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Charge Nurse Manager or Clinical Team Leader

Specialist Addiction Services

Wakari Hospital

  • Full-time, permanent position
  • Mental health clinical and leadership opportunity
  • Join the collaborative and dedicated team at the Specialist Addiction Service (SAS)

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 team

As part of this dedicated team you'll have your own case load of clients on Opioid Substitution Treatment (OST) meaning your days will be busy and varied, including OST Case Management, groups and walk-in assessments. You'll have regular contact with other DHB Health Services, and NGO's, so you must be an excellent communicator who is adept at interacting with your clients, colleagues and external organisations, always striving to ensure the best results, with a holistic wrap around approach.

About the role / About you

We seek an exceptional Charge Nurse Manager or Clinical Team Leader to join our Specialist Addiction Service based at Wakari Hospital. 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.

To be considered for this position you will be either an Allied Health Professional with a current APC and experience working in Mental Health in an addiction setting or a Registered Nurse who is New Zealand Registered (and therefore able to practice in New Zealand); hold a relevant post graduate 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.

You will bring to this role a solid understanding of addiction issues and experience in working with clients with co-existing-problems (CEP) and you'll be able to demonstrate strength in screening, assessment, brief intervention, and clear decision making skills. Desirable skills and experience relate to mental health and physical health assessment.

You'll be an innovative thinker who can look for the opportunities to further develop the role. So if the prospect of working with other dedicated clinicians excites you, and you're a real team player, happy to use your initiative and embrace change, then apply now!

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, a competitive cost of living 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.

The location

A lifestyle that is hard to beat! Dunedin is a wonderful place for families, with great educational facilities (primary through tertiary) and many activities available for all ages. Some of New Zealand's most famous national parks, ski fields and wineries are within easy driving distance.To find out more about living here please click the following link:

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Closing date: Tuesday, 14 September 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 our internal careers site, found here: Pulse > Applications > Corporate > SuccessFactors

For further information please contact Caroline, Recruitment Advisor - Mental Health, Addiction and Intellectual Disability Directorate, 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)