Registered Nurse Level 3.2 - Clinical Nurse Consultant

Canberra & ACT, ACT

Full time


Clinical Nurse Consultant/Specialist

Job Title: Clinical Nurse Consultant
Classification: Registered Nurse Level 3.2
Position Number: 29880
Annual Salary: $114,377
Branch: Mental Health, Justice Health, Alcohol and Drug Services
Section: Justice Health Services
Vacancy Type: Temporary full-time
Duration: Six months with possibility of extension
Closing Date: 31 May 2018
Contact Officer: Dannielle Nagle (02) 6205 1062

About us

ACT Health is a values-led Directorate. Our values guide our day to day actions, behaviours, decisions and communications to successfully deliver the best services to meet the needs of our community. They were developed by us, for us and are unique to our work.

Overview of the work area and position

The Justice Health Services Primary Health Team provides high quality primary healthcare to people located within the Alexander Maconochie Centre, Bimberi Youth Justice Centre and the Dhulwa Mental Health Unit. The service aims to provide collaborative, equitable and comprehensive health care to patients and other key stakeholders and services.

At this level you will provide senior leadership for the clinical and administrative operations of the Primary Health team. This includes the day-to-day management of human and material resources allocated to ensure the provision of safe, efficient, cost effective, high quality health care services.

Eligibility/Other Requirements


• Be registered or be eligible for registration with the National Nursing and Midwifery Board through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).


• Current driver’s licence.
• Holds or is working towards post-graduate nursing qualifications and/or has demonstrated advanced clinical knowledge, skills and experience in the area of practice.

Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:
• Undergo a pre-employment Police check.
• Obtain a Compliance Certificate from OMU (Occupational Medicine Unit) relating to assessment, screening and vaccination processes against specified infectious diseases.


This is a temporary position available for a period of six months with the possibility of extension.


1. Provide day-to-day leadership for Justice Health Service’s nurses. Lead best practice clinical standards through handover, multidisciplinary meetings and clinical reviews.

2. Monitor daily clinical requirements and allocate clinical resources including appropriate allocation of staff and appropriate skill mix and expertise on duty at all times.

3. Provide professional supervision for clinical staff as well as nursing students; and support and drive staff participation in orientation programs, therapy programs, professional development and other training activities.

4. Ensure best practice principles are utilised and evidenced in the delivery of clinical services by assisting in the development and review of operating procedures as well as participating in program evaluation and monitoring (for example by achieving and reporting against key performance indicators).

5. Lead and participate in clinical governance, quality improvement projects, research programs and health promotion programs.

6. Develop and foster an environment which is physically safe, non-judgmental, culturally-sensitive, responsive to feedback and promotes high quality customer service. Appropriately model and promote commitment to the organisation’s values.

7. Develop and maintain liaison, consultation and education with other government and non-government agencies, families and carers.

8. Undertaking other duties as directed, within the approved scope of clinical practice.

Selection Criteria

These are the key criteria for how you will be assessed in conjunction with your resume and experience.

Your statement of claims against the selection criteria should summarise how your skills and experiences would enable you to fulfil the responsibilities of the position. It is therefore in the interests of candidates to present their application in a way that demonstrates significant outcomes associated with each of the criteria, as well as the capabilities and behaviours that underpin them.

(Please note that it is not necessary to address the capabilities and behaviours individually).

1. Demonstrated ability in the management of multi-disciplinary teams
Relevant capabilities:
• resource utilisation and coordination of multi-disciplinary teams in the provision of clinical governance systems to deliver comprehensive, recovery based in-patient mental health services,
• build team competencies in collaboration with senior clinicians and lead teams using professional development activities, clinical supervision and performance monitoring processes as the framework.

2. Provision of high-quality clinical services
Relevant capabilities:
• advanced clinical knowledge and understanding of therapeutic goals and program targets in the provision of mental health care within a secure environment,
• sound knowledge and understanding of recovery based therapy programs, goals and therapeutic outcomes within a secure environment,
• developing, implementing and evaluating responsive safety and quality systems to achieve clinical outcomes and meet performance indicators and
• highly developed time management skills and ability to prioritise your work in response to complex and changing demands.

3. Proven leadership and accountability
Relevant capabilities and behaviours:
• demonstrated ability to lead and support multi-disciplinary teams and to work collaboratively with consumers, carers and a broad range of internal and external stakeholders in the mental health sector,
• advanced knowledge of National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) standards and accreditation processes,
• flexible, adaptive and comfortable with a changing working environment, and
• the ability to provide leadership in the provision of mental health services in compliance with legislative requirements and national standards.

4. Ability to communicate with Influence
Relevant capabilities and behaviours:
• highly developed and effective written and verbal communication skills,
• ability to mentor and guide diverse teams and external parties in a collaborative and influential manner,
• ability to develop and maintain networks across ACT Health and with internal and external stakeholders, and
• strong negotiation and influencing skills in dealing with complex situations.

5. Demonstrates a commitment to Work, Health and Safety (WH&S) and the positive patient experience and displays behaviour consistent with ACT Health’s values of Care, Excellence, Collaboration and Integrity.

How to Apply

To complete your application, you must prepare responses to the Selection Criteria and upload this as part of your application along with a current curriculum vitae. For more information on how to apply go to

For further information about the position and a copy of the performance expectations and jobs demands checklist, please contact the Contact Officer above.