Are you someone who has a real passion for helping others? Are you a registered Occupational Therapist looking to highlight your knowledge, skills, and abilities in a new and dynamic environment? We currently have an exciting opportunity for you to bring your excellent work ethic to Northern Health.** Financial Support for Moving Expenses is available for this position **
This position is designated as a clinical specialist focused on advanced competencies within occupational therapy scope of practice for services targeted to adults living in residential care. As part of a collaborative team acting as a regional resource for residential care, this position will initially be responsible for the implementation, evaluation and sustainability of an interprofessional eating, drinking, and swallowing (EDS) management strategy for individuals living in residential care. The role will specialize in meal time management, dysphagia, and related seating and positioning services from an Occupational Therapy perspective. The resource team operates under a collaborative reporting structure, with direct administrative reporting to the professional practice lead (rehabilitation), and an oversight reporting relationship with a Regional Dysphagia Services Steering Committee.
The incumbent works collaboratively within and external to the Resource Team in fulfilling the deliverables of the Northern Health Dysphagia Management Project Charter and for implementation of the Interprofessional Dysphagia Framework. This includes program planning and infrastructure development; coordination and evaluation of services and the model of delivery; building capacity and support for the frontline workforce; and engagement of operational leaders and local community partners. As part of the inter-professional Resource Team, the incumbent will develop, promote and disseminate clinical practice guidelines and supporting toolkits, create education, teaching and training strategies, and develop support infrastructures, including a communication and change management strategy, to ensure full continuum implementation of EDS management. They will also act as a regional resource for dysphagia consultation services and provide clinical expertise in the evaluation and treatment of complex cases. In partnership with organizational leaders and directors, future priority areas of focus for supporting best practices in residential care will be identified and implemented through the efforts of this Resource Team. Shift Rotation/Hours of work:
Monday to Friday / Days 08:00 to 16:00What Northern Health has to offer you!
• Comprehensive benefit packages including MSP, extended health/dental and a municipal pension plan for part-time and full-time employees. Casuals have the option of paying for benefits.
• Four weeks vacation with one year of continuous service
• Financial support for moving expenses is available for eligible positions
• Employee referral program
• Employer-paid training and leadership development opportunities
• Spectacular outdoor activities and the shortest commutes in BC
• "Loan Forgiveness Programs" are offered through the Federal and BC Government for eligible professions. Qualifications
• Current or eligible registration with the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia.
• Master's level education in a relevant discipline or equivalent level of education and training focused on dysphasia management, education and/or leadership.
• Membership with the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists preferred.
• Completion of post-graduate training in a recognized course for the management of dysphagia such as that offered by Access Therapists (OTs), Peter Lam (RD) or Stuart McCleary (SLP).
• Completion of a course in Adult Education or equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
• Minimum of three (3) years related experience in the practice areas of dysphagia management, complex seating and positioning, gerontology or related complex care services for seniors.
• Demonstrated teaching and supervisory/mentoring experience for a range of health care providers.Skills and Abilities:
• Possesses advanced clinical knowledge and expertise in dysphagia management, seating and positioning and its theoretical and practice applications.
• Ability to work collaboratively in teams and establish and maintain effective working relationships with stakeholders and partners. Understands and applies competencies for interprofessional collaboration.
• Possesses well developed leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills - ability to lead, mentor, and develop staff through consultation, teaching and guidance.
• Understands and uses local data, indicators, outcomes and evaluations to inform future priorities.
• Demonstrated ability to plan, organize and prioritize work and develop/implement new projects.
• Knowledge of adult education, principles methods and tools.
• Demonstrated ability to teach both one-one-one and in groups.
• Ability to develop educational resource materials.
• Competent use of office software applications and technology/equipment in support of deliverables.
• Ability to critically appraise and incorporate relevant research, guidelines and best practice standards.
• Ability to apply evaluation and quality improvement methodology to care management processes.
• Demonstrated ability to use knowledge translation processes, change management strategies, and adapt to complex organizational work environments.
• Ability to travel within the region and province as necessary - valid license required.Who we are
Northern Health covers an area of nearly 600,000 square kilometers and offers health services in over two dozen communities and 55 First Nation's communities. We deliver hospital and community-based health care for a population of 300,000.
Employing more than 7,000 staff throughout the region, Northern Health provides exceptional health services for Northerners, through the efforts of dedicated staff and physicians, in partnership with communities and organizations in Northern BC.
There is a wide variety of career opportunities available in our two dozen hospitals, 25 long-term care facilities, public health units and many other offices providing specialized services.
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