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Senior Occupational Therapist (Full Time, Fixed Term), Child Development Team, CM Health

Organisation Counties Manukau Health
Area, City Auckland
Advert reference CMH20214473
Contact person Andriette Schoeman
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Contact telephone 092760083
Permanent/temporary Temporary
Full/part time Full time
Closing date for applications 19-07-2021


Full Time

Fixed term until May 2022

Are you a passionate, dynamic and an enthusiastic Occupational Therapist, and ready to take on a new challenge in your career? Are you looking to make a difference for tamariki and their whānau? An opportunity has arisen to lead and support the Occupational Therapy service within Kidz First Community Child Development Team (CDT).

The team is based at Kidz First Community Health in Manukau, South Auckland. In this role you will be supported by a team of Occupational Therapists, a Professional Leader and a Team Leader.

The role
You will work in partnership with the patients, whānau  and other health care providers in order to assess, plan, deliver and evaluate outcomes of care.

The Kidz First Child Development Service is a multidisciplinary community-based team who provide therapy and social work to assist children with special needs and their family/whānau to achieve their full potential in their daily lives. We work with children in their homes as well as schools, kindergartens and clinics.

Children under our service have a range of diagnoses including, but not limited to, cerebral palsy, global developmental delay, muscular dystrophy, chromosomal abnormities and spina bifida. We also provide therapy for children with a neurodevelopmental diagnosis who have had orthopaedic intervention, including Botox injections and muscle lengthening.

As the Occupational Therapy Senior in this team, you will work with children aged 2 years old through to 16 years old to assess and provide treatment to improve their fine motor and self-care abilities and improve functional performance in their home environment through housing modifications and equipment prescriptions.

As Senior you will oversee and provide clinical oversight/ supervision to Occupational Therapists within the CDT service, manage case allocations and service provision, whilst still maintaining a reduced clinical case load of your own.

Manage and grade all referrals to the CDT service that need Occupational Therapy intervention within the MDT setting.

You will work alongside all the other Senior Clinicians contributing and participate in service design and delivery.

The preferred candidate will be someone who is an excellent communicator whilst honouring cultural diversity. An ability to effectively organise your caseload, model best practice, the ability to provide clinical support to others whilst prioritising tasks, would be imperative in order to be successful in this role.

About you:
As the ideal candidate you will have:

Proven knowledge and expertise (4-5 years’ experience) in the management of tamariki (2-16 years) with a range of neuro developmental diagnoses.
Experience in equipment prescription and housing modification process.
Recent experience working within an DHB setting
Experience working within a Multi-Disciplinary setting and as part of a team
A passion for working with tamariki and advocating for their specific needs
Ability to form and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders such as special schools, funding bodies, equipment suppliers etc.
Key accreditation in Wheeled Mobility and Postural Management Level 1, Wheeled Mobility and Postural Management – Lying and Housing Modifications (Complex)

Registration with the Occupational Therapy Board of New Zealand and up to date Annual Practicing Certificate
A full, clean driver’s licence
At least 4 – 5 years’ experience with a paediatric caseload
Experience in paediatric therapy and sound knowledge of child development
Experience with complex equipment prescription

Please apply online by following this link: https://careers.countiesmanukau.health.nz/working-here/job/view/CMH20214473

For more information, please contact Andriëtte Schoeman in the Recruitment Centre at 092760044 ext 56837 or [email protected]

Applications Close: 19 July 2021
Job Number: CMH20214473

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