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Eligibility 2017

The Director (Resourcing and Employee Relations), Ministry for Health, invites applications for the position of House Officer (Foundation Doctor) in the Ministry for Health.

Eligibility requirements for Recruitment into the Malta Foundation programme 2017 may be found in the Call for Applications.

UPDATE TO CALL FOR APPLICATIONS (07/10/16) may be found here.

 
Eligibility requirements as per Call for Applications dated 30th September 2016 (updated 07/10/16):
 
4.1 By the closing time and date of this call for applications, applicants must be:
 
CITIZENSHIP
(i) (a) citizens of Malta; or
 
(b) citizens of other Member States of the European Union who are entitled to equal treatment to Maltese citizens in matters of employment by virtue of EU legislation and treaty provisions dealing with the free movement of workers; or
 
(c) citizens of any other country who are entitled to equal treatment to Maltese citizens in matters related to employment by virtue of the application to that country of EU legislation and treaty provisions dealing with the free movement of workers; or
 
(d) any other persons who are entitled to equal treatment to Maltese citizens in matters related to employment in terms of the law or the above-mentioned EU legislation and treaty provisions, on account of their family relationship with persons mentioned in paragraph (a), (b) or (c); or 
 
(e) third country nationals who have been granted long-term resident status in Malta under regulation 4 of the “Status of Long-Term Residents (Third Country Nationals) Regulations, 2006” or who have been granted a residence permit under regulation 18(3) thereof, together with family members of such third country nationals who have been granted a residence permit under the “Family Reunification Regulations, 2007”. 
 
The advice of the Department of Citizenship and Expatriate Affairs within the Identity Malta Agency should be sought as necessary in the interpretation of the above provisions.
 
The appointment of candidates referred to at (b), (c), (d) and (e) above would necessitate the issue of an employment licence in so far as this is required by the Immigration Act and subsidiary legislation. Jobsplus should be consulted as necessary on this issue.
 
COMMUNICATION
(ii) have the ability to communicate in the English Language, provided that due recognition will be given to candidates who also have the ability to communicate in the Maltese Language. Proficiency in the English Language will be accepted if applicants:
either
provide proof that the primary medical qualification was undertaken in the English Language;
or
provide a valid certificate of IELTS (International English Language Testing System) at the medium band score of 7.5 or above in each domain.
 
BASIC MEDICAL MALTESE
Furthermore, before confirmation of appointment, i.e. within twelve (12) months from engagement selected candidates must be successful in both Part 1 and 2 of the examination in ‘Basic Medical Maltese for the HealthCare Profession’ of the University of Malta. The course officially leading to this examination is the course in ‘Basic Medical Maltese for the HealthCare Profession’ run by the Department of Maltese of the University of Malta.  Any course assessment fees are to be paid by prospective candidates.  However, such expenses may be claimed through the Continuous Medical Education (CME) Scheme.
 
CERTIFICATE OF CONDUCT
(iv) of conduct which is appropriate to the position applied for (applicants who are already in the Malta Public Service must produce a Service and Leave Record Form (GP 47); those applying from outside the Service must produce a Certificate of Conduct issued by the Police or other competent authority not earlier than one (1) month from the date of application and state whether they have ever been in Government Service, giving details). It is hereby also being clarified that conduct certificates issued from a country other than Malta are to be either in English, or are to be accompanied by an official translation of the document in English;
 
QUALIFICATIONS
(v) qualified with a degree in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Malta or any other basic medical qualification First Degree at MQF Level 7 of five years or more from an accredited medical school in an EU Member State as per Part I (a) of the Second Schedule of the Health Care Professions Act (Cap. 464 of the Laws of Malta) by not earlier than 1st January 2013, provided that such candidates must obtain the said qualification prior to engagement;
 
MEDICAL COUNCIL MALTA REGISTRATION
(vi) (a) Either be listed in the Provisional Registration kept by the Medical Council of Malta in terms of Article 11 sub-article 3 of the Health Care Professions Act (Cap. 464 of the Laws of Malta);
 
(b) or in the case of graduates outside the University of Malta they must produce evidence in the Dean’s statement referred to in paragraph 4.1(vii) that they would be eligible to be considered for registration by the start of the Foundation Programme, provided that such candidates must obtain a letter of intent from the Medical Council of Malta that their qualification is registrable. Furthermore, successful candidates must inevitably obtain the said registration prior to engagement. For ease of reference the website of the Medical Council of Malta is: (https://healthcms.gov.mt/en/regcounc/medicalcouncil/Pages/medcounc.aspx).
 
MEDICAL SCHOOL DEAN'S STATEMENT
(vii) produce a Medical School Dean’s Statement (sample available at http://www.fpdoctors.info), which is signed, dated and stamped and completed in English, which comprises:
 
(a) permission to apply for the Foundation Programme in Malta;
 
(b) confirmation that applicant is of good standing at medical school and considered fit to practice Medicine;
 
(c) a verifiable academic ranking in deciles. Where information regarding the academic ranking is inconsistent with decile grading or missing, then the lowest academic score will be used;
 
(d) confirmation of whether primary medical qualification (including instruction, examinations and a significant amount of clinical contact with patients) was/ is being undertaken in English;
 
(e) the expected date of qualification, in the case of applicants who have not yet qualified.
 
POST-GRADUATE DEAN'S APPROVAL
4.2. Candidates who wish to seek eventual full registration from the Medical Council in a country other than Malta, should seek advice from the respective Medical Council as prospective approval from some of that country’s institutions may be required. Persons graduating from a UK Medical School who would like to eventually seek registration with the UK General Medical Council are advised to seek written approval from the post-graduate Dean before joining the Malta Foundation Programme. Further information on the above required documentation may be found below.
 
OTHER REQUIREMENTS
4.3. In addition to the requirements at 4.1 above, by the start of employment and training, applicants must:
 
(i) be in possession of a valid recognised Basic Life Support Certificate;
 
(ii) show that they have understood and agreed to the minimum requirements for completion of the Foundation Programme by signing a Foundation School Training Agreement.
 
PRE-EMPLOYMENT CHECK
4.4. Successful candidates are to attend for the pre-employment medical examination and relevant investigations in Malta, one (1) week before taking up the position of House Officer (Foundation Doctor). Failure to undertake the pre-employment medical examination on time will result in delays in provision of the employment licence and residence permit and consequently engagement.
 
EMPLOYMENT LICENCE
4.5. The engagement of successful candidates who are not citizens of Malta, or who are not citizens of the European Union, with the exception of citizens of Croatia, would necessitate the issue of an employment licence in so far as this is required by the Immigration Act and subsidiary legislation. Issue of an employment licence will depend on a satisfactory pre-employment health check.  Jobsplus should be consulted as necessary on this issue. In the case of successful candidates who do not hold an employment licence, the application for an employment licence will be done by the employer.
 
 
RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE
4.6 Due consideration will be given to applicants who, besides the requisites indicated in paragraph 4.1 above, have proven relevant work experience.
 
QUALIFICATION EQUIVALENCE
4.7 Prospective applicants should note the requirement to produce recognition statements in respect of their qualifications from MQRIC, or other designated authorities, as applicable, as per provisions applicable to this call for applications (see link).

 

 


Eligibility queries will be answered by our Foundation School Office. Please call Ms Caroline Galea Foundation Programme Manager on +356 2545 6883 (Monday - Friday 08.00-12.00) or email: caroline.galea@gov.mt.
 
 
RULES GOVERNING DOCUMENTS:
Qualifications and experience claimed must be supported by certificates and/or testimonials, copies of which should be attached to the application. Scanned copies sent electronically are acceptable.
No certificates or further supporting documentation will be accepted for consideration beyond the closing time and date specified in the call for applications (for exceptions,refer to paragraph 5. below under Other qualifications).
All Documents have to be produced in original for verification purposes. 

The requested documents for the application process are listed below: 

Application Form

Standard Application form for the filling of posts in the Malta Public Service has to be filled in and signed in original. Applications must also be accompanied by a copy of the passport or identity card.

 Mandatory

 (Download Application form here) 

Medical School Dean's Statement

Academic ranking in deciles: This information is not used to determine your eligibility, but your academic score. Where information regarding the   academic ranking is missing or inconsistent, then the lowest academic score will be used.

Mandatory

(Download sample of Medical School   Dean's Statement here)

Post-Graduate Dean statement:

Candidates who wish to seek eventual full registration from the Medical Council in a country other than Malta, should seek advice from the respective Medical Council as provisional approval from some of that country’s institutions may be required.

Persons graduating from a UK Medical School who would like to eventually seek registration with the UK General Medical Council are advised to seek written approval from the post-graduate Dean before joining the Malta Foundation Programme.

Graduates from other countries should check with their Medical Council if they intend to register with the said Council of the country which awarded their degree.

Mandatory for UK graduates.

Primary medical qualification - i.e. a photocopy of your original degree certificate, along with a translation in English as required by Call for Applications.

This is not applicable if you have not yet qualified.

 

Knowledge of Maltese

Knowledge of Maltese will be assessed by the interviewing panel at an interview.

 

Knowledge of English

A photocopy of a valid pass certificate from the academic   version of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) showing that your minimum score is 7.5 in each of the domains: speaking,   listening, reading and writing.

The IELTS certificate is only valid for two years. If your IELTS was done before 2 years from the date of the call for applications, you will need an updated certificate.

An IELTS certificate is not   required if your Medical School Dean's Statement confirms that your primary   medical qualification (including the language of instruction, examinations   and a significant amount of clinical contact with patients) has been   undertaken in English.

 

Your Medical Degree Qualification and Provisional Registration with the Medical Council Malta

It is the responsibility of applicants to obtain a letter of intent from the Medical Council of Malta that their Medical Degree qualification is registrable by the said Council. This is essential for the eligibility process to progress.

This letter will demonstrate evidence that the Medical School of your training and the course you are following are eligible for consideration of Provisional registration with the Medical Council Malta, if you are accepted into the Foundation Programme.

You are thus encouraged to make contact with the Medical Council Malta as early as possible, expressing your wish to apply for the next intake of the Malta Foundation Programme. You will be asked for details about the Medical School of your training and details on the course you are following. The reply from the Medical Council will need to be presented with your application to make you eligible for progress in the Foundation Programme application process.

The Medical Council Malta may be contacted on medicalcouncil@gov.mt.

The website of the Medical Council Malta may be found here.

Mandatory

Other Qualifications:

It is the responsibility of applicants, in possession of qualifications awarded by Maltese or foreign Universities/tertiary   education or other institutions (excluding qualifications awarded by the University of Malta) to produce a recognition statement on comparability of qualifications issued by the Malta Qualifications Recognition Information Centre (MQRIC), or other designated authorities, which statement should be attached to the application and the original presented at the interview.

 

Malta,   EEA and Swiss nationals

You must provide one of the following:

a.        A photocopy of your passport visa page, name page and photo page OR

b.        National identity card OR

c.        Birth certificate issued in Malta which specifies the names of the holder's parents plus a copy of a formal document from a previous employer or authority showing your name and National Insurance number OR

d.        Certificate of Registration or Naturalisation as a Maltese Citizen.

 

Criminal   Record issued by the Police not earlier than one (1) month from the date of this call for applications

Mandatory

Service & Leave Record Form(GP 47) in case of   employees within the Malta Public Service

Basic Life Support

Candidates who are eventually accepted to the   Malta Foundation Programme are strongly advised to obtain a valid Basic Life   Support (BLS) certificate before joining the programme. This certificate will be mandatory in order for candidates to do Immediate Life Support (ILS) training early in their Foundation Year 1.

 

Curriculum Vitae

Applications should be accompanied by a curriculum vitae (in Europass format) showing qualifications and experience, and bearing the applicant’s original signature, and two (2) passport size photographs in colour (bearing applicant’s name at the back), as well as documentary evidence indicating that the applicant satisfies all the eligibility criteria indicated in paragraph 4.1 above, as well as any other supporting documentation.

For ease of reference, the Europass template may be accessed at: (http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/en/documents/curriculum-vitae/templates-instructions).

Mandatory

Other Qualifications:

It is the responsibility of applicants, in possession of qualifications awarded by Maltese or foreign Universities/tertiary   education or other institutions (excluding qualifications awarded by the University of Malta) to produce a recognition statement on comparability of qualifications issued by the Malta Qualifications Recognition Information Centre (MQRIC), or other designated authorities, which statement should be attached to the application and the original presented at the interview.

Submission of recognition statements in respect of qualifications: (from the 'General Provisions' in the Call for Applications)

  1. With the exception of those qualifications referred to in paragraphs 2. and 3. hereunder, applicants are required to produce a recognition statement issued by the Malta Qualifications Recognition Information Centre (MQRIC) within the National Commission for Further and Higher Education (NCFHE), or by any designated authority, as applicable.  Such statement should be attached to the application and the original presented at the interview.
  2. However prior to requesting recognition statements as per paragraph 1. above in respect of their qualifications, candidates should first consult the database of regulated qualifications of the National Commission for Further and Higher Education (NCFHE) which can be accessed on http://www.ncfhe.org.mt/content/home-malta-qualifications-framework/5963805/ . Applicants are exempt from submitting a recognition statement as mentioned in paragraph 3.1 if they are presenting qualifications listed on the said database.
  3. The presentation of a recognition statement by MQRIC is also not required in respect of local qualifications issued by the University of Malta (including those awarded by the MATSEC Board), the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST), the Institute of Tourism Studies (ITS) and awards, certificates and diplomas from Ministries governed by a protocol with the NCFHE.
  4. In cases of doubt, however, the Selection Board may set aside these exemptions and direct an applicant to procure a recognition statement from MQRIC.  In such a case the applicant shall be given one month to procure, the statement, subject to the possibility of extension as provided for in paragraph 5.
  5. In the case of qualifications not covered by paragraphs 2. and 3., applicants are to submit the recognition statement as described in paragraph 1.  Applicants who are not in possession of such a statement may still apply, provided that they submit a copy of the statement to the receiving department/directorate as soon as it is available.  Applicants who fail to present the required statement within the one-month period for reasons beyond their control may request an extension of this time limit, up to a further one month, from the department/directorate receiving the applications, indicating clearly the reasons for the delay.  Requests for extensions beyond this period are to be submitted for the consideration of the Public Service Commission.
 

DISCLAIMER:

All the information in the Recruitment section of this website is provided, as accurately as possible, to help applicants with the Application process. The Call for Applications issued by the Ministry for Health is the ultimate document to follow during the process.

Any queries may be addressed to the Foundation School Office (as above). If necessary, the advice if the Human Resources Department of the Ministry for Health will be sought.

 
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