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Community Mental Health Nurse, Child Adolescent and Family Mental Health Service - South

  • Permanent 0.8 FTE opportunity, within Monday to Friday
  • Experience working in a Mental health setting is essential
  • Travel may be required to other clinic sites in Canterbury

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 people 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

CAFSouth (Child, Adolescent & Family Mental Health Service- South Community & Outreach Team) is a specialist mental health team that provide assessment and treatment of young people up to 18 years of age (older if still at High School) who present with serious mental health problems, and their families/whanau. CAFSouth catchment area is Christchurch to Ashburton, with our base in Christchurch and clinics in Rolleston and Ashburton.

Young people can have a challenging time – imagine adolescence and mental health combined. It can be immensely satisfying helping them and their family / whanau to see the change and positive future possibilities. Our multidisciplinary teams are focussed on supporting our staff to develop the skills necessary to work effectively in this demanding area of healthcare and to work collaboratively with external agencies to meet the needs of young people. Do you want to join us?

The Role: Where you fit in

In this role, you will be responsible for:

  • case management with assessment, formulation and treatment
  • early intervention, brief intervention, and the opportunity to make a real difference
  • adhering to guidelines of Cultural Safety and the Treaty of Waitangi
  • developing and regularly reviewing a job plan and caseload with the Clinical Manager and clinical leads
  • working collaboratively with external agencies striving for better health outcomes in our community
  • participating in rostered working hour duties including responding to crisis / emergency presentations through assessment and developing risk management plans

Your skills will include:

  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience as a SMHS RN with a current APC
  • Whakawhanaungatanga (ability to forge and foster relationships)
  • Whakamanaakitanga (ability to treat others with respect, encouragement and support)
  • Whakakotahitanga (ability to work in your role and actively participate and align this to our organisational values and goals)

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.

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