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 Specialist Co-ordinator

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. 

Croi is working in partnership with Healthy Ireland to develop a new innovative model of CVD care.  We are seeking to recruit a ‘Cardiovascular Specialist Co-ordinator’ to assist in the development, implement and co-ordinate the delivery of this new, innovative, community based cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention & management initiative.  The post holder will be based at Croí Heart & Stroke Centre, Newcastle, Galway.


Primary Role

There are two elements to this role:

  1. The post holder will spend 50% of their time on the development of community based CVD prevention and management programme, in accordance with Croi standards, national and European guidelines and professional best practice, to establish the minimum standards for a community based cardiac rehabilitation programme (CR). The post holder will work as part of a multidisciplinary team to drive and co-ordinate the development of this programme and will be based at Croí Heart & Stroke Centre, Newcastle, Galway.
  2. The post holder will spend 50% of their time working in collaboration with the HSE on national CR services development, which will require travel on occasions.


Principle Duties and Responsibilities

A. Development of a community based CR programme:

Working with Croi expert professionals, develop and deliver all elements of the programme including minimum dataset, full clinical assessment, management and evaluation of individuals referred onto the programme, and will be required to:

  • Establish a comprehensive protocol of standardised care with associated documentation to ultimately be replicated in other communities / regions.
  • Ensure the service delivery model is efficient and effective to increase service capacity and maximise patient access.
  • Co-ordinate the planning, scheduling and programme delivery activity, in a systematic way to maximise opportunities of patient recruitment and completion.
  • Embed 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 target specific communities and increase access for wider uptake.
  • Provide expert specialist cardiovascular advice to ensure the safe management and treatment of all patients on the programme.
  • Identify elements relating to scalability, with clear recommendations for service implementation and develop solutions to overcome local issues.
    • Ensure the programme is clearly defined to include:
    • Description of the programme to enable it to be delivered elsewhere by the HSE/other providers
    • Clear itemisation of resources - including staff & materials - required to deliver the programme
    • Clear identification of potential training requirements and requirements for provision of this if rolled out
    • Comprehensive service delivery costs
  • Ensure the programme is evaluated to include ‘end of programme’ outcomes which can be compared to MyAction 
  • 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
  • Use best practice and innovation to achieve high quality, excellent patient/client services
  • Participate in research and clinical governance audit
  • 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.
  • Liaise with the HSE as required including attending oversight group meetings.


B. Working with the HSE

Work with the HSE on national CR services development.  The responsibilities will include:

1. To review and propose a pathway for evolution of hospital CR provision (Phase III) to accommodate high risk patients as the dominant group

  • Engage with analysts/economists to establish the cost of current hospital based CR programmes.
  • Work with the HSE and IACR to explore the requirements (staff, equipment and training) to evolve hospital provision to cater for high risk patients
  • Consider and outline the practicalities of referral mechanisms
  • Propose a timetable for evolution

2. Review mechanisms of access to CR in order to promote increased access

  • Work with the national lead for structured patient education on a system to institute and co-ordinate a single national access point for CR 
  • Propose how best to achieve high referral rates to CR from healthcare professionals


3. In line with international and national guidance propose a mechanism of standardising key features of hospital, community and home based CR

  • In consultation with all stakeholders develop key standards/pathway relating to key inputs and outcomes across hospital and community CR settings 


4. Following review (national and international) propose how a standardised mechanism of data collection in hospital, community and home based CR could be developed and implemented.

  • Review the current situation in CR services (hospital and MYACTION) in regard to indicators, data items and datasets in use, collection mechanisms and reporting arrangements.
  • Propose a mechanism for instituting a standard approach to reporting activity and outcomes across hospital and community CR

5. Provide quarterly reports as required to the Project Oversight Committee and provide a report at the end of the project detailing the results of the proposal above.

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



The post holder must be suitably qualified as follows:

  • Be registered with appropriate professional organisation (e.g. An Bord Altranais / ISCP / CORU)
  • Have at least 5 years’ relevant post qualification 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 Rehabilitation
  • Preventive Cardiology
  • Health Promotion
  • Health Research



This appointment will be made 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 before Friday 28th April 2017. Candidates must be available for interview first two weeks in May.

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




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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