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Your Medical Career at CUH


Profile of CUH Specialities

Cork University Hospital (CUH) is the largest university teaching hospital in Ireland and is the only Level 1 Trauma centre in the country due to the presence of over 40 different medical and surgical specialties on the campus. View profile of specialities here.


Process of Application

Permanent Consultant positions are advertised on the Public Appointments Service website, www.publicjobs.ie. The recruitment process for permanent positions is dealt with by the National Recruitment Service, HSE. 

Temporary/locum Consultant positions are advertised by Medical Administration. For further information regarding temporary vacancies, please email lorna.sheehan@hse.ie

For information regarding Interns: http://www.hse.ie/eng/staff/Jobs/Job_Search/Medical_Dental/nchd/Interns/

Non Consultant Hospital Doctors interested in applying for training positions need to contact the College relevant to their speciality:





The College of Anaesthetists of Ireland


Emergency Medicine

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland


General Paediatrics / Neonatology

Royal College of Physicians of Ireland



Royal College of Physicians of Ireland


Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Royal College of Physicians of Ireland



Irish College of Ophthalmologists



Royal College of Physicians of Ireland



Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland



To apply for non-training NCHD positions at Cork University Hospital

  • Email CV to cuh.nchdrecruit@hse.ie
  • State the grade and speciality you wish to apply for
  • Include the status of Irish Medical Council registration
  • Include the names and contact details for at least three referees


To apply for positions in Mental Health, contact:

Ms. Carol Mangan,

North Lee Mental Health Services,

Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital,

Western Road,


Email: carol.mangan@hse.ie


Recruitment Process

The recruitment process for NCHDs is carried out on a bi-annual basis. NCHD changeover occurs on the second Monday in July and in January. Interviews for the majority of NCHD positions are held in March/April and the successful candidates commence in July. Occasionally, there are vacancies mid-year. Applications received will be held on file for a period of six months.


Interview / Appointment Process

  • NCHD positions are advertised.
  • After the closing date for receipt of applications has passed, a nominated Consultant in each speciality will review the CVs received with pre-determined short-listing criteria.
  • Medical Administration will contact each applicant to confirm if s/he has been short-listed for interview.
  • If short-listed, the doctor will be invited to attend for interview.
  • Following the interview process, a panel of suitable candidates will be created.
  • The doctor will be contacted to confirm if s/he has been deemed suitable for appointment.
  • If suitable, s/he will be informed as to their individual place on the panel and how many positions are available.
  • An initial offer of employment will be made. This offer is subject to the provision of satisfactory references.
  • The doctor will be informed immediately that if an employment permit is required, s/he will need to complete same as a matter of urgency (not relevant to doctors who hold EU passports).


Education & Training

For further information regarding on-site training available to NCHDs, please visit Post Graduate Medical Education.

Training Accreditation Reports are available here.

NCHD Leave

Annual leave is 12 days per six months plus the public holidays that fall within the relevant contract period.  Leave is granted on a pro-rata basis and is not transferrable between hospitals. 

NCHDs are required to apply for all leave in advance.  Educational leave needs to be pre-approved both by the supervising consultant and Medical Administration.  Leave applications are available in the Doctors’ Residence, First Floor, CUH or from Medical Administration. 



Cork University Hospital has two Lead NCHD positions and these posts are open to all NCHDs who work in CUH. The posts are advertised internally and filled on a rolling basis.


NCHD Forum

Cork University Hospital has a well established NCHD Forum, which provides an opportunity for NCHDs to directly interact with Management on matters that concern the NCHD cohort. The Forum meets monthly and is Co-Chaired by the Lead NCHD and the Clinical Director for the Medical Directorate. The Forum comprises of representatives from all the specialties and a number of members from the Management side.    

The following posts are rostered by Medical Manpower and are EWTD compliant:

  • Medical SHOs
  • Medical Interns
  • Surgical Interns

Currently all other specialties are rostered within their Departments.

Useful Information For Doctors Working In Ireland For The First Time

  • To obtain a PPS number, ring 1890 927999 or refer to www.welfare.ie
  • Once you have the PPS number, you will need to contact the tax office and request a Tax Credit Certificate. Telephone 1890 22 24 25. They will ask you for your PPS number and the employer’s registered number – contact Medical Administration to obtain same.
  • You will need to have an address to get a bank account. Banks will not accept the address of hotels or B&Bs. As soon as you have your accommodation sorted, Medical Administration can issue a letter confirming employment which most banks will accept.
  • To get an ID/swipe card for the hospital, you will need to go to security but they are only available for cards on Tuesday mornings. You cannot be issued a card until you have a personnel number which will be issued by this department once all your paperwork is in order.
  • Doctors who hold an employment permit are required to register with An Garda Síochana - Immigration Office, Angelsea Street, Cork City. This office is open Monday to Friday, 09:30 – 12:00 and 14:00 – 16:00. Tel: 021 4522086.
  • Websites for accommodation: www.daft.ie; www.choices.ie; www.myhome.ie

Reference Websites

Irish Medical Council


Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials


Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation





Contact Us

If you require further information please contact The Medical Manpower Unit at CUH.


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