Strategic Clinical Nurse Expert – Specialising in Regulatory Compliance

Strategic Clinical Nurse Expert – Specialising in Regulatory Compliance

Reporting to: Chief Executive Officer – Nursing Homes Ireland

Salary: Competitive, depending on experience.


Nursing Homes Ireland is the national representative body for the private and voluntary nursing home sector. The private and voluntary sector, through its 440 homes is providing care and a “home from home” for 25,000 residents which accounts for 80% of all long-term care beds in the country.

We are looking for a dynamic experienced nurse who has in- depth knowledge of regulatory compliance to play a strategic role within the organisation with the ability to take decisions and work as part of a multi-functional team. To have the ability to deliver excellence combined in regulatory and nursing knowledge and expertise to NHI Members.

This is an excellent opportunity for you to be an ambassador for the Private Nursing Homes and help shape and influence its future and reputation as a sector that delivers high quality care by a skilled and informed workforce.

This role will have responsibility for advising and delivering on the organisation’s strategy on all regulatory and nursing matters and representing the sector through proactive engagement with regulatory bodies and the myriad of stakeholders in this highly regulated sector.

This senior position will involve handling multiple priorities with significant emphasis on supporting the membership with all regulatory matters, through the committee structure, direct member contact and through the services offered by NHI.

The role of the Strategic Clinical Nurse Expert is a great opportunity for a proactive, self-driven professional to work closely with the members, staff, and CEO in a dynamic membership-based organisation in a fast-paced environment.


Key Responsibilities:


  • Identify strategic sector wide regulatory issues that will require NHI intervention including representative, lobbying, and legal approaches.
  • Conduct research and analysis and make recommendations on NHI’s regulatory strategy.
  • Act as the Executive Lead for the National Nursing Committee and the Regulatory Affairs Committee.
  • Maintain a deep understanding, through in-depth review and evaluation of new and existing regulations and legislation that may impact members.
  • Represent NHI as appropriate at regional/national level and at other external fora as appropriate.
  • Preparation of discussion documents, submissions, and policy/ position papers on all regulatory matters.
  • Report and advise on regulatory and nursing issues to the Board of Directors and members as appropriate.
  • Proactively engage with all regulatory bodies and ensure consistent application of all regulations across the sector.
  • Review standards, guidance, legal, and technical documentation.
  • Analysis and reporting of published data in relation to the regulatory environment of the nursing home sector (including inspection reports).
  • Aid and guide members dealing with regulatory bodies.

Member Support & Guidance

  • Act as the primary liaison with members on all regulatory and nursing queries, advising our members on all aspects of providing care in a highly regulated environment.
  • Ensure members have access to up to date regulatory information.
  • Recommend courses of remediation to help members achieve the necessary levels of compliance.
  • Provide regular updates on regulatory and nursing matters to members through bulletins, information sheets, guidance, and communications on regulatory and nursing matters.
  • Identification of training and development programmes for members.


  • Be on the Register of Nurses maintained by Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI).
  • Have post registration experience in Care of the Older Person and working the Nursing Home Sector or in a heavy regulated environment (HIQA).
  • Must hold a level 8 post-registration National Qualifications Authority of Ireland major academic award in a relevant to the specialist area e.g. Post Graduate Diploma in Healthcare Management or Gerontological Nursing.
  • In depth knowledge of the nursing home legislative and standards environment.
  • Be able to demonstrate proven leadership, accountability, and budgetary experience.
  • Proven experience and expertise in a research field combined with strong analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Ability to provide thought leadership on strategic issues and propose strategic response.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, research, presentation and reporting writing skills with the ability to influence and persuade a wide variety of stakeholders.
  • Experience working on multi-disciplinary teams and supporting numerous stakeholders.
  • Have a very strong client/customer focused background.

The role will occasionally require travel to meet with NHI members regionally and nationally. Additionally, there will be an occasional requirement to attend meetings in the evenings. Full driving licence and own transport required.

If you are interested in applying for this role please submit your CV and a cover letter to [email protected] by close of business 7th August 2020.

NHI is an equal opportunity employer. Individuals are selected based on their abilities and merits to perform the tasks required. Our policy is to be fair and consistent in all aspects of our business.

All applications received will be dealt with confidentially and subject to the company recruitment and selection processes.