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Psychiatrist (Adult)

Employer South Canterbury DHB
Workplace Mental Health Services (Kensington Centre)
Specialty Psychiatry
Term Permanent
Grading Specialist / Consultant
Hours per week 40
Commencement date Open
Application closing date Open
Employer South Canterbury DHB Workplace Mental Health Services (Kensington Centre)
Specialty Psychiatry Term Permanent
Grading Specialist / Consultant Commencement date Open
Hours per week 40 Application closing date Open

Job description

Timaru is often considered to be a well-kept secret by those in the know, (well that is what many of our more recent SMO appointees have told us).

It seems our collegially supportive and well run DHB has a tendency to fly under the radar, as we simply get on with the job of providing our patients the best care with the minimum of fuss, and our Mental Health & Addictions Service is no exception.

Our team has just gained approval to boost their numbers, hence we now have need of a new addition to our tight team. This person will actively work across our Inpatient, Community, and Addictions teams, to support clients of the service alongside our skilled Nursing and Allied Health staff.

As a trailblazing service (who were instrumental in pioneering the adoption of the Strengths Based Recovery Model here in NZ), we need your skills to shine in bringing your clinical expertise to our Service.

In this post you will of course be responsible for conducting outpatient & inpatient work, alongside our multidisciplinary team as well as acute care cover and on call work. It goes without saying that the ability to maintain good working relationships with colleagues from all disciplines is essential.

We may be small in size, but we have a tendency to punch above our weight in performance measures, plus we hold a solid reputation across our community who values our services.

The sense of community and belonging is reflected in-house as much as it is a part of the local landscape, and what a landscape we have with every sporting and outdoor interest wise almost literally on our doorstep providing genuine ease of access.

We are particularly eager to add fresh insight and youthful perspective to our team which would make the role perfect for a New Graduate who will gain the support and guidance of experienced and forward-thinking colleagues.

And yes, with a 1:4 On Call expectation plus the option of working either part-time (anywhere from 0.8) up to full-time, you will have the time off to be able to take full advantage of the lifestyle on offer. This includes access to great schools, affordable housing and a low crime rate, making Timaru the place for young families who crave a family friendly environment with lots of opportunities.

We welcome an approach from anyone interested in visiting us to see the unit for themselves, or to contact us to discuss the role directly with one of the current team members, by calling our Clinical Director on 027 276 4229

Don’t take our word for it, come and experience for yourself what the rest of our SMO’s already have discovered and value …we think it’s a secret worth sharing with the right Specialist.

If that is YOU then this Moment is Yours to progress your career!

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If you have any questions regarding this role please contact Human Resources by phoning 03 687-2230.
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