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Occupational Therapist – Psychiatric Service for Adults with Intellectual Disability (PSAID)

Organisation Canterbury District Health Board
Area, City Christchurch
Advert reference PC1254402R4
Contact person Recruitment
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Permanent/temporary Permanent
Full/part time Full time
Closing date for applications 25-08-2021


Occupational Therapist – Psychiatric Service for Adults with Intellectual Disability (PSAID)

  • Do you have the skill set to make a difference?
  • Permanent full-time or part time position (flexible)
  • Provide Occupational Therapy assessment and interventions.
  • Qualified Occupational Therapist with New Zealand registration (essential)

Our Purpose: Why we do it

When you work with the Canterbury District Health Board, your 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 

Psychiatric Service for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities (PSAID) Inpatient Unit, is an inpatient unit based at Hillmorton Hospital that specialises in the assessment and treatment of people with a dual diagnosis(intellectual disability and mental illness). The multidisciplinary team (MDT) actively involves the person in their care whilst collaborating with their family/whanau. We focus on a person’s individual skills and abilities to maintain their independence whilst encouraging them to develop new skills.  We facilitate a variety of communication techniques to support the person to understand their treatment options and to make decisions. We promote the person to remain engaged with the wider community to maintain their social networks. We advocate continuum of care, liaising with the community outpatient team, the residential provider and their caregivers to support successful discharge planning into the community setting.

The Role: Where you fit in

In this role, you will be responsible for:

  • Completing functional and sensory assessments and formulate interventions to meet individual needs in collaboration with MDT.
  • Assisting with the development of treatment plans and discharge planning, including community integration.
  • Facilitate a range of therapeutic activities and individual programmes based on the person’s level of functioning.
  • Overviewing the implementation of a therapeutic programme.

Your skills will include:

  • The ability to demonstrate a holistic understanding of a person’s needs.
  • The ability to develop effective therapeutic relationships.
  • The ability to work collaboratively with the person, their family/whanau and the clinical team.
  • The ability to prioritise and plan your workload-based ion the service needs.
  • The ability to advocate for the person and challenge discriminatory attitudes.

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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