Community Nurse | CAF Emergency

  • 0.7 FTE Permanent part time position available in the CAF Access team.
  • Current APC with experience in mental health and MH scope of practice essential.
  • Ability to work both autonomously and as part of a cohesive Multi-Disciplinary Team.

Mō te tūnga | About the role

Our Child, Adolescent and Family (CAF) Access Team receives enquiries and referrals for our CAF specialist mental health services and provides an emergency response with short term follow-up for Tangata Whaiora (young people) with an acute mental health concern. These positions are an exciting new addition to the team to enhance and expand short term treatment for our Tangata Whaiora and their family/whanau.  You will be working within a fast-paced dynamic team that delivers a high standard of clinical, evidenced based and personalised care. You will be working across all aspects within the CAF Access Team and will receive comprehensive orientation and on-going support to ensure you master every aspect of the role.

We are seeking people who can work well under pressure, communicate effectively and have strong clinical skills / experience. It would be highly advantageous to also have a proven ability to deliver evidenced-based brief interventions with children and youth.

Currently based at The Princess Margaret Hospital we are a small but growing multi-disciplinary team who work closely together. Your role will involve time in the referral area, including phone triaging, as well as in the emergency function where you will be completing phone triaging, face to face emergency comprehensive psychiatric assessments and if required short term treatment/follow up to enhance the journey either into continuing care or support return to a community treatment provider. Clinicians have a range of skills and expertise working with young people 0 up to 18 years of age (older if still at school).

There is a 0.7 FTE permanent part time position available. The team works Monday to Friday during business hours, with times where, for the needs & support of the Tangata Whaiora and their family/whanau, overtime maybe necessary.  

Pehea | About You

In this role, you will be responsible for:

  • Phone triaging of Tangata Whaiora in crisis in conjunction with their family/whanau;
  • Triaging routine referrals into our CAF services;
  • Providing comprehensive psychiatric assessments and interventions to young people in psychiatric crisis
  • Provide short term treatment/case management if felt necessary by multi-disciplinary team;
  • Working collaboratively with external agencies striving for better health outcomes in our community.

Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako | Skills and experience:

  • The ability to effectively communicate and work collaboratively with Tangata Whaiora, family/whanau, within the team and with other agencies;
  • A minimum of 4 years mental health experience along with knowledge of general mental health assessment or risk;
  • Experience within a Child and Adolescent setting and an understanding of child and adolescent development is necessary;
  • As some travel is required in this position, a current NZ driver’s license is essential.
  • Must be registered with Nursing Council of New Zealand with current APC and must have mental health scope. 

Mō mātou | About Us

Specialist Mental Health Services are an interdisciplinary team that forms part of Te Whatu Ora - Waitaha Canterbury. We are committed to working and partnering with tāngata whaiora and their whānau. 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.

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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.This vaccination requirement includes gaining Booster Doses required to perform you role under the Health Order.As a person working in the health and disability sector you will come into contact with a large number of people, some of whom may be vulnerable.  Without a vaccine, there is the risk that you may contract COVID-19.  The requirement to be vaccinated is to keep you safe and also to endeavour to protect others against the potential transmission of COVID-19 as a result of you contracting it in the course of your employment.

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Permanent/Part Time

Job no: PC2315732

Location: Christchurch

Closing Date: Wednesday, 21st June 2023