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Healthcare Assistant - Adult Inpatient Group

We have an exciting opportunity for a compassionate go-getter to join Specialist Mental Health as an integral part of the team. This is an ideal role for someone looking to start their career in manaaki hauora (healthcare) with a focus on mental health.

Roles available across Te Awakura, Seager, and Tupuna

Mō te tūnga | About the role

Add your energy and enthusiasm; problem solving skills and sense of humour to our team at Te Awakura. We provide 24-hour care to tāngata whaiora (consumers) who are experiencing an acute mental health event. We aim to identify and develop their strengths, whilst working closely with their whānau (family) to achieve community integration. This is an opportunity for you to be involved with our consumers in their activities and daily routines, both in a ward environment, and the community.

Pehea | About You

This role will find you working under the direction and delegation of a Registered or Enrolled Nurse as part of a wider multidisciplinary team. You will be involved in a range of activities, including provision of personal care, one to one support, undertaking community escorts and supporting tāngata whaiora activities.

Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako | Skills and experience

This role requires the following:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and team work
  • A full New Zealand drivers’ licence
  • Knowledge of and a commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • A certificate in Health and Wellbeing or a willingness to work towards one

Mō mātou | About Us

Specialist Mental Health Services are an interdisciplinary team that forms part of the Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB). We are committed to working and partnering with tāngata whaiora and their whanau. Constantly striving to work within our philosophy; we develop therapeutic, supportive and empowering relationships with our consumers, enabling them to achieve their personal goals and aspirations.

Tono ināianei | Apply Now

Please submit your most recent resume along with a cover letter stating why you believe that you are the ideal candidate for the role highlighting any skills you have gained along the way.

Applications are only accepted online so please visit our website at complete an application.

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Applicants will be progressed as they apply, so if this sounds like you, please apply now!

Health Disclaimer:

The role that you are applying for is one that may only be performed by a person who has been vaccinated against Covid-19. It is therefore a condition of this application that you are vaccinated against Covid-19. As a person working in the health sector you will come into contact with a large number of people, some of whom are likely vulnerable. Without a vaccine, there is a higher risk that you may contract Covid-19. The requirement to be vaccinated is to keep you safe and to endeavour to protect others against the potential transmission of Covid-19.