Social Worker (ORA Inpatient)

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Location: Kenepuru Hospital

Contract: Permanent, Full Time

Salary: $51,782 - $72,891


Older Adult, Rehabilitation and Allied Health (ORA) Services are provided to people of all ages in inpatient, outpatient and community settings.  This role is part of the ORA inpatient allied health service provides services to people in Wellington Regional Hospital and Kenepuru hospital in Porirua. 

Come and join our thriving multidisciplinary team at Kenepuru Hospital.  It is a close-knit, supportive and fun team, providing a great work environment for the successful candidate. 

As a team, we work hard and strive to provide an excellent, evidence-based service to our patients. This is a great opportunity to join our team and develop your skills.

The role will be primarily based with the Kenepuru team so you will have a specialist interest in social work with older adults. The Social Worker in this role will ideally have experience across a wide range of clinical teams and will assist clients, family and whanau to manage the impacts of poor health and disability and to participate, to the greatest extent possible, in their normal roles and wider social systems. 

Along with your social work expertise, you’ll have good communication skills, the ability to “work on the fly” and the ability to quickly build effective working relationships. You’ll also have excellent time management and prioritisation skills and be quick to pick up the intricacies of working in different clinical teams.


  • At least 1 year experience working as a social worker in a hospital environment 
  • Extensive knowledge and application of a range of assessment techniques and social work interventions used in a variety of clinical settings
  • Demonstrates evidence of advanced clinical reasoning in the management of client care
  • Demonstrates evidence of the ability to use reflective practice as a tool for growth and development
  • Experience of promoting social work whilst working as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Demonstrated competence and passion in working with older adults. 
  • Understanding of social determinants and impacts on health 
  • Knowledge and ability to work with situations of family violence especially in regard to older and vulnerable adults. 
  • Knowledge of trauma and grief and loss theory and application to practice. 
  • Demonstrates skills and appropriate use of supportive counselling within health setting
  • Demonstrates evidence of effective self-management including time, prioritisation, caseload management and the ability to identify and handle stressful situations 
  • New Zealand Social Work Registration
  • Current Annual Practicing Certificate
  • A commitment and understanding of the Treaty of Waitangi (and application to health) and a willingness to work positively in improving health outcomes for Maori. 
  • Current full NZ driver’s licence with ability to drive a manual and automatic car (required for roles based in the community or where the role may be required to work across multiple sites). 
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Internet resources and e-mail. 


Capital and Coast DHB (CCDHB) is located centrally in Wellington and has over 6,000 full-time equivalent staff, making us one of the major employers in the Wellington region. CCDHB operates two hospitals – Wellington Regional Hospital in Newtown and Kenepuru Hospital in Porirua – as well as the Kapiti Health Centre at Paraparaumu. 

The Mental Health, Addiction and Intellectual Disability Service (MHAIDS) spans three DHBs - Wairarapa, Hutt Valley and Capital and Coast DHB’s and includes local, regional, and national services. The local MHAIDS services are provided from multiple sites within the 3DHB sub-region – greater Wellington, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa. 

Here at CCDHB we embrace diversity and welcome applications from people of all gender identities, ages, ethnicities, sexual orientations, disability and religions. A workforce that is diverse and inclusive means that we are better positioned to understand and serve our community.

CCDHB is a pro-equity Health Organisation, with a particular focus on Māori and Pacific Peoples.

CCDHB provides a range of specialist services including neurosurgery, oncology, neonatal intensive care and community-based services including district nursing, rehabilitation services, social work, alcohol and drug services, and home support services to a population of around 900,000 people.


Applications will not be accepted via email. All candidates applying for any of our current vacancies must complete an online CCDHB application form by clicking the 'Apply Now' button. 

Applications close on 29 September 2019. Please ensure your uploaded CV and cover letter is in either Word or PDF format. For further information on this role, please email and please indicate the vacancy number (AH148-19) and job title in the subject line.

Ma tini, ma mano, ka rapa te whai

By joining together we will succeed

Permanent/Full Time

Job no: AH148-19

Location: Kenepuru Hospital/Porirua

Closing Date: Sunday, 29 September 2019