Professional Lead Social Worker
Hutt valley DHB
Hi my name is Trish Chivers. I am a registered social worker and have an MSW (Applied) Social Work. I have been working in the Hutt Valley area as a Social Worker since 1998. I am currently the Professional Lead for Social Work General Health at Hutt Valley DHB and Professional Lead for Social Work for Mental Health, Addictions, and Intellectual Disability Services (MHAIDS) for Wairarapa, Hutt Valley and Capital and Coast Health DHB’s. I have been in this position since April 2014. In this role I provide operational management to the Social Work Department at HVDHB and professional leadership to all MHAIDS social workers across the wider DHB’s. As part of this role I sit on the DHB National Social Work Leaders Group, which discusses issues regarding social work within the health setting at a national level.
Prior to taking up this position I worked within HVDHB Community Mental Health and Addictions Service for 13 years. I held a variety of positions over this time such as Social Worker, Intake Clinician and Team Leader.
I am passionate about providing a professional and dedicated social work service to the community. I am strongly committed to workforce development and how we are growing our social work workforce. This is something that is of particular interest to me in relation to the health sector.