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Intensivist, Palmerston North Hospital VID6727

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Location: Palmerston North Hospital
Position Type: Medical
Appointment Type: Permanent/Negotiable
Close Date: 14/01/2024

Te Pae Hauora o Ruahine o Tararua MidCentral (MidCentral) is part of Te Whatu Ora, Health New Zealand and provides healthcare services to over 180,000 people across the Manawatū, Horowhenua and Tararua regions. With a large hospital campus in Palmerston North, it also provides key health care and support services to neighbouring communities.


Te Pae Hauora o Ruahine o Tararua MidCentral are looking for a Senior Medical Officer to join our growing ICU team!

The ICU at Palmerston North Hospital is a Level 2 ICU providing a high standard of general intensive care, including complex multi-system support (invasive mechanical ventilation, cardiovascular monitoring and support, renal replacement therapy). Our ICU is a mixed unit, admitting medical, surgical, trauma and paediatric patients. The ICU functions as a “closed unit”, with the ICU Consultants primarily responsible for the management decisions required in the delivery of critical care.

The unit has 6 beds with a flexible mix of HDU and ICU-level patients. Presently we are in the process of expanding our capacity to 8 beds, including two state-of-the-art isolation rooms. The unit admits around 500 patients annually.

The ICU department currently employs 8 SMOs (1 FCICM and 7 FANZCA) and 6 ICU SHOs. The SMOs provide exclusive cover to ICU on a rostered basis, the ICU roster being separate from the Anaesthesia one. When not rostered to ICU the SMOs also provide daytime Anaesthesia sessions. The roster has mandatory provisions for fatigue-relief, with the morning rostered off after a weeknight on call and the whole Monday rostered off after a weekend on call. The weekly schedule for a full-time position comprises 30 hours clinical work (6 x 5 hour sessions), 10 hours non-clinical work and 10 hours rostered time off.

The unit is accredited by CICM (College of Intensive Care Medicine) for Basic Training and as Rural Rotation for both early and advanced trainees. The unit is also accredited by ANZCA (Australia and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists).

Requirements for the applicants:
• Fellowship of the College of Intensive Care Medicine (FCICM) (or equivalent)
Fellowship of the Australia and New Zealand College of Anaesthesia (FANZCA) (or equivalent) with experience and interest in the practise of intensive care
• Eligibility for registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand

What can we offer you?
• A diverse, dynamic and supportive team
• 2 off sessions per week (for the FANZCA SMOs this offers the opportunity for private work, as there is a healthy private practice of Anaesthesia in Palmerston North)
• Ongoing training and development opportunities
• Six weeks annual leave and 10 days CME
• Opportunities to teach, mentor and develop junior doctors
• Relocation packages for national and international candidates

Our team actively encourage work-life balance, and the MidCentral Region is ideally situated for those who like to work, rest and play – beaches close by, ski fields and wineries just up the road, stunning scenery with loads of hiking tracks including Te Arapuke mountain bike track. Our region also offers excellent schools and a local university. Better yet, you can get anywhere within Palmerston North in 15 minutes or less, meaning you can buy your dream property and still be in scrubs well within on-call perimeters!


Make the Move to MidCentral
Check out what your new workplace and home could look like with MidCentral!

​As applications are received they will be reviewed and shortlisting may take place earlier than the advertised closing date.
MidCentral actively seeks Māori into our workforce to reflect the community we serve. We strive to be a place where people love to work and learn. We aim to develop a diverse team that reflects the communities that we serve and we welcome people of all ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, religious and political beliefs, socio-economic situations and accessibility needs.


​If you are interested in discussing these opportunities, please don’t hesitate to reach out for a chat! You can connect with our Head of Department, Dr Daniel Nistor, or our SMO Recruitment Specialist Denella Statham.

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