Social Worker – Te Whare Hohou Roko

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    4 weeks ago
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    Govt Jobs
  • Job Type: Ongoing – Part Time
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  • Location: Canterbury
  • Date Advertised: 28-FEB-20
  • Job Reference: NZ/SOCWRK
  • Job Title: Social Worker – Te Whare Hohou Roko
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  • Summary:
  • Permanent, part-time (16 hours per week) opportunity based at Hillmorton Hospital
  • Grow your career within mental health with this exciting opportunity in our Regional Forensic Psychiatric Service!
  • New Zealand Registered Social Worker is essential

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

Te Whare Hohou Roko is a regional 9 bed 24 hour extended rehab forensic SMHS inpatient unit based at Hillmorton Hospital that interfaces with Department of Corrections.

The multi-disciplinary team (MDT) strives to provide a therapeutic environment in which the consumer is at the centre of care. Our team promotes a recovery and strengths base approach to facilitate individualised care. We work alongside consumers and their family/whanau to achieve their goals and safe reintegration back into the community.

We are currently seeking a Registered Social Worker to join our team on a part-time, permanent basis working 16 hours per week. The required hours of work for this role are negotiable, to be worked across two to four days.

The Role: Where you fit in

In this role, you will be responsible for the following:

  • Working alongside the MDT from admission to treatment planning, reviews and discharge planning
  • Contributing to the MDT caseload
  • Providing advocacy with other community and government agencies
  • Working collaboratively with external agencies striving for better health outcomes for our consumers
  • Working with consumers from diverse social and cultural backgrounds and working collaboratively with whanau, the wider multidisciplinary team, and other relevant agencies to ensure the best outcomes
  • Identifying and contributing towards service improvement initiatives

Your skills will include the following:

  • The ability to work both autonomously and as a part of an MDT, while simultaneously providing a voice for Social Work within the MDT
  • The ability to build and develop trusted relationships with consumers, their family/whanau, the MDT and other relevant agencies, along with a working knowledge of family/whanau support services
  • Applicants will need to be a New Zealand registered Social Worker with current Annual Practising Certificate (or eligibility to obtain)
  • A broad knowledge of legislation that ensures patient rights are maintained
  • Experience within mental health is essential and recent experience within a forensic mental health setting is desirable
  • As there is some travel required in this position with the need to take passengers, a full NZ driver’s licence is essential

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.

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