Kaitūhura Kaitohutohu Ture – Investigator/Legal Advisor
Nursing Council of New Zealand
Join with an organisation that honors its bicultural partnership in all it does and regulates the nursing profession in the interests of public safety.
- A law degree and current practising certificate
- Sound understanding of, or experience in, the New Zealand health sector.
- Previous experience working in an investigations or complaints environment.
The Nursing Council regulates nurses in New Zealand and is governed by the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003. Organisational work is varied and is focused on ensuring that New Zealand nurses are competent and fit to practise their profession and assuring the organisation strives to lead health professional regulations. Their values serve to guide and inform best practice in the way they work:
Whakahoatanga tikanga rua – We honour our bicultural partnership
Mahi ngātahi ā mana – We work collaboratively with integrity respecting each other
Whai haepapa whai – We are accountable, effective and efficient
Arataki, ako, whakapai ake – We lead learn and improve
Wairua tōkeke hauora – We set standards to improve health equity
An exciting new position has come to market for an investigator/legal advisor to deliver legal advice on matters concerning the fitness to practise of nurses to the Council, Committees, and Nurse Advisors. The position manages a broad framework of responsibilities, with its cornerstone based around leading thorough and impartial investigations that have been referred to a Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) for investigation. Your role will ensure the investigations of the complaints to the PCC are full, fair and timely and you will be interviewing complainants and witnesses.
Providing accurate and accessible information on the disciplinary process to complainants and nurses, it is an expectation that you will provide all supporting documentation relevant to the investigation to the nurse and to the complainant where appropriate. Responsibilities of the position are broad, ranging from organising expert witnesses to assisting prosecutors, preparing cross-examination of witnesses to gathering evidence and managing all pre-hearing matters.
Providing legal advice to the PCC, you will demonstrate a level of comfort dealing with evidence objections and providing guidance on standard of proof, evidence and the decision-making process. Ensuring decisions are considered, well-reasoned and proportionate in drafting the written determination, you will draw on your past knowledge and experience instructing and assisting prosecutors, keeping abreast of relevant court proceedings such as appeals and procedural changes, and providing ongoing reports, advice and context to the wider group.
Ensuring the Council’s legislative compliance by reviewing and overseeing risk management, you will ensure awareness of and compliance with relevant legislation. Providing advice to the CE/Registrar and the Council on general legal matters affecting the Council, you will be tasked with ensuring compliance with all legal requirements.
Qualifications, experience and skills required are to include;
- A legal qualification and a current practising certificate.
- A solid understanding of, or experience in, the New Zealand health and disability sector.
- Significant understanding of an investigations or complaints environment.
- Experience working in a legal advisory role with strong litigation exposure.
- A sound understanding of the social, cultural and religious values of different cultural groups.
- A working knowledge and understanding of Te Reo me ona tikanga Māori.
- The prior demonstration of the application of Treaty of Waitangi within a legal/corporate environment.
With the self-confidence to represent the Council as required, you will have a level of comfort which will see you aptly informing the nursing community and public on issues and law relating to disciplinary and fitness to practise functions. Actively engaging with the Nursing Council’s responsiveness to Māori work plan, you will set about developing long-term and meaningful relationships with Māori that provides honour and respect to those who engage with you. Alongside your empathetic and culturally aligned approach, you will feel comfortable following tikanga and applying tika, pona, aroha in your interactions with whānau groups and key stakeholders.
Working collaboratively and remotely with a small but passionate group of people, to achieve project goals, you will offer a demonstrated flexibility and willingness to assist others, whilst staying on track and delivering to milestones. There will be national travel required in this position so a full, clean driver’s licence is required.
This role is positioned for a dynamic legal professional who is seeking a broader challenge and working within a supportive, well informed team who share a passion to make a valued contribution. Through your combined professional and cultural expertise; you will be adding significant value as you act as the conduit, supporting the majority of parties toward a shared and mutually agreed outcome.
To apply, or to enquire further in confidence call or email please contact Heather Walker for a confidential conversation now on (09) 632 1108 or email your up-dated CV and covering letter through to firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications close: Monday the 2nd of November 2020 at 5.00pm.