The Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority (NTHSSA) offers challenging and exciting careers in health and social services delivery and administration in Canada’s North. The Territorial Authority has service locations in communities across the territory and a staff of more than 1,600 serving over 43,000 residents of the NWT and 5,900 residents of the Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut. Challenging work, welcoming communities, and expanded opportunities are some of the benefits offered to employees of the NTHSSA.
Located in Yellowknife and reporting directly to the Supervisor, Occupational Therapy, the Occupational Therapist (OT) independently manages their own caseload and provides diagnostic, intervention, treatment, preventative, educational, counselling and referral services for patients whose health and function is affected by developmental, cognitive, physical and mental health challenges. Services are provided on an in-patient, out-patient, community and school basis. The Occupational Therapy unit consists of the Manager of Rehabilitation Services, OT Supervisor, Occupational Therapists (pediatric & adult), Occupational Therapy Aides and a Program Administrative Assistant.
The incumbent will work with patients who have been affected by physical illness or injury, congenital or developmental delays; mental illness, the aging process and/or psychosocial challenges. The focus of the assessment, diagnosis and intervention is on performance in the areas of self-care/personal care (e.g. getting dressed, bathing, and eating), productivity (e.g. paid or unpaid work; household and school) and leisure (e.g. hobbies, sports, social activities). The focus of the therapy is to assist the individuals in resolving impact of disease/injury, developing skills, restoring function and independence and maintaining ability to function effectively in home, school; social and professional situations as well as improving quality of life. This often requires the application of therapeutic processes aimed at enhancing physical or cognitive components.
In addition, the incumbent may provide care by assisting the client to learn modified approaches to activities of daily living (e.g. joint protection techniques for clients with arthritis, positioning that reduces tone), fabricating, prescribing or adapting orthoses, assistive devices or mobility enhancers (e.g. splint, special seating for a child to attend school or an adult to function), or recommending changes to their environment (e.g. modifications to facilitate return to work or learning in a classroom).
The Occupational Therapist has the opportunity to develop relationships with the clients of Rehabilitation Services, and will be expected to remain calm, controlled and professional, regardless of the situation and demonstrate compassionate care to the client, family and other members of the health care team.
As an Occupational Therapist employed by Stanton the incumbent also provides functional expertise and direction to other health care providers on the delivery of occupational therapy.
The purpose of this position is to provide diagnostic, intervention and referral services to patients of Rehabilitation Services in accordance with the Code of Ethics and Rules of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) and the philosophy and strategic priorities of Stanton to ensure patients realize and maintain maximum functioning and independence within efficient publicly funded services.
Typically, the above qualifications would be attained by:
Completion of a Masters Entry level degree in Occupational Therapy. (A Baccalaureate Degree in Occupational Therapy completed prior to 2007 is considered equivalent to the Masters Entry level degree.)
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Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
Yellowknife Centre 5th Floor
P.O. Box 1320, Yellowknife NT X1A 2L9
Fax: (867) 873-0445