Occupational Therapist II
Providence Health Care
Reporting to the Professional Practice Leader (PPL), Occupational Therapy, and receiving guidance and support from the designated Occupational Therapy Site Leader and/or Research, Education and Practice Coordinator, the position supports the interdisciplinary program/team in achieving program, patient and resident goals. The position assists with human resource planning, supervises designated non-paramedical staff, schedules and coordinates work assignments, establishes priorities and problem solves. Participates in quality improvement activities, supports clinical research and acts as a representative on program committees as required. Responsible for all clinical aspects of assigned caseload as they relate to Occupational Therapy practice utilizing recognized Occupational Therapy techniques and practices. Works collaboratively with members of the health care team regarding patient response to treatment and goals and long term care plans.
Qualifications / Skills and Education
Baccalaureate degree in Occupational Therapy plus one (1) year recent related experience, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. Current registration with the College of Occupational Therapists of BC. Eligible for membership with the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists.
Skills and Abilities
Demonstrated ability to communicate and deal effectively with, patients/residents, families, staff, physicians, and other health care providers.
Effective leadership, interpersonal, negotiation and facilitation skills.
Demonstrated ability to coach and mentor staff.
Demonstrated ability to gather relevant data and make a multi-dimensional assessment.
Knowledge of other health care disciplines and their role in patient/resident 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.
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 develop, evaluate and write clinical protocols and guidelines.
Ability to provide supervision and teaching to students.
Demonstrated ability to develop and provide in-services and presentations.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Supervises designated non-paramedical staff by performing duties such as scheduling and coordinating work assignments, establishing priorities and facilitating resolutions to work issues.
- Acts as a positive role model for staff by using appropriate and effective communication, problem-solving and conflict resolution methods.
- Provides specific direction to staff regarding strategic initiatives for both the department and hospital.
- In collaboration with the PPL, may participate with human resource planning by identifying vacancies, assisting with recruitment, selection and training of new employees and providing feedback on staff performance and identifying education and orientation needs of staff.
- Identifies and provides input on basic disciplinary issues or refers matters to the PPL as required.
- Assists the PPL or Operations Leader in the direction of the Program and delivery of service by providing input into the resource needs and service delivery models.
- Participates in the development of the operational and capital budget by making recommendations to the PPL. Performs occupational therapy assessment, including program planning, interventions and discharge planning, utilizing recognized occupational therapy techniques and practices, and promoting an interdisciplinary approach to patient/resident care.
- Educates/counsels patients/residents, families and other team members through individual and/or group teaching methods such as one to one demonstration, in-services and providing teaching materials.
- Provides clinical education and supervision to students as required.
- Participates and/or coordinates occupational therapy quality assurance activities such as the development, implementation, and evaluation of written procedures, standards, forms, patient/resident education materials and goals and objectives.
- Communicates standards of performance to staff.
- Maintains patient/resident records by methods such as documenting patient/resident assessments, charting patient/resident information, preparing progress notes and reports in accordance with established standards, and policies and procedures to meet regulatory requirements and documenting for future reference.
- Acts as a resource to staff regarding areas of occupational therapy practice, such as effective body mechanics, ergonomic assessments and work conditioning/hardening.
- Develops, reviews and maintains clinical protocols and guidelines by methods such as conducting research, collecting data, consulting other professionals, writing and evaluating protocols and guidelines, and ensuring colleagues are informed of new and/or revised information.
- 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.
- Maintains administrative reporting such as completion of workload measurement information.
- Acts as a representative on program committees as required.
- 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.