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Each candidate must on the latest date for receiving completed application forms for the office:

have been educated to Leaving Certificate level.  


have passed an examination of comparable standard at second level,


have satisfactory relevant experience, which encompasses demonstrable equivalent skills,


have recent knowledge and experience of an acute hospital setting


have good IT skills and aptitude for same


  • It is desirable to have a health or social care qualification (e.g. QQI Level 5 award for Occupational Therapy/Speech and Language therapy Assistant or other equivalent Health care support worker course).
  • have recent knowledge and experience of a rehabilitation environment in a hospital setting.
  • have a full clean driver’s licence.


Age Restrictions In Relation To Applications

Age restriction shall only apply to a candidate where he/she is not classified as a new entrant (within the meaning of the Public Service Superannuation (Miscellaneous Provisions) 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 applications for the office occurs.


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 as would indicate a reasonable prospect of ability to render regular and efficient service.

Be of good character.

Garda Vetting is sought for all employees and prospective employees of Tallaght Hospital.  Given the specialised nature of the services provided, your appointment will be subject to satisfactory Garda Vetting and re-vetting in circumstances where the Hospital deems it appropriate. The Hospital will then process the necessary documentation to endeavour to obtain satisfactory Garda clearance for you.  You are obliged to disclose previous and any criminal convictions acquired during the course of your employment.  Should the Hospital obtain information from the Garda Vetting Unit to indicate that your Garda clearance report is not satisfactory and / or if you have supplied the hospital with false or misleading information in relation to your Garda clearance status, the Hospital reserves the right to withdraw or terminate this contract in accordance with Tallaght Hospital Garda Vetting policy.




The appointment is full-time and temporary.


Remuneration is in accordance with the salary scale approved by the Department of Health & Children. Current remuneration with effect from 1st September 2019 is:

€28,131 by x 9 increments to €35,193


Pension arrangements and retirement age

There are three superannuation schemes currently in operation for staff in Tallaght Hospital:

(a)       Voluntary Hospital Superannuation Scheme (Non-New Entrant) 

(b)      Voluntary Hospital Superannuation Scheme (New Entrant)

(c)       Single Public Service Pension Scheme

Please read carefully the summary of the criteria for the three superannuation schemes below. This will assist you in identifying which scheme membership is applicable to your employment circumstances.

(a)       If you have been continually employed in the public service prior to the 1st April 2004 and you have not had a break in service of more than 26 weeks, you will be included in the Voluntary Hospital Superannuation Scheme (Non-New Entrant) with a Minimum Retirement Age of 60 and a Maximum Retirement Age of 65.

(b)      If you have been continually employed in the public service post the 1st April 2004 and you have not had a break in service of more than 26 weeks, you will be included in the Voluntary Hospital Superannuation Scheme (New Entrant) with a Minimum Retirement Age of 65. There is no Maximum Retirement Age.

(c)       If you have commenced employment in the public service as a new entrant or you are a former public servant, returning to the public service after a break of more than 26 weeks, you will be included in the Single Public Service Pension Scheme effective from the 1st January 2013 with a minimum retirement age of 66 (rising to 67 and 68 in line with state pension changes).  The maximum retirement age under this scheme will be age 70.


The Therapy Assistant will perform such duties as are outlined in this job description.

Hours of work:

Normal working hours are 39 hours worked over 5 days. Your contracted hours of work are liable to change between the hours of 8 am to 8 pm over 7 days to meet the requirements for extended day services in accordance with the terms of the Framework Agreement.  


The successful candidate will be appointed initially for a probationary period of 6 months. During the probationary period progress or otherwise will be monitored and at the end of the probationary period the service will (a) be certified as satisfactory and confirmed in writing or if not satisfactory, the probationary period may be extended by 3 months.

Annual Leave:

The annual leave entitlement is 23 working days per year (pro rata). The leave year runs from 1st April to the 31st of March each year.

Sick Leave:

Payment of salary during illness will be in accordance with arrangements as approved from time to time by the Department of Health and Children.

Termination of Office:

The employment may be terminated at any time by one months’ notice on either side except where circumstances are dictated by the Minimum Notice and Terms of Employment Act 1973/91. The Management’s right under this paragraph shall not be exercised save in circumstances where the Management is of the opinion that the holder of the office has failed to perform satisfactorily the duties of the post or has misconducted himself/herself in relation to the post or is otherwise unfit to hold the appointment.


The person chosen will:

  • Maintain throughout the Hospital awareness of the primacy of the patient in relation to all Hospital activities.
  • Demonstrate behaviour consistent with the Mission, Vision and Values of the Hospital.
  • Report to the therapists in the area of assignment.

Ultimately accountable to the Head of Discipline (i.e. Occupational Therapy / Speech & Language Therapy Manager) and/or designated person as appropriate.

  • Assist in the delivery of patient care and associated duties under the supervision of the Senior and Staff Occupational Therapists and Speech and Language Therapists.




The chosen candidate will work as a Therapy Assistant within both the Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Therapy Departments of Tallaght University Hospital. They will contribute to service delivery to clinical areas within Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Therapy as required and directed by the Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Therapy Manager.

The chosen candidate will: -

  • assist the qualified therapists in delivering an excellent Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Therapy service to patients in the acute hospital and/or home setting.
  • contribute to the assessment and treatment of patients, undertaking therapeutic work and supervising patients in activity relating to their treatment.
  • undertake general departmental duties such as preparation of materials for therapy sessions, collation of statistical information and ordering equipment.
  • undertake clerical and household tasks as necessary to maintain the smooth running of the department.


Clinical duties

Patient care is carried out under the direction and supervision of the Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Therapy staff. Duties include the following:

  • Assist the Therapist(s) in the assessment of patients and the implementation of treatment interventions as directed by the Therapist(s).
  • Prepare the patient and the environment for assessment and/or treatment as directed by the Therapist(s).
  • Carry out interventions under the direction of the Therapist(s).
  • Organise and supervise therapeutic activities with individual patients as directed by the Therapist(s).
  • Use equipment during therapeutic interventions as directed by the Therapist(s).
  • Progress patient treatment as directed by the Therapist(s) within established protocols and guidelines.
  • Observe general behaviour, ability and response of the patient to a therapeutic intervention and reports the observations to the Therapist(s).
  • Uses knowledge and understanding of patients’ needs to involve and motivate the patient in the therapeutic process.


General Duties

The Therapy Assistant will:

  • Use knowledge of the role of the Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Therapy Assistant and understand the responsibilities and accountability of that role within a team.
  • Recognise the importance of a good working relationship with frequent communication between the Assistant and the supervising Therapist(s).
  • Communicate effectively and appropriately with a range of different service users and providers.
  • Observe confidentiality when handling the patients/organisations information.
  • Document his/her intervention with the patient as outlined by local policy.
  • Maintain order, cleanliness and tidiness of treatment areas and equipment in accordance with local departmental guidelines.
  • Clean and maintain therapy equipment and logs of same on a regular basis as directed.
  • Carry out departmental stock control, ordering and receiving supplies, monitoring equipment and reporting faulty equipment as outlined by local departmental policies and procedures.
  • Carry out administrative duties (e.g. filing, answering telephone, recording statistics, photocopying) as outlined by local departmental policies and procedures.
  • Perform such other duties appropriate to the role as may be assigned by the Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Therapy Manager.



  • Communicate in an effective way to encourage and motivate patients.
  • Communicate in a confident and assertive manner in a multidisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of social, psychological and emotional issues that may impact on patient care and compliance.
  • Form therapeutic rapport with patients/patients and their families/carers to effectively communicate in a way that respects users’ autonomy and culture.
  • Use effective verbal and non-verbal communication during delivery of treatment programmes to patients who may have barriers to understanding or communicating in order to maximise rehabilitation potential and ensure understanding of the condition.
  • Use skills of listening, facilitating, persuasion, motivation, reassurance, negotiation and explanation regularly to overcome difficulties encountered which may include loss of hearing, visual impairment, expressive and receptive communication  impairment, altered perception, cognitive problems, diminished mental capacity, pain, fear, language barriers and cultural differences.
  • Under the guidance of qualified staff, communicate information to patients and carers about provision of equipment and services.
  • Accurately record appropriate documentation and departmental statistics.
  • Communicate with patients, relatives, carers, equipment services, social and health care professionals and other voluntary organisations and statutory bodies to assist the Therapists in ensuring an integrated, holistic approach to patient care.

​​​​​​​Information Technology & data

  • Make the most effective and efficient use of developments in information technology for both patient care and administrative support in a manner which integrates well with systems throughout the organisation.
  • Collect, interpret and present data and information on the Departments’ activities, staffing and expenditure, as required.

Health & Safety

  • All employees must comply with the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005.
  • Comply with relevant Health and Safety responsibilities as outlined in Hospital Polices, Protocols and Procedures relevant to your area.
  • Take reasonable care to protect your own safety, health and welfare and that of any other person who may be affected by your acts or omissions at work.

Hygiene / Infection prevention and control 

  • All employees have responsibility for Hygiene awareness.  Hygiene is defined as “The practice that serves to keep people and environments clean and prevent infection.”
  • All employees also have a responsibility under their terms of employment to prevent transmission of infection and to follow the hospital infection control policies and guidelines as outlined in the Infection Control Manual.
  • All employees must be aware that they work in an area where there is potential for transmission of infection.
  • All employees have a responsibility to follow hand hygiene guidelines as this is the single most important intervention to prevent the transmission of infection

Quality, safety and risk management

  • Support the delivery of the Quality, Safety and Risk Management Programme, including the appropriate identification and management of risks and incidents throughout the hospital.



  • You will be aware of the confidential nature of Hospital work and in particular, the right of patients to confidentiality.  To this end, you will not discuss workings of the Hospital or its patients or disclose any information of a confidential nature except as required to do so in the course of your work. No records, documents or property of the Hospital may be removed from the premises of the Hospital without prior authorisation. 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.

Data Management

  • Ensure compliance with the obligations required by the Data Protection Act 2003.


Development of Hospital Groups

  • The Hospital Structure is currently under review and therefore, reporting relationships may change. The development of Hospital Groups may require the post-holder to adopt a different reporting relationship and additional accountabilities.  Full consultation will take place in advance of any such change.


NOTE: The extent and speed of change in the delivery of health care is such that adaptability is essential at this level of appointment.  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.



Applications can be submitted ‘on-line’ at by completing the application form and attaching your CV.

Candidates should be aware that, when applying for a post through the 'On-Line' Application System

(Candidate Manager) they will receive an automated replying acknowledging receipt of their


Should you for any reason, not receive this automated acknowledgement, you should notify the Human

Resources Department, before the closing date, otherwise your application will not be considered.


Closing Date: Close of Business 8th November 2019

Informal enquiries to:

Aoife Kennedy, Occupational Therapy Manager

Telephone (01) 4142791 or email



Fiona Hill, Speech & Language Therapy Manager

Telephone (01) 4142780 or email


All candidates should note that, in order to maintain a timely process, the closing date and time for receipt of applications will be strictly adhered to.


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