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Senior Acute Occupational Therapist

Organisation Northland District Health Board
Area, City Whangarei, Northland
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Contact person Heather Blackburn
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Permanent/temporary Permanent
Full/part time Flexible
Closing date for applications 06-11-2020


Job Description

Occupational Therapist

Occupational Therapy,

Directorate of Medical and Elder Services,

Whangarei Hospital


Position Title: Occupational Therapist
Organisation Unit: Occupational Therapy, Directorate of Medical and Elder Services
Location: Whangarei Hospital, Northland District Health Board
Responsible to: Team Leader Occupational and Speech Language Therapies. Whangarei Hospital, Northland District Health Board
Primary Functions of the Position: To provide a quality occupational therapy service to designated inpatients.



Functional Relationships

The Occupational Therapist will develop and maintain excellent relationships with:

Internal External
·         Client/carer/whanau/significant others

·         Occupational Therapy Staff – Whangarei and regions

·         Ward Staff

·         Occupational Therapy Professional Adviser

·         Other Health Service Teams e.g C.A.R.S, Home Health Care,  Wheelchair Service, Equipment Service

·         Suppliers and funders of equipment

·         Community agencies e.g. MS Society, Arthritis Foundation, Aged Concern, Care Plus, Hospice





Key Responsibilities and Expected Outcomes

Northland District Health Board has established a set of values by which the organisation will respond, in part, to achieving its goals and objectives through their workforce. The following Values and supporting statements are expected behaviours of each individual employed with NDHB:

Values Supporting Statement
Tangata I te tuatahi

People First

People are central to all we do
Whakaute (tuku mana)


We treat others as they would like to be treated


We nurture those around us, and treat all with dignity and compassion
Whakawhitiwhiti korero Communication We communicate safely, openly and with respect to promote clear understanding
Taumata teitei (hirangi)


Our attitude of excellence inspires success, competence, confidence and innovation


The position Occupational therapist encompasses the following major functions or key result areas:

  • Clinical Practice
  • Professional practice.
  • Contribution to clinical and occupational therapy teams.
  • Professional development
  • Treaty of Waitangi
  • Health and Safety
  • Privacy & Confidentiality


The outcome requirements of the above key responsibility areas are outlined below:

Key Responsibility Area Expected Outcomes
Clinical Practice


·         Practice follows NDHB occupational therapy clinical guidelines, standards and priorities

·         Practice takes into consideration the individuals physical, environmental, occupational, cognitive, emotional, family and cultural needs

·         Practice follows occupational therapy process

·         Practice reflects active partnership with the client.

·         Clinical notes reflects therapeutic process and meets documentations standards

·         Patient/whanau/carer is provided with adequate, appropriate information to make informed decisions, understand occupational therapy input and criteria related to provision/non provision of service.

·         Maintain effective communications with patients, families, team members.

·         Assist with other therapists caseloads as necessary to continue provision of occupational therapy services during staff absence or vacancies.

·         Maintain current knowledge of best practice including appropriate use of equipment and treatment resources.

Provide advice and coaching to other therapists  in area of own clinical expertise

Professional practice ·         Adhere to and professional ethics and standards, current practice and legislative requirements.

·         Adhere to Northland District Health Board, department and ward policies, protocols and values.

·         Prioritise and manage time effectively, achieving balance of clinical, administrative, service and professional elements.

·         Collect and submits accurate data as requires

·         Work with other occupational therapists to develop, maintain, review professional guidelines, standards, policies, and resources.

·         Provide supervised fieldwork opportunities for occupational therapy students as agreed with the department manager and Occupational Therapy Advisor.

·         Maintain professional registration.

Contribute to clinical and occupational therapy teams


·         Foster effective workplace interpersonal  relationships within the department and the wards

·         Communicate effectively with manager and colleagues

·         Undertakes administrative and other tasks as required to facilitate the smooth running of the department.

·         Participates in designated projects to improve service delivery and the patient experience

Professional development


·         Take responsibility for knowledge and skill development to achieve best practice relevant to current employment.

·         Attend training opportunities as agreed with manager and share learning with colleagues

·         Complete NDHB required training and compliance activities.

·         Undertake regular reflection on won practice through supervision, peer discussion/review, performance appraisals and audits.

·         Participate in peer review and required audits

Treaty of Waitangi


·              Contribute to the promotion of the principles of Treaty of Waitangi and the involvement if Maori within the decision-making process for their health and independence, within District Health Board management processes and procedures

·              Include the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi within all aspects of the role and its outcomes

·              Ensure that consultation and engagement processes include appropriate mechanisms to meet the need of Maori in a culturally appropriate and safe manner

·              Attend the Northland District Health Board Treaty of Waitangi Training

Health & Safety ·              Observe and promote safe work practices, rules and instructions relating to work, and be pro-active in hazard management

·              Willingly co-operate in the achievement of all health and safety goals and initiatives by:

·              Practicing and observing safe work methods;

·              The use of safety equipment;

·              Reporting unsafe conditions or equipment; and

·              Reporting and documenting all accidents or incidents

Privacy and Confidentiality ·              Undertake all duties and responsibilities in accordance with the Privacy Act 1993, Health Information Privacy Code 1994, and Northland DHB’s Privacy Policies and Procedures

·              Complete mandatory induction training on Privacy responsibilities

Variation of Duties

Duties and responsibilities described above should not be construed as a complete and exhaustive list as it is not the intention to limit in any way the scope or functions of the position.  Duties and responsibilities may be amended from time to time, in consultation with the employee, to meet any changing conditions and service requirements.

Person Specification

Education and Qualifications

Essential Desirable
·         NZ Registered Occupational Therapist

·         Current practicing certificate

·         Current driver’s license


·         Membership of N.Z.A.O.T

·         Enable accredited assessor



Essential Desirable
·         Experience in an acute ward physical health setting.

·         Assessment and prescription of adaptive equipment, environmental and lifestyle modification


Awareness and Understanding of

Essential Desirable
·         The Treaty of Waitangi and its application to the health setting

·         Privacy Act (1993) and Health Information Privacy Code (1994)

·         Health and Safety at Work Act 2015

·         Health and Disability Commissioner (Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights) Regulations (1996)

·         New Zealand Council of Healthcare Standards


Skills & Personal Attributes

·         Ability to empathise and communicate with patients and their families, particularly elderly.

·         Ability to work autonomously and in a team, managing own workload with time frames.

·         Sound knowledge of occupational therapy theory and principles of practice

·         Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships

·         Physically able to meet requirements of job, which includes lifting and manual handling e.g. equipment, patient transfers



Personal Attributes
·         Flexibility and willingness to assist colleagues

·         Positive attitude to health care

·         Commitment to professional development

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