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Mental Health Nurse - Intellectual (Learning) Disability

Nau mai, haere mai ki Te Whatu Ora – Capital, Coast & Hutt Valley District

Location: Ratonga Rua-o-Porirua/Kenepuru Hospital

Service: Intellectual Disability Forensic Service

Contract: Permanent full time/permanent part time

Salary: Step 2 - Step 7 PSA based on contract hours and experience - pro rata for part time

Kōrero mō te tūranga – About the role

Are you looking for your next career move, where no two days are same? Well then look no further!

This is an exciting opportunity to join our multi-disciplinary team Intellectual Disability Secure Forensic service.

The Intellectual Disability Forensic Inpatient Service is located in Porirua, New Zealand and has opportunities for Learning Disability and or Mental Health trained nurses with training and experience in the specialised field of learning disability and mental health.

We would also like to hear from newly graduated registered nurses within New Zealand who have completed and or are completing their NESP Programme and interested in working with this area of practice.

Porirua is located 20 kilometres north of down town Wellington. Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city, has been constantly voted as one of the top 5 cities in the world in which to live. With a population of 208,000 Wellington offers the cultural and sporting facilities of a cosmopolitan city but with a relaxed life style in a beautiful natural environment.

Nurses are supported to engage in professional development opportunities and application onto the Professional Development and Recognition Programme (PDRP) is expected. You will also receive regular clinical supervision and in service training.

Mō tō mātou rōpū – About our team

The Intellectual Disability Forensic Service has adult, youth and community services and is part of the Mental Health Addictions and Intellectual Disability Service (MHAIDS).

Located on the Ratonga Rua-o-Porirua campus in Porirua the Intellectual Disability Inpatient Service has four units:

  • Haumietiketike a regional intellectual disability adult secure forensic unit which has eleven beds.
  • The Cottages, a step down unit of eight adult beds
  • Manawai the National Individualised Service Unit is a new national unit with six beds for people with intellectual Disability and/or mental health disorders.

We have a Model of Care, which incorporates all the features of current best practice within forensic secure services including Positive Behaviour Support, nuanced risk assessment, and psychological formulation. All staff receive training on Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) as this is the basis for our philosophy of care within the service.

Moū – About you

Overseas applicants should have a minimum of two years’ experience and will be required to complete the necessary immigration procedures for entry to New Zealand. Remuneration will be reflective of the skills and experience of the individual applicant.

We are seeking experienced registered nurses who have:

  • Post registration education/learning and experience relevant to the speciality area of intellectual disability/learning disability and/or mental health
  • Registration with New Zealand Nursing Council.
  • Meet police vetting requirements
  • A current practising certificate.
  • A full NZ driving licence.
  • A minimum of 2 years relevant experience (is desired but not necessary for the right applicant).

If you are an overseas nurse interested in moving to NZ, you can find out specific information here

  • Passing the IELTS (Academic)
  • Registration with the Nursing Council of New Zealand (if you have restrictions to scope these must be either mental health or learning disability/intellectual disability)

Immigration: Applicants should FIRST establish their eligibility for registration with the links below:

New Zealand Nurses - If you are an experienced General /Comprehensive trained nurse interested in moving to the MHAIDS sector we are also able to discuss development and education opportunities and support that will assist you in making this transition

E pā ana ki a tatou – About us

Here at the Capital & Coast and Hutt Valley District, we embrace diversity and welcome applications from all people, including all gender identities, ages, ethnicity, sexual orientations, disability and religions. A workforce that is diverse and inclusive means that we are better positioned to understand and serve our community.

Capital & Coast District and Hutt Valley District are pro-equity health organisation, with a particular focus on Māori, Pacific Peoples, and the Disability Community.

To find out more about us click on the following links:

Mental Health, Addiction and Intellectual Disability Service

Me pēhea te tuku tono - How to apply

Click the apply now button to send your application directly to us. For further information on this role please email and indicate the job title and vacancy number in the subject line.

Please ensure you discuss your mental health/intellectual disability experience in your covering letter and/or your interest in moving into the MHAIDS sector as we will be making selection based on this criteria.

Applications for this role will be processed once received

Ma tini, ma mano, ka rapa te whai

By joining together we will succeed