Vacancy Brief Description
1. The Director General (People Management), Ministry for Health invites applications for the position of House Officer (Foundation Doctor) in the Ministry for Health.
3. The Salary attached to the position of House Officer (Foundation Doctor) is equivalent to Step 5 of Salary Scale 9 (which in the year 2022 is €25,142.32 per annum). Upon completion of one (1) year satisfactory service as Foundation Doctor, employees shall progress to the maximum of Salary Scale 9 (which in the year 2022 is €26,037 per annum).
A Foundation Trainee Specialisation Allowance is €3,900 in Year 1 and €4,330 in Year 2 which shall be paid to the House Officer (Foundation Doctor) in three-monthly installments in arrears. A Special Duty Allowance of €4,920 will be paid to Foundation Doctors who perform duties on roster basis in the Accident and Emergency Department, the Intensive Therapy Unit or at Health Centres. This allowance will be paid quarterly in arrears. Foundation Doctors performing duties in these areas will not be entitled to a shift allowance.
4.1 The job duties for the position of House Officer (Foundation Doctor) may be viewed in Annex A attached to this Circular.
4.2 An appointee may be required to perform duties in any of the health care services of the Government of Malta at the discretion of the Management.
5.1 By the closing time and date of this call for applications, applicants must be:
- citizens of Malta; or
- citizens of the 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
- 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
- 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
- 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”; or
- in possession of a residence document issued in terms of the “Residence Status of United Kingdom Nationals and their Family Members in Malta in accordance with the Agreement on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community Regulations”.
The advice of the Citizenship Unit within Community Malta Agency and the Expatriates Unit within 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.
Applications will also be considered from candidates who are third-country nationals and do not satisfy the criteria set out in paragraph 5.1 (i), provided that they satisfy the requirements stated in paragraphs 5.1 (ii) to 5.3. The appointment of such candidates would necessitate the issue of an employment licence in so far as this is required by the Immigration Act and subsidiary legislation.
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:
Provide proof that the primary medical qualification was undertaken in the English Language;
Provide a valid certificate of IELTS (International English Language Testing System) at the medium band score of 7.5 or above in each domain;
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. Failure to present evidence of successful pass by the end of probationary period (ie twelve months from engagement) will result in automatic termination of work contract. 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. Course and assessment fees are to be paid by prospective candidates. However, such expenses may be claimed through the Continuous Medical Education (CME) Scheme.
iii. 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 (5) years or more from an accredited medical school in an EU Member State as per Part 1 (a) of the Second Schedule of the Health Care Professions Act (Cap. 464 of the Laws of Malta) by not earlier than 1st January 2018, provided that such candidates must obtain the said qualification prior to engagement.
iv. (a) EITHER be listed in the Provisional Register 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) Graduates from Universities other than the University of Malta must produce evidence in the Dean's statement referred to in paragraph 5.1(v) that they would be eligible to be considered for registration by the start of the Foundation Programme. Such candidates must also obtain a Letter of Intent from the Medical Council of Malta that their qualification is registerable and which letter must be attached with the application. It is strongly advised that these candidates make direct contact with the Medical Council as soon as they express their interest, to make sure that this process is concluded on time. Letters of Intent by the Medical Council will not be considered if received after the dates allocated for interviews, and this will result in candidates being then deemed ineligible or disqualified from the selection process.
Doctors graduating from a non-EU Country need to check with the Malta Medical Council whether they are eligible for a provisional registration prior to applying to this Foundation Programme. They will require a letter of intent from the said Council.
Furthermore, successful candidates must inevitably obtain the said registration prior to the engagement. For ease of reference the website for the Medical Council of Malta is : http://deputyprimeminister.gov.mt/en/regcounc/medicalcouncil/Pages/Registers.aspx
v. (i) 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 the applicant is of good standing at medical school and considered fit to practice Medicine;
(c) confirmation of whether primary medical qualification (including instruction, examinations and a significant amount of clinical contact with patients) was/is being undertaken in English;
(d) the expected date of qualification, in the case of applicants who have not yet qualified.
(ii) A verifiable declaration from the respective medical school of the applicant's academic ranking in deciles. This document should be made available to the Malta Foundation School by the interview date. Where information regarding the academic ranking is inconsistent with decile grading or missing, the lowest academic score will be used.
vi. Public Officers applying for this position must be confirmed in their current appointment.
5.2 (i) Qualifications at a level higher than that specified above will be accepted for eligibility purposes, provided they meet any specified subject requirements.
(ii) Moreover, candidates who have not yet formally obtained any of the above-mentioned qualifications will still be considered. Such candidates are to submit evidence that they have been approved for the award of the qualification in question.
(iii) Furthermore, candidates who are currently following a recognised programme of study at a higher MQF level than that requested above will also be considered. Such candidates are to submit evidence that they have successfully completed the necessary ECTS/ECVETS credits, or equivalent, and attained the required MQF level, by the closing time and date of the call for applications.
5.3 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 accessed at http://fpmalta.com/page/view/1578392943.
5.4 In addition to the requirements at 5.1 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.
5.5 Successful candidates are to attend for the pre-employment medical examination and relevant investigations in Malta, two (2) weeks 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. It is furthermore being clarified that, the pre-employment medical examination, relevant investigations and the attainment of the employment licence are compulsory prior to the start of the employment / training and prospective candidates should allow enough time to settle everything PRIOR to the start of the programme which is expected to be the 17th July 2023.
5.6 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.
5.7 Applicants must be of conduct which is appropriate to the post applied for. In the case of applicants who are already in the Malta Public Service, the GP 47 is to be requested by HR Unit of the ministry /department issuing the call for application from the Director responsible for HR where applicants are serving, while those applying from outside the Public 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.
5.8 Applicants must be eligible to take up their due appointment, in terms of 5.1 to 5.7 above, not only by the closing time and date of this call for applications but also on the date of appointment.
5.9 Applicants are obliged to immediately inform the Selection Board (if result has not yet been published, in which case the application should be withdrawn by the applicant) or the HR Unit within the issuing ministry / department (if result has been published) upon any change in the status of their appointment from the date of submission of their application until the closing date, or upon being called for appointment as a result, of this call for application, as the case may be. Non-observance of this instruction may lead to disciplinary action. On its part, at the start of the interview, the Selection Board will request the candidate to declare any changes in status of his/her current appointment from the date of submission of application.
5.10 Prospective applicants should note the requirement to produce MFHEA recognition statements in respect of their qualifications from MFHEA, or other designated authorities, as applicable, as per provisions applicable to this call for applications (see link below).
- In case of conflict in interpretation of any part/s of a call for applications, the final interpretation should be that of the published Maltese version of the call for applications.