The Assistant Person in Charge (APIC) is responsible to direct and coordinate the management of the nursing home, establish and maintain a standard of residential care and activities in accordance with the best national and international practices and within available resources. Support and assist the PIC in coordinating the management of all staff ensuring to establish and maintain the standard as set out by NH and Statutory Regulations. Establish and maintain relationships with residents that are based on respect and equality.
Key Competencies – Attributes
- Professional Competency
- Organisational and Time Management
- Interpersonal Skills
- Change Processes
- Problem Solving & Decision Making
- Customer Service
- Business Acumen Commercial
- Coaching & Mentoring
- HR Management
Duties & Responsibilities includes: (but not limited to)
- In the absence of the Person in Charge; undertake the role and responsibilities of the PIC in line with the Health Act 2007, related regulations and HIQA National Quality Standards.
- Support and assist the PIC in overseeing the organisation, management and operations of all aspects of the Nursing Home in coordination with the registered provider.
- Provide leadership and clinical supervision to staff thus improving standards and maintaining a high morale amongst the team.
- Establish and maintain through high standards of professional conduct and practice, a caring environment which is person centred and is conducive to the physical, emotional, social and spiritual individual needs of the residents.
- Establish and maintain relationships with residents that are based on respect and equality.
- Contribute to the safeguarding of residents, taking steps to protect residents from any form of abuse or neglect and use the appropriate reporting mechanisms to inform the relevant parties of any concerns.
- Promote through high standards of professional practice, a caring environment which is conducive to the physical, emotional, social and spiritual individual needs of the residents.
- Deliver a high standard of care ensuring all practices reflect the privacy, dignity and respect of our residents and instilling the basic values that contribute to an excellent quality of life.
- Provide leadership and clinical supervision to all staff thus improving standards and maintaining a high morale amongst the team.
- Promote, encourage and practice the ethos of person-centred care.
- Fully responsible for overseeing the organisation, management and operations of all aspects of the Nursing Home ensuring adequate staffing levels to maintain the highest standards of care delivery and smooth running of the Nursing Home.
- Act as a resource to nursing staff in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating nursing care.
- Keep abreast of changing policies, practices and innovations within nursing care, and contribute to, and be supportive of, on-going professional and service developments in the Nursing Home.
- Create a good learning environment by supporting and encouraging open discussions sharing knowledge.
- Be knowledgeable about the scope of practice, potential for skill mix and the clinical expertise of the Health Care Assistants and provide support to them in their role.
- Must be available to work day, night and weekend shifts when required.
Education and Qualifications
- Third Level Degree in Nursing.
- Registered with An Bord Altranais and hold an active PIN.
- Current and valid Infection Control, Manual and Resident
Moving & Handling, Medication Management, Dementia,
CPR, Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults Certificates
(training can be provided if required).
- Post-registration qualification in healthcare management or
equivalent is essential. In the absence of such a qualification,
the appointee will be required to undertake such training.
- Post-registration qualification in Gerontology or Dementia
Care is desirable.
Skills & Experience
- Minimum 6 years’ post-registration nursing experience.
- Minimum 2 years’ work experience in a Nursing Home environment.
- Minimum 1 year work experience in a management capacity is desirable.
- Experience in leading, motivating and supporting an effective and efficient team.
- Proven clinical competence and passionate about delivering outstanding care to older people.