Clinical Specialist - Physiotherapist Pelvic Health at St Michaels Hospital Dun Laoghaire

Clinical Specialist - Physiotherapist Pelvic Health at St Michaels Hospital Dun Laoghaire (Location: Dun Laoghaire)

Job Type Full Time

Role Summary: 

The individual appointed to this post will work with the relevant urogynaecology and colorectal consultants and other multidisciplinary team members to provide timely assessment, management and treatment of patients with complex pelvic floor disorders.  This will involve being a core member of the pelvic floor centre team to assist in developing an efficient and effective pelvic health service. 


Essential Qualifications / Experience: 

Eligibility Criteria Qualifications and/ or experience 

Candidates must possess, on the closing date: 

●     CORU registration – CORU registration number must be stated on CV. 

●     or 

●     (b)  CORU Section 91 applicants – CORU application number must be stated on CV. 

●     and 

●     the clinical and administrative capacity to fulfil the functions of the role 

●     and 

●     a minimum of five years' satisfactory post qualification clinical experience ● and 

●     eligible for membership of ISCP 


A candidate for and any person holding the office must be fully competent and capable of undertaking the duties attached to the office and be in a state of health such as would indicate a reasonable prospect of ability to render regular and efficient service. 


Each candidate for and any person holding the office must be of good character 



Age restrictions shall only apply to a candidate where he/she is not classified as a new entrant (within the meaning of the Public Service Superannuation Act, 2004).  A candidate who is not classified as a new entrant must be under 65 years of age. 

Post specific requirements, additional qualifications and / or experience 

Essential requirements - 

●     Minimum of 4 years’ experience of working in pelvic health, including both urogyaecological and colorectal experience. 

●     Experience in the care of patients with complex pelvic floor presentations. 

●     Evidence of post – graduate courses relevant to the clinical speciality. 

●     In depth knowledge of pelvic health related conditions. 

●     Active participation in teaching /in service programmes.  

●     Ability to demonstrate highly specialist assessment, treatment and management skills within the clinical speciality of pelvic health. 

●     Evidence of excellent communication skills, both written and verbal. 

●     Ability to facilitate and participate in multidisciplinary team working. 

●     Balance management of commitments. 

●     Evidence of knowledge of current research and trends in speciality. 

●     To have knowledge of HSE developments locally and nationally. 

●     Experience in auditing and developing a service. 

●     Experience in implementing evidence based practice. 

●     To be able to work independent of peer support or supervision and be self –motivated. 

Desirable – 

●     Presented on external courses 

●     To have been involved in planning and development of service 

●     To have been involved in bringing about change in a service ●  

Participation in research 




Outline of Duties and Responsibilities: 

1.    Professional/Clinical Responsibilities 

The Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist will: 

  • Develop the physiotherapy service within the pelvic floor centre to provide an expert clinical service to all clients referred from the consultants and clinical nurse specialists.
  • Carry a clinical caseload in the pelvic health service
  • To develop, implement and maintain evidence based clinical standards within the pelvic health services.
  • Assess, plan, implement and evaluate the care of each individual
  • Be responsible for goal setting in partnership with client
  • Work alongside and compliment the dynamics of the current pelvic floor centre team
  • Undertake internal and external training where required and be prepared to utilise these skills in the supervision and teaching of others.
  • Provide clinical supervision to other physiotherapy staff within the clinical domain.
  • Be involved in professional networks and clinical interest groups
  • Communicate with the patients, GP consultants and other team members as required
  • Liaise with colleagues in other hospitals and PCCC in order to facilitate the integration of care between primary, secondary and tertiary care, if appropriate. . 
  • Liaise with staff and Physiotherapy manager to ensure effective communication and reporting takes place at all times to ensure an integrated quality service, taking the lead role as required
  • Maintain adequate records and reports of all treatments given, providing statistics as required.
  • Undertake activity and quality review exercises in consultation with the Physiotherapy manager
  • Read and act upon all issued staff policies
  • Ensure a safe working environment for patients and staff at all times. Adhere to hospital policy on the reporting procedure in the event of an accident/incident involving staff or patient.
  • Be responsible for the safe and competent use of all therapy equipment and ensure all relevant staff attain competency prior to use.
  • Provide a service in varied locations in line with local policy / guidelines and within appropriate time allocation
  • Participate as appropriate in MDT meeting, case conferences etc.
  • Develop and promote professional standards of practice for physiotherapy
  • Work within own scope of professional competence in line with principles of best practice, professional conduct and clinical governance
  • Seek advice of relevant personnel when appropriate / as required
  • Operate within the scope of practice of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists

2.    Education & Training 

  • To be responsible for maintaining own competency to practice through CPD activities and maintain a portfolio which reflects personal development in accordance with CORU standards.
  • To be an active member of the in-service training programme by the attendance and delivery of presentations and training sessions at staff meetings , tutorials, in house training sessions and by attending external courses and practicing reflective practice.
  • To ensure that your own practice meets the required professional standards of physiotherapy practice, and engage in personal development planning and performance review.
  • To identify training needs within the pelvic floor centre team.
  • Be responsible for the induction and clinical supervision of staff in the designated area(s)
  • Manage, participate and play a key role in the practice education of student therapists. Take part in teaching / training / supervision / evaluation of staff / students and attend practice educator courses as relevant to role and needs
  • Develop and manage educational programmes for patients and carers in relation to the specialist area of practice, promoting self-management and empowering the patient to manage their condition and seek appropriate and timely help and advice.
  • Develop literature to support patient information and education
  • Remain up to date with all mandatory training and implement knowledge gained in daily practice.
  • Remain up to date with advances in technology e.g. electronic records.

3.    Audit and research 

  • Regularly audit clinical practice and initiate collaborative change that will improve standards of care and health outcomes to patients
  • Evaluate research findings and lead evidence-based practice through projects, audits or outcome measures. Make recommendations for change based on the results of data collection. 
  • Lead or delegate collaborative research projects within the clinical setting that improves the quality of care and health outcomes, either at a local or national level.
  • Actively participate and contribute to clinical governance activities within both general and pelvic health medicine.
  • Disseminate research findings and knowledge by pursuing opportunities to present work at national and international conferences or via publications.

4.    Communication 

  • Attend and contribute to regular multidisciplinary team meetings and patient case conferences.
  • Liaise with other nurse specialists, hospital physicians, GP's and PCCC to enhance effective patient care and further developments within the pelvic health service.
  • Develop links with other physiotherapists within the IEHG, CPWHC and other networking groups.
  • Write reports reflecting specialised knowledge, ensuring copies are sent to involved professionals in line with hospital guidelines on consent and confidentiality.
  • Communicate complex, clinical condition related information effectively to patients and the multidisciplinary team to progress treatment programmes.
  • Maintain patient confidentiality at all times and comply with data protection legislation.

5.    General 

  • Participate in the development of a strategic plan for the Pelvic Health Service, focusing on patient centred evidence-based programmes of care.
  • Engage in continuous quality improvement programmes and produce regular written reviews.
  • Develop and implement strategies for delivering effective care within a changing environment.
  • Develop and implement health promotion and preventative strategies to achieve service targets.
  • Develop and implement the multi-professional documentation systems, standards and evidence based clinical protocols in collaboration with other professional groups.
  • Engage in projects to raise the profile of the specialist service and team members.

6.    Administrative 

The Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist will: 

  • Contribute to the service planning process
  • Take a lead role in service development encompassing policy development and implementation
  • Review and evaluate the Pelvic Health service regularly, identifying changing needs and opportunities to improve services
  • Collect and evaluate data about the service area as identified in service plans and demonstrate the achievement of the objectives of the service
  • Oversee the upkeep of accurate records in line with best practice
  • Collate and maintain accurate statistics and render reports as required
  • Participate in department / team at meetings and conferences as appropriate
  • Inform the Physiotherapy Manager of staff issues (needs, interests, views) as appropriate
  • Promote a culture that values diversity and respect in the workplace
  • Participate in the control and ordering of Physiotherapy stock and equipment in conjunction with the Physiotherapy Manager
  • Keep up to date with organisational developments within the Irish Health Service
  • Engage in IT developments as they apply to clients and service administration
  • Perform such other duties appropriate to the role as may be assigned by the Physiotherapy Manager

The above Job Description is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all duties involved and consequently, the post holder may be required to perform other duties as appropriate to the post which may be assigned to him/her from time to time and to contribute to the development of the post while in office. 

Career Level Clinical Specialist
Apply Before 28 Jan 2022
Location Dun Laoghaire
Country Ireland
County Dublin
Contact Name Human Resources- St Michaels Hospital
Contact Email
Contact Phone (01) 280 6901