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Roles in this part of New Zealand are rare - and we are looking for two. People love the climate and lifestyle here, putting down long term roots.

We are seeking two General Surgeons (preferably with endoscopy scoping capability) to join a District Health Board, one to be based in each of their main sites in Nelson and Blenheim.

These are permanent positions and less than full-time at 64 hrs per fortnight (80 hrs are standard) plus on call, enabling true work/life balance - ideal if you have a young family.

  • FRACS or equivalent specialist qualification, e.g. FRCS
  • Experienced in endoscopy scoping essential
  • Participation in the after-hours acute roster required
  • Well-balanced role with a broad caseload, clinical sessions & non-clinical time

The Role

Joining a team of 8 General Surgeons and one Vascular Surgeon, you will assist in delivering high quality general surgical services for a population of approx 145,000. Although primarily based in one site, you will be part of a district-wide service and you will be required to work from time to time across Nelson (150-bed) and Blenheim (88-bed) Hospitals, and to participate in the after-hours acute roster.

You will have a wide range of experience and skills across General Surgery along with a sound understanding of contemporary models of care; proven leadership skills and experience working in a multidisciplinary team environment; an interest in medical education and teaching; and a commitment and willingness to be involved in continuous quality improvement programmes.

What’s on offer for full-time positions (1.0fte)

  • Total package circa NZ$180,000 - $280,000 pa pro rata, depending on level of experience
  • Base salary range NZ$158,141 - $230,000 pa (£82,700 - £120,000) for 1.0fte, depending on level of experience
  • Annual $16,000 Continuing Medical Education allowance & 10 days CME leave to attend conferences
  • Multidisciplinary team working
  • Relocation assistance offered for permanent positions

*Part-time positions at 0.8fte (64 hrs per fortnight) will be calculated pro-rata.

The Location

The Marlborough and Tasman regions offers a fantastic lifestyle for those who love the great outdoors: mountain biking, paddle boarding, kayaking, hillwalking, sailing, ski-ing, fishing, and golfing - the opportunities to enjoy the natural environment are endless. The sunny climate and rich soil creates ideal conditions for vineyards, and many award-winning wines are produced in this part of New Zealand. Both Nelson and Blenheim offer good schools to high school level as well as affordable property, from townhouses to lifestyle blocks with acreage.

  • Relaxed family lifestyle and a welcoming multicultural community
  • Daily 35 min flights from Wellington (or 3 hr car ferry), making international connections very easy
  • Explore the stunning natural landscape: Beaches, lakes, mountains, National Parks
  • Enjoy the café culture, artist retreats, craft breweries, award-winning vineyards…
  • Highest sunshine hours across NZ for 2017

Find out more about Nelson and the Tasman region, click on this link

Requirement for this role

Ideally you will hold FRACS and full Vocational registration with Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ).

Alternatively, if not NZ trained or based, you will hold equivalent specialist qualifications from either UK & Ireland (via CCT), Australia, Canada or USA that will enable Provisional Vocational (long term) registration or Locum Tenens (short term up to 12 months) registration. These are the specialist pathways for medical registration in NZ for General Surgeons and we can assist with medical registration and work visa applications, if you are successfully appointed.

A further registration pathway may be applicable if you are an overseas trained General Surgeon with at least 33 months (out of the last 48 months) specialist/ consultant level experience from a country considered to have a comparable health system by The Medical Council of New Zealand (click on the link to check if your experience is applicable).

Please visit the MCNZ website for details on the medical registration requirements, including primary source verification of your qualifications which was introduced by MCNZ 1st November 2017.

For more details, please contact Caroline at caroline@headmedical.com with a copy of your CV.

Please note, Caroline is based in Wellington, New Zealand, having made the move with her family from the UK in September 2017.

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

caroline@headmedical.com / +64 225214705

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