Clinical Lead - Covid-19 Vaccination Programme
Details of Service
The COVID-19 vaccination programme is a critical element of the response to the Pandemic. The Irish COVID-19 Vaccination Programme ensures the safe, effective and efficient administration of a COVID-19 vaccine to all residents of Ireland who are indicated and wish to receive it. HSE have developed a Vaccination Clinic Operating Model which will ensure consistency and vaccination scale. A key design principle of the HSE vaccination programme is to deliver a “person centred” experience for recipients receiving a Covid 19 vaccination.
The Clinical Lead appointed to these posts will work within the Integrated Services Programme; working as a part of multi-disciplinary teams delivering a coordinated approach to the rollout of the Covid-19 Vaccination Programme.
The Covid-19 vaccination programme has evolved, developed and expanded in response to the Pandemic. A dynamic, flexible and responsive approach to Vaccinations will be required to meet future and changing demands. This will require the Team Members to be agile in terms of work attendance patterns and locations.
Covid-19 vaccination is a critical element of the response to the Pandemic.
Purpose of the Post
The Clinical lead in the Vaccination Centre has a pivotal role in leading and coordinating the delivery of the clinical service within the Centre being responsible for the highest standard of care, and for the development and maintenance of professional standards in accordance with the HSE policies for the Vaccination programme. The post holder will work in collaboration with the Operations Site Manager to facilitate the overall smooth running of the Vaccination Centre.
The Clinical lead will plan and guide clinical activities within the Vaccination Centre in order to ensure the safe delivery of vaccinations to the public providing clinical supervision to staff delivering all aspects of vaccinations: clinical assessment prior to vaccination, the preparation and administration of the vaccination and subsequent observation thereby ensuring the best clinical outcome for all attendees.
The post holder will lead the development of appropriate clinical procedures for the Vaccination Centre.
Duties and Responsibilites
The Clinical lead will:
- Provide clinical direction and supervision to the clinical staff to provide a high level of safe care in accordance with the operational policy of the Vaccination Centre
- Manage, monitor and evaluate professional and clinical standards across the vaccination service in the Vaccination Centre ensuring an evidence based approach
- Practice in accordance with professional clinical and regulatory guidelines, National and Area Health Service Executive guidelines, Vaccination Centre specific policies, protocols and guidelines, current legislation as it pertains to the vaccination programme
- Provide direct care to individuals attending the Vaccination Centre as appropriate
- Support clinical staff undertake the reviews of complex medical histories pre-vaccination providing expert clinical advice and guidance as appropriate
- Address any concerns that may arise regarding the vaccine and contra-indications for specific individuals.
- Oversee the clinical staff responsible for the preparation and storage of the vaccine within the Clinic to ensure it is undertaken as per specification.
- Oversee vaccination administration within the booths in the Vaccination Centre.
- Oversee the activities in the observation area within the Vaccination Centre to ensure that any signs of adverse reaction to the vaccine are detected early and appropriate intervention instigated.
- Lead the response within the Vaccination Centre in situations where an individual who has been vaccinated experiences a potential adverse reaction, offering specialist advice and support as needed.
- Ensuring that all activities in the Vaccination Centre adhere to infection prevention and control standards.
- Ensure adherence to all standards and guidelines relating to professional practice and behaviour
- Lead the development of quality initiatives including clinical audit, standard setting, review of clinical complaints or untoward incidents
- Influence and facilitate change within the Vaccination Centre as new evidence emerges regarding the vaccines and/or more effective ways to manage the vaccination programme delivery.
- Participate in the work of the overall team in the Vaccination Centre, communicating and working in co-operation with the other team members and the wider health service.
- Assist in the development and updating of clinical policies and procedures in the Vaccination Centre and the implementation of same
Education and Training
- Participate in the identification, development and delivery of induction, education, training and development programmes for clinical staff in the Vaccination Centre
- Assess and sign-off clinical competence of new vaccinators as required.
- Provide support, supervision and professional development to staff within the Vaccination Centre sharing expert knowledge to maintain professional standards.
- Provide support/advice to those engaging in continuous professional development in the Vaccination Centre.
- Engage in and provide performance review processes including personal development planning within the Vaccination Centre.
- Maintains own professional development as relevant to the work in the Vaccination Centre ensuring fit for practice
Qualifications and Experience
Candidates on the last date of application must have:
Statutory Registration, Professional Qualifications, Experience, etc
Are registered or are eligible for registration as a regulated practitioner with any one of the following regulatory bodies;
- a) Irish Medical Council
- b) The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI)
- c) The Physiotherapists Registration Board at CORU as a physiotherapist
- d) Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI) as a pharmacist
- e) The Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) as an emergency medical technician, paramedic or advanced paramedic
5 years post registration experience and 3 years’ management experience
Candidates must possess the requisite clinical, leadership, managerial and administrative knowledge and ability for the proper discharge of the duties of the office.
The Clinical lead must receive relevant training(List will advised by Training subgroup)
Practitioners must achieve relevant statutory registration prior to appointment and maintain annual registration with the appropriate regulator.
Candidates 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.
Candidates for and any person holding the office must be of good character
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