The Speech-Language Pathologist provides a range of clinical services that focus on promoting communication, language and speech and that contribute to a client/patient’s overall cognitive, physical, social and emotional well being. The Speech-Language Pathologist supports the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of children within their specified program or programs.
The Speech-Language Pathologist uses advanced level knowledge of child development, diagnostic and therapeutic principles, disorders of development, cognition and mental health, in combination with advanced clinical reasoning and best practice to provide evidence based therapeutic, clinical, diagnostic, and preventative services to develop functional solutions for the day-to-day issues in the lives of clients/patients and their various environments.
Working collaboratively as part of an inter-professional team, the Speech-Language Pathologist provides information, develops educational materials and resources, participates in research/evidence based practice activities and in ongoing quality improvement and risk management initiatives/projects. Services may be provided across a continuum of care either onsite or on outreach in communities throughout the province.
Duties and Accountabilities:
- Provides assessment, diagnostic and intervention services to children using advanced level clinical skills and knowledge in the specified program area and within the full range of communication and swallowing disorders (as required). Utilizes processes such as the administration and interpretation of standardized assessment tools, detailed history taking, informal observation/evaluation procedures and consultation with other professionals to ensure consideration of additional factors (e.g. cognitive factors, mental health, medical status, environmental influences) that may affect assessment, subsequent diagnosis and recommendations for treatment.
- Provides counselling and psycho-education to families and other relevant caregivers to understand the nature, treatment and prognosis of the specific speech and language diagnoses and the relationship of these diagnoses to the individual’s developmental, cognitive and/or mental health presentation/profile.
- Provides clinical leadership within the specified program/inter-professional team, speech and language pathology discipline, and in partnership with community services, demonstrated by initiating and participating in activities such as evaluating and developing clinical treatment practices, guidelines and protocols and promoting excellence in practice and treatment team in partnership with the Program Manager and/or Professional Practice Lead
- Takes leadership in program planning, identifies, promotes and leads program and discipline specific development and planning strategies in collaboration with the Program Leadership to enhance system processes and resources for patients. Attends and contributes to ongoing discipline/program and quality improvement, risk management activities as required.
- Develops orientation and mentorship structures for new and Grade 1 employees, provides clinical supervision and case discussion, initiates and supports the development and completion of learning plans for Grade 1 and new staff in collaboration with the Program Manager/Director and PPL. Identifies and initiates learning opportunities, role development and support requirements in collaboration with other team members, Program Manager/Director and Professional Practice Leader.
Education, Experience and Training
- Masters degree in speech-language pathology from an approved academic program by the College of Speech and Hearing Professionals of British Columbia.
- Three (3) years of recent experience in areas related to child development and rehabilitation.
- Documented evidence of post graduate education in the specified program area/areas.
- Documented learning related to professional development and leadership/personal development.
- Evidence of current advanced competency in the specified program area as defined by the current competency requirements of the program client population and successful completion of advanced competency certificates if required as identified by the College of Speech and Hearing Professionals of BC.
- Registrant of the College of Speech and Hearing Professionals of British Columbia.
Skills and Abilities
- In depth specific knowledge and experience in specific areas of clinical practice related to assigned program.
- Demonstrated experience in multiple clinical areas and an ability to apply this knowledge across clinical populations.
- Demonstrated leadership ability within own professional group and in an inter-professional capacity
- Experience of working collaboratively and a proven record of successfully working within an inter-professional team environment.
- Knowledge of models of mentorship and clinical leadership with the health care professions and demonstrated ability to successfully support the clinical learning of others.
- Demonstrated ability and understanding of the processes of managing change and supporting others in a clinical capacity to develop their practice in response to changing service delivery requirements.
- Demonstrated recent experience of involvement in extending or supporting clinical practice within the assigned program area.
- Ability to articulate understanding of concepts related to inter-professional competency, family integrated care, role clarification, team functioning, collaborative leadership, trauma informed care, conflict resolution and systems change.
- Current, in depth knowledge of child development and child language development.
- Broad knowledge of speech-language pathology diagnostic and therapeutic principals, procedures and approaches, and clinical best practices relevant to the population.
- Knowledge of developmental, mental health and acquired conditions impacting on and coexisting with communication and speech and language disorders.
- An understanding of the process of differential diagnosis of speech, language, communication and swallowing disorders.
- Broad knowledge of evidence based practice and research process and methodology.
- Demonstrated excellent ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
- Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers and external agencies and groups.
- Demonstrated ability to manage time effectively and prioritize workload.
- Demonstrated ability to develop and deliver presentations and educational sessions.
- Demonstrated ability to deal effectively with conflict and or stressful situations.
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and effectively within an inter-professional environment.
- Demonstrated ability to operate computer equipment and other related technology.
- Ability to travel as required by operational needs.
- Demonstrated ability to manage ongoing purposeful change.
- Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position.
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BC Children’s Hospital (BCCH) cares for the province’s most acutely ill or injured children and youth, provides developmental and rehabilitation services to children and youth throughout BC, and offers a broad range of health services. Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children (SHHC), a leading provincial facility offering specialized services to children and youth with developmental disabilities from birth to age 19, works collaboratively with BCCH. SHHC focuses on the child and their family while supporting health care professionals in their community. BCCH also operates a wide number of specialized health programs, is a leading acute care teaching facility, and conducts research to advance health and care through the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute and in partnership with the University of British Columbia.
BCCH is a part of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) which plans, manages and evaluates specialty and province-wide health care services across BC. PHSA embodies values that reflect a commitment to excellence. These include: Respect people • Be compassionate • Dare to innovate • Cultivate partnerships • Serve with purpose
Reference # 79368
Temporary, Full-Time (until March 2020)
Wage: $35.56 to $44.36 per hour
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