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Job: Occupational Therapist

Title Occupational Therapist
Job Information

As part of our Transitional Support portfolio, Bellwoods is seeking (1) full-time Occupational Therapist (OT) to join our team on contract. The successful candidate will join an already established multidisciplinary team to offer enhanced support to people transitioning from hospital to community, promoting and supporting their safety and success.

The Role:

This is an exciting opportunity for an OT who enjoys working in a fast paced, team-oriented environment focused on creative problem solving. Based out of our 300 Shaw Street supportive housing site and reporting directly to the Director, Transition and Special Projects, the successful OT will be responsible for triaging applicants, performing pre-discharge assessments (including in-home and hospital visits), and delivering treatment services to achieve client/caregiver goals as specified during collaborative service planning. The OT will assume an integral role within the team which assists individuals to move from hospital to various community-based destinations. In this role, the OT will also be required to work with a variety of community-based clients towards positive health outcomes enabling their continued independence. He/she will also provide direct and indirect support to staff, including teaching, as they implement service directives for best practices. This position involves:

  • Conducting comprehensive assessments of clients’ physical, cognitive, affective and psychosocial functioning; completing home/environmental safety assessments; prescribing and implementing equipment/assistive devices; as well as providing education/teaching for support personnel/caregivers
  • Providing assessment and treatment services to adults and older adults who experience physical functional challenges, but who may also have challenges related to homelessness, mental health and/or addiction(s), cognition challenges and/or responsive behaviours
  • Participation in the planning, implementation and evaluation of team-based service plans in partnership with clients, their families, as well as team members from our partner organizations
  • Collaborating with clients’ support network to achieve identified objectives and health outcomes which facilitate clients’ progress toward stated service plan goal(s)
  • Providing system navigation and/or care coordination activities, including housing and funding acquisition support, and resource linkage as necessary to achieve identified service plan goals
  • Performing administrative duties such as preparation of reports, workload measurement, providing data as requested to inform program activities, etc.
  • Participation in program development, as needed, to define program practices, measurement indicators, and documentation/collection tools
  • Applying a continuous quality improvement approach to practice to continually iterate and improve program outcomes

Requirements:

  • Baccalaureate/Masters degree in Occupational Therapy
  • A member in good standing with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario (COTO)
  • Two (2) to five (5) years recent experience in community setting, required
  • Experience and knowledge relevant to Occupational Therapy best practices and evidence-based initiatives as it relates to providing services to a population of client’s that includes complex, fragile seniors and supports their ability to successfully age in place
  • ADP Mobility Device Authorizer status is strongly preferred; otherwise, the successful candidate will be required to pursue ADP authorization as a condition of their offer of employment
  • Strong assessment, negotiation and clinical decision-making skills. Experience with interRAI CHA is considered an asset.
  • Working knowledge of community programs and services, and the initiative to proactively search for new resources including housing, additional supports and services to meet client/caregiver goals
  • Hospital to community transition planning experience is considered an asset
  • Knowledge of Ontario Health System legislation and best practice (Public Hospitals Act, Substitute Decision-Making Act, Consent to Treatment Act, Health Care Consent Act, Mental Health Act, etc.) and applies this knowledge to ensure positive client outcomes
  • Ability to effectively prioritize, apply critical thinking and problem solving to mitigate risks and navigate challenging or complex conversations/situations to achieve a positive resolution
  • Demonstrated ability to be flexible in response to shifting daily caseload demands, be responsive to the need for urgent response and driven to provide a positive client and partner experience throughout service provision
  • Significant travel within the Toronto Central LHIN boundaries will be required. Therefore, consistent and reliable access to transportation is required.This position offers a rewarding challenge for a qualified, highly motivated individual to more fully develop and broaden their skills and scope of responsibilities within a leading healthcare sector organization whose vision is to create a future where barriers do not exist.

Bellwoods is committed to inclusive and accessible recruitment practices for applicants with accessibility needs in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act (AODA). Reasonable accommodations are available on request for candidates with disabilities taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

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