Occupational Therapist, Acute Mental Health, Royal Columbian Hospital

City New Westminster
Job ID 2022-10956
Health Science Professionals (Allied Health) - Occupational Therapy
Posting Date
2 months ago(4/25/2022 11:00 AM)
Employment Type
Full Time
Scheduled Start & Stop Times
Mental Health & Substance Use Services

Why Fraser Health?

Fraser Health is responsible for the delivery of hospital and community-based health services to over 1.9 million people in 20 diverse communities from Burnaby to Fraser Canyon on the traditional territories of the Coast Salish and Nlaka’pamux Nations.
Our team of nearly 40,000 staff, medical staff and volunteers is dedicated to serving our patients, families and communities to deliver on our vision: Better health, best in health care.

Effective October 26, 2021, all new hires to Fraser Health will need to have full COVID 19 vaccination (have received a full series of a World Health Organization “WHO” approved vaccine against infection by SARS-COV-2, or a combination of approved WHO vaccines). Please note this applies to all postings, and individual medical exemptions must be approved by the Provincial Health Officer.

We currently have an exciting opportunity for you to utilize your skills as an Occupational Therapist, Mental Health & Substance Use Services at Royal Columbian Hospital located in New Westminster, BC.

Not familiar with the area? New Westminster is located on a hillside overlooking the Fraser River and is the oldest incorporated city in BC. It was once the provincial capital, and remains an urban hub of the Lower Mainland today!


If this sounds like the perfect role for you, here are more reasons why you should apply:

  • A career that offers you the opportunity to work in a fast growing and exciting organization with professionals who are excellent in their respective fields.
  • Fantastic opportunities for support and mentorship into supervisory and management roles are available as you advance within the organization.
  • Competitive salary package, including comprehensive health benefits coverage.

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Detailed Overview

Reporting to administratively to the Manager, Clinical Operations and clinically to the Professional Practice Chief, Occupational Therapy, the occupational therapist works as part of a multi-disciplinary team and is responsible for the provision of occupational therapy services on the MH&SUS in-patient psychiatric unit.


  1. In consultation with clients, team members, other professionals, service providers and families, plans, develops and coordinates rehabilitation programs on the in-patient psychiatric unit. Evaluates and revises programs as required.

  2. Performs occupational therapy assessments, individual interventions, discharge planning, documentation and follow up using occupational therapy formal and informal assessment and treatment tools, techniques and practices.

  3. Provides clinical services using recovery based approach to assist clients to address the occupational performance issues important to them.

  4. Conducts home assessments/community visits as required for assessments, treatments and/or transitioning clients back to the community.

  5. Prioritizes clinical services and workload in accordance with Fraser Health policies and guidelines.

  6. Communicates and collaborates with the multi-disciplinary team on the inpatient psychiatric unit and other teams that are involved in or will be involved in the care of the patient when they will be discharged.

  7. Participates in developing, monitoring, revising and using written policies, procedures, professional guidelines, and quality assurance standards used in occupational therapy programs for mental health.

  8. Participates in student education by providing guidance and input to current and potential occupational therapy, rehabilitation assistant, or other students.

  9. Collaborates and/or supervises activity workers, volunteers and peer support workers as directed by the coordinator.

  10. Reports the operating and capital budget requirements for the occupational therapy program; participates in monitoring the level of supplies and equipment; reports equipment malfunction to the coordinator.

  11. Maintains knowledge of current evidence-based occupational therapy by reviewing relevant literature, conducting research and/or assisting with special projects, consulting with other healthcare providers and attending related educational programs to enhance delivery of patient care; sets measureable performance goals and objectives.

  12. Performs other related duties as assigned/required.


Education and Experience

Graduation from an approved program of Occupational Therapy. Current full registration with the College of Occupational Therapy of British Columbia (COTBC). Eligible for membership in the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists - British Columbia (CAOT - BC).

Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to work independently in a high pace environment.

  • Ability to plan, organize and prioritize workload.

  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.

  • Ability to collaborate and work in a multidisciplinary team.

  • Demonstrated understanding of the scope of practice of the healthcare disciplines.

  • Ability to problem-solve in collaboration with others.

  • Ability to exercise professional judgment and sound clinical reasoning.

  • Demonstrated skill, ability and knowledge required to practice safely, effectively and ethically.

  • Demonstrated knowledge in current rehabilitation and recovery in psychiatry.

  • Ability to operate related equipment.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of current developments in occupational therapy practice.

  • Demonstrated computer skills including effective use of electronic charting system.

  • Ability to operate related equipment including relevant software applications Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.


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