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National Clinical Leadership Appointments

Alumni Global
New Zealand (NZ)
Closing date
29 Nov 2023

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Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand has accomplished a great deal in a little over a year since the inception. In establishing a nation-wide health service and bringing together the kaimahi across Aotearoa New Zealand, Te Whatu Ora are well into building the foundations to support the success, and to ensure every New Zealander has access to world class healthcare.

Once you become a member of the National Clinical Leadership team, you will help Te Whatu Ora strive towards the kaupapa of creating a more equitable, accessible, cohesive and people-centred health system. This is mahi that will improve the health and well-being of everyone in Aotearoa, and this is an opportunity for you to be part of it.  If you are applying for Chief Clinical Officer, you will report directly to the CEO and be part of the Executive Leadership Team.


Te whiwhinga mahi | The Opportunity

There are currently six open opportunities within the National Clinical Leadership team, these are:

  • Chief Clinical Officer
  • National Chief Medical Officer
  • National Chief Nurse
  • National Chief Midwife
  • National Chief Allied Health Scientific and Technical
  • National Clinical Lead Quality and Patient Safety

In your role as a member of the National Clinical Leadership team, you will be responsible for the clinical leadership of the group under your responsibility across Te Whatu Ora. Collectively this encompasses the professional leadership of approximately 50,000 employed clinical staff across Te Whatu Ora and the wider funded Health sector.

You will provide professional leadership and set the strategic direction and planning priorities for your profession. You'll work in partnership with Te Aka Whai Ora – The Māori Health Authority to be accountable for delivery of high quality outcomes for Māori.

You'll regularly report via the Chief Clinical Officer to the Chief Executive and Executive Leadership Team and the Clinical Quality Assurance Committee of the Te Whatu Ora Board on patient safety and quality outcomes. You will also support the development of a quality sustainable clinical workforce, in particular, to increase the proportion of Māori and Pacific staff.


Mōu | About you

You are a purposeful leader, with significant experience at an executive level, driven by a commitment to make a meaningful impact on healthcare and the consumer experience.

You excel in building and maintaining trusted relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders and you are willing to take a stand and advocate for your profession making a difference to equitable outcomes, aligning your actions with your principles.

You have a history of leading large, diverse teams through periods of change, consistently achieving improved results, even within highly nuanced and complex environments.

If you are applying for the Chief Clinical Officer, you will be vocationally qualified in your own profession and with a business or equivalent administration post-graduate degree.


Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako | Skills and experience

It's essential that you can demonstrate:

A track record of leadership and successful delivery as a clinician in a senior clinical role

A relevant graduate and post-graduate qualification in health management, service improvement or related field

A commitment to achieving equitable outcomes for Māori

Experience in implementing Te Tiriti o Waitangi in action or improving indigenous health

Demonstrable system-wide experience in leading and managing through transformational system change, both within the organisation and externally in health


Ka kawea e koe | What you'll bring:

A commitment to being a good Te Tiriti partner in all your actions. This includes an understanding of the significance of our obligations under Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and the ability to apply Te Tiriti principles in a meaningful way in this role or equivalent in improving indigenous health.

Take ownership of your learning and growth in improving competency with te ao Māori, Tikanga and te reo Māori to better understand indigenous experience of healthcare.

Nau mai, uru mai | Come and join us

When you join Te Whatu Ora, you become part of transforming the health system. This is a once in a life-time change, that will touch the lives of everyone in Aotearoa, and future generations.

Te Whatu Ora, means ‘the weaving of wellness'. Whatu is the combining together of people, resources, organisations, thoughts and actions for the betterment and wellbeing of all. Whatu is also a direct reference to the pupil of the eye, and the vision required of the new entity and system.

Te Whatu Ora are working towards a system that better meets the complex demands of a growing population, addresses the persistent inequalities experienced by Māori and ensures greater access, experience and outcomes for those traditionally not well served by the system – Māori, Pacific and Disabled People.


Tō mātou whakahaere ki te tika, te rerekētanga, me te whai wāhi mai | Our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion

Te Whatu Ora particularly welcome applications from diverse Māori, Pacific, disabled, and rainbow communities.


Me pēhea te tuku tono | How to apply

To view the position description and/or apply for the role, please click “APPLY NOW.” . If you have any questions about the role, please feel free to contact our Executive Search partner, Alumni Global by contacting Senior Researcher on +44 (0)75 4574 1153 or via email on

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