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Clinical Nurse Consultant (Mental Health)

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Date: 07-Apr-2021

Location: 50 Flemington Rd, AU

Company: theroyalch

The Hospital:

The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) provides secondary and tertiary care to children and young people across the northern and western suburbs; specialist paediatric healthcare to the children of Victoria, Tasmania, southern NSW and parts of South Australia; and is the designated state-wide provider of services including paediatric trauma, rehabilitation and forensic medicine. As a quaternary centre for complex cardiac surgery and organ transplantation, the RCH cares for the sickest children from around Australia.

With a passionate, highly skilled and committed staff campus wide of over 6000, we provide a full range of clinical services, tertiary care and health promotion and prevention programs for children and young people.

The Royal Children’s Hospital is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people. Click here for further information on our Commitment to Child Safety: http://www.rch.org.au/quality/child-safety/

Further information about RCH is available at www.rch.org.au


Clinical Nurse Consultant (Mental Health)


Employment: Full Time (1.0 EFT) 


Location: Parkville - Hub of the medical precinct & leading Children’s Hospital 


The Role: 

The Clinical Nurse Consultant (CNC) is based on Banksia Ward which provides inpatient care for 16 young people aged 13-18 years. The CNC is responsible for assisting the Nurse Unit Manager (NUM) in developing, maintaining and evaluating the specialist bed-based program which the NUM is accountable for managing. The CNC will demonstrate superior consolidated clinical skills, and provide consultancy to implement specialist programs that uphold best practice nursing care and recovery standards.
The role will, in collaboration with the NUM, Senior Psychiatric Nurse and Psychiatric Nurse Consultant contribute to the development of a highly skilled workforce by providing mentoring particularly to junior nurses or recent recruits, with a focus on nursing development to address priority issues on the ward which are related to vulnerable and high-risk consumers presenting with high level needs.


The successful applicant will have:

  • Demonstrated expert level of clinical expertise within an acute mental health care setting to initiate and lead evidence-based nursing practice in the delivery of care to consumers with complex mental health needs including those with drug and alcohol problems and a dual disability.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain clinical programs which have implications for all nursing services within the inpatient unit.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide expert clinical consultancy, collaboration and dissemination of key messages across a range of key internal and external stakeholders.
  • Detailed knowledge of the recovery approach in mental health treatment and skills in working collaboratively with consumers and carers to promote self-determination and enable progress towards reaching consumers personal recovery goals.
  • Demonstrated participation in significant problem-solving activities that require considerable understanding and interpretation of facility and departmental policy.
  • Demonstrated clinical leadership within mental health with proven ability to mentor and develop the mental health nursing workforce within a coaching framework.
  • Highly developed written and verbal communication skills and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to evidence based nursing practice and improving clinical outcomes.


Essential requirements: 

  • current registration as a Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) administered though the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (APHRA).
  • demonstrated commitment to ongoing personal and professional development, as evidenced in a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) record/Professional Practice Portfolio (PPP).
  • minimum of 5 years full time equivalent post registration experience in mental health nursing preferably in a CAMHS/CYMHS setting.
  • post graduate qualification in mental health nursing or have completed a specialist undergraduate psychiatric nursing program.
  • a well-developed knowledge and understanding of the Victorian Mental Health Act (2014) and other relevant legislation, policies and strategic directions of public Mental Health Services.
  • ability to meet key accountabilities (refer to position description) 
  • well-developed interpersonal skills
  • effective working relationships
  • flexibility and ability to prioritise workloads


If you think you possess the right skills and experience we encourage you to apply on our website now! 


To view the position description, click here


Why work at the RCH?

The RCH offer a range of benefits which support and reward staff both personally and professionally.

Our staff benefits include award winning facilities and campus partnerships, Professional development and events, an award winning Health and wellbeing program and financial benefits.


To learn more about our staff benefits please go to: https://www.rch.org.au/hr/recruitment_employment/Staff_benefits/ is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce.


We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, all members of the LGBTQI community and people with disability.


Are you ready to join our team? 

 Apply online by clicking on the “Apply” button

Applications close 11.59pm 22/4/2021