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New Year. New Job. New Lifestyle… New Zealand 2020

We're seeking an experienced Consultant Cardiologist to be based in Palmerston North, in the central North Island. This role will lead the further development of cardiology services up to and including the establishment of a local interventional service.

  • Closing date: 17 January 2020
  • Just a 2 hour drive from NZ’s capital city of Wellington
  • Permanent position, commencing 2020
  • FRACP or equivalent qualifications, e.g. FRCP with CCT
  • Proven clinical leadership experience along with a demonstrated understanding of departmental development and the management of change, and a commitment to strong clinical governance
  • Requirement to participate in the on-call service
  • Experience in delivering an interventional service from its infancy, desirable
  • An appreciation for working in a rural setting, also desirable

In addition:

  • Easy commute to and from work
  • Affordable housing and excellent schools
  • Welcoming, multicultural community
  • Excellent central location to explore the rest of the North Island, including the west coast beaches in Foxton and Himatangi, the fabulous Hawke’s Bay vineyards, premier ski resorts, as well as the lakes in Taupo and Rotorua.

Our client has advised: the Cardiology Service currently has the capacity to provide diagnostic angiography, pacing and echocardiographic services to the population as well as an integrated heart failure service.

A business case has been approved for the development of an interventional service with PCI capability and the appointment of two interventional cardiologists. There is an expectation that the hospital will be PCI capable five days a week and contribute to an out-of-hours interventional roster, and that this will be achieved within three years.

For this role, therefore, you will have specialist experience in interventional cardiology as well as cardiology in the broader sense, and a sound understanding of contemporary models of care; you may also have experience in establishing and developing an interventional service from its infancy, and an appreciation for working in a rural setting. Both of which would be welcomed.

You will have knowledge of, and commitment to, the departmental development of a cardiology service in its entirety as well as a focus on intervention.  It is anticipated that you will work in the cardiology on-call service as well as an interventional cardiology on-call service, once established.

In addition, you will have; proven clinical leadership skills, experience in managing change and in working in a multidisciplinary team environment, as well as a commitment to the provision of strong clinical governance; an interest in medical education and teaching, including providing supervision and education to medical students, registrars and other clinical staff; and of course, a commitment to ongoing quality improvement programmes.

What’s on offer?

  • Total package ranges NZ$190,000 - $300,000 per annum, depending on experience
  • This includes: Base salary from NZ$161,304 to $240,000 pa, depending on level of experience; On call calculated on top of your base; Medical Leader Allowance; Continuing Medical Education Allowance NZ$16,000 + 10 days CME leave pa.
  • Plus relocation assistance

The Location

Palmerston North (population: urban 80,000, regional 168,000) is a vibrant, youthful city, recognised by the Pan Pacific Safe Communities Network as an international safe community and is located in the centre of the North Island of New Zealand, set at the foot of the Tararua mountain range. It has all the facilities that you would expect of a city, yet is still compact, accessible and easy to navigate.

The Manawatu region attracts people from far and wide. There is a lot to offer families of all ages. Living here is affordable, with high quality housing and the primary, secondary and tertiary education facilities have an excellent reputation. Massey University attracts international students with its variety of programmes in business, technology, sciences (including the only Vet school in NZ), agriculture and horticulture. The Newcomers Network welcomes and embraces new arrivals and cultures to the city, connecting you to others who have already made the move. It’s also home to the military community as both the Army and Air Force have bases here. There are plenty of cafes and restaurants, and a wealth of sporting activities and community festivals, if you want to get involved. The commute to work is only 10-15 minutes from anywhere in the city.

If you prefer to live in a smaller township, just a 15 minute drive away from Palmerston North is Feilding, voted New Zealand’s most beautiful town 16 times, with its gorgeous gardens, Edwardian buildings and quiet neighbourhoods, and Farmers Markets at the weekends, it’s a great place to be based with a real sense of community.

Whether you decide to live in Palmerston North itself or Feilding, or any of the other small towns in the Manawatu region, the location in the middle of the North Island means you will be within easy driving distance of premier ski resorts at Turangi, Turoa and Whakapapa to the north, the lush Hawke’s Bay wine region to the east, clean and quiet unspoilt beaches (Himatangi, Foxton, Otaki) along the West Coast, and of course, to the South is NZ’s capital city of Wellington (2 hour drive). The local airport has daily commuter flights to Wellington and Auckland, making international flight connections easy.

View this short video to see more: “Move to Manawatu” (courtesy of ManawatuNZ.co.nz)

Explore Palmerston North and the Manawatu region here

Medical Registration

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

If you are an overseas specialist cardiologist, you will hold equivalent specialist qualifications from either Australia (FRACP), the UK (via CCT), Ireland (via CCT), Canada (FRCPC) or USA (Board Certified) 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 cardiologists and either the Hospital or Head Medical can assist with medical registration and the work visa, if successfully appointed.

** Primary Source Verification using EPIC **

All relevant qualifications must now be verified by ECFMG using the EPIC system on behalf of the Medical Council of New Zealand.  If you are committed to working in New Zealand, we encourage doctors to start this process off as soon as possible if you hold qualifications from outside NZ.  Delays in verifications can impact on start dates, if not completed timeously.  Candidates are invited to log on to EPIC and complete this step online.  EPIC verifies your identity and your qualifications directly with you.

Log on to EPIC here and read the FAQs section about how to get started


Photo credit: The Square, Palmerston North - ManawatuNZ.co.nz 


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

caroline@headmedical.com / +64 225214705

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