Blanchardstown Local Drugs & Alcohol Task Force: Family Health Worker

Job Title and Grade: Family Health Worker

Closing Date: 22/11/2019

Organisational Area: Blanchardstown and Finglas / Cabra Local Drug & Alcohol Task Force areas (Effectively Dublin 15, 11 and part of Dublin 7)

Location of Post: Blanchardstown / Finglas

Details of Service

The staff appointed to this post will work within Primary, Community and Continuing Care (PCCC); working as part of multi-disciplinary network of local services delivering a coordinated approach to client care. S/he may be required to work as a key worker for particular cases as required. The Family Health Worker will be expected to maintain a high standard of care, work closely with all other relevant community health services for the management of client care and the clients’ environment and to maintain a high standard of professional and ethical responsibility.

Reporting Relationship

The Family Health Worker will report to the Steering Group on matters of professional practice and operational policy. Blanchardstown Local Drugs & Alcohol Task Force will act as the employer.

Purpose of the Post

The Family Health Worker will assess, plan, implement and evaluate care of expectant mothers who have been identified to be drug users to the highest professional and ethical standards and best practice. This will be done through a home visiting service.

The Family Health Worker will also act as a liaison person with existing health services to ensure optimum care for both child and mother.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Professional Responsibilities

The Family Health Worker will:

  • Comply with national, regional and local Health Service Executive (HSE) guidelines, policies, protocols and legislation
  • Work within his/her scope of practice and take measures to develop and maintain the competence necessary for professional practice
  • Maintain a high standard of professional behaviour and be accountable for his/her area of practice
  • Be aware of ethical policies and procedures which pertain to his /her area of practice
  • Respect and maintain the privacy, dignity and confidentiality of the client subject to the safety, health and welfare of the client/family not being put at risk
  • Follow appropriate guidance from the Steering Group

Professional Practice

The Family Health Worker will:

  • Fulfil his/her statutory obligations within the legislation of and HSE policies as appropriate to the role
  • Deliver care to clients according to best practice/evidence-based framework
  • Manage a caseload as required
  • Promote the health, welfare and social wellbeing of all eligible patients
  • Actively participate as a multi-disciplinary team member in all aspects of service delivery including case conferences, clinical meetings, team meetings
  • Assess, plan, implement and evaluate individual person-centred care programmes within an agreed framework and in accordance with policies procedures and guidelines and established best practice
  • Develop and promote good interpersonal relationships with clients, their family/social network supports and the multi-disciplinary care team in the promotion of patient centred care
  • Participate in the development, promotion and implementation of infection control guidelines
  • Endeavour to ensure that care is carried out in an empathetic and ethical manner and that the dignity and spiritual outlook of the women are respected
  • Promote and recognise the client social and cultural dimensions of care and the need for links with their local community
  • Collaborate and work closely with the client, his/her family, the multi-disciplinary team, external agencies and services to facilitate discharge planning, continuity of care and specific care requirements
  • Provide education and information to the client, his/her family as required and be an advocate for the individual patient and for his/her family
  • Report and consult with the Steering Group as appropriate
  • Maintain appropriate and accurate written records and reports regarding client care in accordance with confidentiality policy
  • Participate in innovation and change management in the approach to client care delivery particularly in relation to new research findings, evidence-based practice and advances in treatments
  • Participate in audit and review
  • Participate in community needs assessment and ongoing community involvement
  • Undertake the role of key worker and case coordinator as part of the primary care team as required
  • Promote a positive health concept with clients and colleagues and contribute to health promotion and disease prevention initiatives
  • Refer clients to other services as required
  • Identify and assess the need for the home help service

Health & Safety

The Family Health Worker will:

  • Participate in the development of policies/procedures and guidelines to support compliance with current legal requirements where existing for the safe storage and administration of medicines and other clinical products
  • Participate in the development of policies/procedures and guidelines for the service
  • Observe, report and take appropriate action on any matter which may be detrimental to client care or well being
  • Be aware of the principles of risk management and be individually responsible for risk management/health and safety issues in their area of work
  • Comply with HSE policies to minimise risk with particular reference to infection control, domiciliary visits and lone working

Education, Training & Development

  • Develop and use reflective practice techniques to inform and guide practice
  • Participate in the clinical/workplace induction of new staff
  • Contribute to the identification of training needs pertinent to the role
  • Provide support guidance and advice to junior colleagues when required within the scope of practice
  • Participate in regular performance reviews with the Steering Group


  • Ensure that records are safeguarded and managed as per policy and in accordance with relevant legislation
  • Work closely with colleagues provide a seamless service delivery to the client within the primary care structure
  • Maintain records and submit activity data/furnish appropriate reports to the Steering Group as required
  • Contribute to policy development and formulation, performance monitoring, business planning and budgetary control
  • Maintain professional standards including patient and data confidentiality
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of information sharing protocols, audit systems, referral pathways, individual care plans and shared care arrangements
  • Contribute to ongoing monitoring, audit and evaluation of the service as appropriate
  • Accurately record and report all complaints to appropriate personnel according to local service policy

The above job specification 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 may be assigned to him/her from time to time by the Steering Group. The post holder will contribute to the development of the post while in office.

Other requirements specific to the post

  • Nursing, Midwifery, or cognate qualification required
  • Full, clean drivers’ licence and own transport
  • Be competent in Basic Life Support and Anaphylaxis Management
  • Be willing to undergo such training as is deemed to be necessary by the Steering Group
  • Be very conversant with (and trained in) Children First guidelines
  • Be willing to undertake occasional out-of-hours work though this will not form a consistent part of the role. Time off in lieu will apply.

Skills, competencies and/or knowledge

  • Demonstrate and practice a non-judgemental attitude and positive regard for clients of the service
  • Demonstrate a high degree of confidentiality and sensitivity
  • Demonstrate practitioner competence and professionalism
  • Be very comfortable with working autonomously
  • Be able to undertake structured Home Visits
  • Demonstrates a high level of clinical knowledge to carry out the duties and responsibilities of the role
  • Display evidence-based clinical knowledge in making decisions regarding client care
  • Demonstrate a commitment to continuing professional development
  • Demonstrate evidence of effective operations management, planning and organising skills including awareness of resource management and importance of value for money
  • Demonstrate the ability to work with other services to establish the service
  • Demonstrate the ability to build and maintain relationships including the ability to work effectively as part of a multi-agency/disciplinary team
  • Demonstrate the ability to empathise with and treat patients’ relatives and colleagues with dignity and respect
  • Demonstrate leadership and team management skills
  • Demonstrate effective analytical, problem solving and decision-making skills
  • Demonstrate initiative and innovation, identifying areas for improvement, implementing and managing change
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the Primary Care Strategy and key developments within the Primary Care Service
  • Demonstrate knowledge of current health Strategies and HSE policy directives
  • Demonstrate a willingness to engage and develop IT skills relevant to the role

To Apply:

Please apply with cv and covering letter to by close of business on 22nd November 2019.

Competition Specific Selection Process
Shortlisting / Interview

Short listing will be carried out based on information supplied in your application.

Those successful at the shortlisting stage of this process (where applied) will be called forward to interview.

As this is a new role, there may be minor changes introduced over the first 3 years of the initiative.
This job description is a guide to the general range of duties assigned to the post holder. It is intended to be neither definitive nor restrictive and is subject to periodic review with the employee concerned.

Terms and Conditions of Employment – Family Health Worker

Tenure: The post is offered as a 2 year contract.

Remuneration: The Salary for the post is: €60,000 pro rata, based on a 4-day working week.

Working Week: The standard working week is 28 hours. Normal work hours are 0900-1700. Lunch is from 1300-1400.

Annual Leave Annual Leave is 25 days rising to 27 days after 5 years of service

Probation: The probationary period for the role is 6 months

Protection of Persons Reporting Child Abuse Act 1998
This post is one of those designated in accordance with Section 2 of the Protection of Persons Reporting Child Abuse Act, 1998. You will remain a designated officer for the duration of your appointment in this post or for the duration of your appointment to such other post as is included in the categories specified in the Ministerial Direction. Such officers will, on receiving a report of child abuse, formally notify the Senior Social Worker in the community care area in which the child is living.


Blanchardstown / Finglas, Dublin

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