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Occupational Therapist 2, Mental Health Services

Occupational Therapist 2, Mental Health Services

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Job Title: Access and Discharge Coordinator (Occupational Therapist 2)
Work Site: Vancouver, BC - Tertiary Mental Health Regional Support
Status: Casual
Start Date: As soon as possible
Salary: $33.14 - $41.35 per hour
Hours: 0800 - 1600 Monday to Friday
Reference#: 084720-msh


The Access and Discharge Coordinator (OT) practices in accordance with the standards of professional practice and code of ethics as outlined by the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia (COTBC) and standards of professional practice. Responsible for coordinating a centralized referral and access utilization system for Adult, Older Adult and Youth (aged 14-18) clients. Provides services for Youth, Adult and Older Adult Tertiary Mental Health & Addiction Services including services to the LGBT2S (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgendered, Two Spirited) youth population. Determines the effectiveness of access and discharge policies and procedures. Coordinates and maintains bed occupancy and wait list database and may be required to track Alternate Level of Care (ALC) service applicable for the designated program. Receives and reviews referrals for access to Tertiary Mental Health & Addiction services. Monitors referrals from acute mental health/addictions and medical sites. Provides consultation and guidance to mental health & addictions teams, acute sites, other referral sources, families and service users on the interpretation and application of policies relevant to eligibility and access to tertiary bed resources. Facilitates timely admissions to appropriate bed resources. Serves as a liaison between service providers and health care teams, participates in rounds, collects related data, participates on relevant working groups/committees, participates in quality improvement activities and promotes awareness of mental health and/or addiction programs.


Education & Experience

  • Current full registration with the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia (COTBC).
  • Two years' recent, related experience with youth (14-18) and adult and general knowledge of older adult residential care facilities, tertiary services and/or mental health & addiction services, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. Please note this in your covering letter - thank you!
  • Valid BC Drivers License. Local area travel may require the use of a personal vehicle.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Broad knowledge of Occupational Therapy theory and practice within a client and family centred model of care.
  • Broad knowledge of the COTBC standards of practice and guidelines for clinical practitioners.
  • Basic knowledge of occupational therapy standardised tests and measures.
  • Comprehensive skill and expertise in working with youth and adult, with knowledge of older adult and residential care, related to tertiary, acute and community mental health and addiction services...
  • Demonstrated ability to identify variances and implement strategies that lead to desired outcomes. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations.
  • Thorough knowledge of issues in providing services to Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans and Two Spirit populations.
  • Knowledge of barriers for the LGBT2S population to access mental health & addiction programs/services.
  • Proven ability to effectively plan, implement and evaluate patient care outcomes.
  • Knowledge of hospital and facilities policies, procedures, and standards of care.
  • Knowledge of other health care disciplines and their role in patient care.
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate the development of critical thinking and clinical decision making skills in others.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with co-workers, physicians, and other health care staff, either one-on-one or in groups.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated ability to function as a team member, leader, and facilitator.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish workload priorities in collaboration with others.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide effective consultation.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in collaboration with others.
  • Ability and skill to operate related equipment, and in techniques appropriate to assigned clinical area.
  • Physical ability to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position.
  • Basic computer literacy with word processing, spreadsheet and database skills.

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.

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

***Employees of VCH must apply via the Internal Application Process. Current VCH staff who apply to this posting using this external site will be considered with other external candidates. Seniority will not apply.***

Thank you for your interest in Vancouver Coastal Health.

JFTHP City_Vancouver

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