Occupational Therapist 2

Providence Health Care

Providence Health Care

Homer St, Vancouver, BC V6B, Canada · Dulles, VA, USA · Hornby Island, BC V0R 1Z0, Canada · Vancouver, BC, Canada · British Columbia, Canada
Posted on Friday, July 28, 2023

Reporting to the Professional Practice Leader (PPL) Occupational Therapy, and receiving guidance and support from the Research, Education and Practice Coordinator, the position supports the interdisciplinary program/team in achieving program and resident goals. The position provides Occupational Therapy services to designated patients/residents / clients within the Mission, Vision, Values and strategic direction of Providence Health Care and within the context of a person and family centred Recovery model. Provides advanced clinical advice regarding the specialized needs of residents who have complex mental health illnesses and may have co-occurring addictions and medical conditions, to enable clients to achieve and maintain optimal health outcomes. Provides leadership to the interdisciplinary team, participates in the development of occupational therapy resources, supervises and directs the work of the designated staff and provides functional direction to total care workers. Participates in evaluating treatment practices and protocols within the occupational therapy team to promote excellence in occupational therapy practice. Participates as a member of local, provincial/federal committees, linking the hospital program to external services and resources.

Qualifications / Skills and Education

Baccalaureate degree in Occupational Therapy. Up to three (3) years of recent related experience, including one (1) year in the designated program area and two (2) years experience working in a psychiatric setting with individuals who have complex mental health and addictions issues and/or older adults with behavioural and psychological symptoms (BPSD) or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
Registered with the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia.
Eligible for membership with the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists.

Skills and Abilities
Demonstrated ability to communicate with and deal effectively with, patients/residents/clients, families, staff, physicians, and other health care providers.
Knowledge of legislation and government policies and procedures related to healthcare.
Demonstrated ability to gather relevant data and make a multi-dimensional assessment.
Demonstrated ability to conduct patient/resident/client assessments to support the client’s individual recovery plan.
Knowledge of other health care disciplines and their role in patient/resident/client care.
Demonstrated ability to draw out information that will contribute to understanding the patient/resident’s situation in order to explore issues beyond the initial concerns.
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
Broad knowledge of the treatment and management of patients/clients with mental health and addictions issues.
Knowledge of the principles of recovery in mental illness.
Knowledge of Psychosocial Rehabilitation methodology
Knowledge of the Mental Health Act as it applies to the rights and obligations of clients and staff.
Knowledge of community, social and mental health resources
Basic knowledge of evidence-based clinical practice related to designated program/area.
Demonstrated ability to deal with and/or guide others in conflict resolution issues.
Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position.
Ability to work independently and prioritize issues and workload.
Ability to operate related equipment.
Ability to participate in research.
Demonstrated ability to provide supervision and teaching to students.
Demonstrated ability to develop and provide inservices and presentations.

Duties and Responsibilities

Develops, plans and implements advanced occupational therapy assessments and interventions to tertiary mental health clients in a coordinated approach and in accordance with established standards of practice, including recovery or strength based models of care. Collaborates with other members of the interdisciplinary team, the patient and family to provide advanced advice in the creation of an appropriate ongoing care plan, including discharge planning.
Acts as a group leader/co-leader in the provision of groups to meet the recovery and psycho-educational needs of the clients.
Provides education and counseling to clients/families regarding the functional and rehabilitation issues of clients in the areas of behavior and development, personal life, education, leisure and work; provides information and guidance to other caregivers, health service providers, staff and other community agencies.
Provides leadership, direction and clinical guidance to rehabilitation staff, total care workers, and volunteers related to designated clinical rehabilitation plans and program planning.
Continues to develop clinical knowledge and assists in the ongoing professional development in the designated program and clinical focus areas.
Contributes to an inter-disciplinary approach to patient/resident/client care and program related issues by attending team conferences to exchange information in patient/resident/client issues related to patient/resident/client care and discharge planning.
Participates in the quality improvement activities of the Occupational Therapy Department by providing input into the development, implementation, and evaluation of written procedures and standards, assessment forms, and patient/resident/client materials, program descriptions, audit tools and clinical guidelines.
Completes required health record reports and reports workload statistics
Collaborates with other interdisciplinary team members to organize in-service education, to identify the need for and to participate in educational programs by preparing educational materials and making presentations.
Provides clinical supervision to and evaluation of students as required.
Attends and participates in Program councils and task groups to support strong interdisciplinary focus within the Program.
Attends and participates in professional practice forums.
Supports clinical research activities by generating questions, assisting in writing proposals, and participating in data collection and interpretation, within departmental resources.
Provides input to clinical and operating budget needs of the service and department.
Maintains knowledge of current developments in Occupational Therapy by reviewing professional literature, consulting with other professionals and actively participating in relevant education programs.
Monitors and controls levels of supplies and equipment and reports equipment malfunctions when necessary. Arranges for equipment maintenance as required.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Vaccination Flag

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.