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Consultant Anaesthetist - Beautiful Taranaki - New Zealand

Consultant - Anaesthetics - North Island
Ref: 4237 Date Posted: Tuesday 08 Aug 2017
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We are seeking a Consultant Anaesthetist on a permanent basis for a progressive secondary referral centre and large teaching hospital in New Plymouth, on the west coast of the North Island.

  • Professionally rewarding role, permanent position, commencing late 2017 early 2018
  • Modern, spacious Hospital with progressive and innovative leadership,
  • Spectacular natural landscapes with clean air, from the mountain to the sea, perfect for the outdoors lifestyle
  • Short commute to and from work – 10 minutes max!
  • Welcoming and friendly city with an international community, enjoying strong economic growth - a place to really put down roots

The Role

This is a new post to meet both the rising demands for their services as well as planning for the future. The department provide a wide range of generalist services for all age groups, as well as intensive care cover after hours. There are opportunities for those interested in chronic pain management as well. 

Applicants will need to be well rounded practitioners who can do a wide range of basic anaesthesia services and be good team players.  There are currently 19 anaesthetists. 

The District Health Board has strong regional links with neighbouring District Health Boards - including a tertiary referral centre - for clinical, educational and peer support. 

The Hospital

The base hospital is located in New Plymouth and is one of two hospitals operated by the District Health Board.  The base hospital is a progressive regional secondary referral hospital providing an array of Medical Specialties, Intensivist managed ICU, HDU and Radiology.  As part of the recent $80 million redevelopment, the Acute Services building was opened in 2013 with six wards and six operating theatres, two endoscopy/ procedure rooms, day stay facilities, Inpatient ward space with 150 beds (60 Surgical, 60 Medical, and 30 Assessment Treatment and Rehabilitation) and a new paediatric inpatient ward.  It also has video bronchoscopy facilities and a respiratory lab for spirometry and DLCO testing. 

The Location

The Taranaki region (colloquially known as “The Naki” by the locals) has a population of 106,000 and is known for its stunning natural landscape, which lends itself to all manner of outdoor activities from the mountains to the sea, such as surfing, windsurfing, ski-ing, mountain biking, fishing, golfing, hiking, sailing, cycling, ironman and triathlons, and has been the backdrop for numerous well-known blockbuster movies.

The temperate climate and high sunshine hours (3rd highest in NZ), combined with a welcoming and multicultural community, makes it a really dynamic and enjoyable place to live, where the housing is affordable and the schooling is excellent. Famous for its Surf Highway 45 - featuring some of the best surfing and windsurfing spots in New Zealand – the annual music and art festivals, gourmet restaurants, an established café culture, premier golfing and ski fields, means that New Plymouth as a city caters to all lifestyles and all ages.

Taranaki Region

This is a superb location like this don’t come up very often, so if you've been thinking about a better lifestyle in a hospital that truly values work life balance, this is an excellent opportunity to do just that.

Next Steps

We have assisted many Consultants making the move to New Zealand and we’d be delighted to discuss the options with you in strictest confidence. You can read what people have said about working with us on our testimonials page

We also offer a referral reward Click here for details

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If this sounds like the perfect job you can apply using the blue button below. Or if you’d like to find out more about this job or have an informal chat, please get in touch with us:

Laura Sanders

Recruitment Consultant

Tel: 0131 240 5265 LinkedIn