Occupational Therapist, Geriatric Transitional Unit

Hospital Whitby Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) is a public hospital that provides inpatient, outpatient and consultation services for people with complex mental illness. Our patients benefit from a recovery-oriented environment of care built on compassion, inspiration and hope. We engage in research, education and advocacy initiatives to advance the mental health care system and are proud to work with partners across the continuum of care. If you thrive on innovation and positive change, and share our vision of Recovering Best Health, Nurturing Hope and Inspiring Discovery, Ontario Shores is the place for you.
This position is part of the OPSEU bargaining unit
Job Title
$38.09 - $43.20 ( Occupational Therapist )
Employment Type
Number of Vacancies
Hours of Work
Part-time (Up to 22.5 Hours per week) Days/Nights/Evenings/Weekends
Main Site - 700 Gordon Street - Whitby, ON L1N 5S9 CA (Primary)
External Contract End Date
Position Summary

Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences is seeking an Occupational Therapist. As an Occupational Therapist, you will provide specialized care to patients with complex mental illnesses by using a recovery focused model of care, built upon compassion, inspiration and hope. To be an active and equal member of the interprofessional team.


The assignment is in a new, 20 bed inpatient unit within the Geriatric and Neuropsychiatry Program.  This unit will provide specialized services for older adults with dementia, presenting with complex behaviours, who are currently in an acute care hospital and require specialized mental health care treatment.  This unit will provide assessment, stabilization, treatment and management of dementia-related behaviours with the goal of community reintegration.  The goal of treatment will be to stabilize patients so that they can successfully transition to long-term care or the referring organization.

Please Note: In order to protect our vulnerable geriatric population, the successful applicant must agree to work only at Ontario Shores while we continue to cohort our staffing due to COVID -19.

Qualifications Required and Preferred

• A Masters degree (or equivalent), in Occupational Therapy.
• Assistive Devices Program Authorizer (ADP) preferred
• Registered with the College of Occupational Therapists in good standing.
• Current CPR is required.
• Experience and knowledge of Geriatric mental health issues.
• Knowledge of movement patterns, seating and mobility services.
• Demonstrated knowledge of Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery.
• 3-5 years psychiatric experience in a mental health facility or service is desirable.
• Demonstrated knowledge of the College Standards of Practice and commitment to maintaining reflective practice standards as described by the College.
• Demonstrated knowledge of Mental Health, and relevant policies and legislation, such as the Mental Health Act and PHIPA is required.
• An in-depth knowledge and experience of the challenges involved in community reintegration of short and longer stay psychiatric inpatients with mental illness.
• Ability to work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team.
• Demonstrated advanced knowledge short term treatment with a generalized mental health population.
• Thorough knowledge and ability to administer standardized tests as applied in mental health settings.
• Demonstrated competence in individual and group programming skills.
• The candidate will have demonstrated excellent interpersonal and effective oral/written communication skills.
• The ability to work with clients of diverse ethno racial and cultural backgrounds and proficiency in a second language would be considered an asset.
• Current driver’s licence;
• Ability to perform the physical demands of the position.
• Flex time is required

Closing Date
Personal information you provide to Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) is collected pursuant to the Public Hospitals Act R.S.O 1990, c. P.40. It will be used for the purpose of determining eligibility for employment. At all times it will be treated in accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. If you have questions about the collection of your personal information, contact the Leader, Privacy & Access at 700 Gordon St. Whitby, ON L1N 5S9; 905-430-4055 ext. 6712 or refer to the Privacy & Access pages on the Ontario Shores website. Upon request, individual accommodation can be provided to applicants who meet the required qualifications outlined in the job descriptions, and have been invited for an interview. For questions and concerns, please contact Human Resources at 905.430.4055 ext. 6191.
Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Ontario Shores is committed to diversity and inclusivity in employment and encourage applications from all qualified individuals of diverse backgrounds. Ontario Shores is also committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities as part of our hiring process. If you have special requirements, please advise us during the recruitment process.
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