Exercise Therapist – 0.6 to 1.0 FTE

About The City of Grande Prairie

Grande Prairie is located in Northwestern Alberta, in the heart of the Peace Region, and is the largest city north of Edmonton. It is a thriving young city full of continuous growth and opportunity. The population of Grande Prairie is 69,088 (2018 census), with the greatest population being between the ages of 30 and 34. This population includes representation from more than 80 different cultural and ethnic groups.

Grande Prairie has been the hub of the Peace Region since the early 1900s, making it rich with the culture and heritage of its many residents past and present. Across the city, there are many ways to immerse yourself in the experience of Grande Prairie’s culture and heritage. Grande Prairie possesses several state-of-the-art recreational facilities and has a vibrant arts and culture community.

Grande Prairie has something for all those you live and work in this great city. Visit one of our many historic exhibits, check out a significant landmark or one of many other opportunities to explore the city in new ways today! To learn more go to www.cityofgp.com

About The Grande Prairie PCN

The Grande Prairie Primary Care Network, in beautiful Grande Prairie, Alberta – a city rich in cultural and economic opportunities, and a great place to raise a family – was formed in 2010 to work with local primary care physicians in the delivery of primary healthcare services. The PCN provides innovative and collaborative initiatives that improve communication, increase coordination of services, and enhance medical clinic practices to better meet the needs of the community.

This position is with the Grande Prairie PCN FTE: 0.6 to 1.0
Status: Permanent position Hours per Week: 37.5 hours per week
Hours per Shift: 7.5 hours per day Reference ID: ET20230707
Primary Location: Grande Prairie PCN Wage Band: $41.26-$51.30
Position Summary

The Exercise Therapist’s primary function is to promote active living and exercise as tools for enhancing physical health and quality of life. The focus of practice is chronic disease prevention and management. The Exercise Therapist will assess, develop, implement, and evaluate individualized exercise programs for physician-referred patients. This position involves working as a member of an interdisciplinary team and liaising and collaborating with Primary Care Physicians, their clinical staff, other PCN staff, and community stakeholders. This position provides support to the Primary Care Support Program and Persistent Pain Program.

What you will do...
  • Assess individual patient needs and circumstances to inform individual treatment plans
  • Educate and advise patients, both individually and in a group setting, on the connection between active living, health status, and quality of life
  • Design, implement and document individual exercise and physical activity programs, within the context of the patient’s specific medical status
  • Conduct testing of physical fitness outcome measures pre- and post-treatment
  • Document patient assessment, treatment information, reports, referrals, etc. and maintain patient charts in accordance with practice standards and organizational policy
  • Report, monitor and adjust patient response to intervention and adjust according to individual patient needs
  • Facilitate patients’ capacity for change through a patient-centered approach
  • Participate in inter-professional treatment planning and patient case conferences
  • Assist in meeting the self-management needs of patients through collaboration and consultation with members of the team
  • Communicate with team members, physicians and other healthcare professionals regarding patient outcomes
  • Develop evidence-based educational resources and tools
  • Lead group exercise sessions and educational programs related to active living and healthy lifestyles
  • Facilitate the transition from program-based to community-based activity in order to support patients to maintain activity levels
  • Connect patients to appropriate community resources and services
  • Collaborate with community agencies as required
  • Participate in program development and quality improvement initiatives
  • Knowledge of and adherence to organizational policies and procedures
  • Maintain professional requirements and ongoing active participation in professional development
  • Maintain current knowledge and skills in clinical practice
  • Offer training support for other team members and assist in their professional development
  • Act as a resource to other practice members
  • Other duties as required

What you need to succeed...

  • Fluency in English language (written and verbal)
  • Computer skills: email, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, data entry, scheduling
  • Knowledge of metabolic, musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary and mental health chronic conditions along with their prevention and management
  • Knowledge of current persistent pain theory
  • Physical fitness evaluation and treatment skills
  • Understanding of functional anatomy and corrective exercise techniques
  • Awareness of ergonomic principles & application
  • Knowledge of appropriate use of modalities in the chronic disease population
  • Demonstrated ability to interpret and convey active living information and recommendations across the life span and in practical ways to different audiences
  • Effective teaching and facilitation skills
  • Awareness of social determinants of health and principles of self-management
  • Ability to make evidence-based decisions
  • Ability to monitor clinical standards
  • Ability to develop new skills and apply theory to practice
  • Ability to function cooperatively with physicians and clinic staff in a multidisciplinary setting
  • Ability to occasionally work outside of normal business hours
  • Use of vehicle for business use may occasionally be required. Possession of a valid driver’s license and access to a motor-vehicle for work-related travel is required
  • Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, Physical Education, Exercise Physiology, or equivalent exercise science degree
  • Clinical Exercise Physiologist (CEP) with the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) preferred or
  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist (CEP) or ACSM Exercise Physiologist (EP) preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, Physical Education, Exercise Physiology, or equivalent exercise science degree
  • Clinical Exercise Physiologist (CEP) with the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) preferred or
  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist (CEP) or ACSM Exercise Physiologist (EP) preferred
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in a healthcare setting or equivalent
  • Experience use of electronic medical records preferred
  • Experience working in multi-disciplinary team preferred
Application Instructions
  • Please email your resume, cover letter, and professional references to careers@grandeprairiepcn.com
  • Please include the Reference ID in the subject line of the email
  • All candidates will be required to undergo a security clearance check

The Grande Prairie PCN thanks you for your interest in this position, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Grande Prairie PCN is an equal opportunity employer. The Grande Prairie PCN welcomes applications from qualified individuals from all backgrounds.