Recruitment for New Clinical Nurse Specialist for the Midlands - IMNDA

Recruitment for New Clinical Nurse Specialist for the Midlands

November 16th, 2022

We are so thankful to Charlie and Claire Bird who dedicated all their time and energy to making their “Climb with Charlie” initiative so successful.  It is their wish that monies raised for IMNDA go towards   projects that make a real difference to those families affected by motor neurone disease in Ireland.

We have now established the “Charlie Bird Development Fund” and our first project is to provide a new role of Clinical Nurse Specialist for the midlands area.

Please see the below Job Description for the role and applications should be submitted by the closing date of December 16th to Director of Nursing and Services

Title of post: Clinical Nurse Manager (CNM) Grade Ⅱ

Organisation: Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA)

Reporting to: Director of Nursing and Services

Location: Remote working but based with the general Midlands region (Midlands: Longford, Westmeath, Meath, Offaly, Louth, Kildare)

Post: Full Time Permanent Contract


The Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA) is the only organisation of its kind in the country. We are dedicated to supporting people living with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and their families and carers. Our services include specialist nursing, financial assistance towards home help and the supply of specialist equipment and communications aids. This post is financed by the recently established Charlie Bird Development Fund

The aim of IMNDA nurse role is:

  • To encourage and promote the best methods of care, education, research, and treatment for people with MND throughout Ireland
  • To establish and promote models of good practice in the delivery of specialised services to our patients, their families, and carers, setting standards of excellence.
  • To communicate knowledge of MND and related disorders to raise awareness in Ireland

Key Responsibilities

This appointed person is a registered nurse with who has extensive experience and clinical expertise in MND nursing/ Neurology nursing. The role encompasses a focus on care comprising of assessment, planning and delivery of client care in collaboration with medical and other healthcare professionals. They will promote the service of IMNDA and deliver on strategic targets.


  • Manage individual case load of clients as assigned by the Director of Nursing and Services
  • Update the Director of Nursing and Services on issues relating to clients and their families
  • Work as a team member with nursing colleagues, Services team and all staff in IMNDA
  • Liaise with IMNDA Services team to arrange access to client services including financial, psychological, and practical resources
  • Act as an effective liaison person between IMNDA clients, families and relevant hospital, community HSE services and external agencies
  • Ensure the care delivered to MND clients is aligned to best practice
  • Support and advise clients on referrals to appropriate IMNDA and specialist services
  • Evaluate clinical problems and liaises with the Director of Nursing and with multidisciplinary team and refer appropriately
  • Maintain and respect patient confidentiality at all times

Clinical Focus

  • Provide a nursing resource service on all aspects of MND
  • Report clinical issues to the Director of Nursing and Services
  • Maintain awareness within the speciality of current developments in MND and care
  • Ensure that accurate documentation and record keeping in Salesforce is maintained in line with GDPR
  • Provide reports as required including monthly and Annual Service Report
  • Attend clinical supervision with nursing colleagues

Education and Training

  • Develop and facilitate education and support for clients, their families and health care professionals
  • Ensure clients have access to relevant education material about MND
  • Assist in training of IMNDA staff members and client and families where appropriate
  • Accountable for ensuring that practice is up to date, evidence based in order to provide the highest standard of care to MND clients
  • Keep up to date with nursing literature and new developments in MND management, education and practice
  • Develop relationships with local and national key stakeholders
  • Comply with mandatory training requirements


  • Promote and provide family centred care, to involve patients and families in the decision making in treatments plans
  • Develop and maintain strong link between the relevant healthcare professionals within this specialist MND area
  • Attend internal and external multidisciplinary team meetings as directed for decision making on treatment care plans

Professional Qualifications and/or relevant Experience


  • Registered General Nurse by Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI)
  • Post-registration experience in an acute hospital setting
  • Minimum 3 – 5 years experience working in the area of MND / Neurology
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organisational, administration and co-ordination skill
  • Excellent ICT skills, including MS Office suite, MS Teams and a good working knowledge of database management
  • Ability to work effectively alone and with co-workers and collaborate with health and social care professionals, community organisations and others to maintain and build partnerships to maximise the impact of joint resources
  • Proactive and flexible in approach
  • Full clean driver’s licence essential


  • Post-registration education relevant to the area of specialist practice at level 8 QQI (Higher Diploma or Honours)
  • Higher Diploma in Neurology or Neuroscience Nursing or willingness to
  • undertake same within an agreed time frame
  • Ability to assist with special projects as required or self-determined to enhance the capacity and/or IMNDA strategic objectives.


  • Represent IMNDA at relevant meetings and conferences as directed
  • Travel throughout designated region of responsibility, other regions and head office as required.  Regular overnight stays may be required in respect of travel.

This list of duties is not intended to be exhaustive, but to reflect the main duties of the position and is subject to change. Any other duties may be allocated from time to time consistent with the position, business plan and strategic plan.

Offer subject to reference check and Garda Vetting. Please send CV and cover letter Naomi Fitzgibbon Director of Nursing and Services:

Closing date :  Friday, 16th December 2022


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