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A world class hospital and medical school

Welcome to St. Vincent’s University Hospital (SVUH), a pinnacle of healthcare excellence and a world class institution. Accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI), SVUH stands as a beacon of health promotion and innovation, with 600 beds across over 50 specialised fields. As one of Ireland’s largest teaching hospitals, our close alignment with the University College Dublin (UCD) ensures a seamless integration of education and practice, offering unparalleled opportunities for aspiring medical professionals. SVUH is a national centre for liver transplantation and pancreatic disease and also has the largest cystic fibrosis service in Ireland.

Fostering the doctors of tomorrow – students on campus

For academically outstanding students with a passion for transformative healthcare, SVUH offers a gateway to a fulfilling career as a physician. Our educational programmes, developed in collaboration with UCD, are nothing short of groundbreaking, characterised by innovation, student-centricity, and continual best practice refinement. As a student at SVUH, you’ll be immersed in a dynamic learning environment, where you’ll encounter a modern, integrated curriculum amidst the vibrant pulse of  a busy acute clinical campus.  Being a student at St. Vincent’s University Hospital is demanding, rewarding and offers students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience and exposure to the full spectrum of medical practice at one of Ireland’s busiest hospitals, which boasts excellent student-friendly facilities.

Unlocking global opportunities for student growth and career progression

At St. Vincent’s University Hospital (SVUH), we understand the importance of fostering a well-rounded medical education that extends beyond the confines of traditional classroom settings. Our students are privileged to access a wide array of esteemed international research and clinical elective opportunities, enriching their learning experiences and broadening their horizons. We firmly believe that active participation in medical research is integral to the educational journey, instilling in students a passion for investigative medical science and nurturing their potential as future leaders in healthcare. Each year, numerous undergraduate students from University College Dublin (UCD) embark on eight-week supervised projects spanning laboratory, clinical, and patient advocacy realms, equipping them with invaluable skills and insights. This commitment aligns seamlessly with UCD medical school’s vision to produce not only exceptional healthcare practitioners but also lifelong learners and world-class medical researchers.

Empowering next-generation healthcare professionals

At SVUH, our commitment to excellence extends to the development and support of Non-Consultant Hospital Doctors (NCHDs) who play pivotal roles in our healthcare ecosystem. Whether they are interns, Senior Health Officials (SHOs), Registrars, or Specialist Registrars (SpRs), NCHDs form an indispensable part of our dynamic team, contributing their expertise and passion to the delivery of exemplary patient care. Joining SVUH as an NCHD offers unparalleled opportunities for professional growth and advancement, alongside access to a wealth of resources and support tailored to individual career aspirations.

Charting your path to excellence through postgraduate training

At St. Vincent’s University Hospital (SVUH), we recognise the pivotal role that postgraduate training plays in shaping the careers of junior doctors who have successfully completed their internship. Our meticulously designed programmes offer a clear and structured pathway towards achieving specialist registration, empowering doctors to pursue their professional aspirations with confidence and purpose.

In Ireland, the ideal career trajectory for a doctor begins from the moment they enter medical school, leading to eventual certification as a specialist in their chosen field, whether it be general practice, orthopedic surgery, gastroenterology, pathology, obstetrics, public health, or beyond. Upon completion of the intern year, trainees have two distinct routes to choose from, each tailored to their desired specialty:

Route 1: Basic Specialty Training Programmes and Higher Specialist Training
1. Step 1: Medical school
2. Step 2: Intern year
3. Step 3: Basic specialty training
4. Step 4: Higher specialty training

Route 2: Streamlined Training
1. Step 1: Medical school
2. Step 2: Intern year
3. Step 3: Streamlined training

At SVUH, NCHDs embarking on their postgraduate training journey are fully supported in their endeavours. We provide ample opportunities for professional development, including access to postgraduate examinations with appropriate study leave and a robust in-house educational programme. From informative intern lunchtime talks to engaging tutorials and medical grand rounds, our comprehensive offerings ensure that doctors receive the necessary guidance and mentorship to thrive in their chosen fields.

Many doctors who join SVUH in clinical posts find themselves inspired to further their academic pursuits, often opting to pursue advanced degrees such as an MD or PhD under the expert supervision of consultants within the hospital. At SVUH, we are committed to nurturing the next generation of medical leaders, empowering them to make significant contributions to patient care and medical research, both locally and globally. Join us on this transformative journey towards excellence in healthcare.

Igniting innovation at the Education and Research Centre (ERC)

In the early 1990s, St. Vincent’s University Hospital (SVUH) unveiled the Education and Research Centre (ERC) as a cornerstone of its commitment to advancing medical knowledge and enhancing patient care. Designed to serve as a hub of innovation, the ERC’s state-of-the-art laboratory and clinical research facilities are strategically aligned with the needs of primary clinical workers, augmenting their efforts in diagnosis and treatment across a spectrum of diseases.

Collaboration lies at the heart of the ERC’s mission, with close ties to biomedical research initiatives at the Conway Institute, University College Dublin (UCD). Through interdisciplinary partnerships and shared expertise, the ERC fosters a dynamic environment where groundbreaking discoveries are made, and transformative healthcare solutions are born. Join us at the ERC and be part of a community dedicated to pushing the boundaries of medical science and improving patient outcomes.

Elevating standards through clinical audit excellence

At St. Vincent’s University Hospital (SVUH), our commitment to continuous improvement extends to the realm of clinical audit, which serves as a cornerstone of quality assurance across the entire St. Vincent’s Healthcare Group. With a shared focus on St. Vincent’s University Hospital, St. Vincent’s Private Hospital, and St. Michael’s Hospital, our clinical audit function plays a pivotal role in driving forward patient care standards and fostering a culture of excellence.

Through meticulous auditing processes, we not only identify areas for improvement but also actively contribute to the advancement of patient care standards. By engaging clinical staff in audit activities, we aim to stimulate learning, promote best practices, and empower individuals to deliver care of the highest quality.

Our multifaceted approach to clinical audit encompasses:

– Educating staff on audit principles and methodologies.
– Providing guidance on audit design and implementation.
– Leveraging existing information sources and electronic systems to enhance audit effectiveness.
– Facilitating the reporting of audit findings to key committees within the St. Vincent’s Healthcare Group.
– Supporting medical students in undertaking audit projects, now recognised for final professional elective credits in UCD.

Over the past decade, hospitals within the St. Vincent’s Healthcare Group have collectively undertaken over 1300 audit projects, spanning national initiatives, inter-hospital collaborations, and departmental specialties. These endeavors not only showcase our commitment to excellence but also underscore our dedication to driving continuous improvement in patient care. Join us in our pursuit of clinical audit excellence and be part of a transformative journey towards elevating standards in healthcare delivery.

Empowering Excellence Through Clinical Audit Training

At St. Vincent’s University Hospital (SVUH), we recognise the pivotal role of clinical audit training in nurturing a culture of continuous improvement among our medical professionals. As members of the clinical audit committee during their rotations, Medical SpRs gain invaluable exposure to organizational management issues, enriching their perspectives and honing their leadership skills.

Moreover, our commitment to excellence extends beyond our hospital walls. We actively share our expertise by providing clinical audit training to other hospitals nationally and collaborating with the Royal College of Physicians. The positive feedback we receive underscores the effectiveness of our training programmes, with trainees often replicating our audit templates and tools in their respective institutions, thereby amplifying the impact of our initiatives across the state.

Furthermore, we invest in the professional development of junior doctors and medical students by partly supporting their attendance at prestigious events such as the BMJ/IHI International Forum. Here, participants have the opportunity to showcase their clinical audit work through poster presentations, with several of our trainees earning top recognition for their contributions at national meetings. Join us at SVUH and embark on a journey of growth and excellence in clinical audit training, where your skills and contributions make a tangible difference in healthcare quality and patient outcomes.

Embracing a fulfilling career at St. Vincent’s University Hospital

At St. Vincent’s University Hospital (SVUH), we prioritise the well-being of our doctors, recognising the importance of striking a balance between professional fulfillment and personal wellness. Our commitment extends beyond clinical excellence to fostering a supportive environment where doctors can thrive not only in their careers but also in their personal lives. We believe in nurturing a culture where doctors are not just healthcare providers but also empathetic companions, guiding patients through life’s journey with compassion and care.

Our team of consultant staff, comprising highly skilled and motivated individuals, serves as the backbone of our hospital’s mission to deliver cutting-edge patient care. Many of our consultants are renowned world leaders in their respective fields, bringing unparalleled expertise and innovation to every aspect of healthcare delivery. Collaborative teamwork lies at the heart of our approach, with consultants actively advocating for their patients and serving as mentors for other healthcare professionals.

Joining SVUH means becoming part of a community dedicated to excellence, where your well-being is as valued as your professional contributions. Experience the fulfillment of making a difference in the lives of others while nurturing your own growth and happiness. At SVUH, we are committed to supporting you every step of the way as you embark on this fulfilling journey in healthcare.

To apply, please visit our Current Vacancies