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Major shakeup for local health district sees 50 positions lost and 27 created


NSW Health has confirmed a restructure of the Southern NSW Local Health District will mean the loss of 50 existing full-time positions in the organisation, but says there will be no forced redundancies and 27 new positions will be created.  

A consultation paper for staff and unions detailing the restructure has been released.

Chief Executive of Southern NSW Local Health District Margaret Bennett says the majority of over 3000 staff are not affected, however, 53 people will be directly impacted and an additional 94 staff will be affected through changes to reporting lines and changes of grades.

Ms Bennett says NSW Health will support employees to move to other roles, and take up vacancies as they become available.

The proposed restructure sees the establishment of three new geographic networks to support their communities along with two new district directorates for mental health, drug and alcohol and integrated care.

It also includes:

  • Establishing leaders in all the major medical specialty medical groups to strengthen clinical governance and medical leadership;
  • A chair of medical leads will be appointed to report directly to the chief executive and sit on the executive leadership team;
  • Appointing a district director of allied health reporting directly to the chief executive to strengthen allied health leadership and provide input into decision making;
  • Provision of enhanced professional advice and more support to the three new networks, along with mental health and integrated care directorates by strengthening finance and performance, quality, safety and patient experience and people and wellbeing business partner positions;
  • Expansion of focus on quality, safety and patient experience with the new positions of medical co-director and manager clinical improvement; 
  • Creation of a new position of a manager patient experience and consumer feedback to drive improvement in care;
  • Investing further in a range of focused development and training programs to grow and support clinicians and leaders. A key part of this is establishing a new position to lead new graduate nurses and transition to practice functions and grow ongoing educational support for our nurses;
  • Broadening of the role of the district director operations to integrate health service planning, ICT, assets, security, medical imaging and pharmacy as well as the three general manager positions to consolidate key operational services;
  • A new manager renal services position will be established to further enhance the delivery of renal care across the district;
  • The district manager Aboriginal health provides direct advice to the chief executive and the executive to enhance the profile of Aboriginal services and ensure involvement in key decision making;
  • Creating a clinical nurse consultant role for seclusion and restraint reduction to support the care and wellbeing of our mental health patients;
  • Creating a new manager of corporate services position to ensure all clinical and corporate services have an appropriate operational and professional structure and strengthening the organisational development team within people and wellbeing.
  • There will be a renewed focus on staff health, safety and wellbeing through dedicated positions and we will employ an ‘elevate’ coach, who will report directly to the chief executive, to support our cultural renewal journey;
  • and establishing a new role of manager strategic procurement and supply to strengthen support to our business in this area and establish three new business analyst positions to support performance across the district.