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Health Service Planner (VID: 4779)

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Location: Palmerston North Hospital
Service: Palmerston North Hospital
Position Type: Administration
Appointment Type: Permanent/Fulltime
Close Date: 24/03/2019

Strategy Planning and Performance

MidCentral District Health Board (DHB) is seeking to appoint a Health Service Planner within the Strategy Planning and Performance team.  This position will work with the senior leadership team and act as a key enabler for the cluster leadership teams, designing and facilitating planning initiatives across MDHB to ensure better healthcare outcomes for our communities. 

About Us
Join MidCentral District Health Board and become part of our journey as we continue with our transformational change to establish the organisation as a high performing health system. The transformation involves introducing a system that delivers integrated care by engaging across primary, specialist and community based service providers to provide better health outcomes for the communities we serve.
We are aiming to support changes which will deliver seamless care to our community, improvement in health outcomes, and access to health services and models of care which are co-designed and consumer/ family/whanau centred.  We have chosen to aspire to quality and excellence by design and reduce inequity of outcomes for our population.

We service a population of around 180,000 people across our district with key sites at Palmerston North Hospital and Horowhenua Health Centre.

About the Role
The Health Service Planner is responsible for planning, coordinating, and facilitating planning activities. The role will support planning across MDHB, with an emphasis on service and operational planning.  The role will contribute to a programme of change, service development, innovation and quality improvement, supporting the organisational objectives to move care closer to home, empower people to take control of their health journeys and move decision making closer to the clinical teams that provide care. The role will design and facilitate planning initiatives to support the clusters to develop their long term goals, identify the best way to achieve these goals ensuring better health care outcomes for our communities, and ensuring robust implementation and evaluation measures are put in place. 

You will apply your strong strategic and planning skills, use data and analytics to gain insight and will give expert advice to support effective decision making. You will be a champion for equity, and support the cluster and the organisation to actively improve and achieve health gains for our least advantaged populations.

This is an exciting opportunity to join our organisation and be part of driving improved health outcomes for the communities we serve as MidCentral District Health Board delivers on our vision of Quality Living, Healthy Lives, Well Communities.

Is this You?

  • Minimum Tertiary Qualifications of a Bachelor’s degree
  • Five years’ experience planning or similar position, preferably in a health setting 
  • Strong Stakeholder management and relationship building skills , and a sophisticated toolkit of influencing techniques
  • Strong analytical approach to reaching conclusions
  • A background in health and knowledge of the health or public sector is desirable
  • Objective and independent thinker 
  • Positive Can-Do attitude –  Ability to take a challenge and view it as an opportunity 
  • Ability to think outside of purely the Planning Role – this role is pivotal in bringing all clusters together to achieve the MDHB strategy
  • Team player with excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines and manage conflicting tasks

About Our Region
Palmerston North is a family friendly city where you can enjoy the New Zealand countryside lifestyle without missing out on the advantages of a big city. Housing is more affordable in comparison to the larger metropolitan cities. With a diverse artistic community, Palmerston North is home to a multitude of cultural events, cafes, restaurants and sports activities. Its central place in the lower half of the North Island makes it easy to access the beautiful ski fields 2 hour’s drive north, Wellington 2 hours south, vineyards 2 hours east, wonderful hiking and biking areas 10 min east and the west coast beaches only a 30 minutes’ drive west.

MidCentral District Health Board is committed to ensuring that children and young people are safe from abuse and harm. As part of our commitment to children and young people, and in line with the Vulnerable Children Act 2014, appointment to positions that involve regular or overnight contact with children will include worker safety checks. These checks are in addition to the requirement to have a satisfactory police clearance. Further information will be provided to shortlisted candidates. More information about the Vulnerable Children Act 2014 is available from the Ministry of Vulnerable Children website.

MidCentral District Health Board employs more than 2500 staff at Manawatu, Palmerston North, Tararua and Horowhenua and Otaki districts.
Palmerston North Hospital is a 350 bed secondary hospital, which services an urban population of 80,000 and a total population catchment of 168,000. In addition, the hospital is a teaching hospital, and is associated with both Auckland and Otago medical schools.
Palmerston North is a major university city and is at the hub of key routes to the central North Island ski fields, and river adventures. Wellington the capital city, is only a two hour journey by road, as are the wine growing regions of Hawke's Bay and Wairarapa.
For further information:
Human Resources
Private Bag 11036
Manawatu Mail Centre
Palmerston North 4442

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