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Hand Therapist (Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist)

Organisation Waikato DHB
Area, City Hamilton
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Closing date for applications 15-03-2021


Hand Therapist (Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist) 

Job Number

: WAI16471


Where you’ll be working: Waikato Hospital

The details: Fixed term 12 months 0.6 FTE (24 hours per week)

 Join our great hand therapy team for the opportunity to work alongside our clients throughout their health journey. 

 About the role:

We are looking for an experienced hand therapist, preferably with experience in providing care to clients with traumatic upper limb conditions. You will be based at the Meade Clinical Centre located on the Waikato Hospital campus, with the potential for visits to our rural hospitals in order to provide clinical input. Our organisation is a tertiary hospital trauma service, and as such has a wide range of complex injuries coming through our doors. We enjoy close proximity and working relationships with the plastics and orthopaedic surgeons and are looking for someone who understands the value of collaborative working.

 About you

As the ideal person for this role, you will have the following skills and attributes;

  • Registration and current annual practicing certificate (or in the process of obtaining) with either Te Poari Whakaora Ngangahau o Aotearoa or Te Poari Tiaki Tinana o Aotearoa (the Occupational Therapy Board of New Zealand or the Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand).
  • Ideally, the applicant will also be a Registered or Associate Member of Hand Therapy New Zealand.
  • An ability to live and lead the Waikato DHB values of Whakamana (Give and earn respect), Whakarongo (Listen to me; talk to me), Mauri Pai (Fair Play), Whakapakari (Growing the good), Kotahitanga (Stronger Together).
  • A commitment to achieving excellent clinical and business outcomes based on quality service delivery and outstanding and empathetic patients care.
  • A sound grounding in upper limb anatomy, from finger-tip to cervical spine
  • Experience supervising student and junior practitioners, preferred but not essential
  • An ability to work autonomously completing comprehensive clinical assessments, as well as use adult teaching principles to engage health consumers.
  • A strong team focus, and excellent communication and inter-personal skills.
  • A full clean New Zealand drivers license.

 This position is Children’s Worker, as defined by the Children’s Act (2014), and as such appropriate screening will be conducted.

 For further information regarding the role, please contact Megan Cryer on [email protected]

 About Waikato DHB and the Allied Health Service:

The Waikato District Health Board (DHB) is one of the largest of 20 DHBs in New Zealand. We plan, fund and provide health and disability support services to a population of more than 400,000. You can read about our vision, strategy and values here.

We are a values based and inclusive organisation that is committed to delivering the best health outcomes for our total population. To do this we are working hard to develop a robust and capable workforce that reflects the population we service. We strongly encourage applicants from all backgrounds with the necessary capability and who share our values, to apply, and would like to encourage applicants who have a Māori world view.

Allied Health is a department of the Waikato DHB that provides Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Speech & Language Therapy, Dietetic, Audiology & New Born Hearing screening, Social Work, and Psychology services. Staff within these professions are all involved in direct client care and work in a wide range of situations to improve the health and wellbeing of the people they work with. Allied Health staff work in partnership with individuals and their family/whanau to facilitate relationships and a smooth journey through the healthcare system.

A wide range of education, training and learning opportunities are offered to our allied health staff, for more information click here

 Your application:

Please apply directly online. Applications are not able to be accepted via email. For any queries about the application process please contact Taylor Spence in the Recruitment Team at [email protected]

 Application closing date: 15 March 2021


Theme “People at Heart” – Te iwi Ngakaunui

  • Give and earn respect – Whakamana
  • Listen to me; talk to me – Whakarongo
  • Fair play – Mauri Pai
  • Growing the good – Whakapakari
  • Stronger together – Kotahitanga

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