Medical Consultants

Working in healthcare is a calling, a mission, a vocation. Right now, Ireland is calling you. If you are a senior medical practitioner (physician or surgeon), registered or entitled to be registered on the specialist register, you could be enjoying an interesting career, with a great quality of life, in a country that will always be grateful for your contribution.

With over 120,000 employees, the HSE is the largest employer in Ireland; and one of the most progressive. As an organisation, the HSE strives to foster a family-friendly work environment that enables all employees to embrace the organisation’s core values of Care, Compassion, Trust and Learning.

As a medical consultant in Ireland, you will retain a continuing overall responsibility for the care of the patient whilst discharging your responsibilities through a direct relationship with the patient, shared responsibility with other consultants and multidisciplinary teams who contribute to patient management and lifelong learning and active involvement in research.


Salary for 2023 Consultants Public Only Contract:

Clinician salaries for consultants appointed to the Public Only Consultants’ Contract 2023 will be on an incremental scale: €217,325 - €261,051 per annum pro rata on a six-point scale plus on call allowances

There will be vouched annual expenses of up to €12,000 for continuous medical education.

Up to €8,000 per annum will be made available for support for innovation projects.


30 days annual leave
10 public holidays
Continuous Medical Education leave


37 hours per week, plus on call

Further Information:

Attractive Public Service Pension

Permanent Contracts of Employment

Our Specialities

Recruitment Process

A great quality of life

There are many benefits to working in the Irish Health Service including:

    Various employee schemes attracting substantial leave entitlements including: maternity, paternity, parental and parents leave etc.
    Permanent contracts of employment
    Opportunities for continuing medical education and research
    Generous annual leave and public holiday entitlements (30 days annual leave and 10 public holidays)
    CME leave for all consultants
    Attractive public service pension
    Travel pass scheme and bike to work schemes with significant tax reliefs


Salary for 2023 Consultants Public Only Contract:

Clinician salaries for consultants appointed to the Public Only Consultants’ Contract 2023 will be on an incremental scale: €214,113 - €257,193 per annum pro rata on a six-point scale plus on call allowances

There will be vouched annual expenses of up to €12,000 for continuous medical education.

Up to €8,000 per annum will be made available for support for innovation projects.

Public Only Consultants’ will have:

  • A 37-hour net working week within the span of 8am to 10pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 6pm Saturday, plus on call
  • A highly flexible contract that enables Consultants opt for a variety of different work patterns including less than whole time; work sharing; compressed hours; flexible start and finish times will be available to the greatest extent possible
  • Support to participate in medical education training and research and enabling a greater focus on research and education in line with other jurisdictions,
  • Options to engage in off-site work, having met their commitment to their public contract

General Information

If you grew up in Ireland you may wish to consider returning home or you may be interested in coming to Ireland for the first time. There are many reasons to come work and live here. Ireland is a modern, diverse and multicultural European country with an enormous amount to offer, including an incredibly rich culture, lively people and beautiful land and seascapes.

Ireland welcomed 11 million tourists in 2019 who came to experience the scenic countryside and welcoming communities. Lonely Planet lists Ireland as one of the world’s friendliest countries and that sociable feeling is grounded at community level throughout the country.

Our villages, towns and cities are vibrant and diverse with great historic and cultural resources. Those who move to Ireland are rewarded with a work life balance, beautiful natural scenery to explore and easily accessible activities. Our music, theatre and literature are world renowned and form the fabric of our culture.

If you are thinking of living and working in Ireland for the first time there are many advantages to living and working in the country. This page will give assistance on where to get further information on services you may require.

If you are new to Ireland you will be pleased to know that the country is well linked internationally by both air and ferry networks. Most European cities have regular direct flights in and out of a number of well located airports which makes it a perfect launching pad for travelling. There is a nationwide bus network servicing all cities and most towns and villages. A mainline train service operates throughout Ireland. Information is available about public transport in Ireland on Citizen’s Information page.

Driving in Ireland

Full driving licences from all other EU member states (and some other countries) are recognised for use in Ireland. It may be possible to convert your driving licence to an Irish one. Please see for further details. If you want to bring your car to Ireland you need to know about importing a car and implications for Vehicle Registration Tax (VRT). Further information is available on


If you are moving to Ireland and are considering renting or buying a property, the following websites will provide lots of useful information and available properties.


If it is your first time to work in Ireland, you should apply for a Personal Public Service Number and make enquiries regarding the tax system and starting work. You can find information about employment rights and conditions in Ireland such as minimum pay, leave and hours of work in the employment category on For further information on PPS numbers, you can contact Department of Social Protection at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

You can also find lots of useful information on

Taxation and banking

You will also be entitled to certain income tax credits and reliefs. For example, tax relief is available for certain medical expenses. To find out more about taxes please contact your local Revenue office

When you are opening a bank account in Ireland, you have to provide proof of your identity and of your address in Ireland.

Health Services

If you are normally resident in Ireland, you are entitled to a range of health services that are either free of charge or subsidised by the Irish Government. You are considered to be normally resident if you are planning to live in Ireland for a year or more. GP Visit Cards for children under 6 years entitle your child to free GP (family doctor) visits. In addition to the public health system, people in Ireland can avail of a range of private health care services. You must pay the full costs of treatment if you opt for private health care. There are a number of private health insurance companies in Ireland.


If you are moving to Ireland with your family you can find information about education in Ireland on the Department of Education website Children are entitled to free education in publicly funded primary and second-level schools. There is a guide for parents to the Irish education system that you may find useful.

Discover our hospitals and communities

We operate our services with a patient and client-centric approach in hospitals and communities across the country through
its Divisions, Hospital Groups and Community Healthcare Organisations.

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Hospital Groups

There are seven hospital groups in the acute hospitals system, so patients can access appropriate treatment in the right setting, receive the best possible clinical outcomes and provide sustainability for hospital services into the future. This approach is intended to allow for appropriate integration and improve patient flow across the continuum of care whilst delivering safe patient care in a cost-effective manner. Each grouping includes a primary academic partner which will stimulate a culture of learning and openness to change within the hospital group.

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Community Groups

There are nine Community Healthcare Organisations (CHOs) within the Irish health system responsible for the delivery of primary and community-based services responsive to the needs of local communities. Each CHO focuses on the implementation of nationally agreed standardised models of care for each care group, bringing a local community focus to service delivery, and ensuring integrated services are provided to their primary care networks, serving average populations of 50,000. Community healthcare services focus on keeping people well so that they can continue to live at home or close to home through the CHO health promotion, disease screening, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation programmes.

Discover area specialities

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Public Health

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Recruitment Process

As, we manage the independent recruitment and selection process for permanent medical consultant roles on behalf of the HSE including Acute, Psychiatry and Academic posts, as set out under the Commission for Public Service Appointments (CPSA) Code of Practice.

Medical Practitioner Register

All candidates must be registered as a Specialist in the relevant specialty on the Specialist Division of the Register of Medical Practitioners maintained by the Medical Council of Ireland before taking up appointment. For more information please visit the Medical Council of Ireland.

Competency Framework

For medical consultant roles there are two competency frameworks in existence, please refer to individual information booklets for specific competency information.


Stage 1:
Register on

Stage 2:
Submit Application

Stage 3:
Shortlisting (if applicable)

Stage 4:

Stage 5:
Pre-Employment and Clearance

Before you get started

Ensure you are registered with to receive alerts when opportunities become available. This is also an important step to allow you to apply for available roles. All available opportunities are listed in the dedicated Medical Consultant Job Search Section.

Medical Practitioner Register

All candidates must be registered as a Specialist in the relevant specialty on the Specialist Division of the Register of Medical Practitioners maintained by the Medical Council of Ireland before taking up appointment. The candidate will be allowed a max of 180 calendar days from date of interview to secure this registration and produce evidence of special interest training where relevant. For more information please visit the Medical Council of Ireland.

How to Apply

Candidates apply on-line and must also submit a detailed CV and Cover letter.

Click on the button ‘Apply now’ to access the application. Please ensure that you save your form at regular intervals using the “Save” button at the bottom of the page. If you are inactive on this page for 30 minutes, the page will time out and your information may be lost.

All sections of this application form must be completed in full. You may save the form as a draft and come back to it later; however, please note that you must submit the form and upload a detailed CV and cover letter in order to be considered for this competition as draft applications will not progress to the next stage.

Once you have submitted your application and uploaded your detailed CV and cover letter you should return to your publicjobs account and confirm that it has been successfully submitted via ‘My Applications’. You should review your submitted application and ensure that it is fully completed and correct.

In the event that we receive a large number of applications and while you may meet the eligibility requirements of the competition, the Public Appointments Service may decide to employ shortlisting to reduce the numbers being invited to interview. An expert board will examine the application forms against pre-determined criteria based on the requirements of the position. This is not to suggest that other candidates are necessarily unsuitable or incapable of undertaking the job, rather that there are some candidates who, based on their application, appear to be better qualified and/or have more relevant experience. It is therefore in your own interest to provide a detailed and accurate account of your qualifications and experience on the application form.

If you are invited to interview, we’ll send you familiarisation material to help you prepare.

The Interview will be underpinned by the competencies required for effective performance in the role and may also explore how your achievements have prepared you for the role.

You may also be required to deliver a presentation to the selection board as part of the interview process.

The interviewers are looking for a high level of skills, qualities, and competencies necessary to perform effectively in the advertised role.

The Interview Board may draw from any aspect of your experience that demonstrates the skills and competencies required. The interview will also explore your ability to meet the challenges of the role.

Interview Boards are tasked with determining the very strongest candidates; those who best demonstrate the ability to perform in the role. You should therefore anticipate a challenging interview.

You must meet the qualifying standard in each of the areas assessed at interview and please note that qualifying at interview and placement on a panel is no guarantee that you will be offered a position.

These include:

IMC Registration:

See eligibility section above

Garda vetting:

You will be asked to complete and return a Garda Vetting form should you come under consideration for appointment. This form will be forwarded to An Garda Síochána for security checks on all Irish and Northern Irish addresses at which you resided. For more details on the Garda Vetting process please visit

International Police Clearance:

If you have lived and/or studied in countries outside of Ireland for a period of 6 months or more in the last 10 years, you must supply a Police Criminal Records Check/ Police Certificate from those countries. You will need to provide a separate Police Criminal Records Check/ Police Certificate for each country. The following websites may help you do this:

For other countries not listed above, you may find it helpful to contact the relevant embassies who could provide information on seeking Police Clearance.

Medical Assessment:

If you are successful, you will be asked to have a Medical Examination by a doctor nominated by the Public Appointments Service as part of the clearance process.

Before attending for medical examination, the following web link should be accessed You must also

1. Complete the online Health Questionnaire (Please note that some networks in Hospitals block the submission of this form due to their particular firewall security, we would advise that you use your home computer).

2. Download and print a copy of the Doctor’s Medical Examination report.

You will be required to bring a copy of the Doctor’s Medical Examination Report to the medical examination. The doctor carrying out the medical examination must complete this report and return it to the Office of the Chief Medical Officer, Floor 5, 90 North King Street, Smithfield Dublin 7. You must pay the doctor directly for the cost of the medical examination.

You should bring a small bottle containing a fresh urine sample to the medical examination. If you wear glasses or contact lenses you should also bring them with you.

Exposure Prone Procedure Posts:

Pre-employment medical screening of health care workers, who perform Exposure Prone Procedures (EPP’s) as part of their work, is carried out in accordance with Department of Health Guidance 2005. This guidance is contained in the Department of Health’s Document ‘Prevention of Blood Borne Diseases in the Health-Care Setting’. This document can be obtained at or by contacting the Department of Health (00353-1-6354000).

All new entrants or re-entrants to posts in the Irish Health System and whose work may involve exposure prone procedures must attend for this testing.

It is a requirement from the Department of Health that this testing is done in an Irish or UK occupational health department. You will therefore be required to attend either the Civil Service Occupational Health Department in Dublin or alternatively a designated occupational health department of a public training hospital if you are based outside of the greater Dublin area or in the UK.

Employer References:

On the application form you are requested to submit the names and contact details for 3 referees from members of the profession who directly supervised you. The referees should be able to provide relatively recent information on your performance and behaviour in a work context. Please be assured that we will only contact referees should you be invited to interview stage. These references will also be used for clearance purposes. Please note, should you be successful at interview you will also be requested to provide contact details for your current employer and Clinical Director.

Previous Employer Reports:

Previous Employer Reports are required by the HSE to cover a minimum of the last five year period of employment. We may need your help securing these in any cases where confirmation is not forthcoming or is delayed.


Candidates may be requested to submit a copy of primary degree and CSCST qualification.