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National Clinical Lead Mental Health and Addictions

Te Whatu Ora/Health New Zealand
New Zealand (NZ)
Closing date
16 Apr 2024

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

Join us and help us lead the transformation. Be a member of the National Clinical Leadership team as we strive towards our 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 we've got an opportunity for you to be part of it.

Te whiwhinga mahi | The Opportunity

In your role as the National Clinical Lead Mental Health and Addictions you will be responsible for setting the strategic direction and planning priorities for clinical leadership to the mental health and addictions sector, motivating and inspiring local and regional mental health and addictions clinical and operational leaders to ensure the delivery of safe, high quality care, to meet performance targets and objectives, and to build a high performing mental health and addictions system.

As a member of the National Clinical Leadership team, the National Clinical Lead Mental Health and Addictions will assist in formulating and supporting Health New Zealand - Te Whatu Ora's future direction and contribute to the performance of the organisation.

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 Health New Zealand - Te Whatu Ora Board on patient safety and quality outcomes. You'll 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.

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 us, 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.

Our name, 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.

We 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

We particularly welcome applications from diverse Māori, Pacific, disabled, and rainbow communities.

For a confidential discussion on this role, please contact Beth Stickney, Principal Researcher on +44 7703 821 996 or click apply below which will take you to the dedicated microsite with more information. 

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