Interior Health is looking for a Disability Management Advisor to join our team!
About the Role:
The Disability Management Advisor (DMA) (Range 7) supports employees requiring disability management (DM) services through the development and management of comprehensive Stay at Work/Return to Work (SAW/RTW) programs after onset of illness/injury to mitigate the associated disability burden. The DMA develops, implements, monitors, and updates comprehensive case management plans that include early intervention; provision of rehabilitation services; and treatment referrals, return to work management, vocational rehabilitation services, and/or implementation of duty to accommodate agreements. The DMA promotes Disability Management (DM) best practice; provides expert advice and training; maintains financial accountability; and liaises and negotiates with key stakeholder groups that include employees, managers, unions, insurance carriers, treatment providers, HR Consulting, and lawyers to create effective opportunities for SAW/RTW arrangements.
Some Key Duties may include:
• Develops, implements, monitors, and evaluates complex and comprehensive case management plans for ill/injured employees to address SAW/RTW and/or work accommodation barriers through consultation with medical and rehabilitation practitioners, third party insurance carriers, managers, unions, Human Resources, and employees.
• Establishes innovative and creative short- and long-term solutions to reduce employee absences and facilitate SAW/RTW and medical duty to accommodate arrangements, reducing the disability burden on the organization. Identifies systemic barriers to RTW and facilitates unit-specific solutions to support and promote suitable transitional work or work accommodations for ill/injured employees. Mitigates risk and financial liability in the event of Enhanced Disability Management Program (EDMP) disputes, disability management or medical Duty to Accommodation related grievances, arbitrations, mediations, and/or human rights complaints. Must be able to support disability management decisions at all levels of the dispute process.
• Develops individualized rehabilitation plans through negotiation and collaboration with external agencies including WorkSafeBC, ICBC, Great West Life, and Healthcare Benefit Trust to facilitate safe and durable SAW/RTW or work accommodation agreements for employees. Assesses and interprets medical information, including discussions with medical practitioners, to assess fitness for work and/or to substantiate requirements for medical work accommodation.
• Provides disability management expertise through consultation and support to leaders, employees, and others regarding the administration of EDMP collective agreement language and other disability-related legislation and policies to ensure their consistent application and to create supportive, successful RTW outcomes.
• Promotes and demonstrates constructive, open, and direct communication with all stakeholders (employees, unions, managers, Human Resources, treatment providers, third parties) to negotiate effective case management plans and/or to raise and address controversial issues in a constructive manner. Serves as the focal point for centralized communication and coordination of the rehabilitation plan.
• Provides disability management best practice guidance through coaching and/or mentoring to colleagues and clients. Directs the administrative level on process-related functions, as applicable.
• Assesses workplace exposure to ergonomic risks and provides recommendations on interventions such as engineering controls, administrative controls, and training.
• Performs job task analyses and advises departments regarding changes to job design and practices that will reduce the risk for injuries.
• Develops, implements, and evaluates instructional programs and training materials to assist managers, supervisors, and staff in such areas as musculoskeletal injury prevention, RTW, and duty to accommodate.
• Remains current on disability management, human rights, and other related legislation; healthcare collective agreements; and Health Authority policy and procedures to ensure Interior Health Disability Management programs are current and within legislative and/or collective agreement requirements.
• Performs other related duties, as assigned.
This is a permanent full time position. Hours of work are Monday to Friday, 08:00 to 16:00.
This position offers a flexible work location anywhere within the Interior Health region.
Some of the Benefits of Joining Interior Health:
An attractive remuneration package in keeping with your qualifications and experience and excellent career prospects awaits the right candidate. In addition to a competitive wage, we offer one of the best benefit packages and pension plans in Canada.
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