Earlier Mental Health Clinician
- Are you a registered Mental Health Nurse, Social Worker or Occupational Therapist looking for a new challenge?
- Monthly paid Supervision from an external supervisor
- Work from Home flexibility and benefits
We are currently recruiting for experienced Registered Mental Health professionals to join our Earlier Mental Health Response Triage team, to provide urgent mental health support across Aotearoa with full-time and part-time opportunities available.
You'll be welcomed into a dynamic and specialist team, where you will receive opportunities such as access to paid external monthly supervision, a wide variety of personal/professional development opportunities and coaching, all within a supportive innovative tele-health environment.
Whakarongorau recognises the importance of maintaining a healthy work life balance and the importance of our own wellness. The role allows greater flexibility and the chance to plan your life around your six-week roster. All the necessary IT equipment is provided to enable you to deliver your mental health triage expertise across NZ.
Atu mo te mahi - About the role
This is a permanent position, with the potential of working from home or in one of our call centres based in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. We provide a 24/7 service with four-week rotating rosters that includes day, evening and overnight shifts.
This is an exciting role where no two calls are the same! You will be triaging incoming calls using the UK Triage tool, provide mental health information and advice to service users, whanau, police, ambulance DHB's, school guidance counsellors, Ministry of Social Development, rural communities, and other front-line workers as part of the Expert Advice Service.
More specifically your role will involve the following:
- Putting the Service Users needs first and respecting their confidentiality and privacy
- Working closely with stakeholders like DHBs, Police and Ambulance
- Following our clinical guidelines and using clinical support software
- Giving advice that respects cultural needs and demonstrates cultural awareness
- Escalating issues and referring calls to other staff or health service providers where required
- Working as part of the wider Earlier Mental Health Response team across NZ
Pehea koe - About you
Qualifications and experience required include the following:
- Registered professional with current NZ practicing certificate ideally with a post graduate certificate with no limitations in working in mental health
- Minimum of three to five years' experience working in an Acute Mental Health setting i.e., Crisis team, liaison Psychiatry, In-patient Mental Health or Triage team
- Experience of delivering mental health triage and communicating plans
- Experience in undertaking risk assessments and formulating safe, clear risk management plans based on collaboration with the client
Skills and competences desired include the following:
- Able to build rapport with callers and deliver a recovery orientated, person centred approach to working with people in distress
- Utilises collaborative support planning and promotion of the caller living as autonomously as possible in the community
- Sound clinical judgement in the assessment and management of suicide and other risk
- Experience in the use of recognised therapeutic models and intervention strategies
- Ability to effectively deliver triage, assessment, and interventions, create support plans, provide referrals and follow up via the telephone
- High level oral and written skills for communicating with service users, family/whanau, team members and other services such as DHB, police and ambulance
- Good level of IT and telecommunication skills, ability to use and navigate multiple health applications quickly and effectively and access to high-speed internet at home
- Ability to effectively navigate the health sector and complete referrals to DHB, NGO and Primary Care services
- Connecting in with our priority communities is essential and a high degree of cultural awareness and empathy is required. Korero Māori or talanoa in Pasifika languages is also highly desirable
Ko wai hoki - About us
Whakarongorau Aotearoa has the privilege of running free to the public, virtual health, mental health, and social services for the people of Aotearoa.
Our 12 clinical teams and support services are based across contact centres in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, and from their homes across Aotearoa.
We want to give everyone in Aotearoa the opportunity for wellness. We focus on the connected world of digital care, where we can help join all the dots, and select the right services, advice, support and help for the right need.
Through our 30+ services we connected with over 950,000 people last year (to 30 June 2021).
We use our healthy imagination to solve big problems by understanding the tiny ways that people are blocked from getting the care they deserve. Our imagination comes from our people and our partners and their drive to never give up.
Ō tātou uara - Our values
Our values underpin all we do, and how we do it. We are looking for people who align naturally with these values and will champion them
Our values include the following:
- Mahia te mea tika - Do the right thing
- Hihiri e te kounga - Motivated by quality
- Ngākau nui ki te pai ake - Passion for better
- Pokohiwi ki Pokohiwi - Shoulder to shoulder
To tatou tikanga - Our culture
Our staff are passionate people, each driven to contribute to better health outcomes, with a focus on high priority populations. We are focused on hiring kaimahi who live and work in the communities they serve.
Whakarongorau Aotearoa's commitment to understanding and improving mana taurite (equal status) starts with the understanding of self and how we, as health professionals, think and behave each minute of each day to serve the health needs for Aotearoa.
To ensure we are as connected and as engaged as we can be with the people we help, nearly 20% of our workforce identify as Māori and 22% as Pasifika.