Occupational Therapist - Emergency
Temporary assignment for approximatley 52 weeks
The role of the Occupational Therapist is to plan, implement, and evaluate client-centered occupational therapy services consistent with the mission and values of St. Joseph’s Healthcare. The Occupational Therapist assesses and diagnoses physical, emotional, social and cognitive capacity and performance, occupational demands and environmental factors and interventions to enable participation in activities of everyday life to promote and optimize health and well-being of clients consistent with the scope of practice of occupational therapy. Key functions of the Occupational Therapist encompass clinical, professional and non-clinical activities as outlined in the Profile of Occupational Therapists in Canada that are shaped by their program needs and client population. All tasks are performed in ways consistent with the competencies of the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario (COTO) including; assuming professional responsibility, thinking critically, demonstrating practice knowledge, utilizing occupational therapy process to enable occupation, communicating and collaborating effectively, engaging in professional development, managing practice and advocating within systems. Given that St. Joseph’s Healthcare is affiliated with McMaster University and Mohawk College, the Occupational Therapist is expected to engage in appropriate teaching and research activities.
• Degree in Occupational Therapy from a recognized university and registration with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario required
• Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy is preferred
• Eligible for membership in OSOT and CAOT is preferred
• GPA training preferred
• Strong team and communication skills required
• Demonstrated interest and experience working with clients with multiple complex medical conditions in an acute physical medicine/acute mental health environment particularly older adults required.
• Minimum one year recent and related experience in variety of physical medicine settings required Experience in an Emergency Room setting preferred
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Able to work under pressure, prioritize workload and meet deadlines
• Proven ability to work as an effective member of an inter-professional team with exceptional interpersonal, advocacy, negotiation and conflict resolution skills
• Adaptable, creative, innovative and flexible
• Willingness and ability to continue to improve professional competence and knowledge
• Demonstrated exceptional analytical thinking and creative problem solving skills
• Proficient computer skills for report writing, assessments, word processing, workload measurement and access to information, etc.
• Assess patients to determine their strengths and weaknesses, cognitively/perceptually, physically and psycho emotionally. Determine their ability to function in areas of self-care, productivity and leisure. Determine influences of the environment on the individual including evaluation of home environment. Interpret data to determine plans to facilitate discharge planning and avoid admission.
• Develop plans to enhance discharge planning with a focus on safety and independence including environmental modification, prescription of adaptive equipment /adapted methods, prescription of wheelchair/mobility devices, recommendations regarding level of support/home modifications required, referrals and patient and family education.
For patients being admitted, develop treatment plans or recommendations to enhance overall functioning in activities or improve independence including but not limited to participation in ADL retraining programs, hand/upper extremity programs, cognitive/perceptual improvement programs, group programming, environmental modification, prescription of adaptive equipment /adapted methods, prescription of wheelchair/mobility devices, recommendations regarding level of support/home modifications required, referrals patient and family education and discharge planning.
• Communicate and collaborate with interdisciplinary team in verbal and written format according to the standards of the department.
• Maintain workload statistics and participate in other documentation procedures related to the unit. This position requires the maintenance of specific patient volumes and outcomes which must be collected and demonstrated.
• Maintain clinical competence by taking students, completing continuing education and participating in research.
• Participate on committees and program development related to areas of practice.
The Emergency Department Admission Avoidance Program seeks to identify, strategize and implement discharge planning as soon as a patient arrives at St Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. We strive for excellence, family involvement, and patient satisfaction through optimal outcomes for all involved. Admission Avoidance was adopted in 2016 out of great need to better serve the community demand for Emergency Care
The Admission Avoidance team allocates in-house, community and provincially-funded resources to get patients home sooner and straight from the Emergency Department
In 2017 the Admission Avoidance Team received the Sisters of St Joseph of Hamilton MISSION LEGACY AWARD for its exceptional commitment to healthcare and upholding the values of our founders. The Admission Avoidance team includes Registered Nurses, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Social Workers, Community Care(LHIN) Coordinators, Physicians, Families and Caregivers
HOURS OF WORK:
Rotating shifts and extended hours
St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton (SJHH) is an equal opportunity employer and strives for equity, inclusiveness, and diversity in all our programs, practices, facilities, and people.
Applications must be received online by 12:00 midnight on the Closing Date - late applications will not be accepted. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. SJHH is committed to a barrier-free recruitment and selection process - please inform us should accommodation be required at any point in the recruitment process.
We foster a culture of patient and staff safety where all positions comply and work in conjunction with the Mission, Vision, and Core Values of SJHH.
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