6 December 2023 • College News

Job Vacancy: Clinical Coordinator - Inpatient Mental Health, Nelson

Wāhi Oranga, Nelson Hospital

Permanent 1.0FTE (80 hrs a fortnight)

  • If you’re keen to work as part of a dedicated team that’s passionate about delivering positive client outcomes, and you have the drive and passion to achieve excellence in contemporary mental health inpatient practice, this is an ideal career opportunity for you. 
  • Applications are invited from suitably experienced senior clinical staff with a Nursing or Occupational Therapy, or Social Work background.

Ngā mōhiohio e pā ana ki tēnei mahi (About this position) 

Join Te Whatu Ora at a key time of change where you will meaningfully contribute to our kaupapa of creating a more equitable, accessible, cohesive and people-centred health system. This is mahi that will improve the health and wellbeing of everyone in Aotearoa, and we’ve got an opportunity for you to be part of it.

Wāhi Oranga is a 30 bed Acute Admissions Unit at Nelson Hospital.  As the only adult acute unit for the Nelson Marlborough region the role is guaranteed to be varied, interesting and challenging. 

As a Clinical Coordinator you will have responsibility for the day to day running of the unit and clinical oversight of a multi-disciplinary team. You will be supported by another two Clinical Coordinators, a Clinical Nurse Specialist, and the Charge Nurse Manager. 

This is a varied role working with a supportive and enthusiastic team coordinating clinical practice, admissions, safety, staff allocation, sensory modulation, and activities, with a key focus on least restrictive practice and best possible client outcomes. 

In this role will:

  • Support the Charge Nurse Manager and leadership team with the coordination of high quality, safe and client focused care.
  • Provide specialist nursing or allied health advice, support, and expertise.
  • Promote change that improves the experience of consumers affected by acute or enduring severe mental illness, as well as that of their families and whānau.
  • Ensure that quality systems are in place within and across Wāhi Oranga services to enhance care delivery.
  • Challenge and identify barriers to service effectiveness and efficiency, and work with key stakeholders to implement changes that deliver more effective and timely care interventions.

Ko wai he kaitono tōtika? (Who is an appropriate applicant?)

You will be a senior registered nurse, social worker or occupational therapist with acute mental health and addictions clinical experience, or you will possess the required qualities and experience to be supported into this role. 

You will:

  • Be a key member of the Wāhi Oranga leadership team and will make a real difference in the level of care provided to mental health consumers.
  • Held in high regard by your peers and will lead contemporary and professional practice.
  • Be passionate about equity and service delivery and will be committed to ongoing professional development and further enhancing the capacity of your team. 

Hours of work are flexible between 0600 and 1800, Monday to Friday.

Applicants must be eligible to work in New Zealand.

 Ā mātou rōpū (About our team)

Te Whatu Ora (Nelson Marlborough) is the main health provider for Te Tau Ihu, the top of the south. With nearly 3000 employees, we are Nelson and Marlborough’s largest employer. Our main locations are Nelson and Wairau Hospitals, and the Richmond and Marlborough Health Hubs, but we are spread across the region and service all parts of the community. Our work can be challenging, but we are up for it. We have a great team and we work hard to make a difference. We value integrity, innovation, respect and teamwork. 

Ētahi atu mōhiohio (More Information) 

Ngā huanga o tēnei mahi (The benefits of this position)  

We provide a great place to work with professional development opportunities, job security, and workplace wellness programmes.

Nelson is one of New Zealand’s top lifestyle destinations and offers an amazing variety of leisure pursuits, beaches, rivers and national parks with great opportunities for outdoor activities such as kayaking, mountain biking, tramping, skiing, golf, sailing, as well as abundant sunshine and outstanding scenery. For more information on the Nelson/Tasman region visit

Me pēhea ahau e tono ai? (How do I apply?)

For general enquiries please contact our recruitment team on or 03 539 5748. 

For role specific information please contact Nikita Fleming – Charge Nurse Manager on

Apply now, it’s easy. Please fill in our online application form and include a cover letter explaining your interest in this position



Applications close: Open until filled. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, so we encourage you to apply early. 

Te Whatu Ora strongly endorses Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

We believe that to achieve equity in health outcomes for Māori we need a workforce reflective of the population it serves. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who identify as Māori and we recruit for cultural competence.  

He waka eke noa. We are all in this together.