Chiropodist – Part-time
Inner City Family Health Team
The Inner City Family Health Team is a multidisciplinary team which serves homeless clients with complex health needs. These include untreated chronic and complex multi-system diseases, an elevated risk of acute health emergencies, and serious and persistent mental health and substance use challenges. Clients are predominantly current or former users of Seaton House Shelter. Staff will work at our clinic on Queen Street, as well as at nearby Seaton House and other community locations on an episodic basis. Services are provided by the team using a holistic, client-centred model of care with an emphasis on disease prevention, chronic disease management, harm reduction and health promotion.
The Chiropodist collaborates with Inner City Family Physicians and Psychiatrists, our interdisciplinary team, and community and shelter staff to provide a full range of quality foot care to ICFHT clients experiencing chronic diseases, complex multi-system diseases, and mental health and/or substance use challenges. Services include assessment and treatment of acute pathological foot conditions, surgical procedures, and preventive and palliative foot care.
In addition to direct client care, duties of the Chiropodist include clinical, health education, care scheduling, equipment maintenance and professional development. The Chiropodist will be encouraged to operate within their full scope of practice and to work co‐operatively with all members of the health care team in the promotion of a client health and the prevention of disease.
ROLES and RESPONSIBILITIES:
- The Chiropodist provides foot care/wound care for homeless clients of Seaton House.
- Assesses disorders or dysfunctions and treatment of same through therapeutic, orthotic or palliative means.
- Differentiates between disorders of the foot arising from systemic or general disease and those arising from local, structural and/or functional disorders.
- Recognizes clients have conditions beyond their scope of practice and refers to other appropriate health care professionals (e.g. primary care provider).
- Accurately takes/records/utilizes the chiropody history utilizing the Electronic Medical Record (EMR).
- Designs and implements a management plan based on presenting conditions/the client’s individual needs.
- Provides a safe environment for patients, practitioners and others in the clinic setting.
- Ensures appropriate antiseptic techniques, safe procedures and isolation practices are maintained in the clinical setting.
- Encourages clients to participate in management of their care plan.
- Uses proper casting techniques for orthotic and off‐loading devices ‐ gives footwear education and/or refers clients for footwear modification as required.
- Communicates foot health education in a variety of settings to clients, interdisciplinary health care professionals or others as agreed to with the FHT.
- Plans for future clinic needs, ensuring that ICFHT clinical goals and objectives are attained.
- Prepares work schedules that ensure efficient use of time.
- Ensures safe working practices and that all clinical equipment is in satisfactory operating condition.
- Collaborates with the Clinical Lead Manager to develop a quality assurance program.
- Maintains and upgrades knowledge and skills regarding new procedures, methods and equipment through attendance at relevant seminars and educational programs
- Prepares quarterly reports and monitors statistical data.
- Prepares, monitors and controls supplies necessary for clinic operation.
- Requisitions necessary medications.
- Requisitions necessary repairs/maintenance services.
- Contributes to the development and implementation of policies and procedures as appropriate.
- Ensures adherence to the freedom of information and protection of privacy, exercising care and caution in protecting confidential and sensitive information.
QUALIFICATIONS, SKILLS and EXPERIENCE:
- Completion of Bachelor of Science and Graduate Advanced Diploma of Health Sciences (Chiropody).
- Two to three years of clinical experience.
- Licensed with the College of Chiropodists of Ontario as a Chiropodist.
- Experience working in primary care and with homeless individuals an asset.
- Knowledge of and working experience with computer system, including EMR and applications.
- Self-starter, with proven problem solving and critical thinking abilities, managing effectively in a dynamic, changing environment.
- Proven team player who contributes to positive change and innovation.
- Knowledge and proficiency in current, evidenced-based methods and practices health care delivery specific to Chiropody.
- Honed patient assessment and triage skills.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
- Proficiency in the use of the computer hardware/software, particularly in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook;
- Knowledge and experienced in the application of electronic medical records (EMR).
- Other attributes include a sound understanding of commitment to the Social Determinants of Health, and ability to effectively contribute to efforts of an interdisciplinary team, contributing to comprehensive care.
0.2 FTE (7 hours/week)
$55,251-$66,568 per annum pro-rated
To apply please send a cover letter and resume by 5 p.m. on Monday August 14th, 2017 to firstname.lastname@example.org
We thank applicants for their interest however we will only be contacting those selected for interview.
Chiropodist Hiring Committee
69 Queen St E, 4th Fl, Toronto, ON M5C 1R8