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Respiratory Therapist, Black Creek Community Health Centre

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline May 13, 2016

Part time (17.5 hours/week)

Black Creek Community Health Centre has received funding to establish a community based COPD clinic. As a result, we are hiring a part-time (0.5 FTE) Respiratory Therapist to lead the development and implementation of this new clinic. This position will work closely with Vaughan CHC to establish a system-wide approach to COPD management within the Central LHIN.

The Respiratory Therapist (RRT)/Certified Respiratory Educator (CRE) works as part of a multidisciplinary team, working alongside the Registered Kinesiologist, to provide excellent care to clients with COPD. Care is provided through sharing of information, treatment options and mechanisms available to help clients manage COPD. The RRT/CRE assesses client needs, provides care and also establishes strong communication pathways between clients, family physicians, specialists and other community resources. This will be a rewarding opportunity for anyone looking to make a difference within a collaborative work environment.


  • Practice in accordance with the standards of professional practice as outlined by the College of Respiratory Therapists of Ontario (CRTO) as well as within a client and family centered care model and the vision and values of BCCHC.
  • Assess and evaluate clients’ needs by conducting spirometry tests, pulse oximetry, blood pressure monitoring, auscultation and interpreting test results and determining respiratory therapy treatment plans in consultation with clinical providers
  • Conduct Spirometry tests to help diagnosis and assess the severity of respiratory dysfunction.
  • Working knowledge of KoKo Spirometry software and Smokerlyzer, and ability to calibrate and re-order accessories as needed
  • Ability to perform all office duties (faxing reports to doctors, scanning documents,filing, printing
  • Provide care and education to adult clients, families and care providers using behaviour management techniques individually and in groups.
  • Conduct individual and family assessments to identify strengths, resources, psychological factors, socioeconomic impacts, educational needs and barriers to self-management.
  • Follow patient progress at appropriate intervals to track changes in behaviour and to reinforce positive behaviour.
  • Apply the latest best-practice standards to improve the health of clients diagnosed with a respiratory illness.
  • Provide smoking cessation counselling individually, and in group sessions
  • Collaborate with an interdisciplinary team to enhance the care of clients.
  • Develop, implement and revise customized self-management plans to meet individual needs in collaboration with the client, their primary care provider, and other health care practitioners
  • Maintain accurate records of clients’ therapy using electronic medical records and making reports to physicians.
  • Develop and facilitate group education sessions that include smoking cessation programs.
  • Seek to continuously improve the operation of the clinic by evaluating processes and workflow, and participating in other quality improvement activities.
  • Analyze the effectiveness of the program and help to identify any unmet needs.
  • Serve as a resource to the team and community by providing information about respiratory health, COPD, respiratory medications and smoking cessation.
  • Participate in health promotion activities and provide services within centre and in community-based settings
  • Arrange inservices/presentations for the clinical team i.e. pharma reps
  • Attend seniors screenings and conduct outreach marketing to physicans, specialists and pharmacists
  • May be asked to perform off-site respiratory clinics

Education, Skills and Qualifications:

  • Graduate of an accredited Respiratory Therapy program
  • Member in good standing with the College of Respiratory Therapists of Ontario
  • Must have proof of professional liability insurance
  • Eligible for membership with the Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists
  • CRE designation
  • TEACH Trained Certification
  • 1 – 2 years of experience as an RRT in community or primary care setting
  • Experience with program design, implementation and evaluation.
  • Demonstrated skills in applying adult education principles
  • Current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Level C
  • Knowledge of  the Chronic Disease Prevention Model and self-management programs
  • Possess a valid driver’s license
  • Excellent computer literacy with Microsoft applications such as Excel, Word and Outlook
  • Experience with Electronic Medical Record systems, such as Purkinje, or Nightingale on Demand (NOD)
  • Must have strong organizational, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Effective time-management skills and able to make decisions for rapid problem solving
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with other members of the healthcare team.
  • Knowledge of community-based practice with a passion for client-centered care within an anti-oppressive/anti-racist framework  

The position will involve working 17.5 hours/week that includes a minimum of one evening per week.

Start Date: May 2016
Deadline May 13, 2016            

Salary: $55, 250 – $66, 567 (Prorated) with excellent benefits
This is a bargaining unit position within our Union

Application Process: Please send current resume and a detailed cover letter explaining your qualifications and interest in the position to

Michelle Westin, Manager – Diabetes Education Program, COPD Program
1 Yorkgate Blvd – Suite 202, Toronto ON M3N 3A1

Black Creek CHC is a client-centered organization serving people from diverse backgrounds. We especially encourage candidates to apply who enjoy being part of a dynamic multicultural, multiracial community.
We thank all applicants for their interest in this position; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.