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Occupational Therapist – Child, Adolescent and Family Inpatient Unit

Organisation Canterbury District Health Board
Area, City Christchurch
Advert reference PC0594234
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Contact telephone 0274900041
Permanent/temporary Permanent
Full/part time Part time
Closing date for applications 13-12-2019


• Permanent part-time opportunity (20 hours per week) supporting children and adolescents within our specialist mental health services
• Work among an experienced multidisciplinary team and develop your clinical expertise within mental health
• NZ Registration as an Occupational Therapist with current Annual Practicing Certificate (or eligibility to obtain) is essential

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

The Child, Adolescent and Family Inpatient unit (Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health Service) is a specialist mental health service that provides assessment and treatment of children and young people up to 18 years of age (older if still at High School) who present with moderate to severe mental health problems, and their families.

The Child and Adolescent Inpatient unit works collaboratively with young people and their families that are requiring a more intensive approach than the community team are able to offer. The clinicians on the team have a range of skills and areas of clinical expertise. Come and join a supportive team that is committed and works hard for children, young people and their families/whanau in Christchurch and Canterbury.

We’re looking for an NZ Registered Occupational Therapist with current APC (or eligibility to obtain this) to join our team. This is a part-time, permanent position working 20 hours per week (days and hours to be negotiated with the successful applicant).

The Role: Where you fit in

In this role, you will be responsible for the following:
• Completing assessments of consumers and formulating interventions to meet individual needs in collaboration with our multi-disciplinary team (MDT)
• Assisting with the development of treatment plans and discharge planning, including community integration
• Facilitating individual and group activities in collaboration with MDT members
• Overseeing the implementation of a therapeutic weekly programme

Your skills will include the following:
• The ability to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the consumer physical, psychological, social, cognitive and developmental level in relation to the presence of mental disorder
• The ability to evaluate the impact of treatment outcomes with the consumer / caregiver or significant others and modify treatment according to changing needs
• Exceptional communication, organisation, and time management skills
• It is essential that you are an NZ Registered Occupational Therapist
• Previous experience in the mental health field is preferable

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.

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