New Entry to Speciality Pracitce (NESP) Programmes

Mental Health and Addictions Service

January 2017 NESP Graduate Nursses

January 2017 NESP Graduate Nurses

What's in it for YOU!

  • Be part of an organisation that leads the way in integrated models of care, working in partnership with NGO’s
  • Work alongside Peer Support Specialists within the MDT environment
  • Fantastic learning & professional development support
  • Career pathways for nurses within CMH and exciting Senior Nurse roles in Mental Health & Addiction Services.
  • Opportunity for project work – be part of various exciting and challenging developments
  • Work in the most culturally diverse region in the country
  • An innovative, progressive, recovery orientated  Mental Health Service

At CMH graduate nurses working in the Mental Health sector have the opportunity to work in diverse areas, across the age continuum, as well as with culturally specific and geographically aligned services. With acute treatment options, connecting with the communities we work alongside and building relationships with people across the CMH region, we contribute to improving outcomes for the people we work with.

Graduate nurses in this area are supported in placement by having an allocated preceptor for each of the 2 different rotations as well as a Clinical Coach to provide guidance around clinical practice. They also attend a minimum of 20 hours of Professional Supervision. 

Post Graduate Study

The NESP graduates are required to complete a full Post Graduate Certificate in Health Sciences (Mental Health Nursing) Entry to Specialty Practice. This PG Cert is run by the University of Auckland and comprises of two 30 point papers. Requirements of this programme include attendance at University for 8 days per semester and 20 hours of Professional Supervision as well as successful completion of the study programme and employment at CMH.  Preceptorship is also a fundamental part of this programme.

Two placement opportunities across acute services and community services

Graduates have two different placements during their year, one being acute services (including inpatient placements) and one a community placement, this could be within child and youth services, older persons or adult services.

CMH take two intakes per year for NESP: January & September

Placements are available across the following services

  • Four Community Mental Health Centres

  • Rehabilitation and Recovery Services, Inpatient

  • Services for Older Persons inpatient and community

  • Adult Acute Inpatient services

  • Intensive Care Team

  • Early Psychosis Intervention Team
  • Culturally Specific Services:
    • Faleola and Te Puna Waiora

  • Psychological Medicine

  • Home Based Treatment

  • Maternal Mental Health

  • Child and Youth Services

    • Eating Disorders
    • Youth Forensic team

Recruitment Process

CMH employ graduate nurses through the ACE (Advanced Choice of employment) National Recruitment Process

Assessment Centre

Applicants are invited to attend a small group interview which comprises of 4 components:

  • Formal Interview
  • Written assessment
  • Verbal Exemplar
  • Scenario roll play

This process allows applicants the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and abilities in a variety of ways.

Mental Health Nursing is an exciting and stimulating area of practice. We welcome your interest in this area of speciality and encourage you to be part of an exciting area of practice.