Career Opportunities

Croí is a not-for-profit foundation established in 1985 and currently has a team of 30 staff. Our people (including staff, volunteers, interns and students) are what make Croí an award-winning organisation. Croí is engaged in a wide variety of work including patient care, training and education, prevention & rehabilitation, family support, research, awareness and health promotion. Employing the best staff is key to providing the highest standard of service and care to our patients. If you would like to work in a caring, energetic and professional environment, and possess the skills and attributes to make a difference, then we would like to hear from you.

Current Career Opportunities with Croí:  


Cardiovascular Nurse Specialist - Galway

Croí is a registered Irish Heart & Stroke Charity based in Galway. Its mission is to prevent cardiovascular disease, save lives and promote recovery and wellbeing.  Over the past decade, Croí has developed an expertise in cardiovascular disease prevention, early detection and intervention which has achieved national recognition through a variety of healthcare and innovation awards. 

We are seeking to recruit a ‘Cardiovascular Nurse Specialist’ to co-ordinate and deliver a range of community based cardiovascular disease prevention & education initiatives.

Primary Role

To co-ordinate and deliver a range of cardiovascular disease prevention & research initiatives, including:  cardiovascular risk factor screening; clinical audits; risk factor management and lifestyle modification programmes; public awareness campaigns and general cardiovascular health promotion. The post holder will work as part of a multidisciplinary team and will be based at the Croí Heart & Stroke Centre, Newcastle, Galway.

Principle Duties and Responsibilities

  • Deliver to an established protocol, full clinical assessment, management and evaluation of individuals and families who participate in the wide range of Croí programmes, providing expert nursing advice, support and counselling where necessary.
  • Facilitate and conduct research as per the Croí/National Institute for Preventive Cardiology research agenda.
  • Ensure rigorous reporting procedures utilising an efficient data management information system, enabling implementation and evaluation of all service metrics ensuring excellent, demonstrable performance.
  • Ensure comprehensive protocols of standardised care with associated documentation are in place for all programmes, reflective of current guidelines, evidence base and best practice.
  • Co-ordinate and deliver health promotion information sessions to members of the general public
  • Be responsible for the development and utilisation of educational resources for programme delivery, as well as to support and empower the patient’s own self-management.
  • Ensure the service delivery model facilitates behaviour change utilising evidence based theoretical principles including techniques such as motivational interviewing, brief intervention and goal setting.
  • Participate in teaching related activities to the general public, patients, students and health professionals.
  • Be professionally accountable for all aspects of your own work, working to best practice guidelines and the Croí Health Programme protocols.
  • Be responsible for your own continuing professional development.

Skills and Competencies

The post holder will be required to demonstrate:

  • A proficient knowledge of current developments in cardiology, cardiac rehabilitation and the prevention and management of CVD (specifically cholesterol management).
  • Highly effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • The ability to work autonomously and as part of a multi-disciplinary team in service delivery, development and in achieving key performance outputs.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills in the management and co-ordination of health programmes.
  • Initiative and motivation in service delivery.
  • Confidence, assertiveness and flexibility.
  • Excellent IT skills to include use of Email, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Database management.
  • Excellent writing skills, both academic and lay writing, contributing to information leaflets, reports and presentations.
  • Experience in public speaking/ delivery of patient education sessions.
  • Excellent organisational skills with an aptitude for effective time management, problem solving, project planning, delivery and execution.
  • Advanced clinical reasoning.
  • A commitment to quality measurable through audit and research.

Requirements

The post holder must be suitably qualified as follows:

  • Be registered with An Bord Altranais.
  • Have at least 3 years’ relevant post registration experience, two of which must be in the area of cardiology / working with cardiac patients.
  • Have the clinical, managerial and administrative capacity to fulfil the functions of the role.
  • Have experience of conducting clinical audits both in primary care and in hospitals.
  • Phlebotomy skills / experience desirable.
  • Knowledge and experience in the speciality of Familial Hypercholesterolemia desirable.

A postgraduate qualification in any of the following would be an advantage:

  • Cardiac Nursing
  • Practice Nursing
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Preventive Cardiology
  • Health Promotion
  • Health Research

Remuneration

This appointment will be offered initially as a fixed term contract for 4 months, with potential for extension subject to funding.  Salary will be commensurate with experience.

To apply, please send your CV with a cover letter to careers@croi.ie before Friday 5th January 2018.

This job profile will be subject to review in accordance with service developments and is neither restrictive nor definitive, but rather a guide to the general range of duties required.


Cardiac Specialist Physiotherapist

Full Time and Part Time Positions

Job Description

Croí is a registered Irish Heart & Stroke Charity based in Galway. Its mission is to prevent cardiovascular disease, save lives and promote recovery and wellbeing. Over the past decade, Croí have developed an expertise in cardiovascular disease prevention, early detection and intervention which has achieved national recognition through a variety of healthcare and innovation awards.

We are seeking to recruit a Physiotherapist/Physical Activity Specialist to develop and deliver the physical activity and exercise components of a wide range of Croí health programmes.

Primary Role

To develop and deliver a physiotherapy/physical activity service to Croí health programme participant, offering exercise prescription and supervision, in accordance with Croí standards and professional best practice adhering to both national and international guidelines.  The post holder will work as part of a multidisciplinary team and will be based at Croí Heart & Stroke Centre, Newcastle, Galway.

Croí Health Programmes & Initiatives

  • Croí MyAction - an innovative cardiovascular disease prevention programme, targeting high-risk individuals and providing them with intensive risk factor management and lifestyle modification over a 12-16-week period. 

 

  • CLANN (Changing Lifestyle with Activity and NutritioN) - an eight-week structured lifestyle modification programme designed specifically for patients who attend the bariatric medicine service at University Hospital Galway.

 

  • Specialist Cardiac Fitness Assessments - provision of personalised exercise assessment and prescription.

 

  • 1:1 Assessment - designed for individuals with co-morbidities (e.g. severe arthritis, post-surgery, stroke, functional limitations etc.) which are preventing them from achieving healthy levels of physical activity and exercise.

 

  • Croí Back to Fitness Programmes - supervised exercise sessions in a safe environment, providing an effective cardiovascular workout specific to individual needs.

 

Principle Duties and Responsibilities

  • Effectively and efficiently manage and deliver a physical activity programme for participating individuals.
  • Develop physical activity services along with the Senior Physiotherapist for patients with a range of conditions, including post cardiac events, those at high risk of developing CVD, those with CVD, stroke and diabetic patients.
  • Lead and co-ordinate supervised exercise sessions of the Croí Health Programmes.
  • Monitor and evaluate patient and programme outcomes, to contribute to on-going patient and service improvement.
  • Co-ordinate and deliver health promotion information sessions and interventions to programme participants.
  • Participate in teaching related activities to both general public, patients and health professional audiences.
  • Work cohesively as part of the expert MDT to ensure programme delivery and development is co-ordinated across professions, for effective patient management and subsequent excellent outcomes.
  • Ensure the service delivery model facilitates behaviour change utilising evidence based theoretical principles including techniques such as motivational interviewing, brief intervention and goal setting.
  • Participate in research and clinical governance audit.
  • Actively participate as part of a multi-disciplinary team in service delivery, development and programme promotion.
  • Be professionally accountable for all aspects of own work, working to best practice guidelines of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP) and the Croí Health Programme protocols.
  • Support the delivery of the Physical Activity / Exercise module of the MSc in Preventive Cardiology.
  • Be responsible for your own continuing professional development.

 

Skills and Competencies

The post holder will be required to demonstrate:

  • A proficient knowledge of current developments in cardiology, stroke, cardiac rehabilitation and the prevention and management of cardiovascular disease.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including oral and written presentations with service users and professionals.
  • High levels of motivation with an innovative approach to service delivery and development, and managing the functions of the post.
  • Experience in motivational interviewing and key behaviour change facilitation techniques.
  • Ability to communicate complex/sensitive information to patients/carers and health professionals
  • Effective time management and clinical prioritisation skills.
  • Ability to work autonomously and as part of a multidisciplinary team in service delivery, development and programme promotions, to achieve key performance outputs.
  • Enthusiasm and a commitment to the development of the Croí Health Programmes.
  • Excellent IT skills to include use of Email, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
  • The ability to achieve accurate and robust data capture and inputting skills.
  • Commitment to quality measurable through audit and research.
  • Highly effective planning and organisational skills with an aptitude for effective time management, problem solving, project planning, delivery and execution.
  • Ability to effectively evaluate information, problem solve and make appropriate decisions.
  • Advanced clinical reasoning within own scope of practice.
  • A commitment to quality measurable through audit and research.
  • The ability to achieve accurate and robust data capture and inputting skills.
  • Ability to apply core physiotherapy/exercise prescription skills across a range of clinical conditions using a client-centred, goal-setting approach.
  • Ability to effectively evaluate information, problem solve and make appropriate decisions.
  • Enthusiasm and a commitment to the development of the Croí Health Programmes.
  • A commitment to continuing professional development.

Essential Requirements

The post holder must be suitably qualified as follows:

  • Possess a BSc (Honours) in Physiotherapy or Diploma in Physiotherapy or hold a qualification in Physiotherapy equivalent to these.  All qualifications must be validated by the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists;                        

And

  • Have at least 18 months’ satisfactory post qualification experience with at least 6 months of this having been specific to the cardiology area including experience of cardiac patients/CCU/Cardiac Rehabilitation.
  • Have experience in the design and delivery of exercise programmes to high risk populations.
  • Have experience in the design, delivery and management of exercise programmes to patients post cardiac event.
  • Demonstrate evidence and experience in exercise assessment and prescription to a complex patient population presenting with multiple co-morbidities.  

Desirable Requirements

It is desirable that the post holder has the following:

  • Experience in the area of Stroke, Cardiac / Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Health Promotion.
  • A postgraduate qualification.
  • Previous teaching or lecturing experience.

Remuneration

This appointment will be offered initially as a fixed term contract for 12 months, with potential for extension subject to funding.  Salary will be commensurate with experience.

To apply, please send your CV with a cover letter to careers@croi.ie before Friday 5th January 2018. 

This job profile will be subject to review in accordance with service developments and is neither restrictive nor definitive, but rather a guide to the general range of duties required.

 


Cardiovascular Nurse Specialist - Mayo

We are seeking to recruit a ‘Cardiovascular Nurse Specialist’ to co-ordinate and deliver a range of cardiovascular disease prevention & education initiatives.

Primary Role

To co-ordinate and develop the ‘Mayo Action on Heart Disease & Stroke’ programme. This is a community-based cardiovascular disease prevention initiative and collaboration between Croí and the HSE Health and Wellbeing (Mayo Division) in County Mayo.  The post holder will integrate the work of this prevention programme within primary care and health and well-being services of the HSE and will report to a multidisciplinary steering committee on progress and developments. The post holder will be based primarily at the HSE Headquarters in St. Mary’s HQ, HSE West, Castlebar, Co. Mayo but will be required to travel around the county and to Croí House in Galway for the purposes of the post.

Principle Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop, implement and evaluate innovative population-based and high-risk prevention initiatives to raise awareness and reduce the impact of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity on families in Mayo.
  • Take a lead role in managing the ‘West of Ireland Hypertension Project.’ This project involves raising awareness of hypertension amongst the general public in conjunction with the roll-out of community-based blood pressure screening. The post holder will be involved in the development and delivery of self-management education to individuals with a history of hypertension.
  • Involved in the steering committee of the ‘Mayo Stroke Support Group’ and in the delivery of a monthly meeting to stroke survivors.
  • Lead the co-ordination of the ‘Mayo Cardiac Support Group’ in partnership with the staff of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Dept. at Mayo University Hospital. Deliver a support group meeting at least 3-4 times per year on topics relevant to individuals living with heart disease.
  • Promote public awareness of heart health by co-ordinating and delivering community-based health promotion initiatives and information sessions. This will include delivering public talks on cardiovascular disease risk factors, and supporting local initiatives and community events relating to healthy living e.g. physical activity, healthy eating, and smoking cessation.
  • Design and deliver public awareness campaigns for example on the signs and symptoms of heart attack and stroke and related cardiovascular conditions, in line with Croí public awareness campaigns.
  • Plan and deliver community-based cardiac risk assessments in line with established screening protocol.
  • Promote awareness amongst healthcare providers of the availability of specialised community-based exercise programmes for Phase IV/High-risk clients and strengthen referrals to these programmes.
  • Maintain and manage all relevant documentation and records of your work and report accordingly to your Croí Line Manager, and the Steering Committee of the ‘Mayo Action on Heart Disease & Stroke’ programme.
  • Manage with guidance from Croí personnel, all PR and media engagement for the ‘Mayo Action on Heart Disease & Stroke Programme’ including press releases, newspaper information articles and radio interviews.
  • Liaise with the National Institute of Preventive Cardiology (NIPC) on providing educational opportunities locally for health professionals in Co. Mayo.     
  • Ensure rigorous reporting procedures utilising an efficient data management information system, enabling implementation and evaluation of all service metrics ensuring excellent, demonstrable performance.
  • Apply innovative methods of programme delivery, to specifically target higher risk communities and increase access for wider uptake.
  • Provide expert nursing advice in line with recommended best practice guidelines, while supporting and empowering the patient’s own self-management.
  • Ensure the service delivery model facilitates behaviour change utilising evidence-based theoretical principles including techniques such as motivational interviewing, brief intervention and goal setting.
  • Participate in research and clinical governance audit.
  • Participate in teaching-related activities to the general public, patients, students and health professionals.
  • Support the delivery of relevant modules in the MSc in Preventive Cardiology.
  • Be professionally accountable for all aspects of your own work, working to best practice guidelines and the Croí Health Programme protocols.
  • Be responsible for your own continuing professional development.

Skills and Competencies

The post holder will be required to demonstrate:

  • A proficient knowledge of current developments in cardiology, cardiac rehabilitation and the prevention and management of CVD.
  • Highly effective communication and interpersonal skills.
  • The ability to work autonomously and as part of a multi-disciplinary team in service delivery, development and in achieving key performance outputs.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills in the management and co-ordination of health programmes.
  • Initiative and motivation in service delivery.
  • Confidence, assertiveness and flexibility.
  • Excellent IT skills to include use of Email, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Database management.
  • Excellent writing skills, both academic and lay writing, contributing to information leaflets, reports and presentations.
  • Experience in public speaking/ delivery of patient education sessions.
  • Excellent organisational skills with an aptitude for effective time management, problem solving, project planning, delivery and execution.
  • Advanced clinical reasoning.
  • A commitment to quality measurable through audit and research.

Requirements

The post holder must be suitably qualified as follows:

  • Be registered with An Bord Altranais.
  • Have at least 5 years relevant post registration experience, two of which must be in the area of cardiology / working with cardiac patients.
  • Have the clinical, managerial and administrative capacity to fulfil the functions of the role.

A postgraduate qualification in any of the following would be an advantage:

  • Cardiac Nursing
  • Practice Nursing
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Preventive Cardiology
  • Health Promotion
  • Health Research

Remuneration

This appointment will be offered initially as a fixed term contract for 1 year, with potential for extension subject to funding.  Salary will be commensurate with experience.

To apply, please send your CV with a cover letter to careers@croi.ie before Friday 5th January 2018.

This job profile will be subject to review in accordance with service developments and is neither restrictive nor definitive, but rather a guide to the general range of duties required.

 


 

Events Manager

Croí is a registered Irish Heart & Stroke Charity based in Galway. Its mission is to prevent cardiovascular disease, save lives and promote recovery and wellbeing. The Croi Heart & Stroke Centre in Galway is the first-of-its kind in Ireland and hosts the National Institute for Preventive Cardiology (NIPC).  The NIPC provides a varied portfolio of education and training conferences and courses, in the prevention and control of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity. The activities of both Croi and the National Institute for Preventive Cardiology are funded through philanthropic giving and organised fundraising events.

We are seeking to recruit an Events Manager, who will play a pivotal role in the evolution and future development of our education and training portfolio (both for health professionals and the general public). Additionally, we require our Events Manager to play a leading role in key fundraising events.

Primary Role

  • To manage, develop and grow our existing  training and education portfolio
  • To manage and grow key revenue generating events and activities.
  • To manage, develop and grow collaborative stakeholder and sponsor relationships.
  • To be responsible for all marketing and promotional activity and materials, ensuring consistent alignment to our corporate branding.
  • To manage the development of patient and public education resources.

Principle Duties and Responsibilities

  • Co-ordinate and manage an expanding portfolio of educational conferences and events ensuring an excellent educational experience.
  • Project manage all training and education activity to include budgeting, sales and marketing, print & graphic design management. 
  • Provide strong customer relationship management to develop and foster partnerships, which support the development of our education and training portfolio.
  • Manage and closely monitor a budget for all educational activities, ensuring controlled expenditure and evaluating event effectiveness.
  • Produce and manage the marketing plan for each event activity reaching the general public, health professionals, partnership and stakeholders as required.
  • Ensure the timely dissemination of appropriate marketing materials reflective of a clear communications plan, utilising a variety of methodologies, which enable maximum course / programme uptake.
  • Explore new opportunities to expand and diversify revenue generating activity  in line with the organisation’s strategic plan.

Skills and Competencies

The post holder will be required to demonstrate:

  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent people skills with proven track record of success in event management.
  • At least 3-years relevant experience in the area of event or project management.
  • Demonstrated experience of developing   marketing and communications plans.
  • Excellent knowledge of social media and digital marketing.
  • Strong computer literacy is essential, combined with a high level of proficiency in Excel, PowerPoint and Word.
  • Capable of building and maintaining strong relationships with all stakeholders.
  • Demonstrate an ability to be a strong team player whilst also being capable of working on own initiative.
  • Ability to manage a diverse workload and work under pressure, achieving critical targets.
  • A strong work ethic and a desire to do whatever it takes to get the job done.
  • A commitment to high quality throughout all stages of event management and marketing, applying immaculate attention to detail for excellent results.
  • Have a bright, energetic and positive disposition.

Remuneration

This appointment will be offered initially as a fixed term contract for 1 Year with potential for extension subject to funding.  Salary will be commensurate with experience.

To apply, please send your CV with a cover letter to careers@croi.ie before Friday 5th January 2018.

This job profile will be subject to review in accordance with service developments and is neither restrictive nor definitive, but rather a guide to the general range of duties required.

 


Other Opportunities 

There are numerous volunteer opportunities for people that wish to lend some free time to support our work. Our volunteers are a vital part of our organisation and enable us to provide a high quality service in the most cost effective manner. Our volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds and help us in many different ways. They include post-graduates, medics, business professionals, athletes and community representatives.

If you would like to assist Croí as a volunteer, intern or unpaid placement, please Complete our Volunteer Form

or contact us on:

Tel: 091-544310

Email: info@croi.ie

 

Croí

Croí is a registered Irish heart & stroke charity dedicated to the fight against heart disease and stroke, with a special focus on the West of Ireland. 

Our Mission is to 'Prevent Disease, Save Lives, Promote Recovery and Wellbeing'

The charity is totally funded through the proceeds of fundraising events, voluntary contributions and philanthropy.
Charity Number: CHY7500

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