The National Orthopaedic Hospital Cappagh is a unique working environment where cutting-edge medicine is delivered with extraordinary care. Our close-knit community work together to ensure a positive hospital experience and improved outcomes for patients.

As an elective centre, the hospital is an ideal learning environment for graduates taking the first steps in their career path, and experienced staff wishing to develop and excel in their chosen profession. Here, we set high standards in education, training future leaders in healthcare. Moreover, we lead the way in orthopaedic medicine. This is an exciting place to work, where ground-breaking surgeries are pioneered, and research and innovation drive advanced treatments that will make a positive difference to the lives of our patients.

We are proud of the work we do and we are always looking for new members to join our team. And we employ great people who are passionate, curious, driven and focussed. We value them, recognise their talents and enable their professional development so that they can gain the confidence, knowledge and ability to be extraordinary. If you are looking for a career with a purpose that is both stimulating and rewarding, we would love to hear from you.

Established in 1908, the Hospital is Irelands largest dedicated elective orthopaedic hospital. We treat paediatric, adult and older adult patients providing comprehensive orthopaedic, sports and exercise, and rehabilitation services. Many of our consultants are recognised globally for their great work with patients and their contribution to advances in orthopaedic medicine.

The Hospital At A Glance

  • Centre of excellence in orthopaedic, sports and exercise, and rehabilitation medicine
  • 159-bed capacity
  • 500+ staff
  • Treats public, semi-private and private patients
  • Provides treatment for paediatric, adult and older adult patients
  • Provides Outpatient, Inpatient and Day Care procedures
  • Speciality Services include Radiology, Anaesthesiology, Haematology, Pathology, Microbiology, Rheumatology, Orthopaedic, Geriatric, Rehabilitation and Sports and Exercise Medicine
  • Exceptional Nursing Capability
  • Comprehensive Musculoskeletal Centre operated by skilled Allied Health and Social Care Professionals, providing triage, inpatient and outpatient services
  • Specialist Rehabilitation Centre for the rehabilitation of patients following an acute medical episode
  • Teaching Hospital and academic leader providing best-in-class education in conjunction with the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI), Royal College of Physicians Ireland (RCPI) and University College Dublin (UCD)
  • Located in Finglas, close to M50 and 20 minutes drive from Dublin City Centre, traffic permitting and accessible by bus.
  • Voluntary Hospital and Member of the Ireland East Hospital Group (IEHG)

Working in High-Performance Teams

We use an interdisciplinary approach to patient care, bringing the skills, knowledge and expertise of diverse disciplines together to deliver comprehensive patient-centred care. Our teams work collaboratively assessing patients, creating care plans and coordinating treatments to meet the individual needs of each patient.

A positive culture is integral to the success of interdisciplinary teams and we will carefully consider each new candidate to ensure they have strong interpersonal skills and represent a cultural fit for the Hospital.

Taking Pride

The patient is central to our service and continuous improvement initiatives are designed to improve our their hospital experience and quality of life. We operate to the highest standards, and each member of our 500 dedicated staff has an important role to play along the patient journey. We are proud of the work we do and we are delighted to report that the Health Information & Quality Authority (HIQA) annual National Patient Experience Survey rates the Hospital facilities, services and staff well above the national average. This positive affirmation is a testament to the dedication of our brilliant people.

Shaping A Career

We have a number of long-serving staff and successive generations of staff working at the Hospital, many of whom accepted a job with us and went on to carve out a successful career with the Hospital.

If you join our team, we will ensure that you receive educational opportunities to benefit you in the performance of your role and enhance your professional development.

Working at the Cutting-edge of Orthopaedic Medicine

The Hospital is perhaps best known for joint replacement surgery, performing more than 1,600 joint replacement procedures annually. That said, we provide many other services. The Hospital is the National Referral Centre for Primary Bone and Soft tissue tumours and metastatic disease. In addition, the Paediatric Department treats conditions that include congenital limb deficiency, joint deformity and scoliosis. Furthermore, the Special Rehabilitation Unit at the Hospital helps adult and older adult patients to regain function and realise their full potential for recovery, following an acute medical episode. And we are home to the National Bone Bank.

Leading the way in Orthopaedic Medicine

We are innovators in orthopaedic medicine and pioneers of Ireland’s first total hip replacement surgery, two-surgeon approach to scoliosis surgery, and same-day hip replacement and discharge surgery. Moreover, ongoing research at the Hospital contributes to global studies and advanced treatments for improved clinical outcomes.

Demand for our service is growing, and we are looking for new staff across all disciplines. If you feel you can complement our positive culture and would like to explore a career at the National Orthopaedic Hospital Cappagh we would love to hear from you.

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If you are considering a career in a hospital setting, the following employee benefits may help your decision:

  • Positive working environment
  • Flexible working hours
  • Professional development opportunities
  • A contributory staff pension scheme
  • Credit Union and Group Insurance Scheme
  • Free parking
  • Excellent staff engagement
  • Subsidised restaurant
  • Staff library

Prof. John M. O’Byrne MCh, FRCSI, FRCS(Tr. & Orth), FFSEM, FFSEM(UK)

Consultant Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgeon

I am delighted to write a piece describing my experiences of having trained and worked in Cappagh for many years.

I was appointed as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in the Mater and Cappagh in 1996. In 2005, I continued working in Cappagh but as Professor of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

Over the years, Cappagh has continued to develop and utilise the most modern technologies and techniques to improve our patients’ outcomes.

However, it has managed to preserve the unbelievable, personal nature of the treatment that is provided for patients. Amongst the staff in Cappagh there is a perfect blend of technical expertise and the highest international standards, combined with a warmth and kindness and care for patients. Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital is highly regarded internationally amongst Orthopaedic Surgeons and we have been fortunate over the years, to have had leading orthopaedic surgeons visit at our Foundation Days. These surgeons have always left with a realisation that Cappagh is a unique place, both in terms of quality of care and the kindness that is shown to patients.

From a teaching point of view, all of the medical students from RCSI and University College Dublin pass through Cappagh. Every Orthopaedic Trainee in Ireland has spent time working in Cappagh. Many of these students and doctors then work in different parts of the world and universally describe their education and training in Cappagh as being one of the highlights of their training experiences.

We have collaborated with engineers and scientists from many universities, including Trinity College Dublin, Dublin City University, Maynooth University, University College Dublin and The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. There is a very strong academic research and training programme, not just in medicine and surgery, but also in nursing, physiotherapy and other allied health professions.

I believe Cappagh will continue to go from strength to strength. Our clinical workload and range of expertise is expanding all the time. Our numbers of students and trainees is expanding all the time. I believe Cappagh will continue to expand and provide the highest standard of orthopaedic care and will continue to develop and train our future healthcare professionals.

Cliona Doyle

Staff Grade Occupational Therapist

I started work in The National Orthopaedic Hospital Cappagh in November 2016

The Hospital continuously supports my career and skill development. I began working on the orthopaedic service, and I now work in the Active Rehabilitation Unit as a Staff Grade Occupational Therapist. The experience I have gained has given me a solid foundation in occupational therapy.

The Hospital has supported my attendance at external courses (educational), and they run in-service rotations and shared learning seminars. This means that I can continue to develop my clinical and professional skills on the job.

During my time at Cappagh, I have had the opportunity to work on service development projects within our Occupational Therapy Department, and I have facilitated periods of practice education for occupational therapy students. I’m proud to have played a part in these initiatives, and it has helped my career progression and enhanced my professional experience.

Everyone of the staff is friendly, approachable and passionate, and they put the patient at the centre of everything they do. The best part is that we get the opportunity to engage with the patients and build rapport. There’s a really lovely atmosphere, and I enjoy working here.

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