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Position Title: Social Worker - Cancer Psychological and Social Support Service and Oncology
Location: Southland
FTE (Hours): Permanent, 1.0 FTE
Date Posted: 10/01/2018
Application Closing Date: 24/01/2018 11PM
Job #: 053990d
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Social Worker  - Cancer Psychological and Social Support Service and Oncology

Southland Hospital

  • Permanent fulltime position


Southern DHB is pleased to be able to offer a fulltime Social Worker role at Southland Hospital, combining a 0.5 FTE role in our new Cancer Psychological and Social Work Support Team and a 0.5 FTE Oncology Social Worker Role.


The Oncology Role provides ongoing support during oncology treatment functioning as a member of a multi-disciplinary team, and involves working with a range of age groups with a variety of conditions.


The Cancer Support role is part of the cancer psychological and social support initiative which aims to improve access to psychological and social support services for adults with cancer. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of the team that develops and sets up the Psychological and Social Support team, in line with Ministry of Health specifications, and in line with the goals and philosophies of the Southern Cancer Network. You will provide social work practice at an advanced level to patients and whanau, providing assessment, intervention and evaluation of their health related difficulties. You will also work closely with other health professionals, non-governmental organisations and other providers of cancer support, including primary care practitioners and government departments.  


The combined role requires an advanced skill level and theoretical knowledge in a specialised area of practice. You should be experienced in working in the health sector, preferably with people with cancer. You should have the ability to work creatively and autonomously, but also be able to offer strong leadership and to work effectively in an interdisciplinary team, and be able to communicate easily with a variety of people. You will need to think on their feet and remain calm under pressure.


The appointee must hold a professional social worker qualification (as per Social Worker Registration Board schedules for registration eligibility i.e. Bachelor’s degree equivalent) and be Registered and hold a current annual practicing certificate with Social Work Registration Board (SWRB) within 3 months of appointment. A current full driver’s license is required.


Closing Date: Wednesday, 24th January 2018


For further information please contact Jan Strachan, Recruitment Advisor – Older Persons Health, Clinical Support and Community Directorate, Phone (03) 214 5770 or Email:

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