Community Mental Health Nurse - Child Adolescent and Family Mental Health Service

Job Number: 
Canterbury DHB
Work Type: 
Full Time
Closing Date: 
Saturday, 29 February 2020

Community Mental Health Nurse - Child Adolescent and Family Mental Health Service

  • Permanent 1 FTE opportunity (40 hours per week) Mon - Fri
  • Experience working in a Mental Health setting is essential
  • Travel may be required to other clinic sites in Canterbury

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 people 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

CAFNorth and CAFSouth (Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health Service- Community and Outreach teams) are specialist mental health teams that provide assessment and treatment of young people up to 18 years of age (older if still at High School) who present with moderate to severe mental health problems, and their families/whanau. CAFNorth catchment area is Christchurch to Kaikoura, CAFSouth is Christchurch to Ashburton, both with our base in Christchurch.

Young people can have a challenging time - imagine adolescence and mental health combined. It can be immensely satisfying helping them and their family/whanau to see the change and positive future possibilities. Our multidisciplinary teams are focused on supporting our staff to develop the skills necessary to work effectively in this demanding area of healthcare and to work collaboratively with external agencies to meet the needs of young people. Do you want to join us?

The Role: Where you fit in

In this role, you will be responsible for:

  • case management with assessment, formulation and treatment
  • early intervention, brief intervention, and the opportunity to make a real difference
  • adhering to guidelines of Cultural Safety and the Treaty of Waitangi
  • developing and regularly reviewing a job plan and caseload with the Clinical Manager and clinical leads
  • working collaboratively with external agencies striving for better health outcomes in our community
  • participating in rostered working hour duties including responding to crisis/emergency presentations through assessment and developing risk management plans.

Your skills will include:

  • a minimum of three years experience as a SMHS RN with a current APC
  • whakawhanaungatanga (ability to forge and foster relationships)
  • whakamanaakitanga (ability to treat others with respect, encouragement and support)
  • whakakotahitanga (ability to work in your role and actively participate and align this to our organisational values and goals).

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.

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.

Please note only applications submitted via our career site will be accepted.

Contact us on [email protected] for additional information.