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According to an Authority spokesperson, every post within the Authority requires specific sanction from the Department, with the consent of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, before recruitment can commence.
Each post then has to be circulated across the public sector, seeking interest from candidates available for redeployment.
“This is the case for all posts, including those that become vacant that have already been through the process. By a ‘streamlined process’, we are exploring whether there is opportunity to speed-up any of these steps,” said the spokesperson.
Discussions with Hawkins House on this matter and on ensuring the workforce is aligned with delivering the Authority’s Business Plan are “ongoing”.
In January, HIQA obtained sanction from the Department to recruit for 12 positions that had previously been filled. Six such posts were sanctioned in November 2014.
Of these 18 posts, three have been filled, four have an agreed start date, seven were advertised last month and the remaining four will be advertised this month.
Presently, some 183 staff are working with HIQA. The Authority’s Corporate Plan 2013-2015 estimated that 229 staff would be required in-post at the end of 2015. Its spokesperson told MI this projection is “still in line with our requirements”.
He commented: “The Authority is currently undertaking an exercise to determine its medium- to long-term workforce requirements and will work with the Department of Health to ensure that additional resources are secured to enable it to deliver its business plan.”
HIQA has a broad range of functions across social care, disability and health.
Under Government plans, it will also monitor healthcare institutions as part of a licensing regimen.