Occupational Therapist, Specialized Seniors Clinic

City New Westminster
Job ID 2022-11296
Health Science Professionals (Allied Health) - Occupational Therapy
Posting Date
2 months ago(4/25/2022 11:00 AM)
Employment Type
Relief Full Time
FTE
1.00
Scheduled Start & Stop Times
0830-1630
Program/Service
Older Adult

Why Fraser Health?

Are you someone who has a real passion for the rehabilitation and recovery of others? Are you a registered Occupational Therapist looking to showcase your knowledge, skills, and abilities in a new and dynamic environment? If you've answered yes then we want you to keep reading.

Fraser Health is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity in the workplace. We are located in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley, one of the most livable regions in the world, and one of Canada's largest and fastest growing health authorities. With over 1.8 million people, we serve 1/3 of BC’s population and have 33,000 dedicated professionals in our 12 hospitals and other facilities rapidly growing from Burnaby to Hope.

We currently have an exciting opportunity for you to bring your excellent work ethic as a dedicated Relief Full Time Occupational Therapist to our Queens Park Care Centre facility – Victoria Heights located in New Westminster, British Columbia.

This vacancy is subject to the requirements of the Facility Staff Assignment Order (the “SSO”) issued by the Fraser Health’s Medical Health Officer further to the Order issued by the Provincial Health Officer on April 10, 2020 (amended April 15, 2020) (the “PHO Order”). While these Orders are in effect the successful applicant to this vacancy will be limited to working in only one (1) private long-term care hospital, licensed long-term care facility, registered assisted living facility, stand-alone extended care hospital or provincial mental health facility. 

Detailed Overview

Reporting administratively to the Manager, Clinical Services and clinically to the Clinical Practice Leader, Occupational Therapy, works as a member of the interdisciplinary team providing occupational therapy services to older and/or geriatric adults with chronic conditions; provides education to clients, caregivers and staff regarding rehabilitation interventions and advocates for clients with community agencies and funding sources; provides care that is family centered and emphasizes the promotion, maintenance and restoration of health based on the chronic disease management model; participates in quality improvement activities such as providing input into program standards, procedures and protocols to ensure clinical objectives are identified and met; participates in special and/or research projects related to older adult and/or geriatric clients.

Responsibilities


  1. Provides occupational therapy assessment, consultation and interventions for older and/or geriatric adults to maximize physical function and to promote independence and safety; determines the appropriate use of recognized occupational therapy assessment tools such as neurobehavioral cognitive exams, ADL/IADL assessments, feeding assessments) and conducts appropriate assessments; prescribes and recommends specialized and adaptive aids and equipment to clients for activities of daily living (ADL).

  2. Collaborates with interdisciplinary team members, client and caregivers to develop individual treatment goals utilizing the self-management model of living with chronic illness; provides treatment and/or teaching to clients and caregivers in order to restore, develop or maintain functional status; identifies resources required for treatment, including tests, materials, equipment and funding and initiates requests for external funding as required; provides verbal and written reports to the interdisciplinary team regarding progress towards care plan goals.

  3. Evaluates the effectiveness of direct clinical care and education provided to the client and caregivers; provides input to the interdisciplinary team regarding changes required to improve efficiency and/or effectiveness of service.

  4. Provides education and training for clients/family/caregivers and staff through individual and/or group sessions on independent living skills and occupational performance, use of environmental and equipment adaptations, body mechanics, lifts and transfers; develops resource materials as required.

  5. Provides geriatric clinical expertise, consultation and leadership in evidence-based practice to staff and clients by consulting with experts, collaborating with members of interdisciplinary teams, evaluating clinical practice and recommending changes to existing standards; provides education on interventions and resources that assist the client and others for the purpose of promoting safety in the home and modification to environmental barriers; acts as a client advocate by providing information and liaising with funding agencies and community resources.

  6. Maintains knowledge of current developments in evidence-based Occupational Therapy and geriatric practice by methods such as reviewing relevant literature, consulting with other health care professionals and attending relevant education programs to enhance the delivery of client care; sets measurable performance goals and objectives in collaboration with the Manager, Clinical Services.

  7. Assists with research and special projects related to Occupational Therapy and Geriatrics by collaborating with members of the interdisciplinary team, collecting data and providing input for further analysis as required.

  8. Completes required reports, records and workload statistics; maintains files and records in accordance with program standards and procedures.

  9. In collaboration with the Manager or designate, assists with the development and monitoring of policies and procedures and standards related to Occupational Therapy; identifies staff learning needs and develops and provides orientation and education related to Occupational Therapy and Geriatrics; assists with the facilitation of student placements, as assigned.

  10. As a member of the interdisciplinary team, assists in the development and implementation of operational plans, vision, philosophy and mission for Specialized Geriatric Clinic in collaboration with the Manager.

  11. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications

Education and Experience

Graduation from an approved school of Occupational Therapy. One (1) year recent, clinical related experience in working with older and/or geriatric clients or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.


Current full registration with the College of Occupational Therapists of BC (COTBC) and eligible for membership in the BC Society of Occupational Therapists and/or Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists.


Valid BC Driver's License and access to a personal vehicle for business-related purposes.



Skills and Abilities


  • Demonstrated knowledge of current developments in Occupational Therapy relevant to working with older and/or geriatric adults

  • Demonstrated understanding of the scope of practice of other health care disciplines

  • Demonstrated knowledge of community resources

  • Demonstrated ability to develop, implement and revise educational programs

  • Demonstrated ability to serve as a role model exemplifying evidence-based gerontological practices

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing

  • Demonstrated ability to plan, problem solve, organize and prioritize work in a continually changing environment

  • Ability to teach and facilitate the learning of others

  • Ability to work independently and as a member of the interdisciplinary team

  • Ability to develop and maintain rapport with clients, interdisciplinary team members and other stakeholders

  • Ability to operate related equipment including related software applications

  • Physical ability to perform the duties of the position

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