System Clinical Director

Categories: Care.

System Clinical Director – Integrated Palliative Care
Community & Long Term Conditions Directorate

  • Exceptional clinical leadership opportunity
  • Lead the integration of specialist palliative care services across our district
  • Potential joint appointment with prestigious university
  • Experience the outstanding New Zealand lifestyle!

Mercy Hospice Auckland and the Community and Long Term Conditions Directorate, ADHB, seek an experienced and enthusiastic clinical leader to support the development of quality specialist palliative care services across ADHB. This is an exciting opportunity for a clinician with leadership skills and experience to support the development of an integrated specialist palliative care service provided by two specialist providers. In addition you will lead the transformation and delivery of evidence based and high quality palliative care with opportunities to improve integration with other providers across our community including general practice, aged care services, community services and NGOs.

Palliative Care Services are evolving in Auckland District; we are working to support a locality model which will maximise the contribution of all clinical skills in the locality team, in proactive and self-directed wrap around services for our population. We are keen to transform the way we deliver specialist palliative care services, and make the model sustainable, through integration and working towards the delivery of a service without walls. In this role you will lead the hospital specialist team and provide clinical guidance to Mercy Hospice’s IPU and community specialist teams.

We seek someone who can inspire and lead from the front and ensure strong clinical governance across services and professionals. You will be an experienced palliative care specialist (doctor or nurse) and have superior leadership skills, gained from your experience and from tertiary level education and training. You will relish the challenge of service change and development and be a big picture thinker, with well-developed people leadership capabilities.

As the System Clinical Director you will clinically lead the hospital specialist clinical workforce which together with the hospice’s clinical workforce constitute up to 70FTE across the hospital and hospice providers. This permanent position is negotiable up to 1 FTE with a 40/60 leadership/clinical component split. On call duties, as part of a roster for the specialist team, will be a feature of this role. For suitably-qualified clinicians there will be the potential for an appropriate University appointment and the opportunity to grow the research portfolio within the Directorate. To be successful in this challenging and rewarding position you will have a strong interest in delivering integrated care and the development of new community based models of care.

This really is an opportunity to influence the shape of health care for the future of our community. ADHB employs over 10,000 highly skilled clinical and non-clinical professionals and has total annual revenue of approximately $1.8b. In addition to supporting the Auckland district, over 50% of ADHB’s business is driven by other District Health Boards (DHBs) and the organisation is recognised for providing timely and effective services that its communities can rely on.

ADHB has an international reputation and is renowned academically as having Auckland City Hospital as New Zealand’s largest teaching hospital. It has an alliance with the University of Auckland and its Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences in the form of the Auckland Academic Health Alliance. This patient-focussed partnership aims to speed the translation of research ‘from the bench to the bedside’.

Auckland region is home to over 1.5 million people; a blend of sophisticated city living and outdoor beauty makes it one of the most desirable places to live in New Zealand. In 2015 the city was rated the third best city in the world in the Mercer Quality of Living survey.

Living and working here has so much to offer! From the best education in New Zealand, exceptional sports, world-class restaurants to a thriving arts and culture scene there is something here for everyone.

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To apply, please visit our website quoting reference number CEN00216.

For further information please contact Briar McKendry (Recruitment Consultant) on +64 9 638 0364 or via email at

You must either already hold New Zealand Registration and an Annual Practicing Certificate in a relevant clinical field (nursing, medical or allied health) or be eligible for registration in New Zealand.

If you are located outside of New Zealand we are happy to discuss relocation with you.

Applications close: Friday, 21 October 2016

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