Occupational Therapist – CREST

  • Permanent Full time [40 hours per week] and part time 16 hours per week (0.4FTE) positions available
  • An optional Fixed Term available 8 hour per week role (0.2FTE) until January 2024
  • Bring your passion for people and utilise your clinical skills to improve the health outcomes of our community!
  • Registration with the NZ Occupational Therapy Board and an Annual Practicing Certificate is essential
  • Grab the opportunity to work in the community setting

Mō te tūnga - About the Role

CREST is at the forefront of community-based healthcare working with clients in their safety and rehabilitation needs in their own homes and we're looking for our next clinical superstar! CREST delivers a short, sharp service up to six weeks, where no two days are alike, focusing on helping people return home from hospital and supporting clients to remain well at home with rehabilitation and treatment and support services. You will use your knowledge and expertise to enable clients to return living their best lives and self manage. As this role requires you to be out in the community, you'll be able to work autonomously but be backed by a comprehensive inter-disciplinary team. 

As an Occupational Therapist you will be required to look at clients holistically but focus on the details to meet their safety and rehabilitation needs at home. This role has Monday to Friday regular office hours with some flexibility around hours. 

Ko wai koe | About You

  • Undertaking occupational therapy assessments and developing and implementing intervention and treatment plans in conjunction with the client and whanau;
  • Assess, inform, coach and rehabilitate clients in their health journey
  • Managing and prioritising a busy caseload;
  • Carrying out assessments and treatments plans in a holistic manner with a view to possible referral to other disciplines and support agencies;
  • Take pride in supporting clients to navigate the health system and enable great outcomes
  • You will be able to work autonomously in the community while being backed by a comprehansive in
  • Ensuring timely assessment of patient needs on discharge to ensure optimum support is provided as they return to their homes (For CREST).

Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako - Skills and Experience

  • The ability to hit the ground running with the energy and passion to deliver a high standard of care to patients;
  • Flexibility and adaptability to work as a member of an inter-disciplinary team;
  • Enthusiasm for knowledge sharing across and beyond your discipline;
  • The ability to establish an early rapport with patients and families, and interact with a wide range of people from varying backgrounds;
  • As this is a community position and travel is required, a full NZ Driver’s license is essential;
  • Registration with the NZ Occupational Therapy Board and an Annual Practicing Certificate is essential;
  • Demonstrated specialty area experience and professional development is preferable.


Mō mātou | About Us

“Ko ngā tāngata, te mātua mahi - Putting people at the heart of all we do”

Te Whatu Ora, Health New Zealand, leads the day-to-day running of our health system across New Zealand, with functions delivered at local, district, regional and national levels. It weaves the functions of the 20 former District Health Boards into its regional divisions and district offices, ensuring continuity of services in the health system.

Here in Waitaha, Canterbury we deliver health services to the almost 600,000 people that live in the Canterbury region. We are committed to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its principles by ensuring our partnership with Māori are at the forefront of all our conversations.

Ngā hua | Benefits of working at Te Whatu Ora [Health New Zealand]

When you work at the Te Whatu Ora, you are part of a wider whānau that will support you along your journey. We offer great coaching, mentoring and learning outcomes for all staff. We are always improving our facilities across all campuses and have amazing discounts from select retailers, restaurants and business.

Tono ināianei | Apply Now

Only applications submitted via our career site will be accepted, therefore apply directly on our career site here

For additional information about this role please contact Jenny Bailey, Recruitment Partner on jenny.bailey@cdhb.health.nz

We have a range of clinical and non-clinical roles at Health New Zealand, there could be a place for you!

Please visit our careers website for other roles and find your ideal fit within Health New Zealand.

The Future of the Health Industry

The role that you are applying for is one that may only be performed by a person who has been vaccinated against Covid-19.  It is therefore a condition of this application that you are vaccinated against Covid-19. As a person working in the health and disability sector you will come into contact with a large number of people, some of whom may be vulnerable.  Without a vaccine, there is the risk that you may contract Covid-19.  The requirement to be vaccinated is to keep you safe and also to endeavour to protect others against the potential transmission of Covid-19 as a result of you contracting it in the course of your employment.


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Permanent/Part Time, Fixed Term/Contract/Part Time

Job no: PC2309641

Location: Christchurch

Closing Date: Thursday, 15 June 2023