Clinical Councils: EOIs sought from primary health care staff

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EOIs being sought from local primary health care nurses, allied health professionals, Aboriginal health workers and pharmacists from South Eastern NSW.

COORDINARE, the new South Eastern NSW PHN, is establishing two Clinical Councils (one in the Illawarra Shoalhaven and the other in Southern NSW) to assist it to develop local strategies that improve the operation of the health care system for patients. Their purpose will be to facilitate effective primary health care provision that ensures patients receive the right care, in the right place at the right time.

The Clinical Councils will be expected to report to and influence the COORDINARE board on opportunities to improve medical and health care services through strategic, cost effective investment and innovation. They will act as regional champions of locally relevant clinical care pathways designed to streamline patient care, improve the quality of care and utilise existing health resources efficiently to improve health outcomes.

Members of the Clinical Council will provide expert input and feedback into planning service responses at both a practice and population health level, as well as in relation to other issues that are important to them. They will also contribute to decision making and provide advice on how models of care can support the integration of primary, secondary and tertiary services to allow a more streamlined continuum of care within South Eastern NSW.

GP Clusters are being established across the region and local GP Cluster leaders will be members on the Council.

Expressions of Interest are now being sought from local primary health care nurses, allied health professionals, Aboriginal health workers and pharmacists who work in South Eastern NSW and have the specific skills and experience required to address inter-sectoral care, service gaps and integrated care plan pathways.

Clinical Council membership and selection process

There will be two GP Clinical Councils established, one for the Illawarra Shoalhaven region and another for the Southern NSW region. Each Clinical Council will comprise up to 12 – 14 members who are:

  • GP Cluster Leaders from each of the 6 GP Clusters in the region (these members have already been nominated)

  • local primary health care nurses, allied health professionals, Aboriginal health workers and pharmacists (4-5) currently working in primary care

  • Local Health District Clinicians x 2 (these nominations have already been received)

  • other relevant stakeholder representatives (as required)

Members will be nominated for a 2 year term.

Expressions of Interest will be reviewed by a panel consisting of the Clinical Council Chair for that region and the Director of Clinical Governance. The aim is to complete this selection process, confirm nominations and announce successful candidates by the end of October 2015.

Expressions of Interest are open until COB Monday 12 October. Successful applicants will be eligible for remuneration for their contribution where appropriate.

Terms of reference for our Clinical Councils can be found here.

How to Apply

Expressions of Interest should briefly include the following information:

  • details of your clinical background, including qualifications and experience (attach short CV

  • an outline of any professional networking that you are currently engaged in (this will provide us with an idea of the information flow that your appointment might provide)

  • an outline of any perceived, potential or actual conflicts of interest that may exist if you were appointed in this role

  • details of what you consider to be the most critical issue that the Clinical Council should address as a priority.

Please send your Expression of Interest by COB Monday 12 October 2015 via email to smertens@coordinare.org.au

Please include in the subject line and the region you would like to be considered for: Clinical Council EOI – Illawarra Shoalhaven, or Clinical Council EOI – Southern NSW.

For further information please contact Linda Livingstone on 1300 069 002.