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The Health Service Executive

The Health Service Executive (HSE) is responsible for providing Health and Personal Social Services for everyone living in the Republic of Ireland. The establishment of the HSE on 1st January 2005 represented the beginning of the biggest programme of change ever undertaken in the Irish public service. Prior to this, services were delivered through a complex structure of ten regional health boards, the Eastern Regional Health Authority and a number of different agencies and organisations. The HSE replaces all of these organisations. All services are now provided through four Regional Structures: Dublin Mid Leinster, Dublin North East, South & West. The HSE is now the single body responsible for ensuring that everyone can access cost effective and consistently high quality health and personal social services.

The current strategic focus of the HSE is shifting the balance of care from acute to community services while also improving access to services. This strategic focus is imbedded in the organisation's Mission, Vision and Values Mission: To enable people to live healthier and more fulfilled lives.

  • Vision: Easy Access - Public Confidence - Staff Pride
  • Values: Respect / Fairness and Equality - Excellent / Leadership - Accountability and Responsibility

Overview of Health Service Executive

The Health Service Executive has an annual budget of over €14 billion, which is the largest of any public sector organisation. As the largest employer in the state operating a 24 hours a day, seven days a week service, the HSE employs 70,000 staff in direct employment and a further 35,000 staff are funded by the HSE. The sector offers entrants the opportunity to work nationwide, in a wide variety of challenging roles and in a setting where their work makes tangible differences to the quality of people's lives.

For the HSE a typical day includes:

  • 3,300 people visiting accident and emergency departments
  • 9,000 outpatient attendances
  • 800 people admitted to hospital as an emergency admission
  • Thousands of others in hospital for planned treatment
  • 204 babies born

The organisation at a glance

  • There are 4 Cancer Control Networks, with 8 Cancer Centres
  • Acute services are provided in 50 hospitals, delivered through 8 hospital groups, within the 4 regions
  • There are 32 local Health Offices providing services to the community, with over 650 health centres
  • 800 facilities provide community based mental health services
  • 219 Primary Care Teams are in operation with a further 184 to be developed by end 2010

Range of Jobs

The Health Service Executive (HSE) offers a huge range of exciting and challenging opportunities for people who are passionate about making a difference. There is a job for you no matter what your interests, skills or qualifications. The types of careers in the HSE are categorised as follows:

At the end of 2009 the following number of staff were employed:

  • 37,466 Nurses
  • 8,083 Doctors and Dentists
  • 15,973 Health and Social Care Professionals
  • 17,611 Management / Administration
  • 11,906 Support Staff
  • 18,714 Patient and Client Care

48% of staff are employed in primary and community services

More than one third of staff are nurses, providing care in both the acute and community settings

Skills/Attributes

Due to the range and diversity of jobs available in the Health Service Executive, we recommend that you think about the kinds of roles that you might be interested in before thinking about the skills that you will need. The skills and attributes that you would require to become a doctor will be very different from those you will need as a manager. All roles in the Health Service Executive are suited to individuals who want to contribute and make a difference to people's lives. While the jobs are clearly demanding, this can be compensated by the attractive terms of employment, such as a competitive salary, pensions, flexible working conditions, defined career paths, educational assistance, career breaks, family friendly work practices, all of which encourage a good work/life balance.

Entry Points

If you have a particular professional route in mind, you may have to consider postgraduate study or additional work experience to qualify for these kinds of posts, e.g. health and social care professionals. Some professional routes can be entered at graduate level and there are often good training opportunities to aid progression.

For administrative positions you may, however, need to start in a low level post and look for opportunities for advancement.

Interested in a Job in the Health Service Executive?

  • The Public Appointments Service recruits for senior positions in the HSE, such as Consultant and other senior professional and specialist healthcare posts. You should check our job pages and log in to the website to sign up for job alerts.
  • The best source of vacancies for other positions in the HSE is on the Health Service Executive website: www.hse.ie . The site also contains career guidance for graduates, school leavers and career changers. There is a dedicated section that includes an overview of the Sector and a number of career video profiles.
  • Keep an eye on the newspapers for job advertisements.
  • Specialist trade journals are also worth consulting, especially if you have a skill, professional qualification or experience.

Developing your Career

The HSE is committed to offering development and learning opportunities for all staff. No matter where you start within the HSE you'll have access to extra training and be given every opportunity to progress within the organisation. You will receive an annual personal development review and development plan to support your career progression and you will be encouraged to extend your range of skills and knowledge and take on new responsibilities.

HSE Organisational Structure & Chart

http://www.hse.ie/eng/about/Who/hseorgchart.pdf

List of HSE Management Team Members

http://www.hse.ie/eng/about/Who/leadershipandmgtteam/

Professional & Technical Roles in the HSE

The Public Appointments Service recruits for professional and technical positions in the Health Service. It recruits for senior positions in the HSE, such as Medical Consultants and other senior professional and specialist healthcare posts. It also recruits for certain senior positions in the Local Authorities. Education posts in the Universities are also advertised through the Public Appointments Service.

The best source of vacancies for other professional and technical positions in the HSE is on the Health Service Executive website - www.hse.ie

Professional and Technical Positions in the HSE include

  • Nursing : General nurses, midwives, psychiatric nurses, public health nurses and all nurse managers
  • Medical/Dental : doctors and dentists
  • Health & Social Care Professionals: Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech & Language Therapists, Radiographers, Psychologists, Social Workers, Audiologist etc.
  • Management/Administration: There is a broad range of careers in this category consisting of staff who are of direct service to the public which includes Consultant's Secretaries, Out-Patient Department Personnel, Medical Records Personnel, Telephonists and other staff engaged in front-line duties together with non-frontline staff in the following areas: Payroll, HR, Finance, Procurement, Service Management, General Management, Health Promotion, Legislative & Information Requirements, Project Management and ICT
  • Support : Support staff in Hospitals e.g. Catering, Technical staff, Trade staff, Laboratory staff, Portering, Housekeeping
  • Patient & Client Care: Health Care Attendants, Care Assistants, Home Helps, Ambulance Service

Additional information can be obtained from the HSE website at: www.hse.ie

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