Social Worker - Cancer Psychological and Social Support Service

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

An opportunity will be available in February 2019 for a suitably qualified Social Worker to join a specialist team in Christchurch.  We would like to invite applications from Social Workers who have completed a recognised ‘B’ level qualification in Social Work and who are registered with NZSWRB. 

The role in question provides support to patients who are under suspicion of, or in treatment for recently diagnosed cancer (or recurrence thereof), and who carry their unfair share of difficulties that could jeopardise their treatment or their or their family / whanau’s adjustment to the illness. 

Accountabilities include

  • Assessment of needs (situational, socio-emotional and cultural) and delivery of requisite support.
  • Liaison with all appropriate parties internally and externally.
  • Record keeping and communication to ensure both continuity of care and management of risk where relevant.

The successful applicant will be joining an experienced and dedicated team of three other social workers and four psychologists based near Christchurch hospital. Previous experience in a hospital / health setting with cancer patients will obviously be preferable, but not essential.  Working with patients facing serious illness is a demanding but rewarding role and we hope to attract those who have a real passion for working in the area and who are motivated to help us develop a quality service.  To this end, we support and encourage team member’s development and offer the opportunity to participate in service development initiatives at both local and National level.

This is a permanent position with FTE to be negotiated.

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: 235189

Location: Christchurch

Closing Date: Sunday, 6 January 2019