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  • Role title

    Health Technology Assessor

  • Department


  • Key Reports

    Senior Management Team, NCPE

  • Grade

    Health Technology Assessor

  • Salary

    €69,248 - €80,303

  • Job reference number


  • Enquiries to

    Dr Lesley Tilson, Deputy Head of NCPE; Phone: 01 410 3427;


    Prof Michael Barry, Clinical Director, NCPE; Phone: 01 896 2191;


  • Closing date


  • Post Type

    Permanent, Full Time & Pensionable

  • Annual leave per annum

    29 Days

  • Period of notice

    1 month's notice

  • Normal working hours

    35 hours per week

  • Rostered hours

    You will be required to work the agreed roster/on call arrangements advised to you by your line manager. Your contracted hours of work are liable to change in order to meet the requirements for extended day services in accordance with the terms of the Framework Agreement.

  • The National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics (NCPE) assesses evidence for comparative effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of technologies for use by patients in Ireland. This is done through assessment of evidence submitted by manufacturers and independent systematic review. The NCPE also undertakes research to support evidence-based decision making and to inform national guidelines for Health Technology Assessment. The NCPE is linked with the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Trinity College Dublin and has close collaborative links with international health economic academic centres. The NCPE contributes to international organisations including EUnetHTA and ISPOR.  Pharmacoeconomic research in the centre focuses predominantly on methodologies used in health technology assessment.  In addition, the NCPE studies the use of pharmaceuticals in the Irish population in order to support the cost-effective and rational use of drugs in Ireland.  The department also contributes to undergraduate and post graduate education in Trinity College Dublin and beyond. The Review Group at the NCPE has a multidisciplinary skill mix including staff with backgrounds in medicine, pharmacy, pharmacoepidemiology, statistics and health economics.

  • The post holder will be joining a multidisciplinary team with responsibility for appraising evidence for comparative effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of technologies for use by patients in Ireland. The post holder will be required to participate in the evaluation of drugs which will include reviewing epidemiological data, systematic review and meta-analysis of clinical evidence, report writing and critical appraisal of clinical evidence and economic models submitted by manufacturers to the NCPE. The candidate will also be expected to conduct research with the aim of establishing optimal processes for conducting Health Technology Assessments.

    Principle duties and responsibilities:

    Pharmacoeconomic Evaluation

    • Work within the Review Group in the performance of duties and responsibilities as required.
    • Evaluate and interpret complex scientific data and literature on pharmaceutical interventions.
    • Analyse clinical and economic data to inform the NCPE appraisal reports.   
    • Contribute to the critical appraisal of rapid reviews, HTA dossiers and economic models submitted by pharmaceutical manufacturers to the NCPE.
    • Contribute to the writing of the NCPE appraisal reports that are prepared by the Review Group on behalf of the HSE within defined timelines.


    • Participate in research to inform the development of guidelines and optimal methods of pharmacoeconomic appraisal.
    • Supervise and tutor students at the NCPE during work experience placement.
    • Participate in continuing education and in such activities consistent with the post.
    • Attend such study days and continuing education courses as may be deemed necessary for the development of both the service and the individual.
    • Participate in training and teaching in accordance with the educational role of the NCPE. This will include delivering training to staff at the NCPE and to external groups including under-graduate and post-graduate courses, NCPE courses, study days, journal club and other educational events.
    • Contribute to peer-reviewed publication of academic research.
    • Proactively seek out learning and development opportunities.


    The Health Technology Assessor will:

    • Carry out general administrative duties including recording keeping as required.
    • Be a good team worker with the ability to work collaboratively with others.
    • Participate in multidisciplinary working groups and committees as required.
    • Supervise and manage any staff assigned to him / her.
    • Where a senior colleague has been assigned responsibilities to co-operate with and assist him / her in the performance of his / her duties and responsibilities as required.
    • Perform such other duties appropriate to the office as may be assigned to him / her from time to time by the Senior Management Team of NCPE.
    • Participate and cooperate with legislative and regulatory requirements in relation to Health and Safety as outlined in the Safety, Health and Welfare Act 2005 and the Hospital Safety Statement.

    The above Job Description is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all duties involved and consequently, the post holder may be required to perform other duties as appropriate to the post which may be assigned to him/her from time to time and to contribute to the development of the post while in office.

    • A strong primary level 8 degree in a relevant area.
    • A postgraduate qualification (Masters or PhD) in a relevant area
    • Advanced technical skills in a relevant area of expertise, for example, health outcomes research, healthcare costing, cost-effectiveness analysis, evidence synthesis, health services research, clinical research, economic modelling, survival analysis and statistical analysis.
  • To apply for this position, please complete the relevant application form in full and email application form to , no later than Sunday, 9th April 2023.

    • The Standard Application Form (SAF) is available to download on this page
    • Alternatively, please contact Human Resources for an application form, Phone: (01) 416 2559 or E-mail:
    • Please note closing date above for receipt of completed application forms.
    • Shortlisting of Candidates will be based on information provided.
    • Curriculum vitaes (CVs) will not be accepted.
  • A level of proficiency in the English language, written and spoken, is a requirement of all roles within St James’s Hospital. Your proficiency in spoken English will be assessed during the interview process appropriate to the role available. Nursing and other general staff will be required to self-assess their proficiency level in the Standard Application Form.

    1. The Hospital Board will not be responsible for the loss or theft of personal belongings.
    2. Fire orders must be observed and staff must complete fire training every 2 years.
    3. All accidents within the department must be reported immediately.
    4. In accordance with the “Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005”, all staff must comply with all safety regulations.
    5. St James's Hospital is a tobacco free Campus. The use of tobacco or electronic cigarettes is not permitted within the hospital buildings or on the grounds.
  • In the course of your employment you may have access to or hear information concerning the medical or personal affairs of patients and/or staff, or other health services business. Such records and information are strictly confidential and unless acting on the instructions of an authorised officer, on no account must information concerning staff, patients or other health service business be divulged or discussed except in the performance of normal duty. In addition records must never be left in such a manner that unauthorised persons can obtain access to them and must be kept in safe custody when no longer required.

  • A candidate for and any person holding the office must be fully competent and capable of undertaking the duties attached to the office and be in a state of health such as would indicate a reasonable prospect of ability to render regular and efficient service.

  • It is the responsibility of all staff across the hospital to ensure that infection control and hygiene standards are adhered to and maintained at all times.

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    • Application Process
    • Shortlisting of Candidates will be based on information provided
    • Interview Process
    • All applicants who move to the 2nd stage of the Selection process (i.e. post interview) will be subject to Reference Checking X 2, Self-Declaration, Garda Clearance and Occupational Health Screening (Questionnaire)

    St James's Hospital is an Equal Opportunities Employer

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