Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue. This can cause the skeleton to become fragile, so that even a slight bump or fall, from standing height or less, can lead to a broken bone (referred to as a fragility fracture). Osteoporosis has no signs or symptoms until a fracture occurs – this is why it is often called a ‘silent disease’.
In February 2005, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care announced Ontario’s first Osteoporosis Strategy. The goal of the Strategy is to reduce morbidity, mortality and costs from osteoporotic fractures using a patient centred, inter-disciplinary approach that is integrated across health care sectors and aims to reduce osteoporotic hip fractures in Ontario by 20% by 2020.
The integration of post fracture care is a key component to achieving this goal and the Fracture Screening and Prevention Program (FSPP) was initiated in 2007 as a result. Fracture Prevention Coordinators (FPCs), as part of the Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy (OOS) at Osteoporosis Canada, implement the FSPP in fracture clinics around the Province.
The role of the FPC, in an effort to prevent subsequent fractures, including hip fractures, is to identify and screen patients aged 50 or older who have sustained a fragility fracture.
The FPC screens fragility fracture patients within the fracture clinic environment and provide information and support to connect these patients with primary care, community-based services and education and referral, as appropriate. The FPC also works with orthopaedic surgeons, allied health professionals, fracture clinic staff and primary care to help improve patient access to integrated post-fracture care for osteoporosis investigation and management. The FPC is informs patients of the need to follow up with their family physicians, nurse practitioners and/or osteoporosis specialists after a fracture, for osteoporosis assessment, treatment and reducing the risk of future fracture.
Reports to: Regional Integration Lead (RIL), Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy, Osteoporosis Canada.
Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) or Registered Nurse (RN)
Other Essential Attributes:
Experience working with Electronic Medical Records (EMR) and computer proficiency, including Microsoft Office, are a must. Excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to work independently, with initiative and with limited supervision; ability to work as part of a diverse team and the ability to demonstrate sensitivity to the needs of patients.
Fluency in a second language is an asset.
- Diligent use of protocol tools to identify and screen fragility fracture patients aged 50 or older, collect patient data and provide patients with appropriate referrals, information and resources.
- Responsible for ensuring patient privacy, privacy and security of data and the database, as per privacy and security policies.
- Facilitate diagnostic testing for identified patients, as appropriate.
- Ensure appropriate follow up by a primary care physician or specialist, as required.
- Discuss with patients and/or caregivers the significance of bone health, risk factors for fractures, osteoporosis, falls and management of osteoporosis, as appropriate.
- Communicate with the patients’ family physicians to inform them about their patients’ osteoporosis and/or fracture risk; outline appropriate recommendations.
- Refer/link patients to established self-management, falls prevention and/or education programs, as appropriate.
- Provide ‘orphan’ patients with a resource to link to a primary care provider.
- Follow up with identified patients between 3 and 7 months post baseline screening.
- Provide regular program updates to the RIL and as requested by other Strategy staff.
- Assist the RIL in providing ongoing support and education to hospital, community and primary health care staff.
- Identify opportunities for program growth, development and outreach.
- Attend and engage in Regional and Provincial team meetings.
- Other duties as assigned.
AREA OF WORK :
Placement within St Joseph’s Health Centre, Toronto.
Salary: $49,000 per annum.
Submit resume and cover letter by Monday, January 23rd, 2017.
Subject line in your email should read “SJHC/FPC
No calls please. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.