Hand Therapist (PT or OT)

Surgery is just the beginning. The volunteers of the Rehab Team work with our post-surgery patients day in and out, helping them to fully regain the life they once had. This team takes our patients from recovering to recovered.

Department

Hospital Support Services

Commitment

Min. 3 Months

Department

Hospital Support Services

Commitment

Min. 3 Months

About this Role

The Hand Therapist is responsible for providing a specialist rehabilitation service for post-operative plastic surgery patients (children & adults) following burns contracture release and correction of congenital deformities. You will work closely with both the Plastic Surgeon and Plastics Dressings Nurse to optimize the patient’s outcome of surgery. This will involve pre-operative and post-operative assessment of patients, to include both objective and functional hand assessment, treatment planning and functional rehabilitation.

What You Will Contribute

• Evaluate patient’s emotional and physical condition at screening and post-operatively by performing detailed hand or joint assessment and determine appropriate diagnosis

• To discuss, formulate and document post-operative treatment plans in discussion with the surgeon and patient/ family as indicated

• To appropriately perform selected therapy procedures to maximize hand or limb function to include: Therapeutic exercises, static splinting, scar management and functional rehabilitation appropriate to the age of the patient

• Be able to evaluate the effectiveness of each treatment intervention

• Be able to fabricate static splints from thermoplastic to both children and adults to support function or prevent contracture. These may be to the hand, elbow, axilla, or lower limb

• To have knowledge of the appropriate use of pressure garments in scar management and if possible be able to fit and/or fabricate them

For This Role, You Will Need

• Registered and Licensed Occupational Therapist or Physical Therapist with a minimum of two years’ experience

• At least one recent year with complex hand trauma and static splinting; burns and pediatric experience a great advantage

• Excellent communication skills in English (written and verbal)

Full job description available upon request.