Depaul: Registered General / Psychiatric Nurse


Depaul believes that everyone should have a place to call home and a stake in their community. Our aim is to work with those who are socially excluded and marginalised by providing a quality led service in order to produce the best possible outcomes for those accessing our services. We strive to empower our service users to make choices and decisions about the way they live their lives. We work in partnership with central and local government, housing associations and other non-governmental organisations.

Depaul is an equal opportunities employer, we offer a standard 35 hour working week, generous leave entitlements and a pension scheme. We support all staff with regular supervision and core training.

Depaul wishes to recruit to the following role:

Registered General / Psychiatric Nurse

All Dublin Services
12 month Fixed Term Contract; Subject to Funding
Full time – 35 hours, Mon-Fri 9-5 (w/ some flexibility req.)
Salary €39,378.24
per annum

1. Role

Depaul is a values-led organisation working with a number of services throughout Dublin. The post holder will provide in reach health and nursing support to service users in homeless and shielding accommodation and will advise staff and service users on general health related issues and Covid-19 guidance.

2. Key Areas of Responsibility

  • As part of the Inreach Health Support Team, the post-holder will maintain and deliver a high standard of nursing care providing skilled nursing assessment and intervention for residents across various services.
  • To practice and undertake all necessary nursing assessment, intervention and documentation in accordance with NMBI Scope of Nursing and Midwifery Practice Framework and Standards of practice.
  • To provide safe, compressive nursing care to a caseload of individuals across multiple settings including emergency homeless services, shielding units and other residential settings
  • Develop clinical expertise through nursing practice around issues related to the health and wellbeing of service users living in homeless services and shielding units. This role includes assessment, monitoring, intervention and referral to appropriate pathways for the management of chronic and acute illnesses for people with complex physical health, mental health and addiction needs.
  • To maintain a high standard of professional and ethical responsibility while working within the scope of nursing practice as specified by NMBI, organisational clinical governance, job description and policies and procedures specific to the role and needs of the setting.
  • To advise staff on clinical issues relating to residents and support the implementation of symptom monitoring, testing and isolation pathways to reduce transmission of Covid 19 in homeless services and shielding units.
  • To support service users and accommodation providers to implement and maintain Covid-19 guidance within their services.
  • To establish care priorities in line with appropriate nursing and medical standards/guidelines.
  • Maintain a high standard of care and continuity with individuals in relation to their health and wellbeing and refer to appropriate services as necessary.
  • To advocate, coordinate and liaise with health and social care providers e.g. Community GPs, Primary care teams, Homeless Health services (GMQ, Depaul Health Initiative, ALDP, Safetynet), mental health services, secondary/tertiary health care facilities, addiction services, harm reduction services, peer advocacy services (this list is not exhaustive)
  • To establish and maintain effective working networks with other partner agencies working within the health, homelessness and addiction sector.
  • To actively participate development and implementation of best practice in line with Clinical Governance with regards to homeless health service delivery.
  • To collaborate, develop and document appropriate care in conjunction with Health Support Team members and partner agencies. To support the ongoing care and case management provided both partner agencies and accommodation providers.
  • Assisting and supporting service users to attend medical appointments and liaise with other medical services
  • To maintain open communication with staff using localized communications protocols (Handovers, clinical documentation and IT systems)
  • To observe Health & Safety Procedures in particular regular review of activity risk assessments and maintain a safe working environment for staff and service users.
  • To observe clear professional boundaries in relations with the service users we work with.
  • To undertake and maintain all core training as provided by the organisation commensurate with the role.
  • To support Medication Management procedures within non-clinical settings where necessary and provide clinical support and oversight to service managers for the implementation of these policies and procedures.
  • To support case management and resettlement plans for individuals within PEA and shielding units.
  • To respect service users right to confidentiality in our relationship with them as per the Organizational Confidentiality Policy and Code of Practice.
  • To undertake your role in a professional manner maintaining a high quality standard of work, and work in accordance with the aims, values, and ethos of the organization.
  • To undertake any additional duties that may be required which are commensurate of the role in consultation with your line manager.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • To keep and maintain accurate and up to date medical records in relation to nursing care, care planning and other interventions
  • To attend and participate in weekly team meetings, training, webinars/conference calls, supervision and other activities as directed by the organization or HSE Homeless Covid Lead.
  • To participate in data collection, reporting, and research initiatives as directed

Clinical Responsibilities

  • Basic Nursing assessment, intervention ad care-planning ie. wound care, observations, care planning, pharmacy and prescription management, medication management
  • Health Promotion and Screening interventions: seasonal flu vaccination, Blood borne virus/STI testing, National Screening services, Naloxone and overdose awareness, Community Hepatitis C Treatment programmes
  • Participation in Covid-19 contact tracing, testing and sweeping of residential facilitates as directed by public health and HSE Covid Response team protocols and procedures.
  • To support remote symptom monitoring of Covid-19 as directed by HSE Homeless Covid Lead and other clinical services.
  • To support appropriate assessment, transfer and hospital discharge info shielding units and implement appropriate care plans to support resettlement.
  • To promote, support and monitor crisis alcohol and benzo detox, drug stabilisation, and provide appropriate referral for residential treatment options in conjunction with dual diagnosis worker and GPs.

The above list is not exhaustive; additional areas of responsibility may be added over time and flexibility to cover for other staff roles is required from time to time.

3. Person Requirements


  • To establish and maintain effective working networks with other partner agencies working within the health, homelessness and addiction sector.
  • Experience post registration working in the community, primary care or residential setting desirable but not essential.
  • Have active registration with NMBI
  • Have a good standard of education.
  • Have an understanding of harm reduction and low threshold working and working within these values as part of a multidisciplinary and multiagency team
  • Understand complex health and social factors related homelessness and addiction supports can be offered in services to service users with complex needs
  • Understanding of risk management principles.
  • Capable of responding calmly in a crisis and use your own initiative to deal with incidents as they arise
  • Be able to work as part of a team understanding the importance of team communication
  • Have an understanding of Health and Safety and the health and safety requirements within a residential setting working with homeless people.
  • Have a knowledge and understanding of the vision, mission and values of the organization.

Proficient use of IT required in role, including email in a professional capacity.

Online Application Procedure:

Please apply through our online application process which can be found on our website

For more information or questions, please contact Human Resources:
Tel: 00 353 1 453 7111 or e-mail

General Info

Date Entered/Updated
30th Nov, 2021
Expiry Date
31st Jan, 2022