Community Mental Health Nurse - Youth Forensic Team

Job Number: 
Canterbury District Health Board
Work Type: 
Full Time
Closing Date: 
Tuesday, 26 January 2021

Community Mental Health Nurse - Youth Forensic Team

  • 1FTE,  mon - fri, permanent position
  • Experience within Child, Adolescent and Family services, Specialist Mental Health, is highly desired.
  • Registered with the Nursing Council of New Zealand with a current APC and must have a mental health scope of practice.


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 New Zealanders 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 

Based out of Whakatata House in central Christchurch, the Youth Forensic Team (YFT) provides psychiatric and AOD consultation, screening and assessment - as required for the Youth Court, and Rangatahi Court within Christchurch, Ashburton and Rangiora.


The Role: Where you fit in

The Youth Forensic Team at CDHB is looking to appoint an experienced Community Mental Health Nurse. A motivated and flexible self-starter, you will enjoy meeting the challenges of working both autonomously and as part of a team to develop sound working relationships with our many community partners/agencies whom you will be liaising with. The ability to work in close collaboration with the youth, their family / whanau, other team members as well as partnering organisations is imperative to effectively engage appropriate clinical interventions for this vulnerable client group. 

With sound psychiatric assessment skills and a robust knowledge of relevant legislation including Child, Youth and Family Act, MHA, Criminal Justice Act, your ability to accurately identify risk and plan and advise appropriate management strategies will be exceptional. 

Experience working within Child, Adolescent and Family services, Specialist Mental Health, is highly desirable for this role – as the position does require experience and familiarity working with youth, and families/ whanau within mental health. Experience working with Maori, and applying the principles of Te Tiri o Waitangi to your practice is essential for this role. Drawing on your mental health nursing experience will be fundamental to providing consultation and management advice to the Youth Justice Residential facility (Te Puna Wai o Tuhinapo), to assist with their interactions and care of the challenging young people admitted there. 

The successful candidate will have an ability to build strong effective relationships with exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, will be organised and methodical in their approach to administration and time management, and will have flexibility and adaptability to meet the changeable nature of your work.

A current full NZ Divers Licence is required for this position.

This is a 1 FTE, permanent position, Mon – Fri.


Our Culture: What matters to us

Ko ngā tāngata, te mātua mahi 

Putting people at the heart of all we do 

Healthis ultimately all about people. What’s important around here is the way we carefor and respect others, the responsibility taken for delivering outcomes, andgoing 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 apply online, or contact us on [email protected] 

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