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Occupational Therapist – Intellectually Disabled Persons Health

Organisation Canterbury District Health Board
Area, City Canterbury, Hillmorton Hospital
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Permanent/temporary Permanent
Full/part time Full time
Closing date for applications 31-08-2020


  • Permanent, part-time opportunity (20 hours per week) based at Hillmorton Hospital
  • Provide Occupational Therapy assessment and design interventions for individuals with an intellectual disability and a co-morbid mental health illness
  • NZ Registration with the Occupational Therapy board along with proven experience with this consumer group 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

Our Intellectually Disabled Persons Health Community teams are looking for a passionate and experienced Occupational Therapist to join us in this new and exciting position! You’ll play an integral role within our service working across two of our community teams: Psychiatric Service for Adults with Intellectual Disability (PSAID) and our Intellectual Disability Liaison team (IDL). Our PSAID team provides psychiatric assessment and treatment to consumers aged 18 years or older who have an intellectual disability and a comorbid or suspected psychiatric disorder. Our IDL team provides services to consumers 14 years or older who have an intellectual disability and are going through the court system.

We’re looking for a NZ Registered Occupational Therapist to work alongside other specialist staff and NGO providers to craft packages of care that enable consumers to develop crucial skills to manage their illness and to enable them to be more present and participate more meaningfully in the community. This is a part-time opportunity working 20hrs per week (days and hours to be negotiated). You’ll be based at our Hillmorton Hospital campus but will be required to travel within Canterbury (primarily Christchurch).

The Role: Where you fit in

In this role, you will be responsible for the following:

  • Assessing new admissions and preparing reports as required
  • Carrying out comprehensive Occupational Therapy and functional assessments including sensory assessments
  • Liaising and consulting with residential providers to carry out therapeutic programmes
  • Working with consumers from diverse social and cultural backgrounds and bringing your enthusiasm and passion to achieve the best outcome for your consumers

Your skills will include the following:

  • Excellent interpersonal, organisational and time management skills with the ability to manage a varying case-load
  • As an effective communicator you will have a positive, engaging and solution focussed attitude to your work
  • Sound computer and technological literacy is advantageous
  • NZ Registered Occupational Therapist with current Annual Practising Certificate (essential)
  • Proven experience working with consumers with Intellectual Disabilities is essential
  • As some community work is required in this position with the need to transport passengers, a full class driver’s licence is required

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. Please note only applications submitted via our career site will be accepted.

Contact us on [email protected] for additional information.

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