Occupational Therapist - Pediatrics - 1 Year Term

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Closing date: Jan 13, 2019

Location: Yellowknife

Department: Northwest Territories HSSA

Job Code: 16330

Salary: $87,263 - $104,208

Job: Full-Time

Term: Temporary

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About the Job

Department Information

The Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority – Stanton Territorial Hospital (NTHSSA) is offering challenging work and work life balance. Join our health care team as an Occupational Therapist (OT). Stanton Territorial Hospital (STH) is a 100 in-patient bed accredited facility, located in Yellowknife Northwest Territories (NWT). This is an exciting time to work at Stanton as the hospital is undergoing  major redevelopment with a new $350 million facility being built with operations scheduled to transition into the new facility in 2019, for more information on the redevelopment visit www.stantonrenewal.ca. STH is the referral center for approximately 43,000 NWT residents and 5,900 residents from the Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut. STH provides health care services to adults and children on an inpatient/outpatient and outreach basis in order to restore health with dignity. STH maintains a tobacco free environment within the building and throughout the property, recognizing the health hazards associated with tobacco in the workplace, both to smokers and non-smokers alike. Therefore, Stanton maintains a tobacco free environment within the building and throughout the property.


Job Information

Reporting directly to the Occupational Therapy Leader / Supervisor the incumbent is one of 8 Occupational Therapists  who  independently manage their own caseload and provide diagnostic, intervention, treatment, preventative, educational, counseling 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 1.0 FTE Manager of Rehabilitation Services, 1.0 FTE Clinical Practice Leader, 7.3 FTE Occupational Therapists (2.5 pediatric & 4.8 adult), 1.5 FTE Occupational Therapy Aides and 1.0 FTE Program Administrative Assistant.

The OT department has approximately 4,000 encounters a year (approximately 3 to 7 encounters per Therapist per day). Physicians, community health nurses and schools (for school-based services) refer Occupational Therapy patients. The incumbent will perform clinical and where applicable standardized assessment and provide direct and indirect care based on a best practices approach aimed at positive outcomes for Occupational Therapy intervention (e.g. assessment, diagnosis, treatment, selection/ordering equipment etc.). The incumbent acts as an educational resource and monitors the delivery of treatment delegated to clients, family, health care, early childhood and education providers in various locations that include but are not limited to; the hospital, community health centers, residential care facilities, schools/day care centers and the patient's workplace or home. The incumbent will research, design and implement programs, educational material and deliver workshops on topics related to occupational therapy. Unlike Occupational Therapists in southern institutions the incumbent must have advanced knowledge in all areas of occupational therapy related to their service as opposed to a specialization in one area. The incumbent may also cover other services on a short-term basis and is expected to have entry level of knowledge of those services.

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.

The incumbent will evaluate the patient's needs based on presenting impairment, disability and/or handicap and design and prescribe a treatment plan to meet those needs. The treatment plan will include but not be limited to; identifying additional required resources (both human and material) and educational needs, cost effective intervention strategies and discharge planning. The incumbent may recommend further diagnostic investigation or cross referral to other health care providers (e.g. medical specialist, physiotherapist, social workers, audiologists, speech language pathologists, etc.).

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).

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.

Typically, the above qualifications would be attained by:

This level of knowledge is typically acquired through the successful 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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Eligible for current registration with either a provincial Occupational Therapy College or be a practicing member of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) is mandatory for this position. 

For more information on health and social services careers and practicing in the Northwest Territories please visit www.practicenorth.ca .


Immunization Status

The successful candidate will be required to obtain proof of current up-to-date immunization status.


Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

Salary Information

The salary range for this position is from $44.75 per hour to $53.44 per hour (approximately $87,263  - $104,208.) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $3,450.


Eligibility lists may be created from this competition to fill future term and indeterminate positions.

Criminal Records Check

Candidates must provide a satisfactory criminal record check. Failure to provide a satisfactory check may deem you disqualified from the competition.

Affirmative Action

Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.

Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID # 16330     

Closing Date: January 13, 2019 - 23:59, Mountain Standard Time


GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Management and Recruitment Services
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
Yellowknife Centre 5th Floor  
P.O. Box 1320, Yellowknife NT X1A 2L9
Fax: (867) 873-0445

Term Position

This job opening is for a Year Term