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The matter was discussed at an NTPF board meeting in September and final sign-off for the post, which also involves discussions with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER) over the salary, is expected to be received shortly.
The process of recruitment will be carried out through open competition and is likely to take place next year.
According to minutes of the meeting, seen by MI, the board also discussed the related issue of the secondment of interim NTPF CEO Mr Jim O’Sullivan from the HSE.
Mr O’Sullivan does not occupy the role of interim NTPF CEO on a full-time basis and still has responsibilities in his position as Programme Director for the HSE Director General.
A proposal has been made for Mr O’Sullivan to take the role on a full-time basis until December 2017 and that the NTPF would communicate on the matter with the HSE.
It was agreed Mr John Horan, the Chairman, would also revert to the Department of Health regarding the salary scale that the board considers appropriate to attach to the post for the recruitment process, which also needs ultimate approval from the DPER.
The move to create a full-time CEO role reflects the increased responsibilities of the NTPF regarding waiting list outsourcing announced by the Government earlier this year.
The September meeting also discussed how Mr O’Sullivan and the NTPF’s Director of Finance Mr David Allen were due to meet with the Department of Health to establish “the foundations” in relation to preparing for funding aimed at reducing waiting lists.
“The future role and expansion of the NTPF was discussed in relation to the potential of influencing policy and involvement in healthcare delivery system decision-making,” according to the minutes.