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Occupational Therapist Assistant/Physical Therapist Assistant

Hamilton Health Sciences

This is a Contract position in Hamilton, ON posted August 4, 2022.

Occupational Therapist Assistant/Physical Therapist Assistant
Job Number: 98933
Job: Health Professional/Assistant
Primary Location: Ontario-Hamilton
This position will be located at: Juravinski Hospital
Organization: JHCC ED, Med & Critical Care
Status: Casual Job Part-time
Hours per week: 0.01
Number of Openings: 1
Union Code: CUPE 7800
Minimum Salary: 28.1628 Hourly
Maximum Salary: 28.7375
Post Date: Aug 5, 2022, 4:00:00 AM

Close Date (Period for Applying) – External

: Aug 12, 2022, 3:59:00 AM

Unit Summary

Step into a job that opens countless doors. As Ontario’s most comprehensive healthcare system, and the only one in the province to provide care from pre-birth to end of life, we offer endless opportunities. You can explore advancement opportunities, take professional development courses, and stretch yourself as a leader, all at HHS.

We are the largest employer in the greater Hamilton region, and play a vital role in training the next generation of health professionals in collaboration with our academic partners, including McMaster University and Mohawk College. We are a world-renowned hospital for healthcare research, ranked fourth in Canada and we focus on improving the quality of care for our patients through innovation and evidence-based practices. Our multi-site hospital has over 1,100 beds and we offer world-leading expertise in many areas, including cardiac and stroke care, cancer care, palliative care and pediatrics. Open the door to a career that evolves with you. Start exploring opportunities now and join our team of over 15,000 dedicated staff, physicians, researchers and volunteers.

F3 Acute Medicine, located at the Juravinski Hospital, is a 33 bed unit with a robust interdisciplinary team who work collaboratively to provide care to a primarily geriatric population with multi-system chronic illnesses.

Position Summary

The OTA/PTA supervises or assists patients with therapeutic interventions, in an individual and/or group setting, under the direction of a registered Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist. The OTA/PTA role will include but is not limited to ADL retraining, mobility, transfers and gait training, therapeutic exercise, educating regarding use of assistive devices, kitchen and homemaking interventions, cognitive/perceptual retraining, wheelchair training, therapeutic groups, documentation, maintenance of therapeutic supplies and equipment as well as other duties as required. Will have the opportunity to become involved as a preceptor for OTA/PTA students from accredited community colleges.

Schedule Work Hours

days, evenings, nights, weekends, holidays


1. Graduate of a recognized, accredited OTA/PTA certificate or diploma program from an approved Community College
2. Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the field of active surgical orthopedic and general internal medicine with populations such as fractured hips, and medical patients awaiting long term care placement
3. Demonstrated safe work practices and independently and also as an effective team member in a dynamic, fast-paced environment
4. Is self-directed, accepts and carries out assignments independently, sets and adjusts priorities and organizes self and work areas in a timely, effective and flexible manner
5. Demonstrated the ability to do repetitive reaching, bending, pushing, lifting and demonstrate good body mechanics
6. Communicates effectively (verbally, non-verbally and written) with staff, patients and families, using a patient and family-centred approach which applies concepts of communication, collaboration and responsiveness
7. Demonstrated excellent interpersonal, organizational, initiation, problem-solving and clinical reasoning skills.
8. Demonstrated ability to communicate a clear understanding of the OTA/PTA role and OT/PT services to client/family/staff as required
9. Demonstrated ability to prioritize shared workload among several therapists
10. Relevant recent work experience with medicine and/or ortho population preferred
11. Related continuing education, advance training and upgraded skills an asset

As a condition of employment, you are required to submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination to Employee Health Services.

Hamilton Health Sciences fosters a culture of patient and staff safety, whereby all employees are guided by our Mission, Vision, Values, and Values Based Code of Conduct. Hamilton Health Sciences is a teaching hospital and all staff and physicians are expected to support students and other learners.

To be considered for this opportunity applicants must apply during the posting period. All internal and external applicants may ONLY apply via the Careers website.

Hamilton Health Sciences is an equal opportunity employer and we will accommodate any needs under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code. Hiring processes will be modified to remove barriers to accommodate those with disabilities, if requested. Should any applicant require accommodation through the application processes, please contact HR Operations at 905-521-2100, Ext. 46947 for assistance. If the applicant requires a specific accommodation because of a disability during an interview, the applicant will need to advise the hiring manager when scheduling the interview and the appropriate accommodations can be made.

This competition is open to all qualified applicants, however, qualified internal applicants will be considered first. Past performance will be considered as part of the selection process. If you are a previous employee of Hamilton Health Sciences, please note: the circumstances around an employee’s exit will be considered prior to an offer of employment

Proficiency in both Official Languages, French and English, is considered an asset

If this position is temporary, selection for this position will be as per the outlined Collective Agreements:

Article 30 (k), CUPE Collective Agreement

Article 10.7 (d), ONA Collective Agreement

Article 13.01 (b) (ii), OPSEU 273 Collective Agreement

Article 14.04, OPSEU 209 Collective Agreement

Article 2.07 and Article 13, PIPSC RT Collective Agreement