Our health science careers provide an opportunity to formulate goals, plan treatments and collaborate on discharge planning for a diverse population of patients and their families. When you join Interior Health you are part of a progressive, multi-disciplinary team that consistently focuses on best practice rehabilitation programs.
Health Science Careers
Rewarding career opportunities are available in acute care, outpatient settings, home and community care, convalescence care, day programs, long-term care, mental health and substance use programs, or outreach programs.
Our audiology staff provides Early Hearing program services including general audiological screening, diagnostic and rehabilitative services; technical services; and supervision of technical staff to clients ranging from newborn to 19 years of age. Health promotion activities include liaison, counselling, and educational sessions with clients, families, community partners, and professionals.
Dietitians are members of a multidisciplinary health care team and provide nutrition care and support to patients and groups according to established policies, standards and procedures. They utilize clinical techniques and knowledge through nutrition assessment; care planning and charting; intervention; goal setting and monitoring; counselling and education programs; consultation and communication with the multidisciplinary care teams; and act as a resource to other health professionals and communities within IH.
There are Clinical Dietitian opportunities in both the acute care and community care settings across the IH region. Together with the other members of the nutrition program, dietitians are responsible for planning, organizing, coordinating, directing, and evaluating programs which help promote nutritional health and reduce the risk of nutrition-related diseases and other food/feeding-related health issues.
The health protection department at IH is responsible for regulating and monitoring public facilities and the aspects of the environment that have a direct impact on public health. Our environmental health initiatives protect human health by managing potential health risks to the population. Through our community care facilities licensing, we promote and protect the health and safety of children and adults in facilities such as child day care and adult long-term care facilities.
Come and experience a dynamic and challenging career in an environment that fosters the delivery of consistent and quality evidence-based programs, and services to reduce risk and improve health for our diverse populations.
Our Environmental Health Careers Include:
- Licensing Officers are responsible for promoting and protecting the health and safety of children and adults in community care facilities, such as daycare and long-term care.
- Environmental Health Officers are responsible for carrying out diverse programs of health protection within our communities. Environmental Health officers are qualified in Public Health and registered with the Board of Registration of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors.
- Environmental Health Engineers use a vast array of different scientific and biology-related techniques to test environmental factors for risks or hazards to public health and develop appropriate systems and solutions to prevent harm.
Our Medical Laboratory departments strive to provide safe, convenient, respectful and accessible laboratory services to our patients. Services across the region range from full clinical diagnostic and anatomic pathology to STAT and on-call service. Our Medical Laboratory professionals use their specialized skills to find answers that help diagnose and guide patient treatment and care.
Medical Laboratory Technologists work in a team-based environment and perform a variety of duties within the laboratory such as:
- Routine and/or complex tests utilizing manual procedures and automated instruments
- Greeting patients
- Collecting and/or receiving specimens
- Entering data into the Laboratory Information System (LIS)
- Validating/reporting test results
- Maintaining instruments
- Preparing solutions and control agents
Medical Laboratory Assistants at IH perform a variety of duties within the Laboratory such as:
- Taking blood samples from patients
- Preparing blood and other specimens for analysis
- Performing routine lab tests
- Distributing specimens
- Operating related equipment
- Entering data into the Laboratory Information System (LIS)
- Performing Electrocardiogram (ECG) testing as required
- Performing related clerical duties.
The Medical Imaging Departments incorporate state-of-the-art technology and provide a complete range of diagnostic services to patients in tertiary, acute and community hospitals as well as health care centres across the region.
All of our sites are connected through our regional Picture Archive and Communication System (PACS), which is integrated into our single Electronic Health Record providing real-time patient history anywhere within IH. We have clinical advisory groups that are working together to ensure best practices throughout IH.
Specialized Medical Imaging professions at Interior Health include:
- Cardio Technology
- CT Scanning
- General and Cardiac Ultrasound
- Nuclear medicine
Occupational Therapists work in collaboration with the rehabilitation team to seamlessly promote functional independence and enable our clients to achieve and maintain optimal health outcomes. Our facilities offer an environment that challenges professional, technical, and practical skills. We are dedicated to effective quality care and patient advocacy and have leadership that is committed to teamwork, engagement, and innovation. Positions within Occupational Therapy include acute, community and long-term care.
Based out of Kelowna General Hospital, IH’s Orthotic and Prosthetic Department is a full-service department integrated within the Rehabilitation Centre. Orthotists are fully supported by technical rehab and administrative support staff while providing in-patient and out-patient services. These positions offer a unique orthotist experience working in a rehabilitation setting within the hospital.
Working at the leading edge of health care pharmacy careers provides an environment conducive to professional growth and development. Our teams work together with access to many clinical resources with a focus on the development of strong clinical pharmacy skills.
Our team is comprised of Clinical Pharmacists, Pharmacy Assistants and Technicians, Residents, Coordinators, Academic Detailers, Clinical Site Leaders and Managers, Nurses and Administrative Staff. Learn more about our pharmacy services here.
The focus for our Pharmacists is on:
- Direct Patient Care (pharmaceutical care to treat priority patients)
- Teaching (UBC undergraduate, residency, medical and paramedical training)
- Administration (development and implementation of decision support tools)
- Research (collaborative, independent, pharmacy practice research)
Our residency program provides the opportunity to complete rotations at multiple hospitals with Interior Health enhancing their residency experience. This program has the highest possible accreditation of 6 years with the Canadian Pharmacy Residency Board.
Physiotherapists enjoy diversity in practice, a collaborative team environment, and the opportunity to make an impact on the health of the community. They work independently and collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary rehabilitation team providing physiotherapy services including assessment; treatment planning and implementation; program planning; consultation; equipment prescription; and education of clients and/or their caregivers.
We employ physiotherapists in acute, community, primary, and long-term care to support our clients' needs. Advance your career and become part of a progressive, multi-disciplinary team that consistently focuses on improving direct patient care throughout our organization.
Our psychology services are both community and acute-based working closely with the entire rehabilitation team (GPs, RNs, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Recreation Therapists, and Social Workers). We encourage involvement in research, projects, and program development in addition to providing opportunities for career development through education.
Social Workers provide direct psychosocial care, counselling, group work, system navigation and advocacy, education and linkage to relevant specialized complex care resources while facilitating client self-management. Our social work teams have a human caring and relationship-centred practice philosophy with the ability to communicate effectively with clients, families, the public, medical staff and members of the interdisciplinary team.
We offer opportunities in Bachelor’s and Master’s level social work positions in both acute and community care settings. Our worksites offer you an environment that will challenge your professional, technical, and practical skills. We are dedicated to effective quality care and patient advocacy and have leadership that is committed to teamwork, engagement, and innovation.
Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) services cover both adult and pediatric populations. Practicing a team-based approach they work directly with clients and/or with their caregivers for the purpose of promoting optimal communication and swallowing. The overall goal is to develop and implement therapy programs, which provide compensatory strategies or optimum recovery of speech and language function for patients who are capable of recovery and improvement of function.
Recreation Therapists collaborate with an interdisciplinary team including occupational and rehabilitation staff, social and recreational agencies and other health care professionals. They work with leadership to develop guidelines and procedures, conduct research and ensure continuous quality improvement initiatives for the department.
Recreation Therapists identify barriers to recreation, such as; psychiatric, physical, cultural, developmental, cognitive, neuro-psychological, socio-economic and substance abuse, to develop therapeutic intervention strategies that integrate/reintegrate clients into a community/facility/home.
Working in the community, acute and critical care settings enjoy autonomous and team-oriented approaches to respiratory therapy. While advancing clinical competence Respiratory Therapists demonstrate continuous improvement and best practice approaches.
Our worksites offer an environment that will challenge your professional, technical, and practical skills. We are dedicated to quality care and patient advocacy and have leadership that is committed to teamwork, engagement, and innovation.
A community Respiratory Therapist works within the hospital and community to deliver services and programs that include:
- The promotion of respiratory health
- The assessment, education, treatment and rehabilitation of patients with respiratory dysfunction
- Communicating and demonstrating community and hospital-based respiratory care procedures to other health care professionals and students
- The use of respiratory equipment or special procedures
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