Clinical Psychologists - Forensic Psychiatric Service


Our Purpose: What We’re Here For

When you work with the Canterbury District Health Board, you’re part of something very special. We’re world leaders in the delivery of integrated health care, and we’re always striving to Make It Better. From the carers on the front line working directly with patients and communities, to our talented support teams who enable that care, we plan, fund and deliver health services to the almost 600,000 New Zealanders that live in the Canterbury region. And we’re all about putting people at the heart of everything we do.

Our Culture: What Matters To Us

Ko Te Whatu Manawa Tangata

Putting people at the heart of all we do 

For us to continue putting our communities at the centre of our health system, we’re putting our own people at the centre of everything we do. Because health is ultimately all about people. What’s important around here is the way we care for and respect others, the responsibility that all our people take for delivering outcomes, and that we go about our work with integrity in all we do.

What matters to us is doing the right thing, valuing everyone, and being and staying well ourselves so we can care for our community.

The Role: What This Opportunity’s All About

The Canterbury Regional Forensic Psychiatric Service is dedicated to assessing and treating people that have offended in the context of a mental disorder or may be at risk of doing so. It also caters for prisoners that require mental health assessment and treatment.  There are a number of units and teams which include two medium secure inpatient units, an open rehabilitation inpatient unit, and a community and prison team. 

We are offering fantastic opportunities to become a key member of a collaborative service providing for the needs of individuals in our care and the wider community. The role requires the ability to work both autonomously and as a part of a multidisciplinary team. This includes ongoing assessment of risk of violence and mental health difficulties, formulation, and individual and group interventions. There is a leadership component including the running of in-service trainings and working with the team to provide guidance on patient management. In addition, clinical psychologists within the forensic service prepare comprehensive reports for the courts as an expert witness. The reports address matters related to fitness to stand trial, the question of insanity, and sentencing recommendations. 

There is a large emphasis on supportive peer review of our practice, including court reports. The service is also committed to ensuring evidence based approaches and providing clinicians fantastic opportunities for further professional development. 

Applicants will need to be a New Zealand registered Clinical Psychologist. Ideally, successful applicants will have recent experience in a forensic mental health setting. We will also consider applications from clinical psychologists from other areas that can demonstrate specific relevant transferable skills. 

If you have queries specific to the Forensic Community Team roles, please contact Cathy Cameron, Clinical Manager on email Cathy.Cameron@cdhb.health.nz or phone 027 382 6505.  Alternatively, if you have any queries about the Te Whare Hohou Roko inpatient role please contact Kathryn Woodall, Charge Nurse Manager on email Kathryn.Woodall@cdhb.health.nz or phone 027 232 6179. 

Belonging Here: Becoming Part of Our Story

Our people enjoy access to a fantastic benefits scheme, flexible working arrangements and a genuine and ongoing focus on career development.

We hope you’ll seriously consider joining us, but if this isn’t a good fit for you, please share the opportunity with your personal networks and help us find our next rock star!

If this particular role isn’t for you, we do have other similar opportunities - please look on our careers page or give us a call to discuss.

Apply online, or to find out more information, please contact

Email: Hayley.Buick@cdhb.health.nz

Phone: 03 3377961

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

Permanent/Full Time, Permanent/Part Time

Job no: 234499

Location: Christchurch

Closing Date: Sunday, 18 November 2018