Croí is a not-for-profit foundation established in 1985 and currently has a team of 30 staff. Our people (including staff, volunteers, interns and students) are what make Croí an award-winning organisation. Croí is engaged in a wide variety of work including patient care, training and education, prevention & rehabilitation, family support, research, awareness and health promotion. Employing the best staff is key to providing the highest standard of service and care to our patients. If you would like to work in a caring, energetic and professional environment, and possess the skills and attributes to make a difference, then we would like to hear from you.
Current Career Opportunities with Croí
We are seeking to recruit a ‘Cardiovascular Nurse Specialist’ to co-ordinate and deliver a range of cardiovascular disease prevention & education initiatives.
To develop and deliver a nursing service to Croí health programme participants and their families, offering clinical advice, in accordance with Croí standards and professional best practice. The post holder will work as part of a multidisciplinary team and will be based at the Croí Heart & Stroke Centre, Newcastle, Galway.
Croí Health Programmes & Initiatives
- Croí MyAction™ – an innovative cardiovascular disease prevention programme, targeting high-risk individuals and providing them with intensive risk factor management and lifestyle modification over a 12-16 week period
- CLANN (Changing Lifestyle with Activity and Nutrition) – an eight-week structured lifestyle modification programme designed specifically for patients who attend the bariatric medicine service at University Hospital Galway.
- Heart Smart Cardiovascular Screening – an individualised cardiac risk assessment, delivered in accordance with ESC guidelines.
- Life After Stroke – a stroke support group which enables people to achieve optimum health in recovering from stroke.
Principle Duties and Responsibilities
- Deliver to an established protocol, full clinical assessment, management and evaluation of individuals and families enrolled on the range of Croí programmes, providing expert nursing advice, smoking cessation, support and counselling.
- Effectively and efficiently lead the multi-disciplinary team in the delivery and development of Croi’s programmes.
- Ensure comprehensive protocols of standardised care with associated documentation are in place for all programmes, reflective of current guidelines, evidence base and best practice.
- Ensure the service delivery model is efficient and effective to maximise service capacity and patient access.
- Ensure the planning, scheduling and programme delivery activity is co-ordinated in a systematic way to maximise opportunities of patient recruitment and completion.
- Ensure rigorous reporting procedures utilising an efficient data management information system, enabling implementation and evaluation of all service metrics ensuring excellent, demonstrable performance.
- Apply innovative methods of programme delivery, to target specific communities and increase access for wider uptake.
- Provide expert nursing advice to ensure the safe management and treatment of all patients on the programme.
- Work cohesively as part of the expert MDT to ensure programme delivery and development is co-ordinated across professions, for effective patient management and subsequent excellent outcomes.
- Responsible for the development and utilisation of educational resources for programme delivery, as well as to support and empower the patient’s own self-management.
- Ensure the service delivery model facilitates behaviour change utilising evidence based theoretical principles including techniques such as motivational interviewing, brief intervention and goal setting.
- Co-ordinate and deliver health promotion information sessions to members of the general public.
- Use best practice and innovation to achieve high quality, excellent patient/client services
- Participate in research and clinical governance audit
- Participate in teaching related activities to the general public, patients, students and health professionals.
- Support the delivery of relevant modules in the MSc in Preventive Cardiology.
- Be professionally accountable for all aspects of your own work, working to best practice guidelines and the Croí Health Programme protocols.
- Be responsible for your own continuing professional development.
Skills and Competencies
The post holder will be required to demonstrate:
- A proficient knowledge of current developments in cardiology, cardiac rehabilitation and the prevention and management of CVD.
- Highly effective communication and interpersonal skills
- The ability to work autonomously and as part of a multi-disciplinary team in service delivery, development and in achieving key performance outputs
- Demonstrate leadership skills in the management and co-ordination of health programmes.
- Initiative and motivation in service delivery
- Confidence, assertiveness and flexibility
- Excellent IT skills to include use of Email, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Database management
- Excellent writing skills, both academic and lay writing, contributing to information leaflets, reports and presentations.
- Experience in public speaking/ delivery of patient education sessions.
- Excellent organisational skills with an aptitude for effective time management, problem solving, project planning, delivery and execution
- Advanced clinical reasoning
- A commitment to quality measurable through audit and research
The post holder must be suitably qualified as follows:
- Be registered with An Bord Altranais
- Have at least 5 years’ relevant post registration experience, two of which must be in the area of cardiology / working with cardiac patients
- Have the clinical, managerial and administrative capacity to fulfil the functions of the role
- Phlebotomy skills / experience desirable.
A postgraduate qualification in any of the following would be an advantage:
- Cardiac Nursing
- Practice Nursing
- Cardiac Rehabilitation
- Preventive Cardiology
- Health Promotion
- Health Research
This appointment will be offered as a fixed term contract for 2 years, with potential for extension subject to funding. Salary will be commensurate with experience.
To apply, please send your CV with a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org before Friday 4th August. Candidates must be available for interview on the week of the 7th August.
This job profile will be subject to review in accordance with service developments and is neither restrictive nor definitive, but rather a guide to the general range of duties required.
There are numerous volunteer opportunities for people that wish to lend some free time to support our work. Our volunteers are a vital part of our organisation and enable us to provide a high quality service in the most cost effective manner. Our volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds and help us in many different ways. They include post-graduates, medics, business professionals, athletes and community representatives.
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