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Community Mental Health Nurse - Watch House

The Watch House has an opportunity for a part time (0.47FTE) Community Mental Health Nurse based at the central police station.

Mō te tūnga | About the role

Working outside of the clinical environment based at the central police station, your professional approach will see you working alongside the police providing excellent mental health/alcohol/drug support and education. You will undertake a brief assessment of the persons in custody, looking at their risk, mental state, co-existing addiction issues, and formulate a plan. Where appropriate, you will liaise with other Specialist Mental Health Services.

Pehea | About You

You may come from a forensic, acute or community background but wherever it is you will have the sound mental health knowledge we are looking for. This position is key to making a difference in someone’s life, engaging and providing early intervention and therefore enabling the person to receive appropriate care.

The ability to work both autonomously and collaboratively in an integrated manner alongside an ability to confidently relate to all walks of life is imperative to this role. Flexibility is essential as you may be required to work as part of the wider crisis resolution function to meet clinical needs.

This is a 0.47 FTE, permanent rostered position (following a 4 days on, 2 days off roster pattern).

Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako | Skills and experience

In order to be successful in this role, the following is required:

  • Registered with the Nursing Council of New Zealand with a current APC and mental health scope
  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience working within Mental Health including psychiatric and risk assessments
  • Be a Duly Authorised Officer who has been trained and signed off as being able to facilitate the MHA or a willingness to train as one
  • Possess the knowledge and ability to use computers and related technology efficiently
  • Have a full New Zealand drivers license

Mō mātou | About Us

Specialist Mental Health Services are an interdisciplinary team that forms part of the Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB). We are committed to working and partnering with tāngata whaiora and their whanau. Constantly striving to work within our philosophy; we develop therapeutic, supportive and empowering relationships with our consumers, enabling them to achieve their personal goals and aspirations.

Tono ināianei | Apply Now

Please submit your most recent resume along with a cover letter stating why you believe that you are the ideal candidate for the role highlighting any skills you have gained along the way.

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

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

Health Disclaimer:

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 sector you will come into contact with a large number of people, some of whom are likely vulnerable. Without a vaccine, there is a higher risk that you may contract Covid-19. The requirement to be vaccinated is to keep you safe and to endeavour to protect others against the potential transmission of Covid-19.