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Occupational Therapist, Spinal Cord Rehab - Toronto, Ontario


Site: Toronto Rehab, Lyndhurst Centre
Department: Brain and Spinal Cord Rehab Program - Unit 1B
Reports to: Program Services Manager
Hours:  37.5 hours per week  
Status: Permanent full-time   

Transforming lives and communities through excellence in care, discovery and learning.

The University Health Network, where “above all else the needs of patients come first”, encompasses Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and the Michener Institute of Education at UHN. The breadth of research, the complexity of the cases treated, and the magnitude of its educational enterprise has made UHN a national and international resource for patient care, research and education. With a long tradition of groundbreaking firsts and a purpose of “Transforming lives and communities through excellence in care, discovery and learning”, the University Health Network (UHN), Canada’s largest research teaching hospital, brings together over 16,000 employees, more than 1,200 physicians, 8,000+ students, and many volunteers. UHN is a caring, creative place where amazing people are amazing the world.

The Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, a leader in adult rehabilitation and complex continuing care, is Canada’s largest adult rehabilitation hospital. Bringing together innovative patient care, groundbreaking research and diverse education to help people overcome or recover from disabling injury, illness or age-related conditions Toronto Rehab is located at four sites: University Centre (550 University Ave.), Lyndhurst Hospital and Toronto Rehab’s Cardiac and Stroke Centre (Rumsey Road) and the Bickle Centre (Dunn Ave).. Find out about our purpose, values and principles here.


The Occupational Therapist (OT) is an integral member of the Occupational Therapy service, Allied Health and clinical programs in which care is provided. Through assessment, treatment, evaluation and consultation, the OT prevents, alleviates or minimizes dysfunction, enabling clients to achieve their maximum level of functional independence and facilitating their integration into the home, community and workplace. The OT on the Spinal Cord Rehab Program team will: participate as a member of the interprofessional team with the purpose of assessing client needs; provide assessment, program planning, treatment intervention and evaluation in the occupational performance areas of self care, productivity and leisure including cognition and community living skills; collaborate with other care providers in providing patient centred care; delegate responsibilities to the occupational therapy assistant; prescribe of aids and assistive devices; educate student Occupational Therapists; participate in program planning and development in professional, program and hospital initiatives supporting quality management and research; demonstrate understanding of, compliance with, and commitment to, patient safety responsibilities and corresponding hospital plans, policies and procedures in order to ensure a safe environment for patients; other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelors Degree or equivalent in Occupational Therapy
  • Member in good standing with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario (COTO)
  • Basic Cardiac Life Support (B Level or C Level) Heart Saver Plus Canada
  • Membership with Professional Association preferred
  • Experience in Spinal Cord Rehabilitation preferred
  • Experience in an outpatient/community setting preferred
  • Seating experience preferred
  • ADP Authorizer preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to use theoretical and evidence-based concepts, and research findings in practice
  • Strong clinical skills related to patient goal setting and creative treatment interventions
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and meet own learning needs in pursuit of ongoing professional development
  • Demonstrated leadership in quality improvement initiatives to enhance patient care
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

POSTED DATE:  June 20, 2019      CLOSING DATE:  until filled                 

For current UHN employees, only those who have successfully completed their probationary period, have a good employee record along with satisfactory attendance in accordance with UHN's attendance management program, and possess all the required experience and qualifications should apply.

University Health Network thanks all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

UHN is a respectful, caring, and inclusive workplace. We are committed to championing accessibility, diversity and equal opportunity. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process providing the applicant has met the Bona-fide for the open position.  Applicants need to make their requirements known when contacted.

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