Working Together

With everyone working together, Family Health Teams combine the expertise and services of the doctors and health care professionals to meet the patient’s needs and provide the best possible care in the most timely manner.

Health Care Professionals: Who are they and what do they do?

Chiropodist

A chiropodist is a health care professional who specializes in the assessment, management, and prevention of diseases and disorders affecting the foot. As a foot specialist, chiropodists are trained to alleviate, prevent, and correct these disorders and offer expert advice on proper foot care to patients of all ages. As a key member of our health care team, the chiropodist has many skills to help you get rid of foot pain, become mobile, maintain healthy feet and improve your health and quality of life.

Mental Health Clinician

Mental Health Clinicians offer mental health services to the patients of the NFHT. They conduct assessments and then use a variety of therapeutic models, and counselling techniques to help individuals cope with mental health issues. They work collaboratively with the family doctors and other members of the family health team to assist individuals, couples and families with a range of mental health related issues.

Nurse Practitioner

Nurse Practitioners are registered nurses with extra education and training. Nurse Practitioners manage most common illnesses and provide preventative care and education for healthy living. They will work with the rest of the team to assist in keeping you healthy.

Occupational Therapist

Occupational therapy is focused on enabling people to participate and engage in the occupations of everyday living (in the areas of self-care, productivity and leisure), and is a relatively new addition to the world of Family Health Teams. The Occupational Therapist works with patients and families when they are experiencing impairment in function as a result of injury, illness or aging to identify solutions and maintain or improve function and return to meaningful occupations.

Pharmacist

Pharmacists help you and your family to manage your medication. They will work to prevent, identify and resolve medication related concerns. They are also an important resource for information on products available to you without a prescription, such as vitamins, herbals, etc. Family Health Team Pharmacists will often work closely with your family doctor and your community pharmacist to help you get the most out of the medicines you and your family may take.

Physiotherapist

Physiotherapists are healthcare providers with a focus on health promotion and treatment of injury and disease. With an in-depth knowledge of the body and how it works, they use hands on clinical skills to guide them in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of symptoms of illness, injury and disease. Our Physiotherapist works closely with our other healthcare professionals, and more importantly the patient, in areas of injury and chronic disease education, prevention and management.

Registered Dietitian

Registered Dietitians are healthcare professionals who provide advice and counselling on nutrition, food and healthy eating choices to help you look good and feel great. Registered Dietitians take complex medical and nutrition research and make it easier for you to make daily food choices and plan healthy meals. They can show you how healthy eating can be fun, enjoyable and delicious!

Registered Nurse

The Registered Nurses will work with you and your health care providers. Registered Nurses assist in health care, health assessments, preventative health examinations, health system access and navigation of the health system. Registered Nurses also provide health education and counselling in conjunction with health promotion and chronic disease management.

Respiratory Therapist

Respiratory Therapists are health care professionals who monitor, evaluate and treat individuals with respiratory and cardio-respiratory disorders. Working in collaboration with an interdisciplinary team, the Respiratory Therapist will share expertise and knowledge about chronic disease management with clients and their families, as well as other health care professionals. The Respiratory Therapist will help diagnose, manage and follow your respiratory condition and improve your quality of life.

Social Worker

Social Workers are professionals with unique training to assist people with developing skills and solving problems. Social Workers help people help themselves by providing services that include: assessments to identify problems, counselling to cope with concerns, education to better understand challenges, referrals to increase resources, advocacy to improve access to resources and guidance to navigate complex service systems. These services can be provided to individuals, couples, families and groups. The Social Worker at the Family Health Team has experience assisting people with challenges such as disabilities, food insecurity, domestic violence, stress, relationship and parenting issues, trauma, anxiety and depression. The ultimate goal of social work is to restore, maintain and enhance social functioning.

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