Interior Health (IH) offers a positive work environment that promotes continuous learning, professional growth, and clinical skill development. Our Health Science careers provide opportunity to formulate goals, plan treatments and collaborate on discharge planning for a diverse population of patients and their families. When you join IH, you will be part of a progressive, multi-disciplinary team that consistently focuses on Best Practice rehabilitation programs.
Rewarding and meaningful Health Science career opportunities are available in acute care, outpatient settings, home and community care, convalescence care, day programs, long-term care, mental health and substance use programs, or outreach programs.
Our regularized positions offer employer paid, comprehensive health benefits, a generous pension plan, excellent vacation entitlement and relocation assistance for eligible new employees.
The IH region is located in the Southern Interior of British Columbia and includes the Okanagan, Kootenay and Thompson, Cariboo, Shuswap areas. Whether you are seeking a 'big city' lifestyle or the peace and tranquility of rural living, you will find it within the beautiful, natural setting of British Columbia.
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IH's audiology staff provides Early Hearing program services including general audiological screening, diagnostic and rehabilitative services; technical services; and supervision of technical staff to clients ranging from newborn to 19 years of age. Health promotion activities include liaison and counselling and educational sessions with clients and families as well as community partners and professionals.
IH Audiologists are expected to exercise sound clinical judgment when serving clients in accordance with the bylaws of the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of British Columbia. IH's Professional Practice Office, the Allied Health Director, and IH's Senior Executive Team require clinicians to follow additional standards of practice which are supported by rigorous reviews of evidence. These additional standards ensure excellence of service and align with IH's scope of practice.
To work as a Dietitian at IH, one must have at minimum a Baccalaureate Degree in nutrition and dietetics, successful completion of an accredited hospital based dietetic internship program and are registered with the College of Dietitians of British Columbia with restricted Acts A, B, and/or C.
IH dietitians are members of a multidisciplinary health care team and provide nutrition care and support to patients and groups according to established policies, standards and procedures. They utilize clinical techniques and knowledge through nutrition assessment; care planning and charting; intervention; goal setting and monitoring; counseling and education programs; consultation and communication with the multidisciplinary care teams; and act as a resource to other health professionals and communities within IH.
There are Clinical Dietitian opportunities in both the acute care and community care settings across the IH region.
Together with the other members of the nutrition program, dietitians are responsible for planning, organizing, coordinating, directing, and evaluating programs which help promote nutritional health and reduce the risk of nutrition-related diseases and other food/feeding-related health issues.
The health protection department at IH is responsible for regulating and monitoring public facilities and the aspects of the environment that have a direct impact on public health. Our environmental health initiatives protect human health by managing potential health risks to the population. Through our community care facilities licensing, we promote and protect the health and safety of children and adults in facilities such as child day care and adult long-term care facilities.
Our Environmental Health Careers Include:
Licensing Officers, who are responsible for promoting and protecting the health and safety of children and adults in community care facilities, such as day care and long-term care.
Environmental Health Officers, are responsible for carrying out diverse programs of health protection within our communities. Environmental Health officers are qualified in Public Health and registered with the Board of Registration of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors.
Environmental Health Engineers, who use a vast array of different scientific and biology related techniques to test environmental factors for risks or hazards to public health and develop appropriate systems and solutions to prevent harm.
Come and experience dynamic and challenging career in an environment that fosters delivery of consistent and quality evidence-based programs, services to reduce risk and improve health for our diverse populations.
IH offers exciting and rewarding opportunities in our Laboratory sites across the Region. The Laboratory departments strive to provide safe, convenient, respectful and accessible laboratory services to our patients. Services across the region range from full clinical diagnostic and anatomic pathology to STAT and on-call service. Our Laboratory professionals use their specialized skills to find answers that help diagnose and guide patient treatment and care.
Laboratory Technologists work in a team based environment and perform a variety of duties within the laboratory such as:
- Routine and/or complex tests utilizing manual procedures and automated instruments
- Greeting patients
- Collecting and/or receiving specimens
- Entering data into the Laboratory Information System (LIS)
- Validating/reporting test results
- Maintaining instruments
- Preparing solutions and control agents
Laboratory Assistants at IH perform a variety of duties within the Laboratory such as:
- Taking blood samples from patients
- Preparing blood and other specimens for analysis
- Performing routine lab tests
- Distributing specimens
- Operating related equipment
- Entering data into the Laboratory Information System (LIS)
- Performing Electrocardiogram (ECG) testing as required
- Performing related clerical duties.
Come and work in one of our many specialized Medical Imaging professions at IH! Careers include:
- General and Cardiac Ultrasound
- Nuclear medicine
- Cardio Technology
- CT Scanning
The Medical Imaging Departments incorporate state-of-the-art technology and provide a complete range of diagnostic services to patients in tertiary, acute and community hospitals as well as health care centres across the region.
All of our sites are connected through our regional Picture Archive and Communication System (PACS), which is integrated into our single Electronic Health Record providing real-time patient history anywhere within IH. We have clinical advisory groups that are working together to ensure best practices throughout IH.
IH Pharmacy Services are spread across 11 hospital pharmacies in the Southern Interior. These facilities include tertiary, regional and community hospitals, as well as 10 primary care centers, 11 community care centers and a multitude of long-term care facilities.
Our team is comprised of Clinical Pharmacists, Pharmacy Assistants and Technicians, Residents, Coordinators, Academic Detailers, Clinical Site Leaders and Managers, Nurses and Administrative Staff.
IH also has its own in-house Pharmacy Practice Residency Program that accommodates six residents each year. The majority of residency rotations and activities take place at Kelowna General Hospital, which is the major tertiary care and university-affiliated teaching hospital in the Southern Interior of British Columbia. IH residents also have an opportunity to complete rotations at other hospitals within IH, enhancing the diversity of their residency experience. Given the breadth of their residency experience, IH residents are well positioned to work as clinical pharmacists in diverse practice settings upon graduation. In fact IH hires the vast majority of our residents after they complete the program!
IH’s residency program has just received the highest possible accreditation of 6 years with the Canadian Pharmacy Residency Board and has been asked to contribute program practices nationally to help improve other programs! For more information on the residency program click here.
The focus for our Pharmacists is on:
- Direct Patient Care (pharmaceutical care to treat priority patients)
- Teaching (UBC undergraduate, residency, medical and paramedical training)
- Administration (development and implementation of decision support tools)
- Research (collaborative, independent, pharmacy practice research)
With an environment conducive to growth and development of strong clinical pharmacy skills and access to many clinical resources, IH is an amazing setting to advance your career and challenge yourself! If you are looking to work at the leading edge of healthcare and advance your pharmacy career, check out the current opportunities IH has to offer!
The therapeutic recreation program at IH is integral in supporting quality of life and wellness for clients across the region.
Our goal is to identify barriers to recreation, such as; psychiatric, physical, cultural, developmental, cognitive, neuro-psychological, socio-economic and substance abuse, to develop therapeutic intervention strategies that integrate/reintegrate clients into a community/facility/home.
Our Recreation Therapists share the organization's core values - Quality, Integrity, Respect and Trust. They work within the context of a client-centered care model, and in accordance with established standards of professional practice to provide recreation and leisure programs/activities to individuals and groups.
Recreation Therapists collaborate with an interdisciplinary team including occupational and rehabilitation staff, social and recreational agencies and other health care professionals. They work with leadership to develop guidelines and procedures, conduct research and ensure continuous quality improvement initiatives for the department.
Our work sites offer the opportunity to challenge your skills, increase your knowledge and support your contribution to providing the best patient care!
At IH, we value commitment to safety, best practice and authentic accountable actions. We find new ways to transform and improve the delivery of health care while achieving personal and organizational goals through teamwork, supporting one another and celebrating our successes.
Our worksites offer an environment that will challenge your professional, technical, and practical skills. We are dedicated to effective quality care and patient advocacy and have leadership that is committed to teamwork, engagement, and innovation.
IH's rehabilitation careers include:
- Occupational Therapy
- Orthotics & Prosthetics
Occupational Therapists at IH work alongside the rest of the rehabilitation team to seamlessly promote functional independence and enable our clients to achieve and maintain optimal health outcomes. Our worksites offer you an environment that will challenge your professional, technical, and practical skills. We are dedicated to effective quality care and patient advocacy and have leadership that is committed to teamwork, engagement, and innovation. Come see how a position within Occupational Therapy with IH in acute, community or long-term care could be a great fit for you!
Orthotics & Prosthetics
Based out of Kelowna General Hospital, IH’s Orthotic and Prosthetic Department is a full service department integrated within the Rehabilitation Centre. Orthotists are fully supported by technical rehab and administrative support staff while providing in-patient and out-patient services.
These positions offer a unique orthotist experience working in a rehabilitation setting within the hospital.
Physiotherapists at IH enjoy diversity in practice, a collaborative team environment, and the opportunity to make an impact on the health of the community. They work independently and collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary rehabilitation team providing physiotherapy services including assessment; treatment planning and implementation; program planning; consultation; equipment prescription; and education of clients and/or their caregivers. The whole rehabilitation team works together seamlessly to promote functional independence and enable our clients to achieve and maintain optimal health outcomes.
We employ physiotherapists in acute, community, primary, and long-term care to support our clients' needs. Advance your career and become part of a progressive, multi-disciplinary team that consistently focuses on improving direct patient care throughout our organization.
Psychology Services at IH are both community and acute-based. Our Clinical Psychologists and Neuropsychologists work in accordance with the College of Psychologists of British Columbia and support a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach to service delivery within the continuum of Allied Health Services. Our Psychologists work closely with the entire rehabilitation team (GPs, RNs, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Recreation Therapists, and Social Workers).
We encourage involvement in research, projects, program development in addition to providing opportunity for career development through education.
We offer exciting and rewarding Respiratory Therapy opportunities in the community, acute and critical care settings. Our employees enjoy autonomous and team oriented approaches to respiratory therapy, and our overall goal is to enhance the quality of life from the perspective of the client or family. IH's Respiratory Therapists demonstrate continuous improvement and best practice approaches in respiratory practice while advancing clinical competence.
A community Respiratory Therapist works within the hospital and community to deliver respiratory therapy services and programs related to community Respiratory Therapy and include:
- The promotion of respiratory health
- The assessment, education, treatment and rehabilitation of patients with respiratory dysfunction
- Communicating and demonstrating community and hospital based respiratory care procedures to other health care professionals and students
- The use of respiratory equipment or special procedures
As part of critical care, IH's High Acuity Response Teams (H.A.R.T.) provides comprehensive, regionally coordinated ground transport care for critical care patients. The mobile critical care responders include highly skilled nursing staff and respiratory therapy professionals who perform vital analyses and procedures as needed on-site and in transit. This ground transport teams provide critical care in outlying facilities and transport patients to the best available care as quickly as possible.
Our worksites offer an environment that will challenge your professional, technical, and practical skills. We are dedicated to quality care and patient advocacy and have leadership that is committed to teamwork, engagement, and innovation.
IH social workers are responsible for providing and developing social work services to maintain and improve the health and social well-being of identified populations. We offer opportunities in Bachelor’s and Master’s level social work positions in both acute and community care settings.
Our Social Workers provide comprehensive assessment, care planning and treatment coordination for designated clients and their families in line with the regulations set out by the BC College of Social Workers. They provide direct psychosocial care, counseling, group work, system navigation and advocacy, education and linkage to relevant specialized complex care resources while facilitating client self-management.
Our social work teams have a human caring and relationship-centred practice philosophy with the ability to communicate effectively with clients, families, the public, medical staff and members of the interdisciplinary team.
Our worksites offer you an environment that will challenge your professional, technical, and practical skills. We are dedicated to effective quality care and patient advocacy and have leadership that is committed to teamwork, engagement, and innovation.
IH Speech Language Pathology (SLP) services cover both adult and pediatric populations. Our SLP's are expected to exercise sound clinical judgment when serving clients in accordance with the bylaws of the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of British Columbia.
In the team-based approach to practice, SLPs may work directly with clients and/or with their caregivers for the purpose of promoting optimal communication and swallowing. The overall goal is to develop and implement therapy programs, which provide compensatory strategies or optimum recover of speech and language function for patients who are capable of recovery and improvement of function.
SLPs contribute to the organization and the overall goals of the department/programs' quality assurance initiatives, meetings, research and education.
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Tammy Molina, Professional Practice Lead, Social Work
- East Kootenay Regional Hospital
The number one thing that I love about my job is the team I get to work with. These incredible Social Workers bring so much heart and commitment to work every day. They create a space of collaboration, enthusiasm, safety and genuine appreciation for one another. I can't recall a day that laughter wasn't heard in our department offices. I am thrilled for the opportunities of growth my job has provided me, both professionally and personally. Through my job I have met some inspiring individuals from within our Health Authority as well as other provincial Health Authorities who have made a significant impact on my life. I am part of another team of six amazing Social Work practice leads each representing a different region of our Health Authority. The structure of Allied Health has allowed us to be a united and interactive discipline across the regions improving the quality and standardization of care. I love having this group of practice leads to share the highs and lows of the similar roles we each have. I know we have each other's backs.
Cassie Durvin, Medical Sonographer
- Royal Inland Hospital
I love my job as a sonographer. I learn something new every day. There is always purpose to our days, as we see first-hand the difference we are making in our patient’s lives. My co-workers, along with my superiors, have made me feel so at home and welcomed. They are quick to offer help, reassurance and friendship, and I feel like I am really part of a tight-knit team. I would definitely recommend working at IH. I feel I am someone they value and would like to have on board for many years. I feel they go out of their way so I can have a successful personal and professional balance in my everyday life. When my patients find out I am new to the city, I can hear the pride in their voices when they suggest ideas of things to see and do. They love living here, and they want to make me love it to, which I do very much!
Joanne Flett, Pediatric Audiologist
- Cranbrook Health Centre
I love my job because I love being part of a team that puts so much emphasis on patient care. At the end of each day I return from work with a smile on my face, feeling proud of what I have done and the connections I have made with my patients and coworkers. The best part of my job is that I operate independently yet still feel like a valued team member despite the geographical distance between myself and my colleagues. I recommend working at Interior Health because you always feel supported, encouraged, and motivated! Everyone has been incredibly welcoming and encouraging. Coming here knowing no one I have already made an abundance of close friends.
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