Service Clinical Director - Child & Family Unit

Outstanding clinical leadership opportunity 

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An exciting opportunity has come up to work in our specialised Child and Family Unit. The Child and Family unit (CFU) is an 18-bed child and adolescent mental health inpatient unit working with young people from 0-18 years and their families. We are one of only three specialist inpatient Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service units in the country serving a large part of the North Island with strong commitment to collaboration between young person, whanau, staff, and other services. We also have a 3-bed Mother and Baby Unit, which is the second only in New Zealand. The unit is situated on the 1st Floor of Starship Children's Health, which is part of Auckland City Hospital.

We are looking for a suitably experienced senior clinician (allied health, nursing or medicine) and visionary leader to provide clinical leadership and effective management to the clinical teams of the Child & Family and Mother & Baby Units.

This is a 1 FTE role (0.5FTE leadership role with 0.5FTE clinical role). The clinical role may be worked on-site or in other parts of our directorate depending on clinical need.

The Auckland District Health Board (ADHB) has a clinical leadership model placing the clinical service leaders at the heart of service and strategic decision making.  The aim is to place accountability as close to the patient as possible with a focus on clinical quality, safety and health outcomes whilst delivering economic sustainability. 

As the Service Clinical Director you will:

  • Lead and ensure the clinical quality and safety of the service

  • Lead implementation of changes to the Model of Care

  • Be committed to reducing inequities in health outcomes for Māori service users and their whānau

  • Safeguard high standards of care by creating an environment in which excellence in clinical care can flourish and develop them in line with the vision for the directorate

  • Provide leadership and management of the service’s clinical workforce fostering appropriate succession planning, excellence in practice standards and professional conduct

  • Actively provide clinical leadership and effective management of the service’s performance and drive productivity improvements;

  •  Manage projects as allocated by the Director of Mental Health or their delegate

To be successful in this rewarding position you must have the ability to lead the multi professional teams and effectively manage others whilst supporting the overall organisational strategies, goals and values.  The role requires someone with a collaborative and positive working style who is committed to developing a strong team to promote quality outcomes for consumers. You will have a strong personal drive and determination to deliver improvements and a sound understanding of regional services. 

Click here for the position description.

To apply, visit the ADHB careers website.

You must be clinically qualified in a relevant field of practice and registered in New Zealand (or eligible for registration), and hold a current Annual Practicing Certificate. 

For initial general queries about the role  please contact Jimmy Mathews (Recruitment Consultant) at