Social Worker - MHSOP

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Location:  Porirua, Wellington

Contract:  Permanent, full time

Service:    Mental Health Service Older Persons


About the role:

We have a vacancy for a motivated and enthusiastic Registered Social Worker to join our inpatient multi-disciplinary team.  You will be working with an experienced team who strive to provide high quality care and support to tangata whaiora and family/whānau. You will be expected to undertake comprehensive assessments and to contribute to the interdisciplinary formulation of treatment goals and individualised plans in partnership with tangata whaiora and whānau.

Working alongside the clinical coordinator, nursing, allied and medical colleagues you will have a key role in supporting the client pathway and discharge. An ability to work as part of team is essential for this role. Experience of working alongside people with moderate to severe mental health or addiction issues is essential also. Knowledge or experience of working with older adults is desirable but equally this role would provide you with an opportunity to enhance or develop specialist knowledge and assessment skills.

You will be joining a team who are passionate and committed to enhancing possibilities and opportunities for ageing well in later life.

About the Service:

The Mental Health Service Older Persons (MHSOP) is predominantly a community based service with a 16 bed specialist inpatient unit located on the Kenepuru campus.  Our service sits under the Mental Health, Addictions and Intellectual Disabilities Directorate and works closely with other local and regional services within the 3DHB area.

The purpose of the service is to provide comprehensive assessment, treatment and ongoing case management, working in partnership with clients, whanau, formal and informal care givers and community agencies. MHSOP provides assessment, treatment and rehabilitation services for individuals presenting with:

  • Recent onset functional illness over the age of 65.
  • Dementia with significant behavioural and psychological  symptoms (BPSD)


  • Provide effective, quality social work services to MHSOP clients
  • Actively participate in the multidisciplinary team
  • Provide comprehensive assessments and plan treatment collaboratively with the client and their Whanau
  • Be actively involved in the treatment and recovery of clients.
  • Role model and provide sound clinical and cultural considerations in the multidisciplinary team process.
  • Assist the client and their family and whanau to achieve optimal health, well-being and safety through provision of appropriate  assessments, treatments, rehabilitation and education.
  • Work closely with community agencies to achieve the outcomes agreed by the multidisciplinary team process.

Skills & experience

  • NZ registered Social Worker with a current annual practicing certificate
  • Minimum of 2-5 years clinical experience in an applicable role
  • Self-motivated in developing clinical and professional practice
  • Active involvement in the professional development pathway
  • Commitment and understanding of the Treaty of Waitangi and a willingness to work positively in improving health outcomes for Maori.
  • Current full NZ driver’s licence (required for roles based in the community or where the role may be required to work across multiple sites).
  • A high standard of written and spoken English.

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. 

Here at CCDHB 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 and

Ma tini, ma mano, ka rapa te whai

By joining together we will succeed



Permanent/Full Time

Job no: AHMH58-20

Location: Kenepuru Hospital/Porirua

Closing Date: Sunday, 16 August 2020