Job Posting: Physical Therapy Knowledge Broker

by Scott Mitchell on September 16, 2017

The Department of Physical Therapy in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia (UBC) invites applications for the position of Physical Therapy Knowledge Broker (PT KB). This is a secondment replacement position, until December 31, 2018. The time commitment is 0.5 FTE (2.5 days per week). The incumbent is expected to qualify for a Clinical Faculty appointment in the Department of Physical Therapy.

The Physical Therapy Knowledge Broker (PT KB) will involve seeking out, building and supporting linkage and exchange opportunities between Physical Therapy clinicians and researchers, whilst accelerating the benefits of rehabilitation through implementation and evaluation of evidence-based knowledge translation activities.

The KB facilitates the exchange, synthesis and ethically sound application of research findings within a complex system of relationships among researchers and knowledge users. Knowledge translation (KT) is critical in reducing the gap between what is ‘known’ from research and what is ‘done’ in practice, and to enhance the involvement of clinical practice in the research process. Consequently, the PT KB role aims to facilitate both evidence-informed practice and practice-informed evidence.

Key objectives of the PT KB include:

  1. To build awareness of KT opportunities in the BC PT community,
  2. To engage stakeholders (e.g., clinicians, opinion leaders, researchers, administrators, professional organizations) in collaboration to enhance knowledge translation,
  3. To develop resources and capacity for ‘evidence-informed’ decision making,
  4. To incorporate evaluation to ensure accountability.

Organizational Structure

The UBC Department of Physical Therapy is located within the Faculty of Medicine at UBC. The Department, Faculty of Medicine, and its network of clinical sites across British Columbia, has cutting-edge digital network technology that can be used to meet the needs of PTs in urban and rural locales. The UBC Department of Physical Therapy provides leadership in physical therapy research, and the translation of novel research outcomes into best practice.

Education/Work Experience

Incumbent must have completed a degree in a health profession. A postgraduate degree in a field related to rehabilitation would be an asset. Demonstrated leadership experience and facilitation skills across constituencies are essential.

The expected start date is negotiable. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Contact info to apply:

A letter of application, accompanied by a detailed curriculum vitae, and the names of three references should be directed to:

Sue Murphy, Department Head
Department of Physical Therapy
Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia
212 – 2177 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3

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