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  • DUBLIN 2
  • Job reference number:15404587
  • Client ID:RI/JO-1810-418911
  • Posted on:08-NOV-2018
  • Salary:EUR 49,056 - 57,995
  • Job type:PERMANENT

Over the last number of years, most western countries have closed their large psychiatric hospitals, embarking on a process known as “deinstitutionalisation”. In Ireland, this process involved opening smaller acute inpatient units within general hospitals and the development of community based mental health services.

The development of the Irish mental health services has improved outcomes for many service users, with many successfully moving from large psychiatric hospitals to the community and several progressing onto independent living. However, following the closure of long stay institutions, it has become apparent that this new system is not suitable for some service users with more complex needs as, because their needs have not as yet been met, they are often unable to be discharged to the care of the community resulting in them remaining in acute units for long periods of time.

The HSE mental health services recognise the issue of service users with complex needs remaining in acute units for long periods and therefore a model of care that describes a specialised rehabilitation care pathway for people with severe and enduring mental illness and complex needs, has been developed.

A significant component of this specialised rehabilitation care pathway is the provision of Specialist Rehabilitation Units (SRUs). Highfield Healthcare has been contracted by the HSE to provide one such SRU for those who cannot be discharged from acute inpatient units and require a specialised rehabilitation placement.

This is a unique opportunity for highly motivated healthcare professionals to be part of a new multidisciplinary team, dedicated to the development and delivery of a specialised rehabilitative recovery focussed model of care.

To become part of a new and innovative team to deliver a model of care for service users with severe and enduring mental health illness and challenging behaviours.

Candidates must

  • Be registered onthe Psychiatric Division of the Register of Nurses kept by the Nursing Midwifery Board Ireland (Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann) or be entitled to be so registered
  • Have at least 5 years post registration psychiatric nursing experience
  • demonstrate experience of or an understanding and commitment to the personal recovery model
  • Have adequate knowledge of psychiatric nursing administrative procedures
  • Have the clinical, managerial and administrative capacity to properly discharge the functions of the role
  • Demonstrate evidence of continuing professional development at the appropriate level

And ideally

  • Have completed, or be willing to complete a recognised management degree course
  • A qualification in therapeutic interventions for people with mental health problems e.g. CBT, PSI, SFBT.
  • Previous experience working in an acute mental healthcare day/ communit setting

To discuss in more detail please contact Kevin Kelly on 01-482 5425 or email

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