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Consultant - Psychiatrist (Wellington Community Forensic Team)

Employer Capital & Coast DHB
Workplace Wellington Hospital
Specialty Psychiatry
Term Permanent
Grading Specialist / Consultant
Hours per week 40
Commencement date Open
Application closing date 25 Jan 2019
Employer Capital & Coast DHB Workplace Wellington Hospital
Specialty Psychiatry Term Permanent
Grading Specialist / Consultant Commencement date Open
Hours per week 40 Application closing date 25 Jan 2019

Job description

Consultant - Psychiatrist (Wellington Community Forensic Team)


Capital and Coast DHB (CCDHB) is located centrally in Wellington and has the equivalent of around 4,300 full time staff, making us a major employer in the Wellington region. CCDHB operates two hospitals – Wellington Regional Hospital in Newtown and Kenepuru Hospital in Porirua – as well as the Kapiti Health Centre at Paraparaumu. We also operate Te Korowai-Whāriki, a large mental health campus based at Porirua.

CCDHB provides a range of specialist services including neurosurgery, oncology, neonatal intensive care and community-based services including district nursing, rehabilitation services, social work, alcohol and drug services, and home support services to a population of around 900,000 people.

Wellington is New Zealand’s capital city, a cultural and cosmopolitan epicentre renowned for its vibrant cafés, restaurants, international sporting and cultural events set in a beautiful natural harbour. With easy access to vineyards in the Wairarapa and beaches on the Kapiti Coast, there’s plenty of opportunity for adventure or simply to relax and unwind.

Hutt Valley DHB (HVDHB) The Hutt Valley District Health Board (DHB) is a hospital and health provider in the Hutt Valley, located 20 minutes from Wellington.

Hutt Valley DHB provides secondary and tertiary, nursing and surgical hospital services along-side community based health care. The main facility is Hutt Hospital in Lower Hutt, which has 260 beds. Hutt Valley DHB funds local health providers and works collaboratively with the community to create and support multiple health education initiatives and projects within the region.

Wairarapa DHB (WDHB) Wairarapa District Health Board (DHB) is located 1.5 hours north of Wellington and Hutt Valley. It covers a large mainly rural geographic area from Cape Palliser on the south coast, to Mount Bruce in the north. Secondary hospital services are provided from the new 90 bed Wairarapa Hospital in Masterton, serving a population of around 40,000. Wairarapa DHB has a unique relationship with primary and community services to meet the needs of their population.


We are looking for a consultant psychiatrist with forensic expertise.

The role sits in the central regional forensic service of the MHAID 3 DHB. The Consultant Psychiatrist is responsible for ensuring that all clinical steps necessary are taken to assist patients to achieve optimal health, wellbeing and safety through the provision of appropriate assessment, intervention and education. The Consultant Psychiatrist, as well as providing high quality diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of patients, is responsible for supporting clinical development of this service.


The successful candidate will work in a multidisciplinary team setting, providing diagnostic evaluation, risk assessment, treatment, monitoring and follow up of mental health consumers and supporting the medical and psychiatric development of the service.

The successful candidate will be responsible for providing psychiatric input to regular prison clinics and following up a small number of Special Patients in the community. In addition, you will provide court requested psychiatric reports and may occasionally be required to attend court to give an expert opinion. Consultation Liaison assessments will also be required.

Peer review, informal supervision and collegial support provided on a two weekly basis at the Regional Forensic Service in Porirua.

Teaching of Registrars and medical students can be part of this role and there are opportunities for a Clinical Senior Lecturer at Otago University.

This appointment is a full time position based in Porirua, Wellington.


- Vocationally registered psychiatrist with Medical Council of NZ to practice as a consultant psychiatrist
- Experience in working with inpatient and community mental health service
- Experience in providing clinical leadership to other psychiatrists in the team
- Experience in providing clinical leadership in a multidisciplinary setting
- Have a current Driver’s Licence


Applications will not be accepted via email. All candidates applying for any of our current vacancies must complete an online CCDHB application form by clicking the 'Apply Now' button.

Applications close on 25 January 2019. Please ensure your uploaded CV and cover letter is in either Word or PDF format. For further information on this role, please email and please indicate the vacancy number (SMO53-18) and job title in the subject line.

Qualifications required

Specialist qualification in psychiatry
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Name Dani Armstrong
Position SMO recruitment advisor
Phone (04) 806 2547
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