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Community Mental Health Nurse - East Community Service

  • 0.5FTE, permanent position
  • Ability to work both autonomously and as part of a cohesive Multi-Disciplinary Team as you support your clients in the community.
  • Registered with the Nursing Council of New Zealand with a current APC and must have a mental health scope of practice


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

The East Adult Community Psychiatric Service has an exciting opportunity for a registered nurse with mental health experience to join their community team. East Sector provides an assessment and treatment service for consumers with mental illnesses, and works closely with their families/ whanau - both in the community and alongside inpatient services.


The Role: Where you fit in

As a professional and highly motivated nurse, who displays a positive attitude and enthusiasm for this area of work, you will enjoy being part of a committed and diverse MDT team, you will work in collaboration with a group of professionals that recognises the importance of providing quality care and services to their patients, friends and whanau. Working within a multi-disciplinary team, and in collaboration with our clients and their family/whanau, primary care, community supports and our inpatient team, you will have an ability to effectively manage and prioritise a caseload in this case management position.

  • Visit clients in the community, where you will complete home visits or see them in NGO supported residential services, or support them on the ward as they transition from inpatient to outpatient care.
  • Refer and support your clients to engage with community services and resources, and assist them in developing and progressing along individual tailored treatment plans.
  • Support and assist those in your care with their treatment and medication regimes.
  • Complete assessments alongside psychiatrists, and draw on the knowledge from the variety of different professional backgrounds in your team in order to provide the best possible holistic care.
  • Respond to crises when they occur – this involves conducting risk assessments, connecting with family/whanau, coordinating logistics, and working with your team to ensure the most appropriate intervention for your clients.

We are looking for someone who:

  • Have previous experience in an acute mental health setting or have completed NESP programme
  • Has excellent interpersonal skills, and can connect well with both the people they work with, and those they work alongside.
  • Functions well in a varied role, and with work that can sometimes be pressured and fast-paced.
  • Has a full NZ drivers license.
  • Registered with the Nursing Council of New Zealand with a current APC and must have a mental health scope of practice

This is a 0.5FTE, permanent position, typically working 2 days one week and three days the next.


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 www.cdhbcareers.co.nz complete an application.



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