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Community Mental Health Nurse - CAF Access Team

  • Permanent part time position available in the CAF Access team, 28 hours per week.
  • Registered Nurse experienced in mental health with MH scope of practice.
  • Ability to work both autonomously and as part of a cohesive Multi-Disciplinary Team.

Our Purpose: Why we do it

When you work with the Canterbury District Health Board, you’re part of something very special. We plan, fund and deliver health services to the almost 600,000 New Zealanders that live in the Canterbury region. Our primary goal is to put people at the heart of everything we do.

The Team: What we do

Our Child, Adolescent and Family (CAF) Access Team receives enquiries and referrals for our CAF specialist mental health services and provides an emergency response with short term follow-up for young people with an acute mental health concern.

Currently based at The Princess Margaret Hospital we are a small but growing multi-disciplinary team who work closely together. Your role will involve time in the referral area, including phone triaging, as well as in the emergency function where you will be completing phone triaging, face to face emergency comprehensive psychiatric assessments and if required some brief term follow up. Clinicians have a range of skills and expertise working with young people 0 up to 18 years of age (older if still at school).

This is a permanent part time opportunity working hours 0.7 FTE so 28 hours per week for a Registered Nurse. How these hours are to be rostered will be a discussion with the manager of working possibly 3 days one week and 4 days the following week. The team works Monday to Friday during business hours.

The Role: Where you fit in

In this role, you will be responsible for:

  • Phone triaging of young people in crisis in conjunction with their family/whanau;
  • Providing comprehensive psychiatric assessments and interventions to young people in psychiatric crisis and brief case management if felt necessary by multi-disciplinary team;
  • Triaging routine referrals into our CAF services;
  • Working collaboratively with external agencies striving for better health outcomes in our community.

Your skills will include:

  • The ability to effectively communicate and work collaboratively with young people, family/whanau, within the team and with other agencies;
  • A minimum of 2 years mental health experience along with knowledge of general mental health assessment or risk;
  • Experience within a Child and Adolescent setting and an understanding of child and adolescent development is advantageous;
  • As some travel is required in this position, a current NZ driver’s license is essential.
  • Must be registered with Nursing Council of New Zealand with current APC and must have mental health scope.

Our Culture: What matters to us

Ko ngā tāngata, te mātua mahi

Putting people at the heart of all we do

Health is ultimately all about people. What’s important around here is the way we care for and respect others, the responsibility taken for delivering outcomes, and going about our work with integrity.

Belonging Here: Becoming part of our story

Being part of the Canterbury District Health Board, you will enjoy a fantastic benefits scheme, the opportunity for flexible working arrangements and ongoing focus on your career development.

The Canterbury DHB believes that diversity and inclusion is key to ensure we deliver the best care for our diverse population. The Canterbury DHB is an inclusive and equal opportunity employer that welcomes and respects everyone.

If this role has sparked your interest but does not match your skills then please visit our careers website and have a look at our roles that better suit your expertise.

Applications are only accepted online so please visit our website at complete an application.

The role that you are applying for is one that may only be performed by a person who has been vaccinated against Covid-19. It is therefore a condition of this application that you are vaccinated against Covid-19. As a person working in the health and disability sector you will come into contact with a large number of people, some of whom may be vulnerable. Without a vaccine, there is the risk that you may contract Covid-19. The requirement to be vaccinated is to keep you safe and also to endeavour to protect others against the potential transmission of Covid-19 as a result of you contracting it in the course of your employment.

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Applicants will be progressed as they apply, so if this sounds like you, please apply now!