Clinical Director of Geriatric Medicine - New Zealand

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    New Zealand

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    almost 3 years ago

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A Clinical Director of Geriatric Medicine is sought for a hospital-based role in a regional hospital in New Zealand. The Clinical Director will lead a growing team which is implementing a range of new initiatives in collaboration with its partners in primary care to enable older people to live well with frailty.

Based in a 250-bed district hospital with all major specialities and 24/7 Emergency Department, this role will be part of a service which provides care for older people across the region in which there is a strong focus on patient/family centred care and integration with hospital and community-based services. You will be forward thinking and looking to contribute innovative approaches to further improve the health and activity of the older population.

You will be part of a team of five consultant physicians for older people and work alongside a growing psychiatry for older people service and acute stroke service. This service provides for the rapidly growing older population of the region which includes over 30,000 people aged 65 years or over. It has a 24-bed Assessment and Rehabilitation ward which includes a 6-8 bed Acute Stroke Unit. There are associated community rehabilitation teams, a region-wide needs assessment service and gerontology nurse specialist programmes. We provide visiting outpatient clinics on five sites across the region and residential care and home visiting services.

The Clinical Director will provide strategic leadership and lead the collaborative and integrated model of care for the service.

The successful applicant will be living in a beautiful part of New Zealand with warm summers, mild winters and lots of opportunities for outdoor activities on land and at sea just two hours' drive from Auckland, with regular flights to and from Auckland Airport.

 Key Duties:

  • Develop treatment plans for patients in outpatient treatment in collaboration with other members of the community Assessment & Rehabilitation Service team.
  • Provide outpatient clinics as required and develop specialist clinics where need is identified and resources available (eg stoke, memory, continence).
  • Participate in home visits as appropriate and in regular visiting programmes to outlying hospitals for the purposes of performing clinics and seeing inpatient referrals
  • Attend locality team meetings, reviewing hospital and community-based patients/clients.
  • Provide liaison and consultation with general practitioners and other medical colleagues regarding the assessment and rehabilitation treatment needs of their patients.
  • Provide liaison and consultation with community trusts, other non-government organisations or community agencies who are involved in providing supportive community services for the patient.
  • Provide group and family sessions as appropriate to the patient’s needs and treatment plan.
  • To set and maintain high quality standards of care for medical outpatient care by acting as a role model.
  • Ensure all documentation and processes are clear and meet the policies of the health board.
  • Meet current standards of professional practice recommended by the Medical Council of New Zealand the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP)
  • Enroll in, and meet the professional development criteria of RACP
  • maintain personal competency in all areas of work undertaken to meet the requirements of accreditation and statutory bodies such as IANZ, QHNZ and NZMC
  • Contribute to service quality assurance by participating in clinical audits, case reviews and incident review processes
  • Supervise a registrar in training according to the supervision guidelines laid down by the RACP.
  • Provide teaching to other staff in the course of clinical work and at formal teaching sessions.
  • Include the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi within all aspects of the role and its outcomes
  • Observe and promote safe work practices, rules and instructions relating to work, and be pro-active in hazard management



  • Qualifications: Fellowship of Royal Australasian College of Physicians of Australia (RACP) - FRACP or equivalent qualification
  • License: Vocational Registration or Eligibility for Vocational Registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand
  • Language: fluent English (IELTS Academic Module 7.5 average for non native speakers)


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