Vancouver Coastal Health

Occupational Therapist 2 - Certified Hand Therapist

Job Description

Job Title: Occupational Therapist 2 - Certified Hand Therapist
Work Site: Ambulatory Care, Vancouver General Hospital
Status: Temporary Part Time (0.60 FTE)
Start Date: As soon as possible until approximately February 2023
Salary: $37.24 - $46.39 per hour


Days off: Monday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, and statutory holidays

Reference#: 168193-mki


Come work as an Occupational Therapist with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH)! Relocation Assistance may be available.

Vancouver Coastal Health is looking for an Certified Hand Therapist to join the Ambulatory Care team at Vancouver General Hospital. Apply today to join our team! 

As an Occupational Therapist you will:

  • Utilize advanced clinical knowledge and procedures to provide occupational therapy and upper extremity therapy to clients with upper extremity injuries to achieve and maintain optimal health outcomes.
  • Perform assessments on client’s occupational performance utilizing an evidence based approach and plan and implement advanced outcome oriented services.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the service, participate in occupational therapy and interdisciplinary research and contribute to the development, review and promotion of occupational therapy services.


Education & Experience

  • Degree in Occupational Therapy and three (3) year’s experience in an acute setting including one (1) year in orthopaedics/hands.
  • Successful completion of the American Hand Therapy Certification Examination.
  • Certified Hand Therapist (CHT).
  • Current full registration with the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia (COTBC).
  • Eligible for membership in the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT).

Knowledge & Abilities

  • Knowledge of evidence-based clinical practice related to upper extremity therapy.
  • Knowledge of bio-mechanical and assistive technology concepts, current trends and practice.
  • Knowledge of occupational therapy theory and practice within a client and family centred model of care.
  • Knowledge of research process and methodology.
  • Knowledge of other health care disciplines and their role in client care.
  • Demonstrated ability to function as a team member.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach and empower clients to assume control over their health.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with co-workers and clients both one-on-one and in groups.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in collaboration with others.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide effective consultation and education.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish workload priorities in collaboration with others in a complex health care environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to recognize when referral to another health care professional is required.
  • Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.
  • Skilled in the use of equipment, and in the techniques appropriate for treatment.
  • Basic Computer literacy.

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.

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.


VCH is a world class innovator in medical care, research and teaching, delivering service to more than one million BC residents. 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. We invite you to join us in creating healthy lives in healthy communities by showcasing our passion for care, connection to the communities we serve and our culture of teamwork that makes VCH a great place to work.

  • Comprehensive health benefits package, including MSP, extended health and dental and municipal pension plan
  • Grow your career with employer-paid training and leadership development opportunities
  • Wellness supports, including counselling, critical incident and innovative wellness services are available to employees and their immediate families
  • Award-winning recognition programs to honour staff, medical staff and volunteers
  • Access to exclusive discount offers and deals for VCH staff

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential to our goals of creating a great place to work and delivering exceptional care. We acknowledge and accommodate unique differences and ensure special measures are in place so that all prospective and current employees are given an opportunity to succeed.

We are committed to building a representative workforce and encourage applications reflecting diversity of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization or ancestry, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

Vancouver Coastal Health is proud to be recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers in 2022.

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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