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Clinical Team Leader – Occupational Therapy – Kaiārahi, Whakaora Ngangahau

Organisation Canterbury District Health Board
Area, City Christchurch
Advert reference PC1524844R2
Contact person Recruitment
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Permanent/temporary Permanent
Full/part time Full time
Closing date for applications 13-09-2021


Clinical Team Leader – Occupational Therapy – Kaiārahi, Whakaora Ngangahau

  • This is a Permanent full-time opportunity (40 hours per week) providing leadership and support to an experienced team primarily within an acute setting
  • Are you looking to further develop your develop your leadership skills through on-the-job training opportunities within an experienced and supportive team
  • Are you passionate about being involved in service development and ensuring that Occupational Therapy is using best practice to deliver occupationally focused assessment and intervention
  • Are you wanting to maintain and refine your clinical skills as you continue to provide first-hand care to our community!

Our Purpose: Why we do it

When you work with the Canterbury District Health Board, you’re part of something very special. We plan, fund and deliver health services to the almost 600,000 people that live in the Canterbury region. Our primary goal is to put people at the heart of everything we do.

The Team: What we do

Our Christchurch Hospital campus Occupational Therapy Team is looking for an experienced and skilled Occupational Therapist to join us as a Clinical Team Leader! We’re a team of over 40 OT professionals who also work closely with the wider multidisciplinary team to ensure a holistic approach to patient care on the acute hospital site. We are continually looking at how we deliver occupational therapy in the most relevant way with best practice always central to any change. We have exciting opportunities happening within our service and the team leader roles are crucial to developing this service delivery change.

The Clinical Team Leader is integral to our leadership team, working closely with our other Clinical Team Leaders and the Clinical Manager to lead and improve clinical services in the acute setting. A core component of this position will be contributing to daily operational planning and service improvement initiatives, as well as holding a clinical caseload (approximately 60% of role). The clinical area will be based on candidate experience and specialty area expertise.

This is a permanent full-time opportunity working Monday – Friday approximately 0800 – 1630. There will also be the need to fulfil a weekend on call requirement (one weekend/month)

The Role: Where you fit in

In this role, you will be responsible for:

  • Ensuring the day-to-day provision of a high-quality clinical service, primarily within Christchurch Hospital Campus In-patient and out-patients services.
  • Working closely with the leadership team and wider multidisciplinary colleagues to identify and implement service improvement initiatives;
  • Maintaining a designated clinical case load;
  • Supporting and fostering the development of approximately 10-15 direct report Occupational Therapists.

Your skills will include:

  • A sound clinical background in an acute/rehab hospital setting (a minimum of 5 years’ experience post-qualification is desirable);
  • An understanding of core business needs of acute Occupational Therapy service provision;
  • Proven experience in clinical leadership and service development is required.
  • Sound working knowledge of local, national and international health systems is strongly desired;
  • Proven experience in training and supervision of staff with the ability to foster and support the development of a team both collectively and on an individual basis;
  • A sound understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its application to the service;
  • Registration with the Occupational Therapy Board of NZ and current APC is essential (or eligibility to obtain).

Our Culture: What matters to us

Ko ngā tāngata, te mātua mahi

Putting people at the heart of all we do 

Health is ultimately all about people. What’s important around here is the way we care for and respect others, the responsibility taken for delivering outcomes, and going about our work with integrity.

Belonging Here: Becoming part of our story

Being part of the Canterbury District Health Board, you will enjoy a fantastic benefits scheme, the opportunity for flexible working arrangements and ongoing focus on your career development.

The Canterbury DHB believes that diversity and inclusion is key to ensure we deliver the best care for our diverse population. The Canterbury DHB is an inclusive and equal opportunity employer that welcomes and respects everyone.

If this role has sparked your interest but does not match your skills then please visit our careers website and have a look at our roles that better suit your expertise.

If you are interested in this role please apply directly on our career site here. Please note only applications submitted via our career site will be accepted.

Contact us on [email protected] for additional information.

To contact the Occupational Therapy Department Clinical manager to further discuss this role please contact:

Bronwyn Suzana  027 4330950  [email protected]

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