Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physical Therapist in North Chicago, Illinois
Summary This position is located in the Fleet Medicine Directorate, Branch Health Clinic (BHC) 1007, USS TRANQUILLITY, at the CAPT James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC). The position is assigned responsibility for the provision and coordination of all services required for an organized, multi-disciplinary team approach to Active Duty military service members to assure quality, comprehensive, cost-effective care. Responsibilities The therapist is responsible for developing and administering treatment programs to Active Duty and Recruits for acute and chronic orthopedic musculoskeletal diagnoses. A strong knowledge of orthopedic diagnosis and rehabilitation are essential for this position. In addition the therapist is responsible for his/her own professional development, maintaining licensure requirements and remaining current with evaluation and treatment techniques. The therapist may be expected to work After Hours Clinic, Weekends and Holidays as needed. Assesses patient's functional status and physical therapy needs through review of physician referral, medical history and records, and results of appropriate functional tests and measurements. Provides population-specific care, as identified in the Population-Specific Competencies, including knowledge of principles of growth and development relevant to the population(s) served and associated age - specific changes. Establishes meaningful and specific therapeutic goals and independently designs a treatment plan to meet established goals in the most efficient manner. Completes re-evaluations in a timely manner and modifies goals and treatment plans based on the specific information collected in re-evaluation of patients. Make changes to treatment based on patient response to treatment in a manner that utilizes creative thinking, evidence based practice and problem solving that goes beyond the typical diagnosis-based treatment pathways in order to reach maximal outcomes and patient rehab potential. Coordinates the scheduling of patient treatment with other therapists, nursing staff and Recruit Training Command. Assesses the need for home equipment and orders or devises the necessary equipment to ensure optimal functioning in the home environment. Demonstrates awareness of safety hazards and takes corrective action. Prioritizes the management of patient care to meet the changing needs of the patients and clinic. Actively participates in the interdisciplinary patient education process. Accurately communicates data, plans, actions, and recommendations related to a variety of issues through approved documentation and reporting mechanisms. Use AHLTA, CHCS, CPRS, VISTA, and other electronic health record and software programs to effectively obtain and convey patient information. Participates in staff meetings, education and plans and presents in-service training and educational programs to health professionals and staff. Conducts training for professional and paraprofessional personnel within the department and the FHCC. Involved in teaching students in various disciplines who are assigned clinical rotations in the clinic. Assess and guide communications to facilitate accomplishing patient, clinic, and FHCC goals. Identify potential conflicts among professional and support personnel and initiate appropriate actions to resolve the issue. Use tact and understanding when interacting with others, even in potentially volatile situations. Use customer focused skills and principles. Performs competent written documentation following prescribed guidelines for initial evaluations and progress notes. Documents clearly and concisely the physical findings noted during assessment and treatment into the medical record. A therapist at this level will be able to document appropriately to support the level of care provided as evaluated by peer review. Accurately maintains encounter data and treatment documentation in keeping with PM&R and hospital-wide policies. Schedules clinic appointments using AHLTA and CHCS scheduling options. Uses established business rules to schedule appointments for patients. Participates in PM&RS performance improvement activities and the FHCC's performance improvement program. Participates in Performance Evaluation and Improvement (PE & I) activities by evaluating patient care systems that may include standards, protocols, and documentation for efficiency, safety, and quality. Work Schedule: 6:30 AM - 3:00 PM Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual 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 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. OR; Master's degree in Physical Therapy AND two (2) years of progressively independent experience as a physical therapist. OR; Doctorate degree in physical therapy. Licensure: Individuals must 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. 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: In addition to meeting basic requirements, applicants must meet the following requirements for corresponding grade level. GS-11: None beyond the basic requirements. GS-12: 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: 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. References: PHYSICAL THERAPIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD GS-0633, VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G12, FEBRUARY 7, 2018 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: To perform in a fully successful manner, the individual must have the physical ability to perform job-related duties which require lifting, standing, bending, transferring, stooping, stretching, walking, pushing, or pulling without assistance from another patient care provider or significant other. A health examination must be successfully completed prior to this assignment and periodically thereafter as required by the Employee Health Clinic policy. There will be intermittent exposure to blood and body fluids. Education IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. 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. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. 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. 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