AR-116 Senior Clinical Psychologist Team Leader for Older Persons Mental Health Services New Zealand

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AR-116 Senior Clinical Psychologist Team Leader for Older Persons Mental Health Services New Zealand

:  New Plymouth
:  New Zealand
:  Clinical Psychology
Job Type
:  Permanent Full-Time
:  Yes perhaps
Start Date
:  90 days after offer acceptance

Dear Senior Clinical Psychologist

If you are currently licensed as a psychologist, have some team leadership experience as well as some training and experience working with older persons role then I definitely want to hear from you!

New Plymouth

This city of 74,184 people is located on the North Island of New Zealand and a centre of our energy exploration industry as well as near to Taranaki National Park that offers downhill skiing, snowboarding, river kayaking, white water rafting, fishing, hiking and the list just goes on and on.  New Plymouth is a family friendly city offering good schools, seaside beaches, friendly people and a mild climate.


This is a full-time, 1.0, 40 hours per week position that is part of a multi-disciplinary mental health services team (MDT) for older people.  This MDT includes two psychogeriatricians, a full-time clinical psychologist, mental health nurse, social workers, occupational therapist and cultural support.  This team has a strong focus on community care with access to four beds within an acute, inpatient ward.   Developing treatment programmes, understanding training to clinicians within the team and facilitating Whanau (family) meetings as well as family interventions are all part of the scope of this position.    There will be around 12 people reporting to the team leader.

The team leader will provide operational, clinical and professional leadership to the nursing, allied and clerical members of the MDT.  Team leader holds direct line management of the MDT including managing their professional performance and professional development.  As the team leader you will work closely in collaboration with key service leads upholding quality and service development standards while working towards agreed service delivery objectives as part of  shared vision amongst all stakeholders.  It is envisaged that this role will have both a clinical component and case load of approximately 0.5FTE as well as team leadership responsibilities.  The expectation is that there will be some flexibility with this position.

Key Values

  • WHANAUTANGA – We work together to achieve our goals through Partnerships.
  • EKE PANUKU, EKE TANGAROA – We have the courage to do what is right
  • MANA MOTUHAKE We support each other to make the best decisions through empowering others.
  • MAHAKITANGA We value each other, our patients and whanau  because people matter to us.
  • MANAKITANGA We provide excellent care in a  safe and trusted environment striving to always keep our people safe.

Key Accountabilities

  • Leadership
  • Service Delivery
  • Optimum Service Delivery Management and Care
  • Environment and Facilities
  • Team Work
  • Staff Development
  • Communication
  • Financial and Resource Management
  • Continuous Quality Improvement and Safety
  • Health Equity
  • Health and Safety
  • Personal Development

Essential Competencies

  • At least three to five years, or more, post license training and experience working with older adults’ in a clinical, mental health setting;
  • Experience working with older adults is really important;
  • Proven team leadership experience and abilities;
  • Excellent communication skills, highly articulate with excellent listening skills;
  • Calm, even consistent and mature personality;
  • Professional approach and manages stress effectively;
  • Strong focus on team philosophy and collaborative approach to working with others;
  • Able to think strategically, operationally and objectively;
  • Sound understand of professional ethics;
  • Able to work well in a complex and ever changing environment;
  • Prior continuous, quality improvement experience;
  • Organisational, change and financial management experience a plus;
  • Knowledge of and experience with neuropsychology and CBT are desired;
  • Case management;
  • Acceptance and experience working with older adults and their families;
  • Commitment to consumer-focused care and recovery;
  • Full driver’s license;
  • Computer literacy;
  • Able to apply theoretical concepts and professional knowledge to practice;
  • Eligible to receive your NZ Psychologist with *clinical* scope;
  • Able to provide proof of your annual practicing certificate prior to starting work;
  • Able to meet Immigration New Zealand’s health, police background check and other requirements for a work visa; and
  • Able and willing to commit at least two years.

Capability Requirements

  • Effective Communication
  • Decision Making and Problem Solving
  • Innovation and Initiative
  • Resilience and Flexibility
  • Cultural Safety
  • Teamwork


  • 4 weeks annual leave per annum;
  • 11 paid public holidays per annum;
  • Funding for CE;
  • Malpractice insurance not required;
  • Don’t have to deal with insurance companies;
  • Potential for some help with relocation costs; and
  • Other things discussed at offer time.

Why New Zealand

  1. People are lovely;
  2. You don’t have to see a new patient every 15 or 30 minutes;
  3. Sane politics;
  4. Work here is much less stressful than in the US, UK and many other countries;
  5. Great place to live and work if you are towards the end of your career and looking for an adventure for 2-3 years;
  6. Excellent place to raise children with a good public, school system; and
  7. Our highly coveted, sought after, world class Kiwi Lifestyle.

No Burnout

Generally speaking, Clinical Psychologists from the US who now work in NZ find working here to be far less stressful than in the States.   Here are some comments from expat Clinical Psychologists now working in New Zealand:

  1. “You work with a team that often includes other Clinical Psychologists, a Psychiatrist, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist and Mental Health Nurse;
  2. “There is always someone who knows the patient better than you;
  3. “The biggest factor is that you never see more than about five or six patients a day;
  4. “Generally speaking, working here in an outpatient role has far lower stress; and
  5. “People are still nice here.”


Registration for most overseas Clinical Psychologists is reciprocal so you don’t have to sit an exam.  It’s easy!


The vast majority of our Clinical Psychologists are part of our public health care, community based, mental health system and are paid via a national collective pay agreement.  I’m happy to discuss salary and cost of living information with you.


Would you like to have a no-pressure, informational chat with me about the entire process from medical registration, to interviewing for a job, work visa and any other questions that you may have?

New Zealand, our beautiful country, friendly people and sane politics are closer than you think!

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