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Forensic Community Team – Occupational Therapist

Organisation Canterbury District Health Board
Area, City Christchurch
Advert reference PC1307159
Contact person Recruitment
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Please apply via our website: https://cdhb.careercentre.net.nz/job/forensic-community-team-occupational-therapist/christchurch/18946

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Permanent/temporary Permanent
Full/part time Full time
Closing date for applications 19-04-2021


  • 1FTE, Full time position available.
  • Case Management position, within the community, Monday to Friday.
  • Must be a registered Occupational Therapist with experience in mental health and/or forensics.

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 New Zealanders 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 

The Community Forensic Team is a Regional Service based at Hillmorton Hospital provides that assessment, treatment, education, training, and community focused care for people for Forensic Patients. We are a small supportive team and we follow an assertive model of care – you will get to know not only the patients in your own caseload, but also those under the team’s care.

As the Occupational  Therapist in the team you will be responsible for:

  • Providing an occupational lens to assessment and intervention.
  • Working with consumers to enable engagement in their communities through social inclusion
  • Exploring opportunities for participation in meaningful occupations including vocation and study.
  • Provision of case management to consumers under the Forensic Community Team.

Your skills will include:

  • Sound occupational therapy assessment and intervention knowledge and skills across all domains.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to build and foster trusted relationships with clients, their family/whanau, and service providers;
  • Experience in clinical mental health and forensic settings is advantageous;
  • Demonstrate robust risk assessment and decision-making;
  • A positive attitude and enthusiasm for this area of work;

The Role: Where you fit in

This is a case management role in which you will work with clients in the community and potentially in our in-patient wards and step down bed facility. You will work closely with your inter-disciplinary colleagues and with community agencies to ensure that clients receive wrap around services that support their rehabilitation and community reintegration.

Strong administrative and organisational skills are vital in this busy role where you need to be flexible to meet the changeable nature of your work. You will also have an ability to develop good rapport with the people you work with.

If you’re keen to work with in the area of community Forensic Mental Health, to further develop a wide range of assessment skills with a focus on risk assessment and management, then come and join our team.

Drivers License essential.

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.

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 now! Only applications submitted via our career site will be accepted. 

Use this link to apply:  https://cdhb.careercentre.net.nz/job/forensic-community-team-occupational-therapist/christchurch/18946

For additional information about this role please contact us on [email protected] & Clinical Manager [email protected], or Allied Lead [email protected]

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