Laboratory Assistant - Specimen Services

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

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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

As a Laboratory Assistant with us, you will be responsible for sorting, data entry of samples onto the computer system, interpretation and input of request forms, checking of data for accuracy and information, and answering telephone enquiries in our Lab line call centre.

You will be working alongside a large team, that provides a 24/7 routine and acute laboratory service to the CDHB and Christchurch community. You will be expected to be able to work on both daytime and evening shifts with occasional weekend and public holiday hours.

This is a part time (25 hours) permanent position with our Specimen Services team.

Skills & Experience

To be the ideal candidate you will:

  • Data entry experience, competent level computer skills
  • Have excellent customer service skills
  • Exhibit exceptional communication skills and the ability to easily build rapport with customers

Previous experience in a medical laboratory is desirable but not essential.  The successful candidate will be either expected to work toward registration with the Medical Laboratory Science Council or have a suitable Qualification for registration as a ML-PAT (Pre analytical Technician). 

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.

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

Permanent/Part Time

Job no: 235150

Location: Christchurch

Closing Date: Tuesday, 11 December 2018