Certified Hand Therapy Physiotherapist

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Author pmnationtalk
Date January 14, 2020
Type Full Time
Company Interior Health Authority
Salary $35.05 - $43.73 - Per Hour
Location Kelowna, BC
Category Medical / Health
Client Interior Health Authority
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Certified Hand Therapy Physiotherapist

Competition #: 01350182
Bargaining Unit: HSA
Hourly Wage: $35.05 – $43.73


Position Summary
Kelowna General Hospital (KGH) is looking to hire an additional team member to join its Acute Rehabilitation Services Physiotherapy team. We are seeking Certified Hand Therapist Physical Therapist keen to work in Kelowna General Hospital’s (KGH) Hand Therapy Program along with Occupational Therapists and Rehabilitation Services employees.

In accordance with established vision and values of the organization; professional standards and code of ethics as outlined by the College of Physical Therapists of British Columbia; and following guidelines developed by third party agencies (such as WorkSafeBC’s specific contract guidelines for a Hand Therapy Program), this position develops, plans, organizes, and implements a comprehensive Hand Therapy Program. Utilizing clinical best practice and a goal-directed, evidence-based approach, this position is responsible for assessing and developing comprehensive treatment plans for referred clients including WorkSafeBC’s clients with hand and upper extremity dysfunction using appropriate therapeutic interventions.

Typical Duties/Responsibilities are, but limited to:
1. Conducts advanced assessments of client’s physical status, functional abilities, needs and goals regarding manual skills specific to hand therapy and knowledge of recognized protocols utilizing evidence-based methodologies.
2. Analyzes client’s needs ensuring proper application of Standardized Clinical Hand Evaluations. Establishes the therapy diagnosis and prognosis, and develops an evidence-based, outcome-focused intervention strategy by utilizing assessment and reassessment findings, discussing the analysis with the client and relevant others, developing short and long term client goals, and selecting a practice model/intervention consistent with the client’s needs and goals to achieve optimal health outcomes.
3. Implements treatment interventions in accordance with established treatment guidelines and educates the client regarding self-management, health promotion and injury/disability prevention by means such as selecting and utilizing specialized wound care and debridement of soft tissue, suture removal, managing skills specific to hand therapy and knowledge of recognized Hand Therapy protocols.
4. Evaluates the effectiveness of interventions by methods such conducting ongoing assessment and monitoring of client responses, evaluating changes in health status, function and physical performance against pre-determined goals and expected outcomes and modifying the intervention strategy to achieve and maintain functional independence and physical performance.
5. Communicates with clients/family, relevant others (including WorkSafeBC adjudicators and the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia), health team members and the community by methods such as providing information to assist the client in making informed decisions, acting as a therapy resource, collaborating with team members in the planning, coordination and evaluation of client service, and documenting assessment, intervention strategy and evaluation results to achieve interdisciplinary collaboration and service coordination.
6. Maintains a variety of records including client files by gathering information, entering data into computerized databases and/or documenting information into approved formats according to the College of Physical Therapists of British Columbia practice standards. Notes client’s progress, changes to treatment plan, and records test/treatment results to provide evidence and rationale that support assessment findings and intervention plan. Compiles statistics on workload activities and summarizing information into written reports as requested.
7. Provides work direction and verbal and written instruction to the rehabilitation assistants regarding specific needs, ensuring the appropriate transfer of function.
8. Maintains and updates own clinical knowledge within area of practice, and develops a plan in collaboration with designated personnel/team for professional development. Reviews progress to ensure that goals are achieved within established time frames.

Days of work are Mondays through Fridays with weekends and statutory holidays off. This position is eligible for our comprehensive benefits plan that includes coverage for basic Medical Services, Dental Services, and Extended Health.

Interior Health (IH) offers a positive work environment that promotes continuous learning, professional growth, and clinical skill development. When you join IH, you will be part of a progressive, multi-disciplinary team that consistently focuses on leading practice rehabilitation programs.

Education, Training and Experience:
• Graduation from an approved program of Physical Therapy.
• Current registration with the College of Physical Therapists of British Columbia and eligible for membership in the Canadian Association of Physical Therapy.
• Current Hand Therapy Certification with the Hand Therapy Certification Commission.
• Minimum of two (2) years’ recent, related experience (which includes at least one (1) year’s experience in splinting/hand therapy) or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

Skills and Abilities:

• Assessment and Treatment: Demonstrated ability to complete initial and ongoing client assessments (clinical and diagnostic reasoning) through appropriate/prescribed technical, therapeutic, safety type interventions.
• Teaching: Ability to teach clients and others both one-on-one and in groups.
• Knowledge Integration: Integrates best practice and current research evidence to support professional practice decisions and actions.
• Communication: Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with clients, families, the public, medical staff and members of the interdisciplinary team using verbal, written, computer communication means. Ability to effectively apply conflict resolution skills..
• Critical Thinking: Demonstrated ability to integrate and evaluate pertinent data (from multiple sources) to problem-solve and make decisions effectively. Applies the problem solving process demonstrating critical thinking and decision making skills using a systems approach.
• Human Caring and Relationship Centered Practice: Ability to promote client-focused care that demonstrates care for and with clients and significant others, sensitivity to diverse cultures and preferences, client advocacy and social justice concerns.
• Management: Demonstrated ability to organize work, set objectives and establish priorities. Manages time and resources, implements activities to promote cooperation among the interdisciplinary team and collaborates across disciplines.
• Leadership: Promotes staff morale, engagement and empowerment. Demonstrates creative planning for change and innovation, implementation of IH policies or other protocols, and ongoing professional development of self and others.
• Teamwork: Demonstrated ability to foster teamwork and a commitment to excellence in the provision of client care.
• Equipment: Demonstrated computer skills including the use of Meditech and Windows based programs. Demonstrated data analysis skills including appropriate data analysis and reporting tools. Demonstrated ability in the use of e-mail and word processing. Ability to operate other related equipment as required in the specific practice area.
• Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.

* All postings with a closing date specified close at 11:59 pm PT

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