INTERNAL MEDICINE PHYSICIAN - STROKE PHYSICIAN
80 hours per fortnight (1.0FTE)
We are looking for an enthusiastic Stroke / Internal Medicine Physician to make a difference to patients and whanau by providing high quality specialist care and driving clinical governance.
The focus of the position will be the delivery of acute stroke care as well as acute and general medicine care on a ward-based team in our general medical service.
This exciting position will give you the opportunity provide clinical leadership to the Stroke service with the support of dual trained Geriatricians/Internal Medicine Physicians, Stroke CNS and dynamic ward leadership team, passionate nursing and allied health staff with expertise in stroke, and Geriatricians on our rehabilitation ward (AT&R). We have strong links with our tertiary centre, Wellington Regional Hospital, who provide 24 hour support via Telemedicine for hyper-acute stroke and make decisions for thrombolysis and clot retrieval.
This opportunity comes at a thrilling time as Hawke’s Bay Stroke services are currently expanding. New inpatient stroke pathways are being developed by physicians, nurses, allied health, and cultural advisors working across acute and general medicine, AT&R and the community to improve inpatient stroke rehabilitation. A new model of care for supported discharge is also in development and you would provide medical leadership for this.
The applicant will have a broad range of skills and be comfortable dealing with the care of undifferentiated presentations to acute medicine. They will be able to provide clinical leadership to the multidisciplinary team, with a commitment to continuous quality improvement. Although the main focus will be ward based care of acute presentations, time for out-patient clinics and service development/innovation will be included.
The successful applicant should have FRACP or equivalent and be registered (or is eligible for registration) as a specialist with the Medical Council of New Zealand.
Hawke’s Bay has a diverse population of 162,000 people in both urban and remote rural areas. Services are primarily provided at Hastings which has a 400 bed capacity - one of the largest provincial hospitals in New Zealand.
The general medicine department looks after more than 8000 admissions per year, across 4 medical wards and a 20 bed acute assessment unit. There are currently 8 teams run with registrar, house officer, and trainee intern support. The medical department as a whole maintains a strong collegial relationship with a robust education calendar, and comprises more than 40 physicians across a number of specialties. There are currently various work streams dedicated to supporting the improvement of patient outcomes, reviewing models of care, improving patient flow, and addressing inequity in healthcare.
We have no doubt that you’ll love everything Hawke’s Bay has to offer. Situated on the east coast of the North Island, you’ll enjoy the stunning climate and beaches, a wide range of sporting and leisure opportunities, wine, food and cultural activities. An environment and work/life balance that is second to none.
If you are interested in this opportunity, please apply online and attach an up to date copy of your CV for consideration.