Hamilton Health Sciences
The OTA/PTA role will support the Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists in the provision of patient care with the GRU patient population, either in a directly collaborative or delegated capacity. Under the directions of the Therapists, the OTA/PTA engages the client in purposeful activity, functional mobility, transfers and ambulation, therapeutic exercise and/or adaptive strategies (eg. ADL re-training) in conjunction with therapeutic methods, medical and safety precautions to achieve identified goals. The OTA/PTA monitors and documents the client's progress on flow sheets and/or interdisciplinary notes on the patient's health record as required.
The OTA/PTA communicates with supervising Therapists about client progress and need for possible program modifications on a consistent and timely basis and may discuss and instruct caregivers regarding client activities and will support and reinforce treatment plans under the direction of the Therapists. The OTA/PTA will facilitate individual and/or group programs utilizing a patient and family-centred approach under the guidelines of the OT/PT treatment protocol. The OTA/PTA may provide clients with adaptive aids and equipment as well as perform adjustments, modifications and minor repairs to this equipment as assigned. Non-patient care duties may include services related to the management of OT/PT treatment areas and equipment and supply inventory in order to ensure provision of optimal patient care. The OTA/PTA may assist the Therapists in identifying/updating community resources, preparing educational materials and reinforcing community linkages, which support the implementation of the discharge plan. Also, actively participates in the program’s CQI activities. The OTA/PTA may also have the opportunity to be involved in student educational activities. Some coverage of other clinical areas may be provided as needed.
1. Graduate of a recognized, accredited OTA/PTA Certificate or Diploma program from an approved Community College
2. Demonstrated knowledge of adaptive aids and equipment, knowledge of adapting and teaching use of walking/mobility aids
3. Minimum 2 years of recent clinical experience (within the last 5 years) working with a Geriatric / Rehabilitation population
4. Demonstrated excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
5. Ability to function collaboratively as an integral member of the healthcare team and express respect and sensitivity towards patient population
6. Demonstrated ability to organize, prioritize, problem solve and work independently once assigned
7. Demonstrated excellent problem-solving, clinical reasoning and professional judgment
8. Demonstrated excellent interpersonal, organizational and initiation skills
9. Demonstrated ability to communicate a clear understanding of the OTA/PTA role and the OT and PT services to client/family/staff as required
10. Physically able to meet the demands of the job including walking, standing for prolonged periods of time, stooping, kneeling, reaching, lifting plus transferring heavy patients
Guidelines for submitting an Application ~ UNION staff, who choose to submit their application through hard-copy mail, fax or email will need to have their application (ONA & OPSEU: with accompanying skills profile) available to the Recruitment Staff before 4 p.m. on the day the posting closes (day-7). ALL JOB SEEKERS, including UNION staff, who use the Career's Website to apply for job postings will have until 11 p.m. on the day the posting closes (day-7). ***INTERNAL JOB SEEKERS - Please ensure that both your ID# and last name are entered exactly as you see it on your most recent pay stub, otherwise you will be treated as an external candidate.***
Hamilton Health Sciences fosters a culture of patient and staff safety, whereby all employees are guided by our Mission, Vision, Values, and Values Based Code of Conduct. Hamilton Health Sciences is a teaching hospital and all staff and physicians are expected to support students and other learners.
To be considered for this opportunity applicants must apply during the posting period. All internal and external applicants may ONLY apply via the Careers website.
Hamilton Health Sciences is an equal opportunity employer and we will accommodate any needs under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code. Hiring processes will be modified to remove barriers to accommodate those with disabilities, if requested. Should any applicant require accommodation through the application processes, please contact Human Resources Operations at (phone hidden), Ext. 46947 for assistance. If the applicant requires a specific accommodation because of a disability during an interview, the applicant will need to advise the hiring manager when scheduling the interview and the appropriate accommodations can be made.
This competition is open to all qualified applicants, however, qualified internal applicants will be considered first. Past performance will be considered as part of the selection process. If you are a previous employee of Hamilton Health Sciences, please note: the circumstances around an employee's exit will be considered prior to an offer of employment
Proficiency in both Official Languages, French and English, is considered an asset
If this position is temporary, selection for this position will be as per the outlined Collective Agreements:
Article 30 (k), CUPE Collective Agreement
Article 10.7 (d), ONA Collective Agreement
Article 13.01 (b) (ii), OPSEU 273 Collective Agreement
Article 14.04, OPSEU 209 Collective Agreement
Article 2.07 and Article 13, PIPSC RT Collective Agreement
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