Speech Language Pathologist

Deadline: Feb 12, 2018 by 4:30 PM CST
Location: Sioux Lookout, ON
Commitment: Full Time

The Sioux Lookout Area Primary Care Team (SLAPCT) provides primary health care, including chronic disease management, health promotion and disease prevention, to patients in Sioux Lookout Region including the 28 communities in the Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority catchment. Under the Sioux Lookout Area Primary Care Team (SLAPCT), the Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) will work with patients, caregivers and community resources to provide assessment, consultation and development of treatment plans. The SLP is a key part of the patient circle of care and will work to their full scope of practice. Responsibilities will include the provision of safe and competent care through the application of professional knowledge; technical aspects of professional practice and the demonstration of compassion, professionalism and respect. The SLP will provide assessments, consultation, development of treatment plans and seamless system navigation. The SLP will work in both the clinic environment and First Nations communities providing home visits and interventions within patients’ homes.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology
  • Registration (in good standing) with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with interdisciplinary health care providers and community partners
  • Demonstrated clinical reasoning skills and excellent assessment and therapeutic skills
  • Knowledge and proficiency in current, evidence-based methods and practices
  • Ability to use a wide range of assessment tools across age groups
  • Ability to work creatively with clients in both individual and in group settings, in the clinic, in home and in school settings
  • Experience working with children and adults who have multiple needs
  • Demonstrated planning, organizational and facilitation skills
  • Strong problem-solving, decision-making and time management skills
  • Excellent oral & written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Computer literate with experience with experience in electronic client file entry
  • Experience working in a First Nations community and ability to communicate in one of the First Nations dialects of the Sioux Lookout Zone is an asset
  • Must submit an appropriate Vulnerable Sector Check
  • Valid driver’s license

Responsibilities

 

  • Empower and support patients to improve their ability to perform tasks in their daily living and working environments. Patients include those who have conditions that are mentally, physically, developmentally or emotionally disabling

  • Educate and counsel family members and caregivers regarding the impact of disability, injury or disease on the individual and their role in the treatment and recovery process

  • Educate and counsel to promote function and independence including health promotion and injury prevention

  • Provision of treatment plans that will enable patients to reach their full functional and work integration potential, in collaboration with all stakeholders (Patient, Primary Care Team members, Mental Health workers, etc)

  • Provide aural rehabilitation for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing

  • Provide augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems for individuals with severe expressive and/or language comprehension disorders, such as autism spectrum disorder or progressive neurological disorders

  • Prevention, counselling and education services to patients, families, caregivers, schools, communities and other professionals regarding all aspects of communication, swallowing and hearing health (e.g., work on accent modification or other forms of communication enhancement)

  • Education, mentoring and training of community workers and other professionals pertaining to communication, swallowing and other related areas

  • Treat clients and enable them to reach their full functional and work reintegration potential in collaboration with all stakeholders (client, treatment team etc.)

  • Develop treatment plans using an approach that includes both physical and psychosocial interventions

  • Work with other health providers to formulate prognosis and recommend best course of intervention

  • Provide individualized treatment plans to develop, maintain, or augment function using evidence-based treatment modalities. Review and modify programming and treatment as needed

  • Provide information to help facilitate understanding and access to the assistive devices, program and other funding initiatives for special equipment

  • Work collaboratively with community based service providers and agencies to meet identified needs and enhance delivery of care

  • Evaluate the home, work or school environment to assess the need for specialized equipment modifications and/or supports

  • Collaborates with other health care professionals and community resources to promote comprehensive and coordinated care

  • Recommends and arranges for specialist referrals and appointments in consultation with physicians and other health care provider

  • Advocate on behalf of clients for service, equipment, navigation and funding including provincial services, Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) and/or Jordan’s Principle processes

  • Exercises care and caution in protecting confidential and sensitive information related to clients and personnel

  • Maintain documentation as per college guidelines and SLAPCT policies and procedures

  • Participates in continuous quality improvement activities

  • Completes reports after each community visit (i.e.# of community members seen, planning/clinical meetings, meetings with leadership)

  • Extensive travel is required.