Recognition of non-Irish Podiatry professional qualifications
Persons holding qualifications gained outside the Republic of Ireland (including those gained in Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom) must have such qualifications recognised under Directive 2005/36/EC before they can be recruited into the Irish publicly-funded health sector.
The Minister for Health is the Competent Authority for the assessment of Podiatry qualifications and is advised by the Health Service Executive. The process is administered by the National Validation Office of the Health Service Executive to which all queries should be addressed.
You should be aware that the recognition process can take a minimum of 5 months so it is important that you apply for recognition long before you apply for positions. You cannot apply until you have completed your training and can submit the appropriate documentation.
Directive 2005/36/EC applies to all EEA & Swiss nationals wishing to practise a regulated profession in an EEA Member State or Switzerland other than that in which they obtained their professional qualifications, on either a self-employed or employed basis. Its intention is to make it easier for certain professionals to practise their professions in European countries other than their own but due safeguards are provided in the assessment of the qualification for public health and safety and consumer protection.
The Directive provides for an assessment on a case-by-case basis of the qualifications/ post qualification work experience of an applicant against those required to practise in the host member state if the professional activities covered are comparable. If the activities are comparable but deficits in the qualifications are identified, subsequent post-qualification professional experience of the applicant must be considered. If deficits still remain, the host Member State must offer an applicant a compensation measure, a choice of completing an adaptation period or taking an aptitude test. An administrative process is also in place for the assessment of the qualifications of non-EEA nationals.
If granted recognition, an applicant has a statement that the professional qualification they possess is equivalent to the Irish entry-level qualification and that the applicant is eligible for consideration for employment in the Irish publicly-funded health sector. Suitability for a particular post including inter alia qualification, fitness to practice, language proficiency and Gárda vetting, if appropriate, is a matter for the individual employer. This statement is not time-limited. It is a valuable document and should be retained in a safe place.
It is the responsibility of successful applicants to ensure compliance with any future requirement in relation to statutory registration. The Health and Social Care Professionals Council has been established to provide for statutory of many categories of health and social care professions. It is anticipated that registration for such professionals will become a requirement over the coming years. You are advised to keep up to date with developments by checking its website www.coru.ie from time to time.
Further information on the recognition process is available at http://www.hse.ie/eng/staff/jobs/Jobs_in_the_HSE/ or at http://www.dohc.ie/public/foreignqualification/foreign_validation.html. Subsequent queries and requests for an application form should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.