college preference(s) on the basis of availability of college places.

Where vacancies arise for which proficiency in Irish is a management requirement, the HSE will offer such posts in order of merit to the candidate who has successfully passed an Irish assessment.  This assessment will be on a pass/fail basis and will not disturb the marks awarded in the selection process.

If you wish to make informal enquiries about our Community Public Health Nursing teams, details are available in the “Additional Campaign Information” document.


 Please see our Frequently Asked Questions document which will address any queries you may have.  If your query relates to the verification of service form please email Sorcha.potts@hse.ie


The HSE is an equal opportunities employer and supports a non-smoking policy. Continuing education and professional development are actively encouraged.

HBS08636 - Job Specification

HBS08636 - Additional Campaign Information

HBS08636A - Day in the Life of PHN

HBS08636 - Examplers of Good Practice

HBS08636 - FAQs