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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physical Therapist in Des Moines, Iowa

Summary Physical Therapist - Clinical Resource Hub Responsible for the care and treatment of patients through the Clinical Resource Hub (CRH). The primary clinical focus of this position will be general physical therapy services. LSVT BIG certification is preferred for provision of specialized Parkinson's Disease programming. The incumbent will provide care within scope and knowledge base, as CRH needs dictate. This position is aligned with the Rehabilitation and Extended Care Service Line. Responsibilities Duties include, but are not limited to: Clinical: Incumbent demonstrates a high degree of independence and professional judgment in planning and executing treatment programs to meet routine treatment for the veteran Makes recommendations and referral to other medical specialties/services as needs are identified during ongoing assessment of this routine patient population Maintains consistent and timely documentation of patient encounters in the electronic medical record in accordance with accepted PT practice, facility and Rehabilitation Service policies and procedures Participates in regular team meetings, verbal and written communication and consultation amongst team members in order to guide and evaluate the work Performs routine physical therapy evaluation and treatment for male and female patients aged 20-85+ years old. Completes a comprehensive systems screen for all Stage of life is considered and used to modify evaluation and treatment based on the needs of the individual Involves the patient, family/significant other and medical team in treatment planning and goal setting through ongoing communication Interprets findings from examination, diagnostic studies/medical tests and, during evaluation, select appropriate clinical tests and measures, and then integrate findings into the physical therapy plan of care for the full range of patient populations Seeks consultation with other team members for adaptations to an assessment, goals and treatment as needed Plans and carries out the full range of routine interventions Modify treatment approach for use with virtual care modalities to align with varied patient environment Demonstrates independent problem-solving skills that allow for frequent modification of treatment plans in response to subtle, but significant changes in the condition of the patient The employment of innovative treatment techniques is used to obtain the best outcome Regularly performs re-assessment of treatment outcomes Assesses for and requests prosthetic/orthotic equipment as needed and is able to make modifications as necessary Assessment of the learning needs is performed and patient education is tailored to meet those needs involving the patient, family and significant others in the process as appropriate Routinely utilizes standard outcome measures Clearly identifies PT prognosis for all patients Education: Shares knowledge and expertise about the scope of physical therapy practice and services Shares knowledge through direct consultation, mentorship, development of in-services, clinical training, and leading by example Completes educational activities and competencies to maintain state licensure and any additional certification(s) as required by the certifying/licensing agency and the VA Completes annual mandatory reviews and other education as directed by VHA Develops and provides individualized clinical training experience for physical therapy students Administrative: Actively participates in program development to improve efficiency and quality of care provided to patients Participates in the development of CRH policies, procedures, quality assurance monitors, and related standards of care Attend educational and development meetings for the CRH Aware of and adheres to the department/service/facility's values, mission, rules, policies and procedures and the American Physical Therapy Association Standards of Practice and Standards of Ethics to ensure quality patient care Aware of safety concerns, regulations, policies and procedures, and employs appropriate safety practices Accurate and timely documentation that follows department and professional standards of patient services including evaluation, progress, discharge, patient contacts, and patient educations Timely and accurate selection and application of the correct reimbursement codes and workload entry as supported by documentation Maintains department and professional knowledge of coding and workload entry Participates in the performance appraisal process by establishing goals, reviewing progress with supervisor and preparing self-review The incumbent may serve on committees, work groups and other efforts to meet standards of care as identified by CARF, Joint Commission, department, program and/or facility Work Schedule: Full-time; Monday - Friday, 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM or 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM. The tour will be Monday through Friday but may be adjusted, including weekend or holiday hours, as need dictates. Telework: If approved, will be on an ad hoc basis. Virtual: This is a virtual and on-site position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Physical Therapist/PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Education and experience: The individual must meet at least one of the requirements below: Bachelor's degree in Physical Therapy AND five (5) years of progressively independent experience as a physical therapist. Master's degree in Physical Therapy AND two (2) years of progressively independent experience as a physical therapist. Doctorate degree in physical therapy. NOTE: Individuals must be a graduate of a Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) accredited college or university. The CAPTE is the only accreditation agency recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) to accredit entry-level physical therapy programs. Foreign Graduates: Although the licensing of physical therapists in the U.S. is a right and responsibility of each jurisdiction, foreign educated individuals must undergo an educational credentials assessment for substantial equivalency to the first professional degree in the US. Licensure: Individuals hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice physical therapy in a State, Territory or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia. Non-licensed PTs, who otherwise meet the basic requirements in this standard, may be given a temporary appointment as a graduate PT at the GS-11 grade level. English Language Proficiency: Individuals appointed under authority of 38 U.S.C. chapters 73 or 74, to serve in a direct patient-care capacity in VHA must be proficient in written and spoken English. May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Grade Determinations: GS-11 Physical Therapist (Entry) Education, Experience, and Licensure: None beyond the basic requirements. GS-12 Physical Therapist (Full Performance Level) Education, Experience and Licensure: In addition to the basic requirements, candidates must possess one year of experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level, hold a valid unrestricted state license AND demonstrate all the KSAs below: Demonstrated Knowledge Skills and Abilities: 1. Ability to make autonomous clinical decisions in a Direct Access environment. This includes ability to independently evaluate and treat patients who seek physical therapy services. 2. Skill in performing examinations and evaluations of individuals who have or may develop impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions related to conditions of the musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular, pulmonary, and/or integumentary systems while considering the effects attributable to unique psychosocial and environmental factors. 3. Ability to interpret findings from examination and evaluation, select appropriate test and measures, and integrate findings into the physical therapy plan of care for the full range of patient populations. 4. Ability to establish a diagnosis within the scope of physical therapy and identify the appropriate rehabilitation intervention, including referral to another provider for further consultation as clinically indicated. 5. Ability to determine physical therapy prognosis by incorporating examination findings with the patient's preferences in order to set clinically appropriate treatment goals, optimize outcomes and maximize functional independence. 6. Ability to independently provide clinical oversight of Physical Therapy Assistants as well as students on clinical affiliations who are in Doctoral PT Programs or PTA Programs. Preferred Experience: Physical Therapist License References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/99, PART II, APPENDIX G12 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-11 to GS-12. Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting/carrying, pushing, reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, walking, kneeling, repeated bending, and climbing Education IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application. Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html. Additional Information This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority. As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required exception from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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