Social Worker – Totara House

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    2 weeks ago
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    Govt Jobs
  • Job Type: Ongoing – Part Time
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  • Location: Canterbury
  • Date Advertised: 06-MAR-20
  • Job Reference: NZ/1455429
  • Job Title: Social Worker – Totara House
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  • Summary:
  • Permanent, part-time opportunity (32 hours per week) based in central Christchurch
  • Work within an experienced team to provide early intervention to young adult experiencing psychosis
  • NZ registration with the Social Worker board with an Annual Practising Certificate 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

Totara House is part of our Adult Community services and provides early intervention for young adults 18-30 who are affected by psychosis. We are passionate about ensuring the best health outcomes for our patients and are committed to supporting them in the community.

We’re looking for an NZ registered Social Worker to join our cohesive, client focused multi-disciplinary team on permanent, part-time basis working 32 hours per week. The days and hours required with this position are ideally Tuesday to Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm, but can be negotiated with the successful applicant.

The Role: Where you fit in

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

  • Working with individuals, groups and their families/whanau focusing on assessment and care coordination
  • Developing client-focussed and engaging care plans
  • 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:

  • Previous experience working in the Mental Health sector and early intervention is desirable
  • A clear understanding of Ngā Tikanga Māori and Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • Previous experience working in a multi-disciplinary team is advantageous
  • NZ registration with the Social Worker board with an annual practising certificate is essential
  • Ideally you will be a Duly Authorised Officer, however we would also consider applicants who are prepared to undertake this training following appointment
  • The ability to build and maintain therapeutic relationships with clients and their whanau, the team and a variety of agencies in the community
  • The ability to work with a high level of autonomy and think creatively/outside the square to support our consumers
  • As some travel is required for community work, a Full NZ driver’s licence is required

This is a busy role, so you’ll need to be a great communicator and be well organised, yet flexible enough to work within an ever changing environment.

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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