Deputy Director Nursing & Midwifery

Deputy Director Nursing & Midwifery

Job Title: Deputy Director Nursing & Midwifery
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Broken Hill, New South Wales
Salary: Negotiable
Reference: BBBH25044_1554356375
Contact Name: Emma Chapman Davies
Contact Email:
Job Published: April 04, 2019 16:41

Job Description

Far West Local Health District (FWLHD) is a government funded health organisation providing care to a population of approximately 30,740. Bordering three states and covering an area of 194,949 square kilometres, FWLHD is the second largest NSW Local Health District in terms of geographic area. FWLHD has nine facilities and an approximate budget of $115 million.

FWLHD is seeking a Deputy Director Nursing & Midwifery (Deputy DONM) to manage the operational nursing and midwifery service delivery to embed a culture of continuous improvement and collaboration. Broken Hill Health Service is a 98-bed hospital that provides a range of health services to the local community including emergency, obstetric, surgical and general medicine.

The Deputy DONM will lead a team of nine direct reports and have carriage of driving a change mandate to embed consistency of service delivery and increase staff engagement. Of particular importance will be ensuring the efficient attraction, rostering and retention of staff.

Reporting in to the Director Nursing & Midwifery (DONM), the Deputy Director Nursing & Midwifery will;

  • Work closely with the DONM to manage nursing and midwifery services in a leadership capacity to achieve professional and organisational goals and ensure outstanding patient care.
  • Implement strategies for the effective and timely recruitment and retention of staff while, as well as monitoring the professional development and capabilities of the nursing and midwifery workforce.
  • Drive cultural change through practice development and teamwork to improve patient outcomes and staff engagement.
  • Provide clinical and operational expertise, while assisting with the facilitation of effective policies, planning and implementation of services that leverage evidence-based models.
  • Manage and monitor the FTE, workloads and rostering systems to achieve the required skill mix in order to meet organisational goals. This will include monitoring issues, identifying trends and evaluating appropriate actions and intervention.

This presents as a rare opportunity for someone currently at level, or an established Nurse Unit Manager/Nurse Manager looking to take the next step in their career to the Deputy Director level. FWLHD is committed to supporting the professional development of their workforce, offering unparalleled learning and development pathways and support. The Deputy DONM will have the opportunity to act up and relieve the Director Nursing & Midwifery when needed, providing valuable experience for further professional development.

For this appointment we are seeking a Registered Nurse with current AHPRA nursing/midwifery registration and broad clinical experience. The ability to communicate effectively at all levels within the organisation is essential, as is previous experience working within an acute care setting. The successful candidate will speak with confidence to their leadership and management capabilities, including conflict resolution, mediation and negotiation. Candidates who have previous experience engaging with union representatives, and those who have participated in continuing development of management capabilities will be highly regarded. Ideally you will have previous experience in a position at level, however those candidates who have seconded/acted/relieved in other senior managerial positions are actively encouraged to apply.

This is a chance to join a vibrant community and have a tangible impact in delivering lasting positive change within a health service.

FWLHD is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people with disability are encouraged to apply for all internal and externally advertised positions. If you require assistance, please advise the contact person at the time of your application.

For a confidential discussion about the position, please contact Emma Chapman-Davies of the Orchard Talent Group on (02) 9157 6207 or

Applications close 24 April 2019.

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