Senior Medical Officer

Tracking Number: HSDE162-2014
SAP Number: S60060711
This position seeks to attract: All Categories

Division: Health Services
Section: PHC Clinic Operations
Job Type Classification: Permanent

Basic Salary Scale: R 275 436.00 - 524 808.00 per annum
Total Remuneration Packages: R350 854.05 - 676 907.43 per annum

Location - Depot / Town or City: Pretoria Central
Location - Province: Gauteng
Location - Country: South Africa
For Enquiries (Contact Person): Mrs RM Moloto (012 358 8764)/PM Selomane (012 358 8732)

Appointment requirements:
A MB.ChB degree
Registration as Medical Practitioner with SA Medical and Dental Council
Relevant experience in Primary Health Care
Valid code B driver’s licence
Computer literate

Personal attributes / competencies:
Leadership skills, Analytical skills, Innovative thinking, Willingness to accept responsibility, Ability to pay attention to detail, interpersonal skills, Excellent communication skills, Result-driven, Problem solving skills, Ability to pay attention to detail, Be able to work under pressure; Report writing skills, Must be able to work independently, Must be able to perform work under pressure

Execution of medical functions within the statutory scope of practice requirements which entail the under mentioned actions with regards to all categories of PHC patients/clients (History taking, Assessment, Diagnosis of diseases/ Problem identification, Case management plan, Evaluation and revision where indicated and Recording)
The activities reflected above, further entail the independent execution of a combination of any of the under mentioned functions: The execution of patient/ client consultations; The execution of a complete physical and psychosocial assessment of a patient/client assisted by diagnostic data and medical evaluations; Interpretation and utilization of assessment findings and problems identified to plan and provide appropriate care towards the patient’s optimal level of wellness; The request for the execution of certain diagnostic laboratory tests/-samples as well as the interpretation thereof and certain interventions based thereon.
Patient counselling, for example HIV, termination of pregnancy, adolescents etc., for psychological support and assistance with acceptance of problems or diagnosis and decision-making;
Prescribing and/or issuing of medication within framework of statutory requirements, protocols and procedures;
Management of medical emergency situations emerging from daily execution of clinic functions and walk-in emergencies, for example cardiac respiratory cases, fractures, with appropriate case management;
Tracing of patients and their contacts;
Identifying/diagnosing statutory notifiable communicable diseases and notifying relevant authorities according to the Health Act;
Communicable disease prevention and control; disease surveillance, case follow-up, disease outbreak control and prevention of epidemics.
Application of epidemiological principles.
Prevention of medico-legal hazards through high quality medical practice and quality assurance measures.
Liaison with and referral of patients to appropriate and relevant health professionals, outside agencies, institutional groups, resources and/or a higher level of care, i.e. hospitals.
Acts as mediator of the interaction between patients/clients and others through consultative exchanges on behalf of patients/clients.
Implementation of ethical codes of practice and decision-making and maintaining a professional code of conduct (ethical, professional and legal requirements).
Execution of medical and diagnostic procedures for example, HIV testing, etc.
Implements infection control measures according to policies and procedures to prevent health hazards in the workplace and for the public. Applies other general health and safety mechanisms according to legislative and policy requirements.
Execution of programs/projects for example: HIV/AIDS and immunization campaigns.
Execution of community based outreach services through community visits to individual patients, families or groups at residential homes, institutions or workplaces for the purposes of Mobile services, Immunizations, Prevention and control of communicable diseases; High risk patients/ individual case management and Priority Programs
Contributes to theory and improved practice in PHC through the initiation, support of and/or participation in research programs approved by the Health Division. Includes the utilization of research findings in practice.
Handles all referrals by nursing staff.
Acts as a consultant for difficult cases.

Closing date: 29 May 2014

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Questions after the interview:

At the end of an interview there is usually an opportunity where you can ask any questions you might have. This is a great opportunity to show the interviewer that you are interested in the position as well as the company. It is a good idea to prepare a few questions before the interview – this can be done while you are doing research on the company.

Your questions should show the interviewer that you are a good candidate for the position. Try and avoid questions that are based on your personal needs and preferences, for instance:

- How much leave will I get in a year?
- Will I be considered for promotion in my first year?
- When will I get an increase?
- What time can I leave in the afternoon?

These questions are inappropriate at this stage and will probably raise concerns on the side of the interviewer. Should you be the successful candidate then all these questions will be answered in your letter of appointment so don’t waste this opportunity by asking these basic questions.

If the position is an entry level job or very junior then you are welcome to ask questions in line with the position, for instance:

- Why did the previous person leave the position?
- What would the successful person be tasked to do in a typical day?
- How does this position fit into the department and / or company?
- Could you explain the company structure to me?
- Is there any further education assistance or support?

If the position is more senior then you can prepare question around the following themes:

- current issues that will face the successful candidate;
- inter-personal challenges in the department;
- any process, technology or people challenges that needs to be attended to urgently;
- key result areas that need urgent attention in the first few months;

The above information should get you started. Prepare a few questions so that you can show your worth. Good luck with your interview!
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