Physiotherapist (with an interest in hand therapy), Wairau Hospital

Nelson Marlborough District Health Board

  • Permanent Part Time
  • Nelson-Tasman
  • Work alongside clients throughout their health journey
  • Opportunity to be co-located with a wide range of Allied Health professionals 
  • Applications welcomed from experienced clinicians (2+ years post registration) 

Ngā mōhiohio e pā ana ki tēnei mahi (About this position)

We are recruiting for a NZ registered Physiotherapist who has an interest in Hand Therapy and is keen to pursue the pathway to becoming a registered Hand Therapist, whilst continuing to work with flexibility across areas. 

This is a permanent 0.65FTE position working an average of 56 hours a fortnight. You will be based within the physiotherapy team at Wairau Hospital in Blenheim. 

As well as the opportunity to pursue the pathway to Hand Therapy registration, the workload would include providing input to patients in either our inpatient unit (a combined surgical, orthopaedic and medical ward), in our modern outpatient department, or out and about in our semi–rural community. There’s plenty of opportunity for an interesting and varied workload. 

You will be working as part of an inter-disciplinary team providing quality assessment, intervention, advice and discharge planning through a patient-centred approach. The role requires you to be adaptable to change, resourceful and flexible to service needs. The appointment will contribute to the weekend oncall roster. 

Ā mātou rōpū (About our team)

We are a proactive team providing the highest standard of care for our clients, while maintaining an excellent work-life balance. Our teams pride themselves on being friendly and supportive - working with the people of our community to promote, encourage and enable their health, well-being and independence. 

The department has well-equipped treatment areas, including a gym and hydrotherapy pool, and is situated within an Allied Health Hub.  Clinical inpatient areas include surgical, orthopaedics, medical and rehabilitation wards with in-reach to paediatrics and the emergency department. There is a busy outpatient department with opportunity for a wide variety of musculoskeletal individual and group opportunities, as well as neurological conditions and community work. We aim to support therapists within their areas of interest. 

Nelson Marlborough Health is the main health provider for the top of the south. Nearly 3,000 strong, we are Nelson and Marlborough’s largest employer, which means the opportunities here are endless. Our main locations are Nelson and Wairau Hospitals but we are spread across the region and service all parts of the community. Our work can be challenging, but we are up for it. We have a great team and we work hard to make a difference. We value integrity, innovation, respect and teamwork. 

Ētahi atu mōhiohio (More Information) 

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Ko wai he kaitono tōtika? (Who is an appropriate applicant?)

We are looking for clinicians with a genuine passion for working with clients and being part of an inter-disciplinary team. You will be a NZ Registered Physiotherapist with comprehensive clinical assessment and problem solving skills and the experience and ability to work both autonomously and collaboratively. You will have excellent communication skills to liaise with health professionals and health agencies.

Ngā huanga o tēnei mahi (The benefits of this position)

We provide a great place to work with professional development opportunities, job security, and workplace wellness programmes. 

The Marlborough region is known for its dry climate, the picturesque Marlborough Sounds, and award-winning wineries. The Queen Charlotte Track, Nelson Lakes and Abel Tasman National Park provide an abundance of opportunities for lifestyle pursuits; there are also many excellent schools and facilities for families  making our part of New Zealand one of the most desirable places to live. 

Me pēhea ahau e tono ai? (How do I apply?)

For role specific information please contact Nicola Westend, Team Leader Physiotherapy Wairau 

For general enquiries please contact our recruitment team on or 03 546 1274. 

Keen to apply now, it’s easy. Please fill in our online application form 

Ref: W20-174 

Applications close: Open until filled 

Nelson Marlborough Health strongly endorses Te Tiriti o Waitangi. 

We believe that to achieve equity in health outcomes for Māori we need a workforce reflective of the population it serves. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who identify as Māori and we recruit for cultural competence.  

He waka eke noa. We are all in this together.

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