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Applying for a Registrar Post

APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN from 16 April - 13 May to apply to be a psych registrar starting in Dec 2018, or later in 2019!!

The NRA website is sadly VERY hard to navigate, so here are 2 links from their system to make it easier for you.

1) get all your documents ready, and referees organised. Here's the main "How to Apply" page with the details.

2) apply on-line. There's an orange button at the bottom left of this page that puts you into the on-line application system for a psych post.

(NB: If you have any problems with the on-line system, with uploading your documents, or have any other questions, email Charlotte Lawson our recruitment consultant at the NRA. Or if you have questions about psych training and posts in Auckland, email Felicity.)

After our annual application round closes from 13 May, you can still email Felicity at any time to ask if we have a post free at another time of year, as we often do have one or two gaps. 

Is Psychiatry the Career for You?

Is psychiatry the right choice for you, and what are we looking for in a psychiatric registrar? Obviously, you need to be interested in people, in psychology and how the brain works. You need good communication and interpersonal skills and to speak and write English fluently. You need to be motivated and both clinically and academically competent, as RANZCP training is quite a demanding postgraduate course and the examinations are not easy. You need to be able to tolerate uncertainty and to be curious - psychiatry is fascinating and we don't fully understand the brain and the mind yet, so although there's a solid and growing evidence-base of research, there are plenty of unknowns. whangareiOn a practical note, you need to be able to type well as all our services have electronic records. For on-call work you need to be able to drive and to have your own car - or to get one shortly after arriving here, if you're from overseas. And finally, although the College allows entry into training after PGY-1 year, the RDA mandates two houseofficer years before RMOs become registrars, so in practice two years as a houseofficer are needed before starting as a registrar in Auckland.

Whangarei and Auckland

Although Whangarei and Auckland are both part of one regional programme, Whangarei is about 2-3 hours drive north so it functions as a separate satellite, with registrars driving down for teaching days or Skyping/Videoconferencing in. This means that there are different employment processes for Whangarei and for Auckland. There are pros and cons to living and working in a smaller provincial city or a large metropolis like Auckland - it's your choice as both parts of the programme are likely to be keen to recruit new registrars. Registrar posts are not time-limited but continue indefinitely once you're accepted until you complete training, with the usual performance-management processes.

Posts in Auckland

The employment process for psychiatric registrar posts in Auckland is centralised through the Director of Training and the NRA (Northern Regional Alliance - they handle RMO coordination and recruitment in Auckland). The NRA's website is www.aucklanddoctors.co.nz. If you make initial contact with the NRA Recruitment Consultant the Director of Training will be notified about your query. If you have specific questions, you can email the Director of Training directly. Our Administrator, Rosalynn, often plays an important role, liaising with applicants.

The main annual intake process occurs mid-year for 3 weeks in April, planning ahead for posts starting in early December, across all of the following year. There's a selection process with either a face-to-face or teleconferenced interview, in June. The Selection Panel consists of the Director of Training, a Training Facilitator, the training programme manager and a trainee representative, and a Recruitment representative from NRA. Our selection process covers both selection into RANZCP training, and also employment by the Auckland DHBs, via NRA. Unlike some other programmes, it's all handled together, not as separate processes.

We're a large programme so we almost always do have a vacancy and we're keen to recruit all the year round. Don't worry if you miss the main selection process application deadline as we schedule one-off interviews at other times, as needed. If you're applying other than in the main annual recruitment round in April, email the Director of Training with your CV, saying when you'd like to start. Most registrars start their posts in December, but some start mid-year, in June. If we have vacancies you can often start at another time if you're coming from overseas. Obviously it's somewhat difficult for a clinical team and supervisor if you need to have a late start while completing a post overseas before arriving here, but we may be able to locate a post that can cope with this. You'd have less choice as to your initial placements, however. 

The stages in joining the Auckland part of the programme are thus:

  1. Put a note in your e-diary to watch the NRA's website www.aucklanddoctors.co.nz just before the start of April, to catch the 3-week window for annual applications. If for some reason that doesn't work, or you're applying at a different time, Email the Recruitment Consultant at NRA, and attach your CV. Or you can email the Director of Training especially if you have additional questions about training. If you're living locally the Director of Training may be able to meet with you informally - note, however, that special 1:1 meetings prior to the annual competitive selection process are not usual.
  2. The recruitment process in the annual round is automated so the on-line interface will make it clear what information and documents they need. If you apply at a different time, our NRA Recruitment Consultant will fill you in about all that.  People from overseas need references on a special format for MCNZ so the NRA require all references in this format, so don't bother collecting these in advance - the NRA will help you with that to make sure they're on the right form. 
    The Director of Training also needs the RANZCP training Application including a ~300 word statement about why you're applying.
  3. Once we have the paperwork as above, Rosalynn our Administrator and the NRA Recruitment Consultant will organise a selection interview with you.
  4. The Selection Interview is held to determine if you're suitable to be selected into psychiatric training, to sort out any practical details, and to give you information and answer your questions. Here's some information about how the selection process goes, and the criteria we look for.
  5. The Recruitment Consultant at NRA contacts you by email after the interview with the results of the selection process. Some final paperwork is often needed before a job offer can be made (e.g. last references, etc.)

  • If you've been selected into registrar training you'll be emailed a job offer by the NRA Recruitment Consultant and (if you're overseas) NRA will help you with medical registration and immigration details. The Director of Training will liaise with you about the allocations process for your specific post(s), and provide general orientation information.

  • If you haven't been selected into a post, the Recruitment Consultant at NRA will email you regarding this.

 

 Posts in Whangarei

You should start off the process by emailing or phoning the Northland Mental Health Services Clinical Director Dr Humberstone (+64-9-430-4100), who will involve their HR staff to assist with the practicalities. The Clinical Director will inform the programme's overall Director of Training who is based in Auckland, who will also make contact with you and arrange the necessary paperwork as above. Then there's a selection interview for RANZCP training, as above, organised by Rosalynn. Note that this is more of a two-stage process so if you definitely want a training post rather than a service post, you need to make sure that the selection-into-training process is also underway. The process for Whangarei is thus:

  1. Once you contact the Northland Clinical Director of Training their HR people will tell you what other employment-related paperwork they need from you. We will get copies from Northland DHB.
    We also need the RANZCP training Application including a ~300 word statement, as above - fax or email it to Rosalynn.
  2. Once we have the paperwork as above, Rosalynn, our Administrator, organises a selection interview with you, usually by teleconference.
  3. The Selection Interview is held to determine if you're suitable to be selected into psychiatric training, to sort out any practical details, and to give you information and answer your questions. If possible, especially if you're overseas and we're doing it by teleconference, we will combine the selection interview with the job interview for the actual post, but sometimes it's a two-stage process. 
  4. The Director of Training contacts you by email (within a few days) with the results of the selection process.
    • If successful, you separately finalise the job offer for the actual post and any relocation logistics with the Northland DHB Clinical Director and HR staff. 
    • If you haven't been selected into RANZCP training, the Director of Training will email you about this.

Should You Use an Employment Agency?

We'd rather you didn't, as agency fees are very costly to our DHBs so we have a non-agency recruitment policy. The Auckland NRA Recruitment Consultant or Northland HR staff can help you with the practical details about Registration and Immigration just as well as an agency.

Is there any assistance when travelling from overseas to take up a post in the programme?

Whangarei do sometimes offer relocation assistance when recruiting from overseas. You'd need to talk to the HR staff involved with your recruitment, to check the details. The Northland DHB careers website has a lot of useful immigration and relocation information, and details about life in Northland.

For registrars, the most useful resource is this guide for new recruits from NRA’s Auckland Doctor’s website. The Auckland DHBs provide practical help from NRA with your Registration and Immigration processes but they don't pay for airfares or other relocation costs. They do provide some advice and support though, about relocation to Auckland. Here's the ADHB relocation support site and the WDHB relocation page. These websites, and especially the NRA "New Start" guide, have helpful links and information about getting started in New Zealand, no matter which DHB your post is in.