Basic Grade Cardiac Physiologist – Specified Purpose Contract

Connolly Hospital


To provide cardiac diagnostic provision to Connolly Hospital.

Organisational Context

The RCSI Hospital Group includes the following hospitals:

  • Beaumont Hospital
  • Cavan General Hospital
  • Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown
  • Louth County Hospital
  • Monaghan General Hospital
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital
  • Rotunda Hospital
  • The Academic Partner for the Group is the RCSI

RCSI Hospital Group provides a national service and a regional service to Dublin and the North East and is committed to the provision of world-class care, exceptional clinical services with respect and compassion.


Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown is a major teaching hospital providing a range of acute medical and surgical services, day care, outpatient, diagnostic and support services.  Emergency services are provided on a 365-day, 24 hour basis.  Multi-disciplinary teams representative of medical, nursing, allied health professionals, management and general support staff play a pivotal role in the development, delivery, monitoring and evaluation of these services.  The hospital has a current bed complement of >300 beds.


The hospital is affiliated to the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) for medical education, to Dublin City University (DCU) for nursing education and to University College Dublin (UCD), Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and the Institute of Technology for allied health professional education.


Connolly Hospital is one of 8 hospitals in the RCSI Hospitals Group covering a population of over 800,000 people.  Connolly Hospital’s Catchment Population of over 331,000 covers Dublin West, North Kildare and South Meath.

Key Responsibilities

Principal Duties & Responsibilities: 

The cardiac diagnostic department carries out a large number of non-invasive cardiac investigations as outlined below.  The successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate an appropriate level of knowledge and competence and be suitably qualified to perform/train in all of these areas.

  • Resting ECG: Performance; interpretation and analysis.
  • Stress Testing; Performance, interpretation and analysis for reporting and Physiologist led (as per British Society Guidelines)
  • Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring and analysis.
  • Ambulatory ECG monitoring and analysis.
  • Event recording monitoring and analysis.
  • Adult Transthoracic Echocardiography and reporting including DSE, bubble studies and contrast studies.
  • Assist in Transoesphageal Echocardiography.
  • Pacing and ICD clinics interrogate and program devices appropriately.
  • Home monitoring – monitor and manage transmissions from patients with devices
  • Loop Recorder follow up
  • Tilt table testing
  • Administrations and NIMIS work

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 maybe assigned to him/her from time to time and to contribute to the development of the post whilst in office.


General Accountability

  • Ongoing personal development and training
  • Participate & attend meetings as required keep staff briefed on developments in the hospital


Service Quality/Accreditation


  • Ensure that services are provided to an agreed standard in line with departmental policies and procedures
  • Ensure an understanding of the importance and relevance of quality in relation to their every day work
  • Collect and present on a regular basis appropriate data in relation to the activity of your department


Information Technology


  • Keep up to date with the most effective and efficient use of developments in information technology for both patient care and administrative support
  • Participate in ICT projects in relation to the department


Health & Safety

  • Ensure that effective safety procedures are in place to comply with the Health, Safety & Welfare at Work Act



You will be aware of the confidential nature of hospital work and in particular the patient’s right to confidentiality. To this end you will not discuss workings of the Hospital or it’s patients with people outside the hospital, except as required to do so in the course of your work. You must return to the hospital upon request and in any event, upon the termination of your employment, all documents or other property of the hospital which are in your possession or under your control. No documents or property of the hospital may be removed from the hospital without prior authorisation.



The extent and speed of change in the delivery of healthcare is such that adaptability is essential. The incumbent will be required to maintain, enhance and develop their knowledge, skills and aptitudes necessary to respond to a changing situation. The job description must be regarded as an outline of the major areas of accountability at the present time, which will be reviewed and assessed on an on-going basis.

Essential Criteria

1. Statutory Reqistration, Professional Qualifications, Experience, etc


a) Eligible applicants will be those who on the closing date for the competition:


(i) Possess the BSc in Clinical Measurement from Dublin Institute of Technology.




(ii) Possess the BSc in Clinical Measurement from Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin).




(iii) Possess an equivalent relevant scientific qualification (Level 8) as confirmed by the Irish Institute of Clinical Measurement Science (IICMS).




(iv) (a) Possess the Certificate in Medical Physics and Physiological Measurement (MPPM) from Dublin Institute of Technology.




(v) (b) An equivalent scientific qualification as confirmed by the Irish Institute of Clinical Measurement Science awarded in or before 2005. (See Note 1*)


Note 1* In exceptional cases, where the IICMS are not in a position to validate pre 2005 qualifications, the Clinical Measurement Physiologists experts on the eligibility / selection board may, at their discretion, deem as eligible:

HSE applicants who are currently employed as Clinical Measurement

Physiologists, and who were employed in or before 2005, on the presentation of proof of their qualification/s that was acceptable on the commencement of their employment.




(b) Candidates must have the requisite knowledge and ability (including a high standard of suitability and professional ability) for the proper discharge of the duties of the office




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 on the first day of the month in which the latest date for receiving completed application forms for the office occurs.


* A list of ‘other statutory health agencies’ can be found here.



Post Specific Requirements:

Demonstrate depth and breadth of experience relevant to role.

Skills & Competencies

Technical & Professional Expertise

Has a command over the technical/ professional skills and knowledge required within the job holder’s role and continues to upskill to maintain high professional standards and continuous professional development requirements


Communication & Interpersonal Skills

Speaks and writes clearly, fluently and effectively to both individuals and groups; communicates in a manner that will persuade, convince and influence others, in order to motivate, inspire or encourage them to follow a particular course of action.

Resource Management

Manages and utilises the organisations resources in the most effective manner to maximise the value for money proposition and to identify costs savings where possible.


Problem Solving & Decision Making

Identifies and solves problems by understanding the situation, seeking additional information, developing and weighing alternatives, and choosing the most appropriate course of action given the circumstances.

Leadership & Management

Manages performance to deliver team goals; demonstrates accountability for leading, directing, monitoring and evaluating RCSI Hospital Group services. Creates a climate in which people want to do their best. Promotes confidence and positive attitude; influences others to follow a common goal.


Has the ability and desire to cooperatively with others, collaborating to get the job done. Provides support to colleagues to help develop a strong and cohesive team ethos. Willing to participate as a member of the team.


Flexibility & Adaptability

Works effectively within a variety of situations with individuals or groups. Adapts one’s approach as the requirements of a situation changes; adjusts tasks and priorities when necessary. Accepts that changes in one’s role may be required from time to time.


This Job Description is intended as a basic guide to the scope and responsibilities of the position and is subject to regular review and amendment. The role holder will be required to be flexible in this position and is expected to facilitate working additional hours on occasion, when requested.

The RCSI Hospital Group is an Equal Opportunities Employer.