The Allied Health Team works as part of the interprofessional team along with the physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses and diabetes educators to assist in improving your health. The Allied Health Team consists of Physiotherapists, Social Workers, and a Registered Dietitian. All members of the team are Regulated Health Professionals. Referrals are usually made by a doctor or nurse practitioner but clients may also self refer.
Physiotherapists (PT) help increase mobility and functioning of people of all ages. Clients visit the physiotherapists to assess and treat musculoskeletal problems such as headaches, neck/ back/knee/shoulder pain, joint sprains, muscle strains, arthritis, osteoporosis, physical deconditioning and sports injuries.
Social workers (SW) provide counselling and assistance with problem solving to increase individual awareness and capacity around life stressors.
Registered Dietitians (RD) help people meet their food and nutrition needs, in health or disease, at all stages of life cycle. RDs review food intake and meal patterns, develop nutritional plans, and provide health education and counselling.
The Allied Health Team members often make referrals to one another on behalf of their client to provide collaborative care or support.
Cathy is referred to see the Registered Dietitian by her Nurse Practitioner after a routine physical. She is interested in working towards healthier eating habits and reducing her body weight. Her weight has gradually increased by 20 pounds over the past 10 years and she has high blood pressure. Regular exercise has been limited by joint pain due to arthritis. Starting a new job recently has increased her feelings of stress. Cathy feels very tired when she gets home and often finds she barely has the energy to make dinner before she falls asleep.
Cathy’s first visit:
Cathy checks in on the main floor before heading upstairs to the Allied Health waiting area. During the appointment, the Registered Dietitian completes an initial assessment including a discussion about goal setting. She and Cathy work together to set goals for Cathy to work on before her next visit. The Registered Dietitian also recommends a referral to Physiotherapy in order to support Cathy in increasing her activity level. Also, they discuss a referral to the Social Worker for support with stress management. Cathy is able to book these appointments on the same day next week, so that she only needs to make one trip to the BCHC.
If you are interested in a referral to the Allied Health Team, please speak with your doctor or nurse practitioner, or call the Main Reception to book an initial assessment.