In accordance with the Mission, Vision and Values, and strategic directions of Provincial Health Services Authority patient safety is a priority and a responsibility shared by everyone at PHSA, and as such, the requirement to continuously improve quality and safety is inherent in all aspects of this position.
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.
Education, Training and Experience
• 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.