Interior Health Physiotherapists work independently and collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary rehabilitation team providing physiotherapy services and in guiding work direction to rehabilitation assistant(s).
We have a relief, full time opening available. This position will provide coverage until September 2023, or return of incumbent. Days of work are Monday to Friday 08:30 to 15:00 hours with two to three Saturdays per year and corresponding adjusted day off. We offer an exceptional employer-paid benefits package, recognition of previous experience in determining starting salary, and generous vacation entitlement after your first year of employment.
The Physiotherapist will be based out of the Central Community Health Unit at the Kelowna Community Health Service Centre and be part of the Community Rehab team covering the area encompassing Central Kelowna for three days in a week, working predominantly with a geriatric population (but can see clients of all ages). The Physiotherapist conducts home visits and case management for clients needing Physio consults and interventions to support safety and optimizing independence at home. The Physiotherapist in this role will frequently provide rehab follow-up support for clients coming back home from an acute hospital or an inpatient rehab / convalescent period stay to ensure a successful transition when returning to their own homes.
Two days a week provides coverage in Health Services for Community Living (HSCL), caring for clients with brain and growth development issues, sitting issues, complex systems and other challenges. HSCL provides social and chronic disease management and prevents hospital admissions. Your impact supports people, who are dealing with complex medical issues, in their home as much as possible.
As a valued member of the Central Home Health team, you will be working closely with other community-based healthcare disciplines (Occupational Therapists, Rehab Assistants, Home Care Nurses, Palliative Care Team, Community Nurse Case Managers for Long Term Care, Community Health Workers, Respiratory Therapists, Social Workers and Transition Nurses) in providing client-centered care.
Professional physiotherapy practice is supported at multiple levels. Locally by the Central Home Health team and the whole group of Community Physiotherapists from the Central Okanagan. Direct supervision for this group is provided by a Physiotherapy Section Head for Home and Community. General practice as part of a group led by a Physiotherapy Professional Practice leader, with operational oversight from an Allied Health Manager.
All Physiotherapy clinicians are also enjoined to actively participate in a “Community of Practice” (Physio Practice Council) established within the Health Authority, connecting Physios from other sites to discuss practical practice concerns and doubly serve as a venue for group mentoring and guidance. Specialty Education courses sponsored periodically by the health authority are offered to clinicians to help enhance effective, evidence-based practice approaches. Interior Health staff education opportunities are reimbursed per year based on an annual limit (and subject to manager approval). There is opportunity for growth within the department as well as within the health authority through various leadership roles and functions, whether participating in stretch assignments or leading Quality Improvement projects.
We are seeking a Physiotherapist with strong interpersonal and communication skills who are eager to work with clients and a dynamic health care team. A team-oriented mindset and being comfortable working regularly without direct supervision would allow you to thrive in this role. Must have driver's license and access to a personal vehicle and be comfortable driving year round to see clients in their homes.
• Current registration with the College of Physical Therapists of British Columbia (CPTBC).
• Valid Driver's License.
We welcome applicants with Interim registration and upcoming Masters of Physical Therapy new grads to apply!
This posting is covered by the Provincial Health Officer’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination orders and selected applicant(s) must comply.
Interior Health now offers assistance from an Aboriginal Employment Advisor. If you self-identify as Aboriginal (First Nations, Métis or Inuit) and if you would like assistance with internal career exploration, send your question via email to AboriginalEmployment@interiorhealth.ca to be redirected to the Employment Advisor. We invite applicants to self-identify as First nations, Métis, or Inuit within cover letters and/or resumes.