position description




Locum Staff Neonatologist

Mercy Values:

Position title:


Business Unit/Department:

Position reports to:

Position Purpose:


Resource management:

Mercy Health

Compassion, Hospitality, Respect, Innovation, Stewardship, Teamwork

Employee name:

Staff Neonatologist


Paediatric Department


May 2012

Clinical Director Paediatrics

Positions reporting to this one:

Neonatal Fellow

Neonatal Registrar

Locum cover for Sabbatical leave of Staff Neonatologist in the provision of clinical and administrative cover in a tertiary NICU/SCN.

Registered Medical Practitioner with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Medical practitioner holding relevant postgraduate qualifications in Neonatal Paediatrics, including eligibility for Specialist registration in Australia.

Position may be held by suitably trained neonatologist undergoing assessment by Australian Medical


Experience and training in all aspects of modern neonatal intensive care, including the use of High

Frequency Oscillatory Ventilation and the use of inhaled Nitric Oxide therapy

Total staff management (FTE):

Annual Operating Expenditure:

Annual Capital Expenditure:


Staff Neonatologist

– Paediatrics Department

Organisational Competencies

Group Orientation

Diversity Training

Fire and Emergency Training

OHS Training

Personal Competencies

High level communication skills

High level clinical skill and judgment in


Teaching ability

Ability to supervise junior clinical staff

Job Competencies

Management of all aspects of NICU practice

Competence in all routine NICU practical procedures

Ability to work effectively in multidisciplinary team

Ability to communicate effectively with families under stress

Key Result Areas

Mercy Health Values

Demonstrates and upholds the Values and Mission of Mercy Health.



Key Activities

Be compassionate and provide support to staff and customers

Consistently shows respect and values each person’s dignity

Seeks opportunities to be innovative for improvement

Communicates openly and honestly as an effective team member.

Share the care of infants in Special

Care Nursery on an approximately 1:8 fortnightly cycle (varies with leave commitments)

Night and weekend cover of Special

Care Nursery and Neonatal Intensive

Care on 1:8 roster ( varying with leave commitments )

1 weekly Paediatric Outpatient Clinic

Growth and Development Clinic

Parent support and counseling

Night cover during on-call periods will be resident in hospital

Administrative assistance with routine

Department management as directed

Participation in and further

Standard Measures

Values of Mercy Health are incorporated into daily work practices for all staff.

Satisfactory clinical performance

Demonstrated ability to lead team effectively

Good risk management and OH&S performance

Care of families and staff in NICU

Complete administrative tasks as directed

Attend and contribute to unit QA activities

Mercy Health Staff Neonatologist

– Paediatrics Department



Quality Assurance:

Mercy Health

Key Result Areas Key Activities

development of Unit quality assurance programme

Contribution to development of Unit clinical protocols and guidelines

Represent Department on Hospital

Committees as directed

Staff support, counseling and development

To conduct and publish clinical and/or laboratory research in the field of


To generate funding to support this research

Supervision of research activity by junior medical or scientific staff

Teaching of postgraduate trainees in

Pediatrics and Neonatology

Teaching of postgraduate nursing students

Teaching of undergraduate medical students.

Procedural teaching and support for medical and nursing staff

Academic teaching of Neonatology to

Medical Staff

Academic and practical teaching of

Neonatology to Nursing staff

Teaching of Medical Students

Ongoing participation in professional development

Participation as directed in ongoing

Departmental Quality assurance activities

Annual performance appraisal by

Standard Measures

Minute taking as required for Morbidity-

Mortality and other meetings

Staff feedback

Involvement in teaching programme

Assistance in recruitment and data gathering for departmental studies

Locum position will have limited expectation of personal research programme, main expectation will be cooperation with Departmental projects

Involvement in teaching

Feedback from trainees and nursing staff

Maintain RACP MOPS accreditation

Attendance at and involvement in Unit QA activities

Staff Neonatologist

– Paediatrics Department

Key Result Areas

Takes reasonable care to protect the health and safety of themselves, fellow staff and others in the workplace.

Key Activities

Clinical Director

Complete incident reports

Elect and support health and safety representatives

Contribute to risk assessments

Participate in training and meetings regarding safety

Standard Measures

Reports hazards, near misses and injuries immediately

Uses personal protective equipment

Comply with risk management policies and procedures and instruction

Attend all safety meetings and training sessions

Employee’s Signature:

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Line Manager Signature:

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Previous Review Date: May 2011

May 2012



Mercy Health Staff Neonatologist

– Paediatrics Department