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Charge Nurse Manager

Oamaru Community Mental Health

  • Full-time, permanent
  • Mental Health clinical leadership opportunity

Here at the Southern DHB the highest possible levels of patient care and service lie at the heart of our mission. Integral to this is a commitment to creating a high-performing organisation with a focus on quality leadership across the service.

About the role / about you

We seek an exceptional Charge Nurse Manager to join our Oamaru Community Mental Health team. The role also encompasses a clinical component with an approximate 50/50 split between clinical and leadership. In addition, the successful applicant will be required to achieve Duly Authorised Officer status within six months of commencing. You will also be required to participate on the after-hours on-call roster. This is a demanding, challenging, rewarding role.

You'll demonstrate sound professional judgement, strong leadership skills, and a clear commitment to high-quality care and the development of the Service. Contributing to your success in this position will be your ability to lead an already effective team, your budgeting and staff management skills and your ability to communicate and influence across a range of providers. Key accountabilities of this role include providing clinical leadership; fostering a positive culture, service planning and delivery, financial, quality, risk, and staff management of the service.

The Charge Nurse Manager will be a New Zealand Registered Nurse (and therefore able to practice in New Zealand), hold a relevant postgraduate qualification, a minimum of a post-grad diploma, and have a proven record of success in a health-related leadership environment. This will complement your experience in, and knowledge of clinical quality, safety, and best practice. We envisage a minimum of five years' experience in working in the field of Mental Health (particularly Community based) to be essential.

You'll report directly to the Service Manager and be strongly supported by the District Leadership team of the Mental Health, Addictions and Intellectual Disability Directorate. A strong focus of the role will be ensuring contemporary Models of Care are implemented and evaluated in response to the changing needs of the community and health system.

About Southern DHB

Southern DHB has the largest regional coverage of all the New Zealand health boards, providing services to 350,000 people in diverse communities across a huge geographical area. We take pride in all the services we provide, and our aim is to improve, promote and protect the health of our region. We believe that our dedicated and passionate staff are a significant driving force behind the achievement of these standards, and we need more like-minded people to help us continue providing for our community.

Now is also a great time to relocate to Southern if you were considering a move. The Southern district offers the benefits of excellent amenities, first-class primary through to tertiary education, and outstanding recreational opportunities. Whether it is surfing, kayaking or sailing, skiing, hunting or fishing; theatre, live music, or art - there's literally something for everyone. Why don't you check out for what the region and we can offer you and your whanau.

Closing date: Tuesday, 22 June 2021.

Due to the fast-paced nature of the DHB, our vacancy close dates may be subject to change. Don't delay, make sure you apply as soon as possible.

Do you currently work for Southern DHB? If so, please apply for this role via the internal careers site

For further information please contact Caroline, Recruitment Advisor - Mental Health, phone (03) 214 5769 or email

Pre-employment checks

In the interests of protecting our people and our patients, all appointments will be subject to the following:

  • Occupational health assessment
  • Police vetting / Ministry of Justice safety checks
  • Serious misconduct checks (previous Public Service departments and statutory Crown entities only)