Hospital Play Specialist


Our Purpose: What We’re Here For

When you work with the Canterbury District Health Board, you’re part of something very special. We’re world leaders in the delivery of integrated health care, and we’re always striving to Make It Better. From the carers on the front line working directly with patients and communities, to our talented support teams who enable that care, we plan, fund and deliver health services to the almost 600,000 New Zealanders that live in the Canterbury region. And we’re all about putting people at the heart of everything we do.

Our Culture: What Matters To Us

Ko Te Whatu Manawa Tangata

Putting people at the heart of all we do 

For us to continue putting our communities at the centre of our health system, we’re putting our own people at the centre of everything we do. Because health is ultimately all about people. What’s important around here is the way we care for and respect others, the responsibility that all our people take for delivering outcomes, and that we go about our work with integrity in all we do.

What matters to us is doing the right thing, valuing everyone, and being and staying well ourselves so we can care for our community.

The Role: What This Opportunity’s All About

Christchurch Hospital Activity Room is a vital part of our children’s recovery.

Play in hospital helps children and young people understand, cope with illness, regain confidence and express their feelings. Working with children from birth to 16 years, your experience as a teacher will be invaluable to helping children during their hospital stay.

As a Hospital Play Specialist you will establish rapport with the children and their family and play alongside them to build trust. Through these relationships you attempt to minimise the psychological impact on the child while in hospital. A huge part of the role is integrating emotional support through preparation and play aiming to improve the child’s ability to cope. This is a very challenging but rewarding role. Working with families/whānau is critical to your success in this role so your natural ability to form great relationships will be vital. This role involves working in the Activity Room, working on the paediatric wards and working within a multi-disciplinary team.  

We are looking preferably for an experienced Registered Hospital Play Specialist to come join our fun team however if you are an experienced Registered Early Childhood Teacher and you have the skills and attributes we are looking for and are willing to work towards becoming a Registered Hospital Play Specialist then please apply.

Key skills and attributes:

  • Ability to adapt and work effectively within a variety of situations and with various individuals or groups

  • Has strong organisational and time management skills

  • Flexible

  • Relates to people with warmth and sensitivity

  • Values diversity

  • Able to contribute to ongoing quality improvement processes

  • Self-driven

  • Strong prioritisation skills

  • Clear confident communicator

  • Excellent written ability

  • Strong ability to analyse, prioritise and plan for all children 

Take advantage of this rare opportunity to mix your education background with a clinical focus and apply online today

This position is permanent part time 0.7FTE  (28hr per week).

Belonging Here: Becoming Part of Our Story

Our people enjoy access to a fantastic benefits scheme, flexible working arrangements and a genuine and ongoing focus on career development.

We hope you’ll seriously consider joining us, but if this isn’t a good fit for you, please share the opportunity with your personal networks and help us find our next rock star!

If this particular role isn’t for you, we do have other similar opportunities - please look on our careers page or give us a call to discuss.

Apply online, or to find out more information, please contact

Email: Hayley.Buick@cdhb.health.nz

Phone: 03 3377961

Applicants will be progressed as they apply, so if this sounds like you, please apply now! 

Permanent/Part Time

Job no: 234617

Location: Christchurch

Closing Date: Monday, 24 September 2018