Consultant Psychiatrist - Old Age Psychiatry
Are you a psychiatrist with subspecialist skills in old age psychiatry? This is a new role for a consultant in an expanding and enthusiastic team in a delightful city of New Zealand close to Wellington the capital, boasting excellent educational and leisure opportunities and a modest living cost. The role combines clinical and community work.
- Full time, permanent role
- Public Sector Secondary care hospital providing some tertiary services
- Teaching Hospital affiliated with 2 medical schools, recognised by RANZCPsych for training
- University city in the north island of New Zealand
- Excellent CME facilities
- Full support from junior medical staff
- Clinical and educational duties
- Requirement for FRANZCP or equivalent specialist qualification and eligibility for vocational registration in Psychiatry with the Medical Council of New Zealand
This position is based at a 350-bed hospital in the lower part of the North Island of New Zealand serving a population of 170,000. It is affiliated with two medical schools and actively participates in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education including training for the FRACS for which it holds active accreditation, and a superb CME programme, an active postgraduate medical society and excellent clinical library facilities .
You can expect to have access to a thorough continuing medical education programme and opportunities to participate in research projects, pursue subspecialist fields of interest and become involved with medical student and junior medical officer postgraduate education.
The hospital is a secondary care facility providing most medical and surgical services, except for Cardiothoracic Surgery, Plastic Surgery and Neurosurgery. But is the regional base for head and neck oncology service which has responsibility for a population of 550,000.
The collegial relationships between departments are strong and consultation with other specialists is easy, either formally with multidisciplinary meetings or informally as required.
The hospital undertook a transformational change programme to firmly establish itself as a high performing health system that meets the current and future demands of its communities, with a strong focus on patient experience and improved clinical outcomes.
Old Age Psychiatrist is sought to join a motivated team within the Mental Health and Addiction Service, for both the inpatient ward service and the community service setting. Flexibility regarding the working patterns can be negotiated.
The Mental Health and Addictions Service has embarked on a significant development programme in the past 18 months, with a new Multidisciplinary Executive Leadership Team.
The inpatient ward has 14 beds including 6 beds for the secure unit, and a well-established community team, supporting patient care. Supporting both inpatient and community there is a full time social worker and a clinical nurse specialist. The continual focus at the present is on appointing a psychologist and enhancing the community service with the growth of the aging population. Initiatives to further developing the community services include improved working arrangements with local rest homes and other agencies.
Comprehensive community-based mental health services across the complete age range include:
• Child, adolescent and family mental health services
• Comprehensive community adult services
• Specialist Maori mental health services (Oranga Hinengaro)
• Specialist services for Mental Health for the elderly
• Specialist community alcohol and drug services including OST services
• Comprehensive 24 hour acute care services (crisis intervention service)
• Acute inpatient services (including intensive mental health care-26 beds)
• General hospital liaison psychiatry
• Early intervention services
• Intensive community rehabilitation services.
There is a commitment to continuing medical education and professional development and the peer review group is enrolled with the maintenance of professional standards programme of the Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. The hospital is recognised by the College for registrar training in inpatient, general adult community, and child and adolescent psychiatry.
There are opportunities to participate in the further development of the service delivery model, develop an area of special interest or become involved in research.
The role combines clinical duties providing psychiatric services to outpatients, consultation with colleagues and education and training of resident medical staff.
The hospital is situated in a major university city and is at the hub of key routes to the central North Island ski fields, and river adventures. Wellington the capital city, is only a two-hour journey by road, as are the local wine growing regions.
Situated in the lower half of the North Island of New Zealand, the region offers visitors and residents a unique mix of lifestyle by combining rural charm with the convenience of sophisticated living with all modern services and luxuries expected of vibrant cities, including a shopping plaza, a Globe theatrical centre, the Regent and Centre Point theatres, and dozens of hotels/motels.
There is excellent primary, intermediate and secondary schooling, both public and private, mixed and single sex.
The cost of living is reasonable, housing very affordable, and rural living with stunning views only minutes from town is very achievable.
New Zealand's Ruahine and Tararua forest parks, Himitangi and Foxton beaches close by and be centrally located with Wellington City, the alpine Mount Ruapehu and internationally recognized wine regions of Hawkes Bay and Wairarapa all within 2 hours of the city.
Why should you apply for this role?
This role is great for a psychiatrist who wants to join a dynamic and expanding team of working in a well-equipped modern facility with an interesting but reasonable case load and lots of time for study, research and education.
The surrounding area offers a wonderful lifestyle, proximity to the capital city and modest living costs whilst being surrounded by excellent educational facilities and cultural attractions.
If you are interested in this role, please forward your CV for immediate consideration.
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