6 Jul 2022

Full-Time National Director, Service Improvement and Innovation

Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand – Posted by Maori Pacific JobsAuckland, New Zealand

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Job Description

The Health and Disability System Review was finalised in 2020 and findings indicated that the complicated healthcare system in New Zealand was contributing to inequity and a lack of consistency in care. In order to simplify and coordinate the health system across the country, a new organisation has been created – Te Whatu Ora | Health New Zealand (HealthNZ). Te Whatu Ora | HealthNZ has been created to achieve a vision of pae ora, healthy futures for all New Zealanders. The new system has been established around the priority outcomes of partnership, equity, sustainability, person- and whānau-centred care, and excellence. The formation of Te Whatu Ora | HealthNZ is a truly bold and courageous step in the journey to transform the way that health services are delivered in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Te Whatu Ora | HealthNZ will manage the health system day to day and will plan and commission health services for the whole population – with responsibility for improving service delivery and outcomes at all levels. The new organisation will unify the existing public health service, ensuring decisions on the ground are made in alignment with the strategic and national policy direction of the Ministry of Health. In partnership with the Te Aka Whai Ora |Māori Health Authority, Te Whatu Ora| HealthNZ will ensure that the system has a strong focus on Te Tiriti and health equity for Māori.

The newly created executive role of National Director, Service Improvement and Innovation will lead service and model of care changes in the system – supporting the strategic aims of the health sector reform. This person will bring a whole-of-organisation view to improvement and innovation, supporting the identification and realisation of improvement opportunities across all areas of the system – including clinical and non-clinical service improvement and digital enablement. With an emphasis on Te Tiriti o Waitangi, this person will work alongside the executive to bring to life the Waka Hourua Kawenata – with the two worldviews moving together in a common direction. This is a once-in-a-career opportunity to play a key part in driving real change and innovation in the way that health is delivered in Aotearoa New Zealand. The National Director, Service Improvement and Innovation will work to determine priority areas for innovation that will assist in achieving equity gains for Māori, Pacific, and other groups who experience inequitable health access or outcomes.

This is an exciting and transformational opportunity to bring new thinking and a continuous improvement mindset to Health New Zealand. This person will be integral in ensuring the potential benefits from nationalisation are realised, in addition to strengthening the consumer voice of groups around the country. As a key member of the Te Whatu Ora | HealthNZ executive leadership team, the National Director, Service Improvement and Innovation will be instrumental in ensuring the achievement of the Government’s objectives for the health and wellbeing of all New Zealanders.

The role and the organisation are highly complex, so candidates will need to be experienced in leading a service improvement-focused workforce in a large-scale organisation with multiple and complex stakeholder interests, as well as leading through transformational change. At a personal level, candidates will be experienced in implementing Te Tiriti and will be instinctively committed to striving for health equity and to the service of a highly diverse community.

Health New Zealand is working alongside search firms Kerridge & Partners and Mana Recruitment to manage the appointments of its executive team. To express interest in this opportunity, please contact Zoë Watson at Kerridge & Partners on zoe.watson@kerridgepartners.com by 5pm, Friday 29th July.

How to Apply

Health New Zealand is working alongside search firms Kerridge & Partners and Mana Recruitment to manage the appointments of its executive team. To express interest in this opportunity, please contact Zoë Watson at Kerridge & Partners on zoe.watson@kerridgepartners.com by 5pm, Friday 29th July.

Job Categories: Business Development and Innovation and Healthcare / Medical. Job Types: Full-Time and Permanent.

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