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Night cover

Night cover is the after hours patient monitoring and medical care.

Night cover for doctors registered in a post-graduate training programme

0 - 3 months

May not be provide night cover.

After 3 months

May provide night cover if the hospital where you are working can meet our requirements below.

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Night cover requirements

Hospitals must meet the following criteria once doctors have met the time requirement to work on night cover:

  • Effective back up and support must be available.
  • Appropriate orientation must be given beforehand.
  • Several days’ of induction must be given under direct supervision to acquire all the necessary skills.
  • Written guidelines must be provided on when it is appropriate to contact consultants, with the understanding that consultants would rather be called unnecessarily than not at all.
  • The doctor must know how to get help and be able to adequately document any approach made to an immediate clinical supervisor.
  • Clinical supervisors must be available, approachable, helpful and reasonable.
  • The trainee/doctor must work five nights under direct supervision before being on night cover alone.
  • The trainee/doctor must pass Level 7 of an Advanced Cardiac Life Support course, to the same level of proficiency required of New Zealand graduates authorised to practise within a provisional general scope of practice.
Note: Night cover requirements for interns are outlined in the Accreditation Standards for training providers


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