Note: This is a Temporary Position (up to 12 months in duration)
The WSIB’s Serious Injury Services Division is a key partner in the organization’s strategic transformation initiatives with a focus on assisting workers who have suffered catastrophic injuries at work (e.g. spinal cord injuries, acquired brain injuries, severe burns, multiple amputations) to restore and gain independence, activity, and quality of life.
You have an opportunity to put your occupational therapy expertise to work providing specialized clinical assessment and evaluation of severely impaired workers addressing safety issues, promoting independent living and quality of life.
1. Conduct or arrange for comprehensive in-home assessments to identify needs with respect to accessibility, home safety, mobility, personal care allowance, and quality of life. This includes:
Completing a comprehensive file review to identify worker’s entitlement, medical history, and functional limitations with respect to his/her daily activities;
Educating workers and their families on short and long-term needs, accommodations, adaptations, and services which will maximize recovery, mitigate the effects of the impairment, and promote optimal quality of life and independent living.
2. Determine entitlement to assistive devices, health care equipment, home and vehicle modifications, personal care allowance and address quality of life issues. This includes:
Preparing reports with recommendations that are cost-effective and consistent with WSIB policy/practice and clinical rationale, including recommendations for further referrals to appropriate health care professionals or services;
Rendering decisions on the funding of such items as mobility devices, home modifications, vehicle modifications, personal care allowance, tools and equipment for quality of life activities, and assistive devices;
Preparing a detailed rationale and recommendations for managerial review for approval of devices and services.
3. Communicate decisions to the workplace parties. This includes:
Providing education on WSIB benefits, policies, and processes as well as worker’s obligations and responsibilities;
Responding to workers’ and employers’ requests for clarification and/or reconsideration;
Completing a comprehensive review of initial decision, obtaining further documentation/evidence and referring to Appeals, if necessary.
4. Implement decisions and coordinate services and equipment to ensure optimal safety, accessibility, and level of independence for the worker. This includes:
Participating in case conferences with the worker’s health care team, as necessary, as well as with the WSIB service delivery team and management;
Determining what is required to accommodate the worker’s restrictions and determining most appropriate solution, in conjunction with preferred suppliers;
Ensuring all approved equipment is delivered and all necessary modifications and referrals are completed.
5. Determine entitlement to repairs and/or replacement of equipment related to home modifications, vehicle modifications, mobility devices, assistive devices, quality of life, and health care equipment. This includes:
Completing a comprehensive file review to determine if there is a material change in the worker’s work-related injury;
Determining if it is more cost-effective and appropriate to repair or provide for replacement of equipment;
Referring for assessment if material change indicates further equipment and/or modifications are required.
6. Ensure ongoing use of best practices in the decision making process. This includes:
Using current research findings and quality improvement strategies to identify creative approaches to challenging situations, which will enhance worker/program outcomes;
Participating in ongoing professional development in order to meet standards set out by the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario.
7. Perform other related duties as required or assigned.
University completion of a Bachelor’s degree as recognized by the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario for graduates prior to 2010 or completion of a Master’s degree as recognized by the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario for graduates after 2010.
A member in good standing with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario and Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists or Ontario Society or Occupational Therapists required
3 years prior experience in occupational therapy
Demonstrated strong verbal and written communication skills
Demonstrated strong interpersonal and consultative/advisory skills
Demonstrated ability and experience in building relationships and working collaboratively with various stakeholders