Specialty Occupational Therapist

Role and Facility Information

Vancouver Coastal Health is looking for an Occupational Therapist to join the Special Needs Program with Richmond Public Health. Apply today to join our team!

As an Occupational Therapist with Vancouver Coastal Health you will:

Provide occupational therapy services to a specific group of children (5 to 19 years of age) with physical, neurological and/or developmental challenges such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, difficulties with fine motor, written output, organization, attention and sensorimotor integration and those who require episodic or palliative care.
Coordinate the care for children with complex health care needs and collaborate with interdisciplinary team members, educational agencies and other health care professionals/providers/community agencies to achieve excellence in health services and education within the school, home and facility settings.

Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) is a world class innovator in medical care, research and teaching, delivering service to more than one million BC residents living in Vancouver, Vancouver's North Shore, Richmond, the Sea-to-Sky Highway, Sunshine Coast, and the Central Coast (Bella Bella and Bella Coola.) At VCH, we embrace thinking boldly, taking smart risks, and "going first" when we believe it will lead to the best possible outcomes for patients and their families. At our core, we are a people-focused organization where entrepreneurial spirit runs deep, and opportunity exists for all those who see themselves in the transformation of health care as we know it.

Education & Experience

Bachelor’s or Master's degree in Occupational Therapy from a recognized school or university with a minimum of two years recent related pediatric experience in a community setting; care management experience and clinical experience in the assessment of children with physical/neurological problems (particularly feeding issues), fine motor and sensory difficulties.
Experience administering/interpreting standardized tests and developing functional recommendations for children with sensory motor difficulties and written output problems, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
Current full registration with the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia (COTBC).
Eligible for membership in the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT).
Valid B.C. Driver’s license. Local area travel requires the use of a personal vehicle for which mileage reimbursement is paid.

Knowledge & Abilities

Considerable knowledge in the assessment of developmental, sensory and/or motor problems.
Knowledge of feeding issues with children with neurological impairments.
Working knowledge of COTBC’s Essential Competencies of Practice for occupational therapy
Demonstrated ability to assess and provide interventions for children living with complex heath issues
Working knowledge of complex family structures and issues associated with chronic health conditions and life-limiting illnesses.
Demonstrated commitment to working within a family directed service philosophy.
Demonstrated ability to apply a risk management approach and ethical decision- making principles to complex family and complex health situations.
Thorough knowledge and experience with care management theory, diversity and multicultural health care practice in working with children, families, care providers, professionals, special interest groups and the general public.
Working knowledge of the principles of adult learning and group dynamics.
Working knowledge of facilitation, mediation and conflict resolution techniques and demonstrated analytical and problem solving skills.
Knowledge of standardized pediatric assessments.
Demonstrated teaching/training skills.
Demonstrated ability to plan and deliver in-service education sessions to lay and professional groups.
Demonstrated ability to prescribe and/or recommend a variety of self-help aids and rehabilitation equipment.
Demonstrated ability to prepare and maintain a variety of charts, records and reports related to work and to perform all duties with minimal supervision.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
Demonstrated ability to independently plan, organize and prioritize workload.
Demonstrated skill in CPR techniques.
Ability to work independently and to use a cooperative approach to program delivery.
Ability to work within an interdisciplinary team environment.
Ability to deal with others tactfully, effectively, and respectfully
Basic computer literacy.
Ability to carry out the physical demands of the job.



Estimated Remuneration
$36.51 - $45.37 per hour

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