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Advanced Practice Physiotherapist, Integrated Spine Clinic

Advanced Practice Physiotherapist, Integrated Spine Clinic

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Job Title: Advanced Practice Physiotherapist, Integrated Spine Clinic
Work Site: Vancouver General Hospital 
Status: Regular Part Time - Baseline (0.8 FTE)
Start Date: April 01, 2018
Salary: $33.14 - $41.35 per hour
Hours: Various shift times: 0730-1730/ 0730-1530,/ 0830-1630/ 0930-1730
Reference#: 101886-mhs


Within the context of a client and family centred care model and in accordance with established standards of professional practice, and the vision and values of the organization, the Advanced Practice Physiotherapist (APP) acts as the first point of contact for consultation and assessment of patients referred to the McLean Integrated Spine Clinic at Vancouver General Hospital.


The Advanced Practice physiotherapist will be part of an interdisciplinary team with spine surgeons and other medical practitioners to address the needs of patients with spine pain issues. The physiotherapist will be the first and primary point of contact for the consultation and physical assessment of patients with spine pain. Through the utilization of decision support tools to assist in the triage of referred patients, the physiotherapist will provide patients with timely access to assessment and a shared-care management plan that emphasizes patient education and self-management strategies. These plans are developed with consultation of a surgical team member as required.


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-spine area.
  • Successful completion of the ISAEC training module and a relevant diagnostic imaging course.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Demonstrated knowledge of physiotherapy theory, and practice within a client and family centred model.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of evidence-based physiotherapy practice. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the standards and guidelines established by the College of Physical Therapists of British Columbia and the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of legislation as pertaining to physiotherapy practice.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of applicable VCH clinical practice guidelines, policies, procedures, and standards of care.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of indications for surgery and risks/benefits for surgery and the differentiation between inflammatory and non-inflammatory conditions.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of related clinical decision making tools.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of other health care disciplines and their role in client care.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of knowledge translation process and methodology.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate with (both orally and in writing), and to deal effectively with co-workers, physicians, other health care professionals, clients and their families, and external agencies.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide effective consultation.
  • Demonstrated ability to function as an effective team member, mentor, coach and facilitator.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, organize and prioritize work.
  • Demonstrated ability to adjust to new or unanticipated events.
  • Demonstrated ability to guide others in practice changes and updates.
  • Demonstrated ability to problem-solve.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop project plans and implement new projects.
  • Demonstrated skill and ability to operate related equipment and techniques appropriate to clinical areas.
  • Demonstrated physical ability to perform the duties of the position.
  • Computer literacy to lead technology based practice education and support.

Candidates who do not possess successful completion of the ISAEC training model and a relevant diagnostic imaging course are encouraged to apply. Training will be provided to the successful applicants.

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. 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.***

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