18 May 2023 • College News

Job Vacancy: CNS - Older Persons Mental Health (OPMH)

Clinical Nurse Specialist OPMH Service (district-wide)

Location: Alexandra Hospital (Richmond, Nelson)

Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand Nelson Marlborough, formerly NMDHB.

  • An exciting opportunity for an experienced OPMH nurse
  • Be part of a multi-disciplinary team committed to patient-centred care
  • An opportunity to help lead best practice in OPMH care
  • 1.0 FTE role worked over Monday to Friday

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

The Older Persons’ Mental Health service provides psychiatric and geriatric care for the older members of our community. We aspire to provide high quality inpatient and community-based care to patients with acute mental health needs and/or complex age-related health conditions. We work in partnership with our patients, their families, the clinical team and community carers and supports to achieve the best possible health outcome for the patient.

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

You will have current NCNZ registration and practising certificate, with no conditions that exclude Mental Health Scope of Practice, and a minimum of five years of post-registration nursing experience in OPMH. This role requires advanced nursing skill and theoretical knowledge to support models of care across the sector, particularly with complex patients.

The CNS – OPMH role models and mentors nurses to ensure the effective development of skills and delivery of care to people accessing health services across the continuum of care. There is an expectation of a strong commitment to ongoing education and training of self and others.

The CNS – OPMH will actively contribute to the development of the Health of Older Persons services in general and to the wider nursing community through quality improvement initiatives. This role positively affects quality patient outcomes and influences achievement of improved outcomes across multiple settings.

You will have advanced knowledge of:

  • physical and psychiatric disorders commonly experienced in older persons
  • contemporary treatment approaches including person-centred care, sensory modulation, therapeutic use of self and therapeutic use of psychiatric medications
  • adult education principles
  • mental Health assessment and care planning
  • mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act, 1992
  • PPPR Act – Welfare Guardianship.

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. Nearly 3,000 strong, we are Nelson and Marlborough’s largest employer, which means the opportunities here are endless. Our main locations are Nelson and Wairau Hospitals 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)

You will be joining a great team that values teamwork and is committed to supporting the best possible health outcomes for our elderly patients.

At Nelson Marlborough Health we encourage a workforce that is innovative, eager to learn and enhance their skills, and is passionate about caring for our community. We do great work and we need a great team to help us deliver.

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

Keen to apply now, it’s easy. Please fill in our online application form:

For general enquiries please contact our recruitment team on or 03 546 1274.

Alternatively for role specific information please Christine Ball, Nurse Manager – Older Persons Mental Health via email to


Applications close on Thursday, 8 June 2023.

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.