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Clinical Nurse Manager - IMHU

Clinical Nurse Manager - Inpatient Mental Health Unit

Southland Hospital, Invercargill

  • Take your career to the next level
  • Permanent full-time - Monday to Friday

About the team

The Inpatient Mental Health Unit is a purpose-built modern facility where care is provided by a multidisciplinary team with a broad background of experience. We work in close partnership with community teams, allied health care professionals and local education providers to facilitate a working environment that is supportive, challenging and reflects evidence of ongoing professional growth whilst meeting the needs of a diverse population with mental illness.

About the role / about you

This is an exciting opportunity to lead a progressive and dynamic Mental Health Inpatient team that strives to achieve excellence in every facet of its service delivery. The inpatient team is supported by a recovery focused mental health service.

The Clinical Nurse Manager will be a mental health professional with recent experience working within the mental health specialty who combines an excellence in practice that blends a passion for mental health with demonstrated leadership ability. The Clinical Nurse Manager will take overall responsibility for the management and leadership of the Mental Health Inpatient Unit both operationally and clinically. You will also take primary responsibility for the clinical aspects of the multidisciplinary team. In this role you will be part of a supportive, forward thinking and innovative management team.

The successful applicant will demonstrate high levels of clinical skill. They will show a clear understanding of the principles underpinning mental health and addiction assessment and treatment and provide effective management and strong but collaborative leadership to the team. Previous management and clinical leadership experience is desirable but not essential.

Key accountabilities of this role include but are not limited to the following:

  • Clinical leadership of the service: fostering a culture that strives for excellence in clinical service provision within allocated resources
  • Service planning and delivery: leading and managing the service to provide efficient and effective services, and participating in and leading service planning
  • Staff management and recruitment: developing a cohesive and productive team
  • Financial management of the service
  • Quality and risk management of the service

The Clinical Nurse Manager will be a Registered Nurse, with a current APC - and have a minimum of five years recent experience in working within a mental health sector, with the ability to practice in New Zealand; will have a relevant post graduate qualification, and proven success in leadership in health related environment, which will complement their experience in, and knowledge of clinical quality, safety and best practice.

Due to the natural challenges that come with a position that sees you managing staff across a range of professional disciplines it is essential that you have exceptional communication and conflict resolution skills in this role. You must be IT savvy and enjoy the coordination of individuals and groups.

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.

The location

Now to the city itself, Invercargill offers the opportunity to have the lifestyle you've always dreamed of. Boasting friendly locals, excellent education and restaurants, competitive costs of living and a beautiful coastline, life can be as relaxed or as energetic as you want. Our team enjoy the short commute to work, leaving ample time for what matters to you most. Add to this the close proximity to some of New Zealand's most famous scenery and holiday destinations (think Queenstown, Wanaka and Milford Sounds to name but a few!) you can go from seaside to ski-slopes in a matter of hours.

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Closing date: Sunday, 20 February 2022.

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)

Covid vaccination requirements

Following the update to COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021, to be employed with Southern DHB you will be required to be fully vaccinated and have received a booster vaccine against COVID-19. You will need to provide proof of this to Occupational Health staff.

To apply

We only accept online applications. Please apply via our website: