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Physiotherapy

Image for the physiotherapy programPhysiotherapy studies how and why movement and function take place. Physiotherapists are independent health-care professionals who provide safe, quality, client-centred physiotherapy through a commitment to service availability, accessibility and excellence.

The profession of physiotherapy is committed to client-centred services that respect the autonomy and dignity of the recipient. Physiotherapists work with clients of all ages in a diversity of settings to provide health services in wellness, acute care, rehabilitation and long-term care. They are bound by ethical principles to act with integrity, accountability and judgment in the best interests of the client. Physiotherapists exercise professional judgment in unique, complex and uncertain situations.

The profession is constantly evolving through research, education and practice. In their services, they strive to achieve optimal health outcomes and use resources efficiently and safely. They act as members and leaders of health teams, and they take responsibility for respecting the roles of team members and initiating interventions in their own areas of expertise.

Physiotherapy at St. Michael's Hospital

The profession is constantly evolving through research, education and practice. In their services, they strive to achieve optimal health outcomes and use resources efficiently and safely. They act as members and leaders of health teams, and they take responsibility for respecting the roles of team members and initiating interventions in their own areas of expertise.

The unit is located on the second floor of the St. Michael's Health Centre at 61 Queen St., East. Outpatient physiotherapy services require a treating physician at the hospital with referring privileges.

Physiotherapy Practice Structure

The physiotherapy professional practice and education council meets monthly. Meetings are attended by all physiotherapists and support personnel. The council is a forum for the provision and discussion of matters concerning professional practice and education and best practices translation. Topics discussed are categorized by practice, education, best practices integration and evaluation. The council has direct reporting accountability to the director of health disciplines (practice and education) and the agenda is set by the professional practice leader (PPL) with suggestions from physiotherapy staff. The PPL or the vice-chair head all meetings.

How do physiotherapists at St. Michael’s contribute to a patient’s health-care team?

Physiotherapists (PTs) at St. Michael’s are involved in the assessment and treatment of patients who are experiencing a loss of function secondary to illness or injury. We work across all inpatient and outpatient units, including critical care (MSICU, CVICU, TNICU, CCU), surgical wards, outpatient mobility and outpatient family medicine, inner city health (general medicine) and specialized complex care (respirology, oncology, hematology, hemophilia, cystic fibrosis). PTs work on early mobility, assessing and treating acute respiratory and neurological concerns, managing musculoskeletal impairments, weaning patients from supplemental oxygen, and educating our patients about self-management and home exercise programs. Many of our PTs also have specialized advanced training in areas of neuromotor disease management, manual therapy and acupuncture. We work with the interdisciplinary team on holistic discharge plans; completing the appropriate referrals for home supports, rehab applications and recommending appropriate equipment for home. At the end of the day, our goal is to optimize a patient’s functional recovery and quality of life.

How else do physiotherapists enhance patient care?

In addition to managing busy clinical caseloads, our PTs are passionate about teaching. St. Michael’s has a close relationship with the University of Toronto’s Physical Therapy program and staff from our hospital often assist in labs, volunteer as small group facilitators and act as clinical instructors for student placements. In 2016, St. Michael’s received a special recognition from the University of Toronto for hosting the most PT clinical internships out of the GTA hospitals. We have also hosted international students from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

There are several PTs at St. Michael’s who are currently involved in conducting clinical research and presenting their findings in both the local and international levels. A number of PTs are also involved in the QI fellowships, including hand hygiene and early mobility.

Contact Us

Physiotherapy
Martin Family Centre
B1 (Ground Floor) Donnelly wing south, room 1-018
St. Michael's Hospital
30 Bond Street
Toronto, Ontario
M5B 1W8, Canada

Phone: 416-864-5180 (outpatient bookings)
Fax: 416-864-5758

Physiotherapy career inquiries may be e-mailed to the physiotherapy practice leader, Katey Knott, at knottk@smh.ca.