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Clinical Coordinator - Moving and Handling/Restraint Minimisation & Safe Practice

Clinical Coordinator(s) – Moving & Handling/Restraint Minimisation & Safe Practice

Practice Development Unit, Dunedin Hospital


  • Fixed term parental leave cover
  • Up to 0.9 FTE in 2 distinct roles – Moving & Handling at 0.3 FTE and Restraint Minimisation at 0.6 FTE
  • Please specify in your cover letter whether you are interested in applying for one or both of these positions


About us

The Practice Development Unit (Otago) is based within Dunedin Hospital and provides opportunities for inter-professional skills development and knowledge acquisition alongside professional practice development. The PDU is home to approximately 30 educators and coordinators all of whom deliver and facilitate educational opportunities within their designated areas as well as more broadly across the organisation. The team is close knit and supportive; always willing to lend a hand, develop new skills and initiatives and collaborate in order to ensure our healthcare environment provides the best quality, safety and patient/client experience.


About the opportunity

Due to a period of parental leave we have a great opportunity for an experienced health professional to join us on a part-time, fixed term basis for a period of up to 12 months in the role of Clinical Coordinator for Moving & Handling and Restraint Minimisation and Safe Practice. Ideally, we would like for one individual to take on both aspects but are open to the role being split into two distinct areas of Moving and Handling at 0.3 FTE and Restraint Minimisation and Safe Practice at 0.6 FTE. Working days are Monday to Friday with actual hours worked open to negotiation.


The purpose of these roles is to ensure that both staff and consumers of care remain safe while they move in, out and across our services. You will ensure safety practice principles are followed when moving anything from inanimate objects to consumers of healthcare. Equally you will have the opportunity to ensure restraint minimisation is practiced to the fullest ensuring consumer safety and quality of care. You will have the opportunity to work across services, innovate, implement change, streamline practice, network widely as well as gain valuable experience and skills.



About you

Our ideal candidate(s) will have:


  • Considerable post registration experience
  • Professional credibility in the clinical setting
  • Confidence and passion for supporting and developing a safe workplace for staff and consumers alike
  • First-rate knowledge of the professional standards and regulations
  • Superior interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills


It is essential that you are a Registered Health Professional with a current practising certificate and either hold or be working towards an appropriate postgraduate qualification. 


If you are a networker, a leader and a role model; with recognised teaching, mentoring and coaching skills, have a real passion for patient and staff safety; and you align with Southern DHBs values and objectives then we welcome your interest in joining our team.


About Southern DHB

Southern DHB has the largest regional coverage of all the New Zealand health boards, providing services to 350,000 people in diverse communities across a huge geographical area. We take pride in all the services we provide and our aim is to improve, promote and protect the health of our region. We believe that our dedicated and passionate staff are a significant driving force behind the achievement of these standards, and we need more like minded people to help us continue providing for our community.


Now is also a great time to relocate to Southern if you were considering a move. The Southern district offers the benefits of excellent amenities, first class primary through to tertiary education and outstanding recreational opportunities. Whether it is surfing, kayaking or sailing; skiing, hunting or fishing; theatre, live-music or art – there’s literally something for everyone. Why don’t you check out https://careers.southernhealth.nz/ for what the region and we can offer you and your whanau.


Restraint Minimisation and Safe Handling Coordinator - Position Description


Safe Moving and Handling Coordinator - Position Description


Closing Date: Tuesday 18th May 2021

Due to the fast paced nature of the DHB, our vacancy close dates may be subject to change. Don’t delay, make sure you apply as soon as possible.


Do you currently work for Southern DHB? If so, please apply for this role via the internal careers site.

For further information please contact Sarah Burgess, Recruitment Advisor on 03 470 9021


Pre-Employment checks

In the interests of protecting our people and our patients, all appointments will be subject to:

  • Occupational Health Assessment
  • Police Vetting / Ministry of Justice safety checks
  • Serious misconduct checks (previous Public Service departments and statutory Crown entities only)

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