x40 Swab Testing Technician OTE €30,000+ (Dublin)

The purpose of this position is to undertake swabbing and administrative duties as directed by Line Manager as set out in the principal duties and responsibilities. The Swab Testing Technician will be required to be flexible and agile in response to service requirements. This is a Specified Purpose Contract for the duration of the pandemic (contract length will be indicated at job offer stage) with initial assignment to COVID 19 Testing Services.


Work collaboratively with the Operations Director to provide an efficient and friendly Covid-19 PCR swab testing and Covid-19 antibody testing service including:
  • Covid-19 PCR Swab Testing
  • Covid-19 Antibody testing
  • Data input into YOTI App

The position of the Swab Testing Technician encompasses both swabbing and administrative responsibilities within the assigned service. The post encompasses the following areas of responsibility:

 Obtain oropharyngeal (swab from the Throat) swabs from persons refereed for Screening
 Completion of associated administration during the testing process; confirm patient name & contact details; label tubes, package swab tubes etc
 Support other administrative activities as required to support community screening
 Ability to work within administrative function within screening centres

Health & Safety 

 In accordance with Health and Safety at work policy, observe all rules relating to Health and Safety and Conduct at Work and to use any equipment provided in a safe and responsible manner.
 Understand and adhere to all relevant policies, guidelines and procedures, comply with health and safety, infection control and risk management procedures, comply with statutory obligations.
 Report any incident or potential incident which may compromise the health and safety of patient/ clients / residents, staff or visitors and take appropriate action.
 Report any accidents, near misses to the person in charge and ensure completion of incident / near miss forms.
 Not undertake any duty related to patient/client care for which he/she is not trained.
 Attend training courses as required.
 Conduct his / herself in a manner that ensures safe client care.
 Have a working knowledge of the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) Standards as they apply to the role for example, Standards for Healthcare, National Standards for the Prevention and Control of Healthcare Associated Infections, Hygiene Standards etc and comply with associated HSE protocols for implementing and maintaining these standards as appropriate to the role.
 To support, promote and actively participate in sustainable energy, water and waste initiatives to create a more sustainable, low carbon and efficient health service.

Education & Training

 Attend induction and mandatory in-service education.
 Maintain continuous personal and participate in team based development, education, training and learning.
 Participate in performance review/ achievement and the development of a personal development plan in conjunction with and as required his / her line manager.

Candidates must have at the latest date of application: -

1. Professional Qualifications, Experience
(i) Obtained at least grade D (or pass) in Higher or Ordinary Level in five subjects from the approved list of subjects in the Department of Education established Leaving Certificate Examination or Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme or Leaving Certificate Applied.


(ii) Passed an examination of at least equivalent standard
(iii) Satisfactory relevant experience which encompasses demonstrable equivalent skills

(b) Candidates must possess the requisite knowledge and ability, including a high standard of suitability, for the proper discharge of the office based on the skills competencies and knowledge for the post.

2. Health
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.

3. Character
Each candidate for and any person holding the office must be of good character.

Due to the nature of the work this role requires:

 Flexibility to attend for work in varied locations as swabbing and other administrative activities can be conducted at screening Centre location.
 Available to Travel. Some on-site screening may be required
 Flexibility in relation to working hours to fulfil the requirements of the role. Please note these roles may participate in a 7/7 rota (i.e. Monday-Sunday) Contracted hours
of work are liable to change between the projected hours of 7am-10pm over seven days to meet the requirements for extended day services.
 Staff may be required to participate in on-call rota as required

Further Requirements:

  • Fluent English both spoken and written
  • Available to work between 20-40 hours per week
  • Attention to detail is critical for this role, particularly with the verification of key patient data and during the completion of patient test request forms (we aim to be a zero-error practice)
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal organizational skills
  • Can-do attitude and the ability to multi-task
  • Understanding of the necessity for confidentiality/data protection
  • Effective team worker
  • Professional, motivated, enthusiastic and friendly

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