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Occupational Therapy or Social Work – New Entry to Specialist Practice

Organisation Canterbury District Health Board
Area, City Christchurch
Advert reference PC0549893
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Permanent/temporary Permanent
Full/part time Full time
Closing date for applications 06-10-2019


  • Permanent, full-time (1.0FTE) opportunities
  • Complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science while gaining experience within a team of Allied Health professionals
  • Registration OR provision registration by the relevant regulatory body is essential

Our Purpose

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

Our Specialist Mental Health Services at the Canterbury DHB are provided by a number of outpatient, inpatient, community-based and mobile services throughout Canterbury. Services covered include adult acute; rehabilitation; child, adolescent and family (CAF); forensic; alcohol and drug; intellectually disabled persons’ health; and other specialty services.

An exciting opportunity exists for new graduates in Social Work or Occupational Therapy to enter the Specialist Mental Health Service (SMHS) via the Allied Health New Entry to Specialist Practice (AH NESP) programme within the Canterbury District Health Board. There are five permanent full-time positions available based at Hillmorton Hospital.

The Role

The NESP programme will include the following:

  • Provision of a preceptor/work place mentor and a thorough orientation and training package
  • Regular clinical supervision, tutorials, and workshops with other NESP trainees
  • Probable rotation through 2 different areas of Mental Health service for the purposes of broadening experience, including the use of profession specific skills and knowledge in a Case Management role
  • Completion of the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science (Allied Mental Health and Addictions). Please refer to https://www.tepou.co.nz/initiatives/new-entry-to-specialist-practice-allied-mental-health-and-addiction/48 for more information. This course will most likely be block taught by AUT in Christchurch, and fees are covered by Te Pou or CDHB

Applicants must have the following:

  • A recent (or imminent) Social Work or Occupational Therapist graduate with no previous SMHS experience (applicants may have had student placements in SMHS)
  • If the applicant is expecting to graduate in 2019 they must be able to provide confirmation from their Training Agency that they are on target to meet graduate requirements
  • Registered OR provisionally registered by the relevant regulatory body
  • Committed to learning and developing their professional practice in mental health domain

Please include in your application a one page covering letter addressing why you want to develop a career in Mental Health and what particular qualities and experiences you would bring into SMHS.

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

Being part of the Canterbury District Health Board, our people enjoy access to, flexible working arrangements and a genuine and ongoing focus on career development.

We hope you’ll seriously consider joining us, but if this role isn’t a good fit for you, please share this opportunity with people in your personal networks.

Apply online, or to find out more information, please contact us on [email protected] for additional information.

Your application will be reviewed and progressed as soon as possible.

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