MHCEX01 - Assistant Inspector Campaign - Osborne
Job Summary
  • Project
  • 16th May 2024
  • -
  • Ref ID: #41286

Job Description

  • Location: Dublin 4, Dublin
  • Type: Project
  • Job #41286

Assistant Inspector – Permanent – Mental Health Commission

Osborne are delighted to be partnering with the Mental Health Commission in the recruitment of an Assistant Inspector for a full time, permanent position. For details of this position and information on how to apply please see details below:

How to apply:
To apply for this role candidates must submit the relevant, signed and completed application form to [email protected]

You can find the information booklet and application form at

**CV’s will not be accepted as an application**

The Organisation

The MHC is an independent statutory body established in April 2002 under the provisions of the Mental Health Act 2001 (“the 2001 Act”). The principal functions of the MHC, as specified in the 2001 Act, are to promote, encourage and foster the establishment and maintenance of high standards and good practices in the delivery of mental health services and to take all reasonable steps to protect the interests of persons detained in approved centres. The MHC is also empowered to undertake such activities, as it deems appropriate to foster and promote these standards and practices.

The Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act 2015 (“the 2015 Act”) provides for the establishment of the Decision Support Service (“the DSS”) within the MHC to support decision-making by and for adults with capacity difficulties and to regulate individuals who are providing support to people with capacity difficulties. The 2015 Act reforms Ireland’s capacity legislation which has been in place since the 19th century. It establishes a modern statutory framework to support decision-making by adults who have difficulty in making decisions without help.

The Role
The Assistant Inspector of Mental Health Services assists with fulfilling the statutory duties as set out in Sections 51 – 54 of the Mental Health Act 2001. The Assistant Inspector supports the Commission in the achievement of the Commission’s statutory mandate.

The Assistant Inspector will receive training in inspection of mental health services, mentoring from senior colleagues within the Office of the Inspector of Mental Health Services, access to mental health service expertise within the Commission, as well as guidance from the Inspector of Mental Health Services, the Director of Standards and Quality Assurance and the Chief Executive.

They will be expected to conduct impartial, independent and thorough inspections, identify salient issues and reach a fair conclusion. An Assistant Inspector must have the ability to organise and schedule work in a timely and resource efficient manner, prioritise tasks and anticipate obstacles to task completion.

Key Responsibilities
Under the overall direction of the Inspector of Mental Health Services, the Assistant Inspector’s key responsibilities include:

  • Visiting and inspecting approved centres
  • Visiting and inspecting other premises where mental health services are being provided
  • Report preparation
  • Assisting the Commission in fulfilling its statutory mandate to promote quality mental health services
  • Assist the Inspector in carrying out an inquiry as specified in the Mental Health Act 2001
  • Working with the Executive in relation to the development of quality mental health services

The Assistant Inspector of Mental Health Services performs their functions and duties in compliance with the requirements of the Act, Regulations, Rules and Codes of Practice. The Assistant Inspector shall also perform such other functions and duties as the Commission, acting through its Chief Executive, may assign to them from time to time in connection with the functions of the Commission, it being agreed that the Assistant Inspector shall not be required to undertake such functions or duties that they cannot reasonably be expected to perform or which are not commensurate with the position of Assistant Inspector.

Essential Requirements

The ideal candidate must possess, by the closing date, the following:

  • Educated to Honours Bachelor degree level (NFQ Level 8 on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications) in a mental health, health, social care or related discipline.
  • Minimum 1 years’ experience in a similar role within the health or social care sector / working within a regulatory environment.
  • Demonstrable experience in one or more of the following:
    • Undertaking investigations
    • Gathering evidence
    • Service evaluations
    • Knowledge of evaluation tools
  • Proven track record of completing reports and documentation within appropriate timeframes.
  • Experience working with young people or adults with mental health issues.
  • Computer proficiency in the use of Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel etc.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of the relevant legislative and administrative framework, the regulatory environment and the national standards for mental health services.
  • A full current driving license with access to a private motor vehicle and be able to lawfully drive same to ensure the proper performance of their duties on appointment. (This criterion will be waived in the case of an applicant whose disability prohibits driving but who is able to organise suitable alternative arrangements). Candidates are advised to note that there is a significant travel commitment associated with this role including stays away from base.?
  • The requisite competencies to carry out the role as outlined in the candidate booklet.

Please find the information booklet pertaining to the position and a link to the relevant application form at

Closing Date
Assistant Inspector Deadline for application: Please note latest receipt for applications is strictly on or before 9 June, 2024. Incomplete applications, postal applications or CV’s will not be accepted. Any applications received after the closing date and time will not be considered.
An acknowledgement email will be issued for all applications received. If you do not receive acknowledgement of your application within two working days of submission, please contact Osborne Recruitment at [email protected] to ensure your application has been received.



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    Job Summary
    • Dublin
    • Permanent
    • Nov 17, 2022
    • Competitive
    • Ref ID: 123456