Nurse - Forensic Intellectual/Learning Disability

Location:  Porirua, Wellington

Contract:  Permanent Full Time

Service:    Intellectual (Learning) Disability Services


Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Apply NOW.


About the role:

We are seeking experienced Intellectual (Learning) Disability/Mental Health nurses who have:

  • Minimum of 2 years relevant experience
  • Post registration education/learning and experience relevant to the specialty area of intellectual disability/learning disability and/or mental health
  • An understanding of a forensic inpatient setting.
  • Registration with New Zealand Nursing Council.
  • Met police vetting requirements
  • A current practising certificate.
  • A full NZ driving licence.

We are keen to hear from UK Learning Disability qualified nurses interested in moving to NZ. The process for overseas applicants involves:

  • Interview IELTS (Academic) - this takes time & needs preparation (therefore ideally should be passed before an interview)
  • Registration with the Nursing Council of New Zealand
  • Immigration: Applicants should FIRST establish their eligibility for registration with the Nursing Council of New Zealand & Immigration New Zealand.

If you are an experienced General /Comprehensive trained nurse interested in moving to the ID sector we are also able to discuss development and education opportunities that will assist you in making this transition.

For the right candidate the Service will offer:

  • A competitive salary package
  • The opportunity to extend your experience and career
  • Access to ongoing professional development and education including an excellent Professional Development Recognition Plan that has financial incentives attached to it, and a well-established modern learning and development centre with state-or-the-art equipment to support professional development for all of our staff.
  • A progressive goal orientated work environment within a rehabilitation framework.
  • A friendly supportive team to work alongside

About Intellectual (Learning) Disability (ID) Forensic Services:

Intellectual (Learning) Disability (ID) Forensic Services is part of the 3 DHB Mental Health Addiction and Intellectual Disability Service Directorate and comprises of adult, youth and community services. About the service. 

There is an exciting opportunity for Registered Nurses to join our ID (Learning Disability) inpatient services - based in Porirua, Wellington and consisting of:

Haumietiketike- the adult inpatient service for offenders with an Intellectual Disability,

The Cottages- an adult step down unit for people transitioning out of the hospital level and back to the community

Hikitia Te Wairua - the national intellectual disability secure forensic youth unit which is co-located with the Youth Acute Inpatient Mental Health Inpatient Unit (Rangatahi) and the National Secure Youth Forensic Unit in the Centre of Excellence at Kenepuru Hospital.

The aim of the Service is to be a leader in the delivery of ID inpatient services. Our ID services are currently going through a period of investment and change, with the introduction of a new service delivery model and a new model of care.Now is an exciting time to join the service to be part of the changes and to influence what the future looks like for this client group.

About our organisation:

Capital and Coast DHB (CCDHB) is located centrally in Wellington and has over 6,000 full-time equivalent staff, making us one of the major employers in the Wellington region. CCDHB operates two hospitals – Wellington Regional Hospital in Newtown and Kenepuru Hospital in Porirua – as well as the Kapiti Health Centre at Paraparaumu. 

The Mental Health, Addiction and Intellectual Disability Service (MHAIDS) spans three DHBs - Wairarapa, Hutt Valley and Capital and Coast DHB’s and includes local, regional, and national services. The local MHAIDS services are provided from multiple sites within the 3DHB sub-region – greater Wellington, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa. 

We embrace diversity and welcome applications from people of all gender identities, ages, ethnicities, sexual orientations, disability and religions. A workforce that is diverse and inclusive means that we are better positioned to understand and serve our community.

CCDHB is a pro-equity Health Organisation, with a particular focus on Māori and Pacific Peoples.

CCDHB provides a range of specialist services including neurosurgery, oncology, neonatal intensive care and community-based services including district nursing, rehabilitation services, social work, alcohol and drug services, and home support services to a population of around 900,000 people.

How to apply:

Applications will not be accepted via email. All candidates applying for any of our current vacancies must complete an online CCDHB application form by clicking the 'Apply Now' button. 

Please ensure your uploaded CV and cover letter is in either Word or PDF format. For further information on this role, please email


Permanent/Full Time

Job no: NMMH009-20

Location: Kenepuru Hospital/Porirua

Closing Date: Sunday, 9 August 2020