The Physical Therapist evaluates the patients' present functional levels and disabilities. Patients served at this facility range from the young adult age 20-30, middle aged patients age 30-40, to the elderly or geriatric patient age 60 and older. There is great variance in the functional needs of these patients. Major duties include, but are not limited to: Establishes meaningful, realistic and measurable therapeutic goals and designs a treatment plan to meet the goals established in the most efficient manner. Completes appropriately timed re-evaluations for the patients and modifies the goals based on that information. Communicates effectively with medical providers as needed. At the GS-12 level, makes changes to the treatment intervention based on patient response to treatment in a manner that utilizes creative thinking and problem solving that goes beyond the typical diagnosis-based treatment pathways in order to reach maximal outcome. At the GS-12 level, provides treatment to patients with the diagnoses of upper and lower extremity orthopedic surgery; degenerative conditions of the spine including spinal stenosis, spondylosis, and spondylolisthesis, mild to severely impaired patients with stroke and other brain injury; musculoskeletal disorders; central and peripheral neurological diagnoses; and cardio/pulmonary conditions status post-surgery or medical treatment. Helps design, conduct and evaluates educational training experiences to newly hired staff and/or students in the PT field. Documents clearly and concisely the physical findings noted during evaluations. Accurately maintains documents in keeping with PMR service-level and Medical Center-wide policies. Individual may perform ancillary assignments, including program management duties on an occasional basis, where the complexity and the amount of work is not substantial (less than 35% of duty time). i.e. supervision of IT, CWT or volunteers to PMR clinics. Supervises and delegates care of patients to the Physical Therapist Assistant as appropriate. The clinician may be assigned a student affiliate and will be responsible for offering feedback during supervision and completing all necessary evaluations during the internship period. The therapist is responsible for maintaining comprehensive knowledge with The Joint Commission and CARF standards in order to be in compliance in the event of unannounced surveys and visits. Responsible for the safe operation of the immediate clinic area, including submission of appropriate work orders, equipment needs supplies and space utilization. Clinical Functions: The clinician must fully demonstrate:1. Knowledge of contemporary and evidence-based PT practice.2. Ability to interpret clinician prescriptions and referrals.3. Skill in communicating, both orally and in writing, with patients, families, caregivers, and other health care professions to facilitate the multidisciplinary treatment process.4. Skill in utilizing appropriate screening and evaluation techniques required to appropriately provide direct patient care.5. Knowledge of clinical signs and symptoms to make appropriate referrals for further medical attention/assessment as indicated. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.