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Consultant Persistent Pain Medicine and Anaesthesia

Taranaki, New Plymouth

Permanent, 1.0 FTE 

Are you a dual vocationally registered or eligible Specialist Pain Medicine Physician and Anaesthetist?

Applications are invited for the position of Consultant Pain Specialist and Anaesthetist to join our Department.  We welcome applications from clinicians who are seeking a new challenge and have experience and qualifications in the provision of pain services both acute and persistent.

New Plymouth, Taranaki, was named the most liveable city, for a population between 75,000-150,000, by the International Awards for Liveable Communities

Taranaki boasts some of New Zealand’s most iconic natural landscapes like Mt Taranaki and its many adventure activities. The rugged and wild coastline is home to more than 12 world-class surf breaks. Taranaki is a place where you can ski, surf, and mountain bike in the same day.  For a more relaxing experience, there are many walks (bush, coastal or mountain), art trails, festivals, award-winning museums and galleries, and a thriving café culture.  Click here to read more information about Taranaki.

Te Whatu Ora – Taranaki is a large regional organisation operating in the exciting, changing Health sector. 

The Hospital has 6 Operating Theatres, 2 Endoscopy/Procedure suites, a 12 Bedded PACU1 and 24 Bed PACU 2 in the theatre complex.  A new acute care building is currently being built with a commissioning date in 2025.  Surgical specialities provided include General Surgery, ENT / ORL, Ophthalmology, Maxillo-facial, Obstetrics / Gynaecologists, 7 Orthopaedic Surgeons, 1 Urologist and 1 Vascular surgeon. Supporting facilities are good with CT/MRI and a new interventional radiology suite.  There is an in-house laboratory and pathology service, a cardiology suite and a dialysis unit.

About the Pain Service

You will be part of small but strong multidisciplinary acute and persistent pain team. The Acute Pain Service is supported by acute pain nurses and other anaesthetists.  The Persistent Pain Service consists of another FPMANZCA pain specialist, a physiotherapist, psychologist, social worker, and a new chronic pain nurse to support acute inpatient, and outpatient transitional and persistent pain.  There are good relationships with Palliative Care and the Alcohol and Drug services. Your role will be divided between outpatient clinics, inpatient acute and acute-on-chronic pain assessments, assisting with group pain education programs, and some registrar and house-officer teaching.  There are no after-hours on-calls for the persistent pain service. There is the option of providing pain interventions if this is part of your practice.

About the Anaesthetic Service

You would join a group of 23 Anaesthetic Consultants. The Anaesthetic service is supported by a full complement of Anaesthetic Technicians who assist at all anaesthetics. This is a teaching hospital with six Anaesthetic Registrars and a provisional fellow.  Supervision and clinical teaching is expected.

The successful candidate will take part in an anaesthesia on-call rota with Registrar support. 

Regular departmental meetings are rostered within normal working hours to maintain a high standard of practiceThere is a monthly CPD meeting with a regular M&M component usually held after hours.

A minimum of 0.5 FTE of pain service work is required, with the option to balance with Anaesthesia clinical work up to 1.0 FTE.  Consideration for pain specialists with an alternate speciality may be an option pending accommodation by that specialty service.  

If you are interested in this position, please apply online and attach an up to date copy of your CV for consideration. 

For a discussion about this role or
other opportunities contact Alasdair today.

alasdairl@headmedical.com / 0131 357 1848

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