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Physiotherapist

Available Spots:

1

Position Type:

Full Time

Start Date:

2024-03-11

Closing Date:

2024-08-01

Report To:

Clinical Manager

This position is a member of the bargaining unit which is represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union, and as such will be bound under the terms of the collective agreement.

Physiotherapist (Full-time 1.0 FTE Permanent) 

A Physiotherapist works to evaluate, restore and maintain physical functions of clients with a goal towards increased participation and quality of life. This process includes assessment, goal setting, treatment planning, and implementation of treatment in a direct, indirect or consultative manner, as indicated, until discharge/transition to school. As an employee of Niagara Children's Centre, a Physiotherapist may be assigned to one or more services. These include single and interdisciplinary services, and specialized programs provided by the Centre such as Lower Extremity Casting and Splinting; Gait and/or Seating and Mobility Clinic.

Specific Responsibilities:

Responsibilities of the position include:

Assessment: The Physiotherapist assesses a child’s motor development, range of motion, muscle tone, muscle strength, mobility, community accessibility, and equipment needs. This may include standardized and non-standardized assessment of the child’s motor skills as well as the physical characteristics of the child’s environments. Assessment may take place at a variety of locations, such as the Centre, the child’s home, school, pre-school and other community settings.

Treatment Planning: On the basis of the assessment, the Physiotherapist collaborates with the child/family, teacher, school, other therapists, and others who may be involved, to identify goals and to establish an appropriate treatment plan to achieve the goals.

Intervention: The Physiotherapist provides intervention to achieve the treatment plan and to increase or maintain range of motion and prevent deformities; increase or maintain strength; motor development, mobility and functional independence; and to decrease pain. Treatment may include pool therapy, the design and development of exercise programs, and the prescription and fabrication of equipment or orthotics. Intervention may be provided in various environments; through a variety of service delivery options (e.g., individual, group, parent education, home programming) on a direct or indirect or consultative basis and either in a single disciplinary setting or as part of an interdisciplinary team.

Supervision: The Physiotherapist may be requested to supervise PTA’s as part of his/her regular workload and in doing so, must adhere to the policies established in the College’s Standard for Physiotherapists Working with Physiotherapist Support Personnel (June 2005/Updated March 2010). The PT may also be requested to supervise students or volunteers.

Documentation: The Physiotherapist is responsible for report writing in accordance with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario guidelines (such as assessments, progress reports, transition reports, and discharge summaries). In addition there may be documentation requirements such as internal and external referrals; funding application forms on behalf of families or parent correspondence. The Physiotherapist is also responsible for the daily and accurate recording in the Centre’s data collection system of daily activities and clients seen and to comply with all established clinical standards for documentation.

Education: The Physiotherapist is responsible for providing education to parents and the community; promotional activities on behalf of the Centre. Through conferences, lectures and other training the Physiotherapist will keep current in new approaches and research, particularly if assigned to a specialized clinic with emerging and changing knowledge and technology.

Health and Safety

The Physiotherapist will comply with the duties assigned to Workers as per Section 28 of the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Accountability and Freedom to Act:

The incumbent has latitude for discretion within practices and procedures covered by precedents, Centre policy and procedure manuals, standards of the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario, and supervisory review.

Key Relationships:

The Physiotherapist is concerned with the effectiveness of all relationships that affect the Centre. The following are particularly significant to the position:

External 

  • Children, and their families and other caregivers
  • Regulated professionals involved in the care of the child/family such as physicians, public health personnel, nurse practitioners
  • Teachers and Educational Assistants in all school and child care systems
  • Staff of Community partner agencies and programs
  • Vendors and suppliers of equipment and services being considered for use by clients
  • Staff at relevant government offices/branches that are responsible for approval and/or provision of client specific funding, services or equipment
  • Case managers at HNHB Community Care Access Centre (if assigned to Acute Home Care) 

Internal 

  • Staff at all levels in the organization 

Internal Performance Factors:

In assessing the performance of an incumbent in this position, the following factors will be utilized as appropriate: 

  • Workload and productivity relative to established standards
  • Clinical outcomes – the degree to which care plans are well-designed and goals are achieved
  • Demonstration of specified clinical competencies or advanced competencies as appropriate
  • Documentation – the accuracy, relevance and timeliness
  • Relationships and communication with –clients and families, colleagues, staff from other agencies 

Position Specifications:

Education:

The minimum specifications for an incumbent will include: 

  • Registration and membership in good standing with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario 

Knowledge/Skills: 

  • An incumbent will be expected to have the following knowledge and skills:
  • A sound understanding and skill in the practice of physiotherapy
  • The ability to work effectively with children and their families
  • Sufficient computer literacy in Microsoft Office to complete work requirements 

Other: 

  • Access to a vehicle and possession of a driver’s license valid for the province of Ontario is required
  • A current criminal reference check for vulnerable populations
  • CPR certification
  • Evidence of Non violent crisis intervention training

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