Physiotherapist, Respiratory Rehabilitation Clinic

City New Westminster
Job ID 2022-17696
Health Science Professionals (Allied Health) - Physiotherapy
Employment Type
Scheduled Start & Stop Times
Days Off
Respiratory Rehabilitation Clinic
Salary at Time of Posting
$40.84 - $50.80 / hour

Salary range

The salary range for this position is CAD $40.84 - $50.80 / hour

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 43,000 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 26th, 2021 all staff for all positions across Health Care require full COVID 19 vaccination. All positions, require that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (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 there are no exceptions.


Position Highlights

We are currently looking to fill an exciting casual position as a Physiotherapist, Respiratory Rehabilitation Clinic at Royal Columbian Hospital located in New Westminster, B.C. 


Valued Benefits

A career with Fraser Health will offer you the opportunity to be a part of a dedicated team of professionals in a dynamic and rewarding health care environment. We offer a competitive compensation and benefit package, including comprehensive health benefits coverage.

We invite you to apply today and find out why more than 95% of new employees recommend Fraser Health to their friends and family as a phenomenal place to work! We value diversity in the work force and aim to maintain an environment of Respect, Caring & Trust.


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Detailed Overview

Reporting to the Manager, Health Services and in collaboration with the Nurse Clinician, Respiratory Rehabilitation Clinic, the Physiotherapist, Respiratory Rehabilitation Clinic educates and designs exercises programs for individuals with a chronic respiratory disease using evidence based physical therapy practice. The clinic physiotherapist uses methods such as assessment, treatment planning, evaluation of the plan, and modifying the plan to meet the patient's respiratory needs. Treating a variety of respiratory conditions in the outpatient setting, the physiotherapist performs chest treatment techniques, teaches airway clearance techniques and utilizes positive feedback to empower patients to achieve their full respiratory potential. In collaboration with the Medical Director and the multidisciplinary team members the physiotherapist uses principles of adult education to teach coping skills and health maintenance strategies to patients to achieve quality of life; participates in Research Clinical Trials.


  1. Completes a physical therapy patient assessment of referred patients to determine the respiratory and general health status of the patient through methods such as a physical assessment, chest auscultation, medication review, and identifying psychosocial needs of the patient or family member that may need referral to other health care providers.
  2. Identifies and evaluates changes in the patient's respiratory health by performing duties such as Exercise Oximetry, reviewing pulmonary function testing results, laboratory results and obtaining the patient's own perceptions of changes in their health status. 
  3. Using principles of exercise physiology, the respiratory rehabilitation physiotherapist plans a complete exercise program for groups or individuals with a chronic respiratory disease.  Throughout the exercise routine, the physiotherapist modifies the exercise program to accommodate the patients with co-morbidities.
  4. Identifies patient respiratory problems which can be treated with evidence based physical therapy interventions such as teaching purse lip breathing, the proper use of Inhalers, strategies for airway clearance and teaches other coping strategies for dealing with a chronic respiratory diesease.  Develops a plan of care including identifying short and long term goals, implementing physical therapy interventions and evaluating expected outcomes when monitoring and documenting the patient's progress at subsequent clinic visits.  Modifies the plan of care based on outcomes of the evaluation process.
  5. Prepares program lesson plans in conjunction with other Respiratory Rehabilitation Team members using adult education principles and research based best practice Guidelines for Respiratory Rehabilitation Medicine.
  6. Identifies patient/family learning needs and teaches and counsels patients and families individually and in-groups using a variety of education tools such as written materials, audio visual aids, and demonstrating techniques such as airway clearance.
  7. Monitors and documents the patient's progress through the program, implementing physical therapy interventions in response to the patient's identified health and respiratory needs.  Adjusts care plan when necessary through methods such as collaboration with multidisciplinary team members, discussion with the medical staff and other health care disciplines and community agencies as applicable.
  8. Participates in the orientation of new staff through methods such as allowing them to take an active role in lesson planning, teaching them adult education theory and the development of physical therapy care plans.  Evaluates their progress through the orientation period providing feedback to enrich their orientation experience.
  9. Participates in the observational sessions of students, pharmaceutical representatives and other health care professionals through methods such as providing them an opportunity to observe patient educational presentations, participate in an exercise class and providing them with written education resource materials. 
  10. Provides information on physical therapy in respiratory rehabilitation medicine externally to community agencies through methods such as providing education material, providing workshops or in-services for staff.
  11. Participates as a member of internal committees and externally on  Local, Provincial and National committees related to the management of chronic respiratory disease.
  12. Maintains knowledge of current developments in Physiotherapy Respiratory Rehabilitation through methods such as reviewing relevant literature, attending conferences, educational workshops and in-services as well as consulting or networking with other professionals knowledgeable about Respiratory Rehabilitation Medicine.
  13. Participates in clinical trials in conjunction with the Principle Investigator, the Sponsor Company and the Study Co-ordinator by performing duties such as following research protocols, searching the database for study participants, and completing required documentation.
  14. Consults with the multidisciplinary team to discuss and implement resolutions to ethical issues/concerns relating to patients and families through methods such as staff conferences, discussions with the Medical Director or the Hospital Ethics Committee.
  15. Performs other related duties as assigned.


Education and Experience

Graduation from a recognized university with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree.

Current full registration with the College of Physical Therapists of BC (CPTBC). Eligible for membership in the Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia (PABC).

One year's recent, related experience working in a Respiratory Rehabilitation Clinic or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Current Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Level C certification.

Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated organizational, teaching and interpersonal relationship skills.
  • Ability to make decisions in an independent manner in a clinical setting.
  • Ability to function as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Ability to be a Physiotherapy resource for Respiratory Rehabilitation Medicine.
  • Ability to participate in Clinical Trials.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach individuals and groups in a classroom setting.
  • Ability to operate related equipment.
  • Physical ability to perform the duties of the job.


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