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We have an exciting opportunity for a Clinical Psychologist experienced in Older Persons Mental Health to join the team in Hutt Valley, a 20 minute drive from Wellington.  

This is a diverse role which is part of the Community Health Service and provides specialist assessment, treatment and rehabilitation services for people with a recent onset, functional mental illness over the age of 65 as well as people with complex physical and mental needs. Hutt Valley DHB serves a mainly urban population of around 140,000.

  • Incredible scenery and diverse wildlife – explore the great outdoors from beaches to mountains, see dolphins, whales and native birds
  • ‘The Hutt’ is a beautiful suburb with stunning harbour views a ‘stone’s throw’ from Wellington!
  • Sea kayaking, island hopping, bush walking through the Botanic Gardens, mountain biking at Makara Peak
  • Excellent educational system, with private and public schools as well as a number of tertiary institutions

For this Role experience with Older Persons mental health in a community based service is essential.   You will be required to deliver assessment, treatment and rehabilitation services to people over the age of 65 who may have significant behavioural and psychological symptoms (BPSD), complex physical and mental health needs or dementia.   Working as part of a multi-disciplinary team is crucial for the co-management of individuals across services.  The focus is on providing evidenced based interventions in response to complex presenting needs and the provision of the least restrictive intervention.  Sound knowledge of psychopathology, and psychological theories is essential with Neuropsychology experience being an advantage. The service also incorporates access to 6 inpatient beds on an Older Persons and Rehabilitation ward.


Wellington is the political and cultural centre of New Zealand, offering the luxury of living in a small city with big city advantages, with a magnificent harbour framed by hills. There’s a very vibrant and cosmopolitan vibe to the city, with a huge array of cultural events, galleries, cafes and restaurants.

Housing is of a high quality with a range of lifestyle options whether you want to live in a city apartment, beach house, townhouse or country property and nearly every inhabitant lives within 3km of the coast.

This vibrant lifestyle continues around the coast to “The Hutt”, as its called by the locals, with fantastic suburbs between Wellington City and Lower Hutt, such as Khandallah, Johnsonville, Petone, Alicetown, Woburn, Eastbourne, there are so many different housing options whether you prefer luxury apartments or large family homes with some green space.

Education facilities are of a very high standard, with both public and private schools with excellent Education review Office reports (EROs). In addition, with three globally ranked Universities with campus’ in Wellington, there are many options for your children whatever route they choose to take in life. Victoria University houses a wide range of faculties and schools, as does Massey University. 

The international airport makes connections to the other parts of the world and elsewhere within New Zealand very easy.

You can also catch the ferry from Wellington and drive down through the South Island, which is very popular with locals and tourists. Beyond the city and its beautiful harbour you have a wild and rugged coastline, mountains, ski fields, wineries and historical towns all within easy reach making this a perfect lifestyle

Click here to find out more about Wellington City and Hutt Valley in the Greater Wellington region

For a discussion about this role or
other opportunities contact Sharon today.

sharon@headmedical.com / +44 (0) 131 240 5276

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