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Clinical Lead – Wheelchair, Seating and Postural Management

Organisation Nelson Marlborough Health
Area, City Nelson
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Closing date for applications 14-02-2021


  • Exciting, new position for district-wide wheelchair service, based in sunny Nelson or Blenheim for an Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist
  • Interesting varied role with a leadership component and a clinical component.
  • Opportunity to develop and coordinate a collaborative district-wide service

Ngā mōhiohio e pā ana ki tēnei mahi (About this position)

This is a new, district wide leadership/clinical role in the area of wheelchair, seating and postural management, inclusive of all ages.

This is a permanent position working up to 64 hours a fortnight for a NZ Registered Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist. In order to maintain competence and accreditation the position has a fixed 0.2 clinical lead component. However we can offer flexibility in the remaining clinical FTE so the overall role could be 0.5 – 0.8. The position could be located in Nelson/Tasman or Marlborough.

As part of the role, you will actively monitor wheelchair, seating and postural management accreditation and professional development opportunities across all services, considering the needs of our PHO partners, by including them in training opportunities.

Ko wai he kaitono tōtika? (Who is an appropriate applicant?)

You will be the type of person who is respected by peers, leads by example and motivates and influences others through your innovative, proactive and creative approach to all situations, including problem solving.

You will have:

  • Several years’ clinical experience, with a minimum of 3 years working with complex seating and wheelchair services experience in either child, adult or both populations.
  • Hold accreditation for Enable New Zealand Wheeled Mobility and Postural Management (WMPM) Level 2 or have appropriate experience and knowledge to be able to become accredited within 6 months. This would be supported by the DHB.
  • Proven leadership skills within physiotherapy/occupational therapy and inter-professional settings.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to network and develop key relationships and partnerships.
  • Proven quality and system improvement experience.
  • Ability to think and act strategically.

Ā mātou rōpū (About our team)

You will be working alongside other experienced Level 1 and 2 wheelchair & seating credentialed therapists, within paediatric and adult services.

Nelson Marlborough Health is the main health provider for the Te Tau Ihu, the top of the south. Nearly 3,000 strong, we are Nelson and Marlborough’s largest employer, which means the opportunities here are endless. Our main locations are Nelson and Wairau Hospitals but we are spread across the region and service all parts of the community. Our work can be challenging, but we are up for it. We have a great team and we work hard to make a difference. We value integrity, innovation, respect and teamwork.

Ētahi atu mōhiohio (More Information)


Ngā huanga o tēnei mahi (The benefits of this position) 

This is the opportunity to develop a cohesive paediatric and adult wheelchair service using your leadership experience.

We provide a great place to work with professional development opportunities, job security, and workplace wellness programmes.

Me pēhea ahau e tono ai? (How do I apply?)

For general enquiries please contact our recruitment team on [email protected] or 03 546 1274.

For role specific information please contact Nicola Westend – Team Leader Occupational Therapy & Physiotherapy – Wairau at [email protected]

Keen to apply now, it’s easy. Please fill in our online application form.



Applications close: Sunday 14th February

Nelson Marlborough Health strongly endorses Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

We believe that to achieve equity in health outcomes for Māori we need a workforce reflective of the population it serves. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who identify as Māori and we recruit for cultural competence.

He waka eke noa. We are all in this together.

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