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Clinical Psychologist - Cancer Psychological and Social Support Services

Job Title: Clinical Psychologist - Cancer Psychological and Social Support Services
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Christchurch
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Job Published: January 28, 2021 11:53

Job Description

Clinical Psychologist - Cancer Psychological and Social Support Services

  • Permanent, part-time opportunity (32 hours per week) working within a supportive team
  • The ability to gain NZ Registration as a Clinical Psychologist is essential
  • Previous experience in a hospital setting with cancer patients is preferred but not 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

Our Cancer Psychological and Social Support Services team are currently seeking a suitably qualified Clinical Psychologist to join us in a permanent, part-time opportunity working 32 hours per week (0.8FTE).

You'll be joining a dedicated team of three social workers and three other psychologists based near Christchurch Hospital, delivering service across the Canterbury region. Our CDHB based team is part of an upper South Island regional service, with colleagues in Nelson-Marlborough and Timaru.

As the leading cause of death, cancer directly or indirectly impacts the lives of countless New Zealanders. With increasing global awareness of the importance of professional psychosocial support and a gap in local service provision, the Ministry of Health launched our National support initiative in 2016. The service is now well established with work underway to ensure delivery of quality, equitable service across the country. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to make a significant contribution to shaping and delivering a service that will make a meaningful difference in the lives of many patients and their whānau.

Our team provides support to patients who are under suspicion of, or in treatment for, recently diagnosed cancer (or a recurrence thereof), and who carry their unfair share of difficulties that could jeopardise their treatment, and/or their (or their family/whānau's) adjustment to the illness.

Our service operates across Monday to Friday within core business hours. The days and hours associated with this position are negotiable.

The Role: Where you fit in

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

  • Assessment and treatment of patients referred to the service;
  • Provision of support and advice to members of the wider multidisciplinary team;
  • Participation in the ongoing development of the service.

Your skills/qualifications will include the following:

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • NZ Registration as a Clinical Psychologist (essential)
  • Previous experience in a hospital setting with cancer patients is preferred but not essential
  • As there is come community travel required in this position, 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 here. Please note only applications submitted via our career site will be accepted.

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