Appointments to the National Screening Committee - Ireland

A recommendation contained within the ‘Scally Report into the CervicalCheck Screening Programme (September 2018)’ was that a National Screening Committee should be constituted to advise the Department of Health and the Minister on all new proposals for screening and revisions to current programmes. 

It is against that context that the Department is now requesting expressions of interest for appointment to the National Screening Committee – Ireland.

Role of the NSC - Ireland

The Committee will be an independent Committee responsible for considering population-based screening programmes in Ireland. In accordance with best practice and in order to ensure appropriate use of finite resources, the NSC - Ireland will: 

Effectively implement an agreed methodology for accepting applications to consider new or revisions to existing population screening programmes; 

Agree and implement a prioritisation process for the consideration of new or revised population screening programmes; 

Develop and implement a robust and transparent system to evaluate potential population-based screening programmes against a set of internationally recognised criteria; 

Clearly communicate the recommendations and the reasoning to the Department of Health, stakeholders and the public on the outcomes of their deliberations

Essential skills and criteria 

To be considered, you must be able to demonstrate that you have the following qualities, skills and experience. 

A successful and recognised career track record in any of the ranges of expertise listed in Appendix 1 Expert Roles in the Information Booklet
Ability to contribute to the Committee’s analysis of complex information and data, identification of key issues and development of evidence-based solutions to complex problems.
Ability to contribute to the Committee’s evaluation of potentially conflicting information and opinions and ultimately producing timely, objective and informed decisions in a transparent manner.
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
An understanding of and commitment to the principles of providing independent advice to Government, and to the principles of public life, and an ability to demonstrate impartiality and objectivity.
Awareness of the population screening programmes currently offered in Ireland.

Particular attention is drawn to the requirement to declare any private interests which may, or may be perceived to, conflict with the role and responsibilities as a member of the NSC - Ireland, including any business interests and positions outside of the role as a Committee member.

Applicants should submit a supporting letter, brief statement and CV as one document to with NSC-Ireland in the email subject line.

Please refer to the information booklet for details of the application process.

Closing date:3pm on Friday 30th August 2019

19171402_Information booklet Final NSC Ireland.pdf