Northern Health has an exciting full-time permanent career opportunity for an experienced SLP to work with an interprofessional team of clinical specialists who support elder services across the region.
This unique role will allow you to use your expertise in swallowing, communication, and cognition to support adults and their health care teams to improve overall health outcomes. If you want to expand your clinical skills, share your professional knowledge, support best practices, have a positive impact on quality of care, and develop tools and resources to educate and train both clients and staff, you will excel in this position.
This position is designated as a Clinical Specialist focused on advanced competencies within speech language pathology’s scope of practice targeted to adults living in residential care.
As part of a collaborative team acting as a regional resource for residential care, this position will initially be responsible for the implementation, evaluation and sustainability of an interprofessional eating, drinking, and swallowing (EDS) management strategy for individuals living in residential care.
The role will also specialize in the swallowing, communication and cognitive concerns of adults in residential care from a speech pathology perspective. The resource team operates under a collaborative reporting structure, with direct administrative reporting to the professional practice lead (rehabilitation), and an oversight reporting relationship with a Regional Dysphagia Services Steering Committee.
The incumbent works collaboratively within and external to the Resource Team in fulfilling the deliverables of the Northern Health Dysphagia Management Project Charter and for implementation of the Interprofessional Dysphagia Framework. This includes program planning and infrastructure development; coordination and evaluation of services and the model of delivery; building capacity and support for the frontline workforce; and engagement of operational leaders and local community partners. As part of this inter-professional Resource Team, the incumbent will develop, promote and disseminate clinical practice guidelines and supporting toolkits, create education, teaching and training strategies, and develop support infrastructures, including a communication and change management strategy, to ensure full continuum implementation of EDS management. They will also act as a regional resource for dysphagia consultation services and provide clinical expertise in the evaluation and treatment of complex cases. In partnership with organizational leaders and directors, future priority areas of focus for supporting best practices in residential care will be identified and implemented through the efforts of this Resource Team.
Northern Health is the publicly funded health care operation for the northern half of of British Columbia. Northern Health serves over 300,000 people in an area of 600,000 square kilometers. The health region operates over two dozen hospitals, several long-term care facilities for seniors, public health units, as well as addictions and mental health services.