Safe Moving and Handling Specialist

  • Full-time, fixed term (12 months) and 0.6 FTE permanent (24 hours a week) role available with the Health & Safety team.
  • Newly created roles based in Greymouth to support injury prevention from moving and handling incidents.
  • Build a safe working environment for our clinicians and support staff.


Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari, he toa takitini

My strength, is not the strength  of one, it is the strength of many


The Team: What we do

Our Health and Safety Team is at the heart of making sure that our workforce is healthy, safe and well. We are at the centre of the biggest vaccination roll-out in New Zealand history with a commitment to safety first.

The newly created Moving and Handling Team will support Health and Safety in the implementation of the safe moving and handling programme across the Canterbury DHB and West Coast DHB.  This will be achieved by providing high level technical support to Health and Safety, providing consistent safe handling support and advice to all internal stakeholders across the CDHB and WCDHB. This program is based on national and international research and guidelines.


The Role: Where you fit in

Implementation of a comprehensive Transalpine Safe Moving and Handling Programme is a practicable control/mitigation which will significantly reduce the harm to our people resulting from moving and handling incidents. This also contributes towards the improved health and wellbeing of our staff as they suffer less injuries, enabling them to provide improved patient care and patient outcomes. There will be travel involved across the West Coast DHB and the occasional visit to the Canterbury DHB to connect with the Moving and Handling Team and for your own training needs.

You might be a Nurse, Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist with a current registration or an allied / health care assistant. If you have a passion for keeping our workers safe, experience with moving and handling and you love working with people this could be the job for you.  Experience in the moving and handling of people along with a current driver’s license and good computer skills is essential.  Experience in delivering training would be beneficial, however training to support the programme will be provided.

This role is responsible for:

  • Supporting the Injury Prevention Specialists in the development, design and implementation of the safe moving and handling programme.
  • Delivering competency assessment in the ward and maintain a record on HealthLearn.
  • Developing and updating training materials and a training plan to aid the delivery of the safe moving and handling programme.  
  • Leading the delivery of safe moving and handling training across the WCDHB including; initial roll out, ongoing orientation and refresher training.
  • Coaching and mentoring of Safe Handling Link Groups across the WCDHB to ensure effective implantation of technical skills within work areas.

Please have a look at the attached statement of accountability for more information on these roles which are crucial to creating a safe working environment.

What we are about

We are unique and like no other in New Zealand with a close-knit community where your work will make a real difference.

We will help you grow as a leader in rural health with a continued focus on your career development.

We continue to break new ground and shape our health system to wrap care around patients in their communities.

What’s Next

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Applicants will be progressed as they apply, so if this sounds like you, please apply now! 

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Permanent/Part Time, Fixed Term/Contract/Full Time

Job no: WC240971

Location: Greymouth

Closing Date: Wednesday, 29 September 2021