23 Sep 2019

Full-Time Injury Prevention Partner – Neonatal Encephalopathy

Accident Compensation Corporation – Posted by MinEducationAnywhere

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Job Description

Reducing the incidence and severity of injuries is a strategic priority for ACC and one of the many ways we help to improve lives every day. ACC is increasing its investment in injury prevention and implementing an ambitious injury prevention strategy.

In this role, you will work closely with the health sector to address the critical fiscal risk of treatment injuries to the ACC Scheme, to understand where treatment injuries occur and what causes them, and to implement interlocking and targeted cost-effective programmes to reduce the severity and incidence of treatment injury in New Zealand.

ACC’s vision is to create a unique partnership with every New Zealander, improving their quality of life by minimising the incidence and impact of injury. ACC is shifting the ways we work with New Zealanders to deliver meaningful support and guidance in the prevention, care and recovery from injury.

As the Injury Prevention Partner for the Neonatal Encephalopathy (NE) prevention programme, your significant health experience and / or understanding will support you in leading a strategy and change programme for reducing preventable NE through improving treatment safety.

NE is a major cause of brain injury in new born infants, often caused by oxygen deprivation at or around the time of birth. Children with severe NE have complex care needs that affect families for an entire lifetime. This includes the impact on economic productivity of family members and often less time to care for other children which can result in other socially adverse consequences.

ACC has convened a multidisciplinary NE Taskforce to identify potentially avoidable factors, and to implement a suite of interlocking prevention initiatives aimed at reducing both incidence and severity.

Your key objective will be to work with the Injury Prevention Leader of the NE prevention programme, as part of an internal team of at least four people, and a larger multidisciplinary team of external experts from across the health sector. The prevention approach uses effective evidence-based interventions that are cost-effective, and acceptable to the sector. You will contribute to continuous improvement methods to monitor progress and enhance performance, reach, and impact of these prevention programmes.

Your knowledge of the health sector will help you in your role which will involve extensive interactions with key health agencies and regulators, professional groups including obstetrics and midwifery, and all parts of the health sector involved in antenatal and perinatal care (including primary, secondary, and tertiary birthing services).

You will have a good understanding of the maternity sector in the community and in hospitals. This might be either as a clinician or from a health science background. You will have experience of leading strategies and change programmes and will be familiar with system changes. There is a preference that you will be well-networked within the health sector. You will be a team player.

This is a unique opportunity to shape and influence the safety of perinatal treatment in New Zealand, and to contribute to improving the lives of vulnerable babies and to make a real difference.

You will also cooperate with other treatment safety teams who are implementing prevention initiatives for perioperative harm, healthcare associated infections, pressure injuries, medication errors and adverse reactions, and learning from serious adverse events.

What we are looking for from you to be successful in this role:

  • Tertiary or advanced qualification in a health profession or other relevant field. If clinically qualified, current practicing certificate is not a requirement
  • Practical experience at implementing programmes within the health sector, especially those with a focus on prevention or best clinical practice
  • Significant experience in programme development, implementation, management and evaluation
  • Leadership experience, with either direct people leadership or leadership of project teams
  • Good understanding of the health sector, health professions, and individual clinical groups
  • Well-developed stakeholder engagement and management skills with proven ability in developing constructive and effective relationships across a wide range of health sector stakeholders, gaining their trust and respect

To view the position description please click Injury Prevention Partner Position Description.

Applications will only be accepted when formally submitted through our ACC Career website.

Applications will run through to Monday, 14 October 2019 but please note that if an ideal candidate is found during this time we may move forward with pre-screening and interviewing.

The salary range for this role is between $94,000 and $132,000, with an additional 9% superannuation contribution.

If you have any questions about the role, please contact Amanda in our Recruitment team at Amanda.Hossack2@acc.co.nz

How to Apply

Applications will run through to Monday, 14 October 2019.

At ACC, we recognise that diversity, inclusion and accessibility is important to our business. ACC's Māori Strategy Whāia Te Tika provides the foundation for delivering better outcomes in a kaupapa Māori, culturally appropriate and responsive way for current and future Māori and diverse employees. ACC holds itself to a philosophy of Tika enabling us to create an environment of involvement, respect and connection with the communities where we work - benefitting individual employees and all our clients across New Zealand.

Job Categories: Healthcare / Medical. Job Types: Full-Time.

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