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Te Pou offices are open across the country. In Auckland there are restrictions in place, and the ability to permit visitors is limited. We encourage you to contact our team by email or phone in the first instance - see our staff contact page for details. Stay safe everyone.

Occupational Therapist or Social Worker - New Entry to Specialist Practice

Applications close 12 October 2020
  • Five permanent, full-time opportunities for new graduates to develop their career in Specialist Mental Health
  • Be a part of the Allied Health New Entry to Specialist Practice (AH NESP) programme within the Canterbury DHB
  • Recent Occupational Therapy or Social Work graduate with registration OR provisional registration with the relevant regulatory body

Our Purpose: Why we do it

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: What we do

An exciting opportunity has arisen for five new or imminent graduates in Occupational Therapy or Social Work to enter the Specialist Mental Health Service (SMHS). These positions are permanent full-time roles where you would be a part of the Allied Health New Entry to Specialist Practice (AH NESP) programme before moving on to a suitable position within SMHS.

The days and hours required are Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.00pm. This may also involve some weekend work.

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

The AUT university programme will commence late February 2021, however dates for this and for enrolment in the 2021 University course (usually mid-January) have not yet been finalised. They will be posted on the AUT website as soon as the university has confirmed these.

Profession-specific position description available upon request.

The Role: Where you fit in

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
  • Rotation through two different areas of MH 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

Your skills will include the following:

  • Being a recent or imminent Occupational Therapy or Social Work graduate with no previous SMHS experience (applicants may have had student placements in SMHS)
  • Registration OR provisional registration with the relevant regulatory body
  • A commitment to learning and developing mental health professional practice
  • A New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, with a full driver's licence

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: Becoming part of our story

Being part of the Canterbury District Health Board, you will enjoy a fantastic benefits scheme, the opportunity for flexible working arrangements and ongoing focus on your career development.

The Canterbury DHB believes that diversity and inclusion is key to ensure we deliver the best care for our diverse population. The Canterbury DHB is an inclusive and equal opportunity employer that welcomes and respects everyone.

If this role has sparked your interest but does not match your skills then please visit our careers website and have a look at our roles that better suit your expertise.

If you are interested in this role please apply directly on our career site. Please note only applications submitted via our career site will be accepted.

Contact us on recruitment@cdhb.health.nz for additional information.