Speech Language Pathologist
Providence Health Care
Reporting to the SLP Site Leader or Professional Practice Leader, Speech Language Pathology, provides comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic services for primarily neurologically impaired adults with communication and/or swallowing problems, counseling to patients and caregivers, consultation to staff and community agencies, inservice education, teaching and student supervision.
Qualifications / Skills and Education
Current registration with the College of Speech and Hearing Professionals of British Columbia.
Skills and Abilities
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with patients and families when assessing and treating communication and/or swallowing disorders.
Ability to provide supervision and teaching to students.
Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
Ability to deal with others effectively.
Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position.
Ability to organize and prioritize work.
Ability to operate related equipment.
Duties and Responsibilities
Provides direct intervention for inpatients/outpatients/residents with communication and/or swallowing problems.
Uses appropriate assessment instruments to determine diagnosis and candidacy for therapy; develops an appropriate individualized therapy program.
Maintains effective communication with all staff. Works collaboratively with the team, the patient and family in identifying treatment goals. Liaises with treatment team regarding patient management through verbal and written reports, i.e. rounds, conferences. Makes appropriate recommendations/referrals and arranges for follow-up as needed. Communicates effectively with colleagues within the department to ensure quality patient care.
Educates patients, families and/or staff about communication and swallowing deficits and provides suggestions and education regarding the ongoing management of the deficit areas.
Maintains an organized work environment including shared work spaces, materials and patient records. Schedules patient/family treatment sessions according to caseload guidelines.
Reports and discusses issues or problems relating to patient care with Professional Practice Leader. Keeps Professional Practice Leader informed of patient load, waitlists, and referral sources. Assists Professional Practice Leader in identifying service gaps/opportunities for improving service delivery.
Responds to internal and external inquiries regarding the service with input from other staff as needed.
Completes assessment reports and maintains up-to-date progress reports, relevant correspondence, records, daily treatment statistics, etc., following established procedures.
Maintains current knowledge base through interaction with other members of the Communication Disorders department and colleagues in other facilities. Regularly participates in authorized educational activities on topics relevant to practice. Assists the Professional Practice Leader in identifying, developing and implementing quality improvement initiatives.
Maintains knowledge of relevant community resources.
Develops, implements and evaluates inservice education and education programs for patients and families independently or in collaboration with other staff.
Assists the Professional Practice Leader in coordinating the student fieldwork experience program. Provides clinical supervision and opportunities for student observations as required.
Represents Communication Disorders on interdisciplinary committees as directed by the Professional Practice Leader. Assists the Professional Practice Leader in identifying site initiatives that require Speech-Language Pathologist input.
Independently or in collaboration with others identifies research opportunities and develops research projects through methods such as drafting proposals and collecting data. Integrates the application of research findings into practice.
Maintains department equipment/materials/supplies and provides input to the Professional Practice Leader regarding equipment, supply and space needs.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
As per the current Public Health Orders (Long Term Care/Seniors Assisted Living Provincial Health Order and the Health Sector Order), as of October 26, 2021, all employees working for Providence Health Care must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of vaccination status will be required.