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Clinical Leader, Intensive Recovery Sector / Consultant Psychiatrist (CRS)

Employer Capital & Coast DHB
Workplace Wellington Hospital
Specialty Psychiatry
Term Permanent
Grading Specialist / Consultant
Hours per week 40
Commencement date Open
Application closing date 28 Feb 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 28 Feb 2019

Job description

Clinical Leader, Intensive Recovery Sector / Consultant Psychiatrist (CRS)


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. It is a “foodies” paradise, cultural art-loving harbour city, and a place you quickly begin to call home. Wellington has been named the best place to live in the world by Deutsche Bank’s 2017 study of 47 cities globally ranked. According to Deutsche Bank, it is also officially the city with the world's highest quality of life and has the least pollution of any city ranked.

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.

Service Perspective

The hospital and health services of the DHBs provide a range of services, one such group of services includes Mental Health, Addictions and Intellectual Disability (MHAID) Service. The Service has over 1400 employees and annual revenue of $135m.

MHAID Service spans three DHBs - Wairarapa, Hutt Valley and Capital and Coast DHB’s -and includes local, regional, and national services. The local MHAID services are provided from multiple sites within the 3DHB sub-region – greater Wellington, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa. Te Korowai Whariki services include regional forensic and rehabilitation services covering the Central region while the intellectual disability services extend the length and breadth of the country from six bases located in Whangarei, Auckland, Cambridge, Wellington, Christchurch, and Dunedin.

The core business of the Service is the provision of quality specialist services, integrated with primary and secondary providers in the communities we serve.

The Service is committed to the underlying principles of:

-The New Zealand Disability Strategy: Making a World of Difference – Whakanui Oranga

-Te Tahuhu and the Mental Health Blueprint for Mental Health Services in New Zealand to guide and direct service design, delivery, development, and review

-Intellectual Disability High and Complex Framework

-Te Tiriti o Waitangi as the founding document of Aoteroa/New Zealand.

The Service has access to business support services including Human Resources and Finance. In addition, management and delivery of clinical services across the Service is underpinned by consultation, advice, and support from a range of cultural, consumer, and family advisors, and business, quality and organisational development personnel.


Applications are invited for the position of Clinical Leader Intensive recovery sector (IRS) for MHAIDS 3DHB.

This is a 1.0 FTE position, of which 0.5FTE is in the Clinical Leader role and 0.5FTE Psychiatrist within the sector.

The Clinical Leader for IRS is one of 6 Clinical Lead positions reporting to the Medical Director (currently Dr. Alison Masters).

The Clinical Leader (CL) supports the Medical Director to develop sustainable clinical services within the Mental Health, Addictions & Intellectual Disability Service that deliver on budget, revenue and activity targets. The CL in collaboration with other CLs and relevant internal and external stakeholders contributes to the design and delivery of contemporary multi-disciplinary patient-centric models of care.

The Clinical Leader is expected to share the collective accountability for the Operational Group by demonstrating support toward all decisions consistent with achieving the overall MHAID Service 3DHB strategy. CLs are required to be leaders of their clinical governance groups.

This position works in collaboration and cooperation with their counterparts and other related positions in the rest of the 3 DHBs.

The 0.5FTE psychiatry role is based within the Crisis Resolution Service (CRS). The CRS provide 24 hour, 7 day a week assessment and short-term treatment services for people experiencing a serious mental health crisis and for whom there are urgent safety issues. The team provides after-hours crisis contact for clients of Mental Health, Addiction & Intellectual Disability Services (MHAIDS), general practitioners, community and consumer groups and other health professionals.


- Provide assessment, diagnosis and treatment for people who present in crisis with severe psychological distress and with serious mental illness.
- Work in collaboration with the service user, their family/whanau and the community clinical teams to promote recovery.


- This is a full time position.
- Vocational Registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand (
- Appropriate postgraduate qualifications
- Relevant training and experience


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

Applications close on 28 February 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 (SMO01-19) or please contact Dr Alison Masters.

Qualifications required

Specialist qualification in Psychiatry
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