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Community Mental Health Nurse - Crisis Assessment Home Treatment

Where you’ll be working: Community Mental Health, 193 London Street, Hamilton

The details: Permanent, Full Time, 40 hours per week (1 FTE) with overtime available

Are you a Registered Nurse looking for a new opportunity? This could be what you are looking for.

This position is with the Crisis Assessment and Home Treatment (CAHT) Service; primarily the home treatment team.

Home Treatment clinicians have a dual role to 1) provide mental health treatment to individuals in their homes and 2) provide clinical support to Awhi Mai (a Kaupapa Maori DHB / NGO partnership providing a community based acute care alternative).

About the service:

The mental health and addictions service deliver a variety of services across the Waikato region. We are a service undertaking a huge programme of change to deliver better outcomes to tāngata whai ora and whānau in our region. Nga iwi Ngakaunui - people at the heart is demonstrated best in mental health and addictions, people really are at the heart of all that we do. We know how important strong relationships are; with people who access our services, with their whānau and with the communities we serve.

About the role:

Crisis Assessment and Home Treatment (CAHT) provides mental health assessment for individuals who present in mental health crisis and support the individual to access the appropriate care pathway. These pathways include referral back to primary services, short term crisis team care, home treatment, admission to community based alternative acute care options or inpatient services. CAHT liaise with a wide range of stakeholders internal and external to Waikato DHB including Police, primary services, NGOs and other DHBs.

Required skills & experience:

You will be an experienced mental health clinician with excellent clinical knowledge and skills in assessing client needs, assessing / minimising / managing risk, providing care and advocating for service users experiencing mental health difficulties to achieve their optimal mental wellbeing and recovery.

You will need to be able to work under pressure and in a range of settings and have a high standard of communication.

Working knowledge of the Mental Health Act would be an asset, as would previous experience in the Duly Authorised Officer (DAO) role.

Applicants must have registration with the New Zealand Nursing Council, hold a current annual practicing certificate and a current full clean driver’s license.

Why us:

The Waikato District Health Board (DHB) is one of the largest of 20 DHBs in New Zealand.

We plan, fund and provide health and disability support services to a population of more than 400,000. We run five hospitals across the district – a tertiary hospital in Hamilton, a secondary hospital in Thames, and three rural hospitals in Te Kuiti, Taumarunui, and Tokoroa.

Waikato Hospital in Hamilton is one of New Zealand’s largest tertiary, teaching hospitals with over 600 inpatient beds and 22 operating theatres. Clinical specialities include Women’s and Children Services, Cardiology / Cardiothoracic Surgery, Oncology and Haematology, Surgical services, and Mental Health and Addiction. Waikato Hospital is the Midland regional referral centre for multiple specialties including trauma surgery, oncology, and neurology.

We are a values based and inclusive organisation that is committed to deliver the best health outcomes for our total population. To do this we are working hard to develop a robust and capable workforce that reflects the population we serve. We strongly encourage applicants from all backgrounds with the necessary capability and who share our values to apply and would greatly value seeing more applicants from our Māori communities.

We offer:

• access to professional development to build on existing knowledge

• extensive internal training opportunities, to support skill development

• full orientation and with collegial support to help you get to know our services

• Duly Authorised Officer training and ongoing support

• access to clinical supervision.

Your application:

Please apply directly online, and click here to review the position description. Applications are not able to be accepted via email.

For any queries about the role please contact Ellyn Gooding (Charge Nurse Manager) CAHT on (07) 834 6902.

For any queries about the recruitment process please contact Robyn Payne in the Recruitment Team on

Application closing date: 13 July 2021


Theme “People at Heart” – Te iwi Ngakaunui

  • Give and earn respect - Whakamana
  • Listen to me; talk to me – Whakarongo
  • Fair play – Mauri Pai
  • Growing the good – Whakapakari
  • Stronger together – Kotahitanga