In light of yesterday’s deal (Wednesday April 15th) between unions and the Health Service Executive we’ve decided to put together a FAQ section to answer your most common questions.

This historic deal  will allow nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and other healthcare staff to be redeployed in the fight against Covid19 in private nursing homes. 

We’ve also included some answers to other common questions and queries regarding levels of experience, qualifications and hands on experience.

Please read below to find out more or contact us on 01-6384400 or get in touch through our dedicated Osborne Healthcare page on Facebook.


Q. I have a nursing degree from another country can I apply to work as a nurse? 

  • In order to work as a nurse in Ireland you need an active pin number and have passed both your English and RCSI exam. You can, however, work as a Healthcare Assistant which are in high demand right now.

Q. I have a qualification in social care, occupational therapy, psychology, early childhood education or an alternative healthcare qualification – can I work as a Healthcare Assistant?

  • Under the new deal agreed Wednesday April 15th   between unions and the HSE it is possible for public healthcare workers to be redeployed to help in the fight against Covid19. If you work in the private sector (physiotherapists/occupational therapist/early childhood education etc) it also may be possible for you to work as a Healthcare Assitant.
  • Contact our team on 01-6384400 or message us via our dedicated Osborne Healthcare Facebook Page.

Q. Where can I find the latest Healthcare roles? 

  • Osborne have a dedicated Covid19 Essential Services page with all the latest roles available nationwide. Here you will find live and active job roles for Nurses, Doctors, ADONS, CNMS, Healthcare Assistants, Registrars, Clinical Nurse Managers, Social Care Workers.
  • You will also find details on other Essential Service roles in Retail, Logistics, Distribution, Manufacturing and Administration 

Q. I’ve been temporarily laid off due to Covid19 so I’m not looking for a permanent role but would like to work on a temporary basis– can I still apply? 

Q. What level of qualifications do I need to become a Healthcare Assistant?

  • The maximum requirement is QQI Level 5 Major Award ( 8 -10 modules), however the two most important modules are:
  • Care Skills
  • Care of the Older Person

Q. I really want to help and become a Healthcare Assistant but I don’t have any qualifications is there anything I can do? 

  • There are a number of online courses available. One that comes recommended is Chevron Training and the website can be found at

Q. I have previous hands on experience in 1:1 homecare either caring for a family member, neighbour or friend, can I apply to become a Healthcare Assistant? 

  • The scope for Healthcare Assistants is widening due to the unprecedented demand.  If you do have hands on experience please talk to our Expert Healthcare Recruiters who are working closely with private and public nursing homes and can discuss the requirements with you.

Q. I don’t have Garda Vetting – can you help? 

  • Yes, Osborne can process Garda Vetting for you.

If you have any more questions regarding any of our live Healthcare roles please contact us on 01-6384400, email or message us directly on our Osborne Healthcare Facebook Page.