Kinesiologist – Low Back Program (0.8 FTE)- Couchiching FHT (Couchiching)

Couchiching Family Health Team

Position:  Kinesiologist – Low Back Program (.8 FTE, 4 days/week)
Reports To:  Clinical Program Manager

Position Summary:

Using professional knowledge, critical thinking and clinical judgment the Kinesiologist (KIN) will act as the care coordinator for patients with low back pain by participating in a collaborative care model providing comprehensive assessment, triage and timely referral as needed.  The KIN will provide education, and follow up ensuring the goals and needs of the patient are prioritized and individualized.

Roles and Responsibilities:

Professional Accountability:

  • Acts as a KIN Care Coordinator to carry out assessments, triage, referral to IHP’s, specialists and follow up and discharge planning of referred patients with acute or chronic low back pain
  • Works within the confines of a kinesiologist’s scope of practice in a multi-disciplinary care setting with the CFHT
  • Demonstrates professional integrity and commitment to the well being of all patients
  • Prepares quarterly reports and monitors daily statistical data to ensure statistics are reported to the Ministry of Health in a timely fashion
  • Other duties as required

Communication and Collaboration:

  • Maintains an accurate patient record of health history, assessment, triage, patient education, follow-up and discharge plan through clear, concise notes in the CFHT EMR in a timely manner
  • Demonstrates effective collaboration and inter-professional teamwork by consulting and sharing information with IHP’s, Primary Care Providers and other health professionals in a timely manner  duplicate
  • Participates in committee meetings
  • Participates in continuous quality improvement
  • Ensures patient surveys are completed pre and post treatment
  • Involved in patient education on low back exercises and rehabilitation techniques

Inter-professional Competencies/Collaboration:

  • Describes the CFHT KIN role, responsibilities and scope of practice clearly to referred patients
  • Recognizes and respects the role, scope of practice, responsibilities and competence of other IHP’s
  • Demonstrates respect and trust to ensure collaborative relationships are fostered, including those within the CFHT and other community partners
  • Participates effectively and appropriately within the interdisciplinary health care team to optimize patient safety
  • Practices within own scope of practice, code of ethics, standards and clinical guidelines while ensuring the patient receives best practice treatment in a timely manner
  • Demonstrates effective sharing of information and exchanging of ideas
  • Develops and participates in delivery of programming in collaboration with CFHT IHP’s or refers patients to established CFHT programs that would assist patients in healthy lifestyle changes, such as weight loss, pain management or improved workplace ergonomics

Assessment, Referral and Treatment:

  • Assists in the development of a referral process to the program using the support tools
  • Collects and reviews background information, relevant to the patient’s low back health history
  • Completes patient assessment using the approved tools, to be decided upon
  • Collaborates with the patient to identify priorities, short-term and long-term goals
  • Informs the patient regarding uses of collected patient personal health information, obtaining consent as required by PHIPA
  • Refers patients to CFHT programming as needs are determined. For those patients flagged with mental health issues, supports and refers to the CFHT resources and programs that would be used in order to maximize functional recovery as part of the low back program
  • Performs regular follow up with patients receiving treatment to track progress, reassess and revise treatment plan if needed with optimum goal being prevention and/or control of low back pain
  • Ensures patients are equipped with the appropriate learning tools to prevent/control low back pain prior to discharge from the program. Patients may self refer back to the program should pain return within 3 months
  • Assist with Home Visits by adhering to the Home Visit Policy Guidelines

Skills/Knowledge Requirements:

  • Thorough knowledge of kinesiology practice with an interest in low back program
  • Thorough knowledge of history taking and performing physical examinations on musculoskeletal (MSK) pain patients
  • Proficiency in evidence-based rehabilitation for low back pain
  • Demonstrated accountability and responsibility
  • Strong patient focus and ability to build solid patient/practitioner relationships
  • Exemplary work history as demonstrated in current and past employment
  • Leadership, organization, evaluation, time management, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Proficiency in the use of computer hardware and software, particularly in Microsoft word, excel, outlook and electronic medical records
  • Maintain current knowledge of policies and procedures
  • Evidence of continuing education, professional and personal development is required
  • Maintain confidentiality in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act
  • Work in compliance with Health and Safety laws adhering to safe work practices and procedures established by the CFHT

Education/Specific Job Requirements:

  • Registered with the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario
  • Member in good standing with Ontario Kinesiology Association
  • Annual Cardio-pulmonary Resuscitation certification (BCLS)
  • Physical capabilities to perform the duties of the position
  • Valid driver’s license and access to dependable vehicle
  • Able to work flexible hours including evenings if required
  • Police Record/Vulnerable Sector Check


  • Minimum 2 to 3 years Kinesiology experience in a Community and/or Primary Health Care setting preferred

Qualified candidates are asked to please submit cover letter and resume including position title in subject line

The Couchiching Family Health Team (CFHT) supports diversity, equity and a workplace free from harassment and discrimination. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates, including women, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and disabled persons. CFHT is committed to providing accessible employment practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (‘AODA’). If you require accommodation for disability during any stage of the recruitment process, please advise our Human Resources Manager.  Personal information contained in applications will be used for recruitment purposes and collected as per Freedom of Information (F.O.I.) and Protection of Privacy Act, 1987. While we thank all applicants, only those contacted for an interview will be acknowledged.

May 2018