The Provincial Pandemic Workforce Coordination Centre (PPWCC) is looking for Physiotherapists to assist with Health Link, Contact Tracing, and the COVID-19 community assessment testing centres on a casual basis. Although you will not be working as a typical Physiotherapist, you will gain cross-training and healthcare experience using your clinical expertise to support our teams and ever-changing service needs as the pandemic unfolds. Health Link is many Albertans’ first call for health information and advice. You will need excellent customer service and clinical assessment skills to assess, triage, and advise patients with varied and complex issues over the phone. Working in a contact centre, you will use clinical software and information databases to provide appropriate health information to patients. Contact tracing is an invaluable component to managing COVID-19. You will be responsible for follow-up of confirmed, probable, and suspected cases, as well as their contacts. You will conduct investigations and report COVID-19 cases as legislated in the Public Health Act of Alberta. You will also collaborate with Public Health and other healthcare providers in the management of COVID-19. COVID-19 Community Assessment testing centres help track population health through the early identification stage to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In this role, you will prepare and conduct testing via nasopharyngeal/throat swabs with both symptomatic and asymptomatic people of all ages. You will be provided the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), and assigned locations may change depending on demand and staffing. Although the role is not typical of the job described below, this unique role will give you the opportunity to use your skills and experience as a Physiotherapist to support AHS during these uncertain times.
As a Physiotherapist I, you will be working both independently and in an interdisciplinary team providing a range of physiotherapy services to patients and families within the established standards, directives and policies for the work environment and the profession. You will provide guidance to other healthcare professionals and clinical direction to therapy assistants, support personnel and students. You will review clinical referrals, screening and assessing client needs from a physiotherapy perspective in collaboration with other health disciplines as appropriate. You will be developing, planning and implementing physiotherapy services in cooperation with other disciplines in the hospital and community, and establishing and maintaining effective communication with colleagues, medical staff, and health care practitioners concerning treatment plans, progress and discharge. You will be participating in client, family and caregiver education in collaboration with other disciplines, producing and maintaining information, documentation and verbal reports to support the delivery of physiotherapy services. You will maintain a practice knowledge base including knowledge specific to the defined service area, relevant services and resources and regulatory college standards and requirements. We are dedicated to supporting our Physiotherapists in becoming strong practitioners in their practice area and expanding their skillsets regardless of location. All our Physiotherapists have access to a list of experienced clinicians across the province and are able to tap into this resource via email, phone and virtual meetings. As our teams transition to our Provincial Electronic Medical Record (Connect Care) you will also be able to share patient information real time with these senior clinicians to assist you in providing high quality care.
Classification: Physiotherapist I
Union: HSAA Facility PROF/TECH
Department: Critical Care SCN
Primary Location: Plaza 124 Building
Multi-Site: Not Applicable
Posting End Date: 06-NOV-2020
Employee Class: Casual/Relief
Date Available: 16-NOV-2020
Hours per Shift: Varies
Length of Shift in weeks: Varies
Shifts per cycle: Varies
Shift Pattern: Days, Evenings, Nights, Weekends
Days Off: Other
Minimum Salary: $37.30
Maximum Salary: $49.65
Vehicle Requirement: N/A
Completion of master's degree in Physiotherapy from an accredited university program or bachelor's degree in Physiotherapy from an accredited university program and related experience. Active or eligible registration and practice permit with Physiotherapy Alberta College + Association.
Additional Required Qualifications:
Effective organizational, planning and time management abilities. Demonstrates accountable, ethical practice and professionalism in working with clients, peers, and other health care providers, and the public in a culturally competent manner. Demonstrates high flexibility and adaptability to change with high standards of professionalism and diligence with the ability to work in a fast paced, at times stressful, and challenging environment. Ability to be self-directed and exercise strong independent clinical judgment. Effective negotiation and conflict resolution skills. If required, the Ability to stand, twist, lean, walk, bend and reach for the majority of the shift and continued use of personal protective equipment. Must also be able to raise arms above head to appropriately don and doff PPE as well as lift equipment and supplies. Demonstrated competency with computer applications to complete timely clinical documentation. Experience in triaging and advising clients who present with varied and often complex issues and/or problems.
Current BLS-HCP. Experience with COVID-19 testing. Cross-cultural competence and experience working with complex, vulnerable populations. Experience working in a virtual team environment.