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Professional Leader – Occupational Therapy

Organisation Southern District Health Board
Area, City Dunedin or Invercargill
Advert reference 060581
Contact person Jan Strachan
Contact website and/or email


Contact telephone 0274900041
Permanent/temporary Permanent
Full/part time Part time
Closing date for applications 09-02-2020


Allied Health

Dunedin or Invercargill based

  • Permanent, part-time 0.8FTE (32 hours per week)

About the Southern DHB

Southern DHB has the largest regional coverage of all the New Zealand health boards, providing services to 350,000 people in diverse communities across a huge geographical area. We take pride in all the services we provide and our aim is to improve, promote and protect the health of our region. Our customers-patients, staff and communities – are at the forefront of everything we do.

About the opportunity

This leadership role has been designed to ensure safe and comprehensive delivery of contemporary high quality health and disability services within Southern District Health Board. To achieve this you will facilitate professional leadership with Occupational Therapy clinicians from a district wide perspective.

You will also provide advice to Directors of Allied Health (DAHs) and clinical management partners. You will foster excellence in quality practice standards and professional conduct. You will promote development of Occupational Therapists and assistants, advising on the best use of allocated resources whilst promoting efficiency, productivity and patient safety. You will support interprofessional practice and the implementation of the Calderdale Framework to enable safe and effective delegation and skill sharing between professions.

As a professional leader you’ll be responsible for the advising and consulting with the DAHs and Professional Development Facilitator on professional specific workforce development, skill mix and career pathways in order to build a sustainable future workforce. In conjunction with expert and experienced practitioners you will maximise the utilisation of inter-professional ways of working. An important part of this position is your involvement in overseeing the credentialing of the Occupational Therapy workforce.

You’ll work alongside the DAHs, and Professional Development Facilitator to ensure professional development leave and funding are consistent and transparent for your profession across all Directorates.

You’ll be responsible for the ongoing development of relationships with tertiary education providers as well as district, regional and national links for your profession.

About you

You will be a self-motivated person with effective communication skills to a wide range of stakeholders. You will have commitment to and enthusiasm for your profession, excellent group facilitation skills and a history of a collaborative team approach.

You must be a New Zealand registered Occupational Therapist and a member of your national professional body. It is essential that you have advanced practitioner level experience.

This position will involve some travel throughout the District it is therefore essential that you have a full, clean driver’s licence.

Why Southland/Dunedin/Us etc?

Now is a great time to relocate to Southern if you were considering a move! The Southern district offers the benefits of excellent amenities, first class primary through to tertiary education, affordable housing and outstanding recreational opportunities. Whether it is surfing, kayaking or sailing; skiing, hunting or fishing; theatre, live-music or art – there’s literally something for everyone. Check out https://southernhealthcareers.nz/ for what the region and we can offer you and your whanau.

Closing date: Sunday, 9 February 2020.

Please note that we may begin shortlisting as we receive applications and could withdraw the advertising at any time.

For further information please contact Jan Strachan, Recruitment Advisor – Strategy, Primary and Community Directorate, Phone (03) 214 5770 or Email: [email protected]

Children’s Act 2014

Due to this position having contact with children and the SDHB’s commitment to child protection, you will be subject to ‘safety checks’ under the Children’s Act at the time of hire and thereafter as per the relevant legislation.

To apply

We only accept online applications. Please apply via our website: www.southernhealth.nz

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