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Moving and Handling Advisor – Awesome part time role in dynamic Wellington!

Organisation Capital & Coast District Health Board
Area, City Wellington
Advert reference NM191-18
Contact person Phil Adamson
Contact website and/or email


Contact telephone 048062548
Permanent/temporary Permanent
Full/part time Part time
Closing date for applications 28-10-2018



Capital and Coast DHB (CCDHB) is located centrally in Wellington and has the equivalent of around 4,300 full time staff, making us a major employer in the Wellington region. We are also the leading provider of a number of specialist services, including neurosurgery, oncology, neonatal intensive care, and specialised mental health services, for the upper South and lower North Islands, a population of about 900,000 people. Our DHB has an annual budget of more than $1 billion, which we use to deliver health services directly and contract external providers to provide care, such as general practices, rest homes and pharmacists.

CCDHB operates two hospitals – Wellington Regional Hospital in Newtown and Kenepuru Hospital in Porirua – as well as the Kapiti Health Centre in Paraparaumu.

Wellington is New Zealand’s capital city, a cultural and cosmopolitan epicentre renowned for its vibrant cafés, restaurants, international sporting and cultural events set in a beautiful natural harbour.  With easy access to vineyards in the Wairarapa and beaches on the Kapiti Coast, there’s plenty of opportunity for adventure or simply to relax and unwind.


The Health & Safety Service is seeking an experienced and appropriately qualified Moving & Handling Advisor to join their team. This is a permanent part time 0.5FTE position (days to be agreed).

The emphasis of the role is to provide support, assistance and advice to employees and managers on occupational health issues.

Responsibilities of the role include:

  • Assist in the development and delivery of moving and handling education and training for all levels of employees
  • Providing specialist moving and handling advice and support to clinical teams and other disciplines across the DHB
  • To promote moving & handling practices that meet legislative requirements and standards
  • To develop and implement moving & handling improvement initiatives
  • To deliver moving and handling training, for both patient and inanimate loads
  • To provide support, assistance and advice to managers in relation to moving & handling
  • To review and develop policies, procedures and guidelines
  • To provide assistance and support to managers to enable them to meet their legal and CCDHB obligations
  • Monitor, review and evaluate moving and handling education and training programmes and introduce changes and improvements as necessary
  • To undertake moving and handling audits
  • To provide assistance with moving and handling equipment selection and evaluation along with usability trials
  • Collaborate with falls specialists and pressure injury specialists


  • You will be a registered health professional (e.g. nurse, physiotherapist, occupational therapist) with post-registration experience in a clinical setting
  • You must have knowledge of the principles of safe patient and object moving and handling and know how to apply these within a healthcare environment
  • Knowledge of ACC moving and handling guidelines
  • Knowledge of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and associated regulations, approved codes of practice and standards
  • Experience in data analysis and reporting
  • In-depth understanding of risk management process and practice
  • Formal recognised qualification in moving and handling of people or relevant experience (desirable)
  • Health and Safety e.g. NEBOSH Certificate/International Certificate or willingness to achieve (desirable)
  • Membership of an appropriate professional body (essential)
  • Training is a key component of the role and previous experience of teaching or training delivery is essential
  • Adult teaching qualification (desirable)


Capability development is a high priority for CCDHB. Professional development opportunities are a given, as well as the ability to upskill and to take on other roles. People and their skills are highly valued at CCDHB.

EXCELLENT STAFF BENEFITS – include discounts from many companies throughout the region, access to a cost-effective gym including exercise classes and use of two low-cost holiday homes at Taupo.


Applications will not be accepted via email. All candidates applying for any of our current vacancies must complete an online CCDHB application form by clicking the ‘Apply Now’ button.

Applications close on 26 October 2018, however this vacancy may close earlier if filled. Please ensure your uploaded CV and cover letter is in either Word or PDF format. For further information on this role, please email r[email protected] and please indicate the vacancy number (NM191-18) and job title in the subject line.


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