Vancouver Coastal Health

Advanced Practice Physiotherapist - Arthritis Surgical Assessment Program

Job Description

Job Title: Advanced Practice Physiotherapist - Arthritis Surgical Assessment Program
Work Sites:

Hip and Knee Arthritis Surgical Assessment Program

Vancouver General Hospital/UBC Hospital or Richmond Hospital or Lions Gate Hospital

Status: Regular Full/Part-time
Start Date:

As soon as possible

Salary: $37.24 - $46.39 per hour


Days off: saturday, Sunday, and statutory holidays

Reference#: 139923-kch


Come work as an Advanced Practice Physiotherapist with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH)!


This exciting new Advanced Practice Physiotherapist (APP) role is part of a new VCH program called “Hip and Knee ASAP” (Arthritis Surgical Assessment Program), working closely with the orthopedic surgeons.


As per the current Public Health Orders (Long Term Care/Seniors Assisted Living Provincial Health Officer Order and the Health Sector Order), as of October 26, 2021, all employees working for Vancouver Coastal Health must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Proof of vaccination status will be required.


The APP will triage and assess the referred patient, then direct the referral to a surgeon, or remove a non-surgical patient from the waitlist and assist in directing the patient to existing education programs and other resources for osteoarthritis management. This is the first APP surgical triage program for Hip and Knee patients in the province and strives to be a leading model of care for this population.


These roles are located at three sites - Vancouver General Hospital/UBC, Richmond Hospital and Lions Gate Hospital. When applying, be sure to indicate which sites you are interested in/order of preference:
• Full time opportunities at Richmond Hospital
• Full time opportunities at Lions Gate Hospital
• Full time opportunities at Vancouver General Hospital/UBC
• Part time (0.8 FTE) opportunities at Vancouver General Hospital/UBC
• Full time regional vacation line that works across Vancouver General Hospital/UBC, Richmond Hospital and Lions Gate Hospital. This relief line will integrate with the daily APP activities of the assigned sites


The Patient Population


As a Physiotherapist with the Hip and Knee, Arthritis Surgical Assessment Program (ASAP) team you will triage and prioritize patients for surgery with moderate to severe osteoarthritis of the hip or knee who have been referred to the Arthritis Surgical Assessment Program (ASAP).


The Nature of your Work


The nature of your support/assistance/treatment to your clients could include:

  • First point of contact for consultation and assessment for the defined population
  • Comprehensive physical assessment and triage patient for surgical consult or refer to non surgical chronic disease management services
  • Independently removes non surgical patients from surgical consult waitlist one
  • Teaches pre-operative hip and knee classes
  • Full integration with local orthopedic surgeons and post consult communication with the primary care provider


Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) is a world class innovator in medical care, research and teaching, delivering service to more than one million BC residents living in Vancouver, Vancouver's North Shore, Richmond, the Sea-to-Sky Highway, Sunshine Coast, and the Central Coast (Bella Bella and Bella Coola.) At VCH, we embrace thinking boldly, taking smart risks, and "going first" when we believe it will lead to the best possible outcomes for patients and their families. At our core, we are a people-focused organization where entrepreneurial spirit runs deep, and opportunity exists for all those who see themselves in the transformation of health care as we know it.


Why Choose VCH:

  • Work-life balance
  • Stunning work locations
  • Dynamic work opportunities
  • "People First" Commitment
  • Supportive leadership
  • Clinical practice support
  • Career development & education

We Offer:

  • Competitive salary plus benefits package including extended health & dental, pension, and vacation entitlement
  • Employee & Family Assistance program
  • Bursaries and scholarships to assist with continuing education
  • Relocation assistance may be offered

Define your career in one of the most exciting and rewarding healthcare environments Canada-wide with Vancouver Coastal Health.


Education & Experience


  • Degree in Physiotherapy.
  • Current full registration with the College of Physical Therapists of BC (CPTBC).
  • Five (5) years’ clinical experience including three (3) years’ clinical experience in the musculoskeletal area of practice.
  • Successful completion of a relevant diagnostic imaging course.

The hours of work including days off and work area may be subject to change consistent with operational requirements and the provision of the Collective Agreement and applicable statutes. Successful applicants may be required to complete a Criminal Records Review Check.

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for this posting.

***Employees of VCH must apply via the Internal Application Process. Refer to the site for How to Apply instructions. Current VCH employees who apply to this posting using this external site will be considered as an external candidate. Seniority will not apply.***

Thank you for your interest in Vancouver Coastal Health.


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