Clinical Psychologist

Job Title: Clinical Psychologist
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: New Zealand
Salary: Competitive Salary
Job Published: February 10, 2020 08:34

Job Description

Clinical Psychologist

  • Permanent full-time roles based at our Hillmorton Hospital Campus
  • A varied position working across both inpatient and outpatient settings, providing clinical support for adults experiencing intellectual/learning disabilities
  • NZ registered clinician (or eligible for NZ registration) is essential

Our Purpose: Why we do it

When you work with the Canterbury District Health Board, you are 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

Our Specialist Mental Health Services (SMHS) based at Hillmorton Hospital are at the leading edge of mental health service delivery. We provide a range of inpatient and community services to people in the Canterbury district.

The Intellectual Disabled Persons Health Service (IDPH) provides specialist clinical assessment, complex case formulation and intense clinical intervention and therapy for patients experiencing mental illness with co-morbid intellectual/learning difficulties.

We have a vacancy for a NZ Registered Clinical Psychologist with current Annual Practicing Certificate to work with adults with an intellectual disability with co-morbid mental health diagnoses. This is a varied position that will work across both inpatient and outpatient settings. This is a permanent full-time opportunity (40 hours per week). The days and hours required for this position are Monday - Friday, eight hours per day (ideally 0830 - 1700). Although full-time is preferred, we may consider a part-time position for a suitable candidate. Some travel is required to conduct assessments in residential homes.

The Role: Where you fit it

In this role, you will be responsible for the following:

  • Specialist clinical assessment, diagnostics and treatment of clients
  • Utilising specialist psychological interviewing, diagnostic, behavioural and psychometric assessment where appropriate;
  • The design an implementation of interventions and risk analysi for individuals, groups or systems
  • Contributing to the continued education of the IDPH team as well as the training of Clinical Psychology students where required
  • Liaising and consulting with external agencies such as NGOs and other medical professionals within IDPH and the wider SMHS

Your skills will include the following:

  • Registration with the NZ Psychologist's Board with current Annual Practicing Certificate (or eligibility to obtain/register) is essential
  • Experience and skill working within the Intellectual Disability environment is preferred
  • The ability to conduct formal clinical Risk Assessments
  • Previous experience within a mental health service along with the completion of a recognised supervision training programme is advantageous
  • As some travel may be required, a valid driver's license is essential

We offer clinical supervision and a dedicated CPD $ amount per annum.

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.

The Canterbury DHB believes that diversity and inclusion is key to ensure we deliver the best care for our diverse population. The Canterbury DHB is an inclusive and equal opportunity employer that welcomes and respects everyone.

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.

If you have queries specific to the role, please contact
Chris Daffue, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Practice Leader Psychology SMHS, on
or Dianne Surgenor, Charge Nurse Manager on email

Overseas enquiries and informal discussion regarding the role are welcome.

If you are interested in this role please apply directly on our career site here. Please note only applications submitted via our career site will be accepted.