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Location: Porirua 

Service:  Intellectual Disability Service

Contract:  Fixed Term until June 2023. Hours are negotiable. Please state on your cover letter what hours you are seeking.

Salary:  Negotiable 

Kōrero mō te tūranga – About the role

The National Intellectual Disability Services is looking for a clinical psychologist to join the forensic inpatient services. You would be working across our Regional Intellectual Disability Secure Services (RIDSS) which comprises two regional and two National services: 

  • Haumietiketike is a regional intellectual disability secure forensic unit which has 11 beds. 
  • The Step-Down Rehabilitative Cottages which comprises two separate buildings each with four beds. 
  • Hikitia Te Wairua is the National intellectual disability secure forensic unit for young people. This building is co-located with the Rangatahi (Youth Acute Mental Health Inpatient Unit) and Nga Taiohi (National Secure Youth Forensic Unit).
  • Manawai is a National facility for adults with an intellectual disability and/or mental illness who have conditions of such severity that they have been subject to long-term hospital level care compromising their quality of life.

You will be joining an existing team of clinical psychologists. Your areas of professional interest will be fostered and your expertise in psychological assessment and formulation, individual and group treatment welcomed. 

You will be a valued and active member of a multi-disciplinary team (MDT). In your role you will work collaboratively with other health professionals to design and deliver evidence based care and rehabilitation consistent with the Model of Care. The Model of Care is based on psychological theory and frameworks including but not limited to The Good Lives Model of Offender Rehabilitation and Positive Behaviour Support. 

In addition to your direct clinical work you will be given many opportunities to contribute to service improvement work. The Intellectual Disability Service is growing and the direction of travel very much welcomes psychological knowledge, theory and process.

The successful applicant will be supported by the broader MHAIDS network of clinical psychologists. 

Mō tō mātou rōpū – About our team

The Forensic Intellectual Disability Service is part of the 3 DHB Mental Health Addiction and Intellectual Disability Services. The service has adult, youth and community services.

The Regional Intellectual Disability Secure Service (RIDSS) is a dynamic and supportive workplace where autonomous practice, research, professional development is supported. 

You will be joining a multi-disciplinary team of health professionals committed to the delivery of gold standard care and rehabilitation to the population we serve. The team carry a wealth of knowledge and expertise in a number of areas relevant to intellectual disability, mental health, and behaviours that challenge. 

Moū – About you

You will have completed a post graduate diploma in clinical psychology (or equivalent) and hold a Masters or Doctoral level degree in psychology. You will hold an annual practicing certificate, registered with the clinical scope of practice.

E pā ana ki a tatou – About us

Here at the 2DHBs (Capital & Coast District Health Board and Hutt Valley District Health Boards) we embrace diversity and welcome applications from all people, including all gender identities, ages, ethnicities, sexual orientations, disability and religions. A workforce that is diverse and inclusive means that we are better positioned to understand and serve our community.

The 2DHBs are pro-equity health organisation, with a particular focus on Māori, Pacific Peoples, and the Disability Community.

To find out more about us click on the following links:

Capital and Coast DHB

Hutt Valley DHB

Mental Health, Addiction and Intellectual Disability Service

Me pēhea te tuku tono - How to apply

Click on apply now to send your application directly to us. For further information on this role please email and indicate the job title and vacancy number (AH218-22) in the subject line.

Please note we will be reviewing applications when received and will progress through the recruitment process.

We require all our employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with an approved vaccine, including have had one booster vaccination. We are not accepting applications that do not meet this criteria.

Ma tini, ma mano, ka rapa te whai

By joining together we will succeed

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