Occupational Therapist

Competition #


Job Title

Occupational Therapist 


Geriatric Mental Health Outreach Service 


Temporary (December 2023 to March 2024)

Work Type



ONA Paramedical 

Shift Assignment


Bilingualism Required


Police Check Requirement

Vulnerable Sector Check 


North East Specialized Geriatric Centre ONA Paramedical 

Salary Information

$34.77 - $48.20 / hour

Application Closing Date

December 13, 2023


*Note: the salary information above is reflective of rates as of April 1, 2021. These rates are subject to change pending the completion of collective bargaining between HSN & ONA Paramedical.


Join Northeastern Ontario’s Health Care Leaders!


A dynamic and growing health care environment awaits you in Sudbury, Ontario. Surrounded by provincial parks and with 330 lakes, Greater Sudbury has over 165,000 residents and is a rich mix of urban, suburban, rural and wilderness environments that offer something for everyone. Just a one hour flight or four-hour drive north of Toronto, here you will experience the balance of a supportive and challenging career environment and a comfortable and affordable lifestyle, right in the heart of Northern Ontario’s largest city.


Health Sciences North (HSN) is seeking an innovative individual for the position of Occupational Therapist in the Geriatric Mental Health Outreach Services to provide specialized comprehensive geriatric assessment, analysis, and mental health intervention for older adults with complex age-related mental health needs and mental health decline related to geriatric syndromes. Utilizing a holistic client and family-centred approach to optimize safety, functional ability, and well-being, the Occupational Therapist will work within an interdisciplinary team to provide the highest quality of patient care.


The ideal candidate will have a current certificate of registration as an Occupational Therapist in good standing with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario. We are looking for someone with a minimum of three (3) years experience working with the mental health needs of geriatric patients, as well as the successful completion of the Geriatric Assessor training course and successful completion of the Core Indigenous Cultural Competency Training Program. Additional training in the PIECES Learning and Development program or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy certification is preferred.


If you enjoy working in a fast-paced, team environment and are looking for a rewarding career opportunity, you are encouraged to view the full job description on the HSN Careers Website




We offer a competitive salary and vacation, extended health and dental benefits, and relocation allowance to assist with moving expenses. In addition, there may be additional monetary incentives available upon hire.


*Note: the salary information is reflective of rates as of April 1, 2021. These rates are subject to change pending the completion of collective bargaining between HSN & ONA Paramedical.


We also offer Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP)! All employees are eligible to join immediately upon hire. HOOPP is a defined benefit pension plan, and one of the leading pension plans in Canada. HOOPP is a multi-employer pension plan, meaning it can be transferred between many organizations in the province. HOOPP is currently offered in over 600 organizations in Ontario. For every dollar an employee contributes to HOOPP, the employer (HSN) contributes $1.26, meaning the plan is 55% funded by the employer, and 45% funded by the employee.


HSN provides support through our Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP), which is available for all HSN staff and family members regardless of status, position, affiliation, etc.


Interested applicants are asked to apply directly to requisition # 4713 by December 13, 2023 at 11:59 pm on the HSN Careers Website at https://careers.hsnsudbury.ca/.



Provide specialized comprehensive geriatric assessment, analysis, and mental health intervention for older adults with complex age-related mental health needs and mental health decline related to geriatric syndromes.  Utilize a holistic client and family-centred approach to optimize safety, functional ability, and well-being.



Under the general direction of the Clinical Manager, North East Specialized Geriatric Services.


  1. Administer and perform comprehensive geriatric cognitive, functional, home safety, and environmental assessments in the community setting and in patients’ homes.
  2. Assess and treat patients with late onset mental health disorders (e.g. anxiety, depression, grief/bereavement, social isolation, risk of harm to self or others, caregiver stress, substance misuse).
  3. Provide a range of treatment services including mental health education, therapeutic intervention, counselling, caregiver support, and service navigation.  
  4. Complete home visits.
  5. Develop, implement, evaluate, and modify negotiated treatment plans to assist patients in achieving maximal functional, perceptual, and cognitive ability..
  6. Work with clients on behavioral activation for treatment of depression,anxiety, and social isolation.
  7. Implement strategies to address client safety issues and mitigate risk for critical injury and death.
  8. Educate client and family in coping strategies, decision-making, and utilization of personal and community resources, and make referrals to community resources as required.
  9. Collaborate with clients, families, interprofessional team members, and community partners throughout the therapy process and advocate to ensure client needs are met.
  10. Participate in the discharge planning process to ensure safe, effective, and efficient discharges.
  11. Perform controlled acts, subject to area of practice.
  12. Manage and prioritize outreach referrals.
  13. Document assessment findings, analysis, treatment plans, client goals, client’s ongoing progress,  effectiveness of treatment plan, and government/insurance/legal forms according to the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario (COTO) standards and HSN policy.  
  14. Research and incorporate best evidence into clinical practice, and conduct or collaborate in research.
  15. Educate and provide internships to student Occupational Therapists (OT)/Occupational Therapist Assistants/Physical Therapist Assistants, other members of an interprofessional health care team and their students, external health care professionals, and school/community staff/agencies.
  16. Ensure the privacy and confidentiality of personal health information is maintained.
  17. Follow service-specific, Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) and Infection Prevention and Control practices, including monthly workplace inspections.
  18. Determine and align iprovement projects with HSN’s Strategic Plan; monitor and adjust to achieve goal outcomes.
  19. Evaluate patient care and satisfaction on an ongoing basis and formulate solutions for improvement.
  20. Educate and promote health, safety and wellness in the work place.
  21. Participate in education and training specific to current, relevant federal and provincial health and safety and Occupational Therapy practice legislation, standards and guidelines.
  22. Represent the department or program on various committees and in meetings as required. 
  23. Perform other duties as required.




  1. Current Certificate of Registration in good standing with the COTO is required.
  2. Successful completion of the Geriatric Assessor training course or equivalent is required.
  3. Successful completion of the Core Indigenous Cultural Competency Training Program is required.
  4. Successful completion of the PIECES Learning and Development Program is preferred.
  5. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy  (CBT) Certification is preferred.
  6. Ministry of Labour “Worker Health and Safety Awareness in 4 Steps” training certificate is required.



  1. Minimum of three (3) to five (5) years’ of recent clinical experience working with the mental health needs of geriatric patients in a community setting.



  1. Demonstrated ability to provide outreach services to assess and treat older adults in their homes.
  2. Demonstrated knowledge of geriatric mental health best practice tools and interventions, including Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA), CBT, Rapid Assessment Interface Discharge (RAID), Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE), Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA), Confusion Assessment Method (CAM), Mini-cog, Trails Making Test, Geriatric Depression Scale, and Cornell Scale for Depression in Dementia.
  3. Demonstrated skills in the management of geriatric mental health syndromes, including depression, anxiety, delirium, substance misuse, risk of harm to self or others, and social isolation.
  4. Demonstrated knowledge of OT theory, other theoretical frameworks relevant to the area of practice, and the Canadian Practice Process Framework (CPPF).
  5. Demonstrated knowledge and application of client and family-centred models of care.
  6. Demonstrated knowledge of COTO standards of practice and guidelines.
  7. Demonstrated knowledge of current health care and privacy legislation.
  8. Demonstrated knowledge of community services and available resources.
  9. Demonstrated ability to exercise professional judgment, clinical reasoning, and critical thinking with the ability to apply ethical frameworks and choose the optimal assessment and treatment intervention.
  10. Demonstrated ability to direct, supervise, and mentor support personnel, staff, and students.
  11. Demonstrated training, experience or utilization of lean methodology for process improvement.
  12. Demonstrated ability to independently identify issues, plan improvements, measure success and continue improvement.
  13. Demonstrated excellent computer skills with proficiency in Microsoft Office software (e.g. Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook) and patient information systems.
  14. Demonstrated superior interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal.
  15. Demonstrated ability to manage routine correspondence, multiple tasks/projects, diversified workload and rapidly changing priorities and challenging deadlines.
  16. Demonstrated discretion and maturity when handling confidential information.
  17. Demonstrated commitment to the safety of co-workers and patients.



  1. Successful criminal reference check is required for vulnerable sector.
  2. Demonstrated professionalism in dealing with health care providers, clients, families, and the community.
  3. Ability to use tact and discretion in dealing with health care providers and patients.
  4. Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
  5. Valid driver’s license with access to reliable vehicle.
  6. Demonstrated ability to perform with minimal supervision.
  7. Demonstrated commitment to ongoing professional development.
  8. Demonstrated professionalism in dealing with confidential and sensitive issues.
  9. Demonstrated positive work record and good attendance record.
  10. Ability to meet the physical and sensory demands of the job.
  11. Ability to travel between local and regional sites, subject to the area of practice.



  1. Bilingualism is an asset.


Selection Process:  Candidates will be selected for this position on the basis of their skill, ability, experience and qualifications as identified in the resume and completed Application Form submitted. The Hospital reserves the right to conduct a formal interview where required.