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Operations Lead, Acute & Specialist Mental Health & Addictions Services (VID: 6563)

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Location: Palmerston North Hospital
Service: Palmerston North Hospital
Position Type: Management
Appointment Type: Permanent/Fulltime
Close Date: 18/12/2022
​As applications are received they will be reviewed and shortlisting may take place earlier than the advertised closing date. 
We are looking to fill this position as soon as possible so may withdraw the advert if the perfect candidate is found before the expiry date. Don’t delay applying if you think you’re the right fit to join the MidCentral team!
MidCentral requires ALL its employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (including the first booster vaccination). We will not accept applications that do not meet this criteria.
MidCentral actively seeks Māori into our workforce to reflect the community we serve.

Te Pae Hauora o Ruahine o Tararua | operates an integrated health service that is based in the central north island of New Zealand.
Te Uru Ruahī (Mental Health & Addictions Services) is responsible for the commissioning and delivery of primary, specialist, and community mental health & addiction services across a diverse urban and rural population of 186,000 people.
Te Uru Rauhi, Mental Health, and Addictions Services (MHAS) provide treatment for and connection to recovery-orientated services for individuals experiencing mental illness or addiction issues. Services are delivered across the continuum of lifespan, both regionally and locally, and include specialist community MH&A teams, inpatient services, crisis response, acute alternatives, and specially designed residential programmes.
Te Uru Ruahī has embarked on a programme of transformational change which sees a fundamental shift in the way services will be delivered. This sees services move towards a wellness and recovery-focused approach in our community that prioritises access, choice, and care closer to home. The change sees significant investment into digital technologies and new infrastructure including the construction of a new “greenfield” state-of-the-art acute inpatient unit.
To support the Integrated Model of Care we are seeking to appoint an Operations Lead for Acute and Specialist MH&A Services. Reporting to the Operations Executive you will lead the delivery of safe, efficient and comprehensive contemporary high quality, person/whānau centered clinical services. 
Responsibilities include:
  • Contribute to strategic and service planning process, that align with the directorate plan and the broader health reforms
  • Grow and develop front line clinical leadership, promoting an enabling and responsive approach to leadership.
  • Provide operational management of the acute and specialist mental health and addiction services. 
  • Drive the implementation of integrated clinical pathways that align with the acute model of care and new acute inpatient unit.
  • Working in partnership with the leadership team to implement the programme of transformational change culminating in the integration of mental health and addiction services across the continuum of care

The successful candidate will have:

  • Relevant clinical qualification in mental health addictions and master’s qualification or have at least 5 years’ experience within Mental Health Addictions services at a senior management level.
  • Knowledge and experience of integrated care approaches within mental health and addictions.
  • Track record in leading and managing positive change. 
  • Understanding off and experience in addressing equity issues across the sector including, but not limited to Māori Health.

MH&A service are predominately based in Palmerston North. For more information about living and working in Manawatu please click on the following link Manawatū & Palmerston North.


MidCentral is committed to ensuring that children and young people are safe from abuse and harm. As part of our commitment to children and young people, and in line with the Childrens Act 2014, appointment to positions that involve regular or overnight contact with children will include worker safety checks. These checks are in addition to the requirement to have a satisfactory police clearance. Further information will be provided to shortlisted candidates. More information about the Childrens Act 2014 is available from the Ministry for Children (Oranga Tamariki) website.

Te Whatu Ora, Health New Zealand Te Pae Hauora o Ruahine o Tararua MidCentral (MidCentral) provides healthcare services to over 180,000 people across the Manawatū, Horowhenua and Tararua regions. With a large hospital campus at Palmerston North, it also provides key health care and support services to neighbouring communities.

For further information:
Human Resources
Private Bag 11036
Manawatu Mail Centre
Palmerston North 4442

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