Occupational Therapist – Home Visit Team, Christchurch Hospital

  • Permanent 1.0FTE position available from mid June 2023. The position is for an experienced Occupational Therapist to join our community home visit team
  • NZ Registration with the Occupational Therapy Board and Annual Practicing Certificate is essential
  • You will provide Occupational Therapy assessment and therapeutic interventions for people in their own homes following a recent admission to Christchurch Hospital.
  • Due to the urgent nature of filling this position candidates will be progressed as they apply.

Mō te tūnga - About the Role

We have an exciting opportunity to join the supportive Occupational Therapy team at Christchurch Hospital. We are looking for a suitably experienced NZ Registered Occupational Therapist to join us on a permanent basis as part of our Community Home Visit team.  You will have a minimum of 2 years relevant clinical experience with sound clinical skills in occupational performance assessment and problem-solving skills. Experience working in the community would be an advantage but is not essential.  

This role is a permanent role (40 hours per week), working Monday to Friday.  It is also expected that you will contribute to the weekend roster for the in-patient wards.

Ko wai koe | About You

In this role, you will be responsible for:

  • Working with patients in their own homes following a recent acute admission to Christchurch Hospital, to support their discharge back to community living.
  • Be providing pre-discharge home visit assessments as clinically required.
  • Supporting your colleagues across the team with complex discharge planning 
  • Working with patients from diverse social and cultural backgrounds and working collaboratively with whanau, the wider multidisciplinary team to ensure the best outcomes;
  • Identifying and contributing towards service improvement initiatives.
  • Being involved in transfer and discharge planning.
  • Mentoring and supervision of other colleagues within the wider Occupational Therapy service
  • As part of the team you will also contribute to the weekend roster at Christchurch Hospital
  • There will also be the opportunity to upskill in acute in-patient working as needed/wanted

Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako - Skills and Experience

  • Comprehensive clinical assessment and problem-solving skills,
  • Ability to work autonomously and collaboratively, to develop positive interpersonal relationships, and work flexibly within the inter-disciplinary team, with a team player attitude
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, to liaise effectively with health professionals both within the in-patient services and in the community
  • Strong clinical reasoning skills and use of evidence informed practice
  • A sound knowledge of the role that adaptive equipment and environment modifications can play in supporting people’s occupational performance
  • A knowledge of the Enable NZ and ACC funding processes
  • Effective time management and organisational skills
  • Strong prioritisation skills and experience with complex discharge planning
  • Registration with the NZ Occupational Therapy Board and current Annual Practicing Certificate (or eligibility to obtain);
  • A positive attitude and enthusiasm for this area of work;
  • A full clean drivers licence is essential

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/Full Time

Job no: PC2531819

Location: Christchurch

Closing Date: Tuesday, 20 June 2023