In accordance with the Vision, Purpose, and Values, and strategic direction of the Vancouver Island Health Authority (Island Health), patient and staff safety is a priority and a responsibility shared by everyone; as such, the requirement to continuously improve quality and safety is inherent in all aspects of this position.
Reporting to the Manager, while maintaining close professional links with Respiratory Therapy Services, the Community Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) works as a member of an inter-disciplinary team in CHS to provide respiratory therapy consultation assessment and treatment of CHS clients. The Community RRT is responsible for identifying potential clients for program admission and linking with other CHS members and physicians to ensure that admission criteria are met. The Community RRT plans and carries out a treatment program for each client, which may include assessment and treatment in the client's own home, and in-hospital consultation for discharge. This position acts as a resource for physicians, other members of CHS and provides input regarding future initiatives and directions of CHS.
Travel may be a requirement of this position. Transportation arrangements must meet the operational requirements of the Vancouver Island Health Authority in accordance with the service assignment and may require the use of a personal vehicle.
Graduate of a recognized Respiratory Therapy education program; and
- Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists (CSRT) certification; and
- Certified Respiratory Educator (CRE); including completion of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) course, Asthma course, and Education for Chronic Disease Course; and
- Current CPR level "C" or BLS HCP certificate; and
- Minimum of 3 years' respiratory care experience within the past 5 years, in a variety of treatment settings such as hospital, emergency, and at least one year experience in community and/or outpatient care; and
- Specific training and practice in pulmonary rehabilitation, asthma education, respiratory home care, home ventilation and sleep disorders; and
- Knowledge of current technologies and treatments for acute and chronic respiratory conditions such as pneumonia, COPD and asthma; and
- Experience in policy/procedural development and quality improvement initiatives; and
- Current membership or eligible for membership in the B.C. Society of Respiratory Therapists; and
- Valid BC driver's license.
Demonstrated interpersonal, organizational and teaching skills
- Ability to work independently and manage a varied caseload
- Ability to initiate and lead processes
- Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with clients, caregivers, families, physicians, hospital and Community Health Services staff, and other community agencies
- Decision making and problem solving skills
- Ability to function effectively as a member of an interdisciplinary team
- Ability to plan, organize, set priorities and follow through
- Ability to use a computer
- Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position