Occupational Therapist

Deadline: Open
Location: Sioux Lookout, ONCommitment: 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 31 communities in the Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority catchment. Under the Sioux Lookout Area Primary Care Team (SLAPCT), the Occupational Therapist (OT) will provide assessment, consultation and programming for patients, caregivers & school staff. The OT 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 OT will work in both the clinic environment and communities providing home visits and interventions within patients’ homes. The OT will work with all ages; however, the priority area will be children and youth.

Qualifications

  • Master’s or Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Registration (in good standing) with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario
  • Experience with children and adults who have multiple needs is an asset
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with interdisciplinary health care providers and community partners.
  • Demonstrated clinical reasoning skills and excellent assessment and therapeutic skills
  • Strong problem solving, decision-making and time management skills
  • Excellent oral & written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge and proficiency in current, evidence-based methods and practices
  • Computer literate 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 would be an asset
  • Must submit an appropriate Vulnerable Sector Check
  • Valid driver’s license

Responsibilities

  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. Educate and counsel to promote function and independence including health promotion and injury prevention.
  4. 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)
  5. Conduct developmental screening and assessments for infants and children such as motor and sensory-motor delays.
  6. Evaluate cognitive and/or perceptual abilities.
  7. Conduct clinical observations of gross and fine motor, visual-perceptual-motor, and in hand manipulation.
  8. Conduct self-care and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADL) assessments.
  9. Conduct mobility assessment and Assistive Device Program assessments.
  10. Conduct ergonomic assessments.
  11. Sensitivity to the needs of parents/caregivers and the ability to support and involve them in programming
  12. Evaluate the home, work or school environment to assess the need for specialized equipment modifications and/or supports.
  13. Provide individualized treatment plans to develop, maintain, or augment function using evidence-based treatment modalities.
  14. Prescribes specialized adaptive equipment and teaches proper usage.
  15. Recommends modifications to physical, social, home, work or school environments.
  16. Collaborates with other health care professionals and community resources to promote comprehensive and coordinated care.
  17. Recommends and arranges for specialist referrals and appointments in consultation with physicians and other health care providers.
  18. 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.
  19. Exercises care and caution in protecting confidential and sensitive information related to clients and personnel.
  20. Maintain documentation as per college guidelines and SLAPCT policies and procedures.
  21. Participates in continuous quality improvement activities
  22. Completes reports after each community visit (i.e.# of community members seen, planning/clinical meetings, meetings with leadership).
  23. Extensive travel is required.