Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physical Therapist in Ponce, Puerto Rico
Summary Position is located in the Physical Therapy Department of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service (PM&RS) in the VA Caribbean Healthcare System Ponce Out-Patient Clinic (POPC). The Physical Therapist (PT) performs comprehensive assessments and provides treatment that promotes the prevention, remediation, and rehabilitation of acute and chronic physical and psychosocial dysfunction. Responsibilities Major Duties include: Evaluation, documentation and treatment interventions of patients admitted to Physical Therapy Services. Providing guidance/supervision to Physical Therapy Assistants. Providing guidance/supervision to Physical Therapy trainees. Serves as a Clinical Instructor, to include planning, scheduling, coordinating, implementing, and evaluating the student's clinical affiliation. Incumbent is responsible for student orientation, instruction, and counseling. Reviews objectives and goals of the student's affiliation and plans learning experiences accordingly. Incumbent evaluates the student's performance and participates in school-medical center conferences regarding students or curriculum and may advise other clinical instructors and their students regarding complex medical/surgical problems. Provides in-service and clinical training in the rehabilitation area to physical therapists and other healthcare professionals. Functions as a mentor in the field of physical therapy and provides specific instruction and training to students and other members of the multidisciplinary team. Maintains expertise through attendance at professional meetings and literature review. Monitors program operations for quality issues considering access to care, cost effective operations and a safe and healthy environment to promote maximum patient and staff welfare. Presents and implements ideas for program development and strategic planning within the physical therapy section. Prepares productivity and service reports as required by the Service/ Section. Complies with standard operating procedures for cleaning and disinfection of reusable medical equipment as established in service guidelines. Submits requests of supplies and equipment following service policies and procedures. Reports noted deficiencies in service delivery, safety and security. Contributes with ideas to improve operations. Participates in drills and practices infection control precautions. Participates in information and outcomes management activities such as, but not limited to: surveys, performance improvement and strategic plan development. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. May be required to work on holidays or weekends. 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. 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. Education & Experience: A requirement for appointment as a Licensed Physical Therapist in Veterans Health Administration (VHA) includes education and experience:(1) The individual must have either a bachelor's degree in Physical Therapy and five (5) years of progressively independent experience as a physical therapist; (2) A master's degree in Physical Therapy and two (2) years of progressively independent experience as a physical therapist; (3) Doctorate degree in physical therapy. Foreign Graduates: Graduates of foreign physical therapy programs meet the requirements in subparagraph 3b if they have a full unrestricted and current license to practice physical therapy in a State, Territory or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia. The Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy (FCCPT) is a non-profit organization created to assist the United States (U.S.) Citizenship and Immigration Services (formerly INS) and U.S. state licensing authorities by evaluating the credentials of Foreign Educated Physical Therapists (FEPTs) who wish to immigrate and work in the U.S. 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. The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) is committed to protect the public and to provide leadership within the field and practice of physical therapy. FSBPT's Foreign Educated Standards Committee has developed standards that represent "best practices" in evaluation services. The Credentials Evaluation Standards were developed with input from the physical therapy credentialing agencies that are licensed to use FSBPT's Coursework Tool. Licensure: A requirement for appointment as a Licensed Physical Therapist in VHA includes 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 under the authority of 38 U.S.C. 7405 (a)(1)(D) for a period not-to-exceed two years from the date of employment on the condition that such PT provide care only under the supervision of a PT who is licensed. Failure to obtain licensure during that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment. Grandfathering Provision. All licensed PTs employed in VHA on the effective date of this qualification standard are considered to have met all qualification requirements for the title, series and grade held, including positive education and licensure that are part of the basic requirements of the occupation. For employees who do not meet all the basic requirements required in this standard, but who met the qualifications applicable to the position at the time they were appointed to it, the following provisions apply:(1) Employees grandfathered into the GS-0633 occupational series as PTs may be reassigned, promoted up to and including the full performance (journey) level, or changed to lower grade within the occupation.(2) PTs who are appointed on a temporary basis prior to the effective date of this qualification standard may not have their temporary appointment extended or be reappointed on a temporary or permanent basis until they fully meet the basic requirements of this standard.(3) PTs initially grandfathered into this occupation, who subsequently obtain additional education and/or licensure/certification/registration, meet all the basic requirements of this qualification standard and must maintain the required credentials as a condition of employment in the occupation.(4) If PTs who are grandfathered under this provision leave the occupation, the employee loses protected status and must meet the full VA qualification standard requirements in effect at the time of reentry to the occupation. Grade Determinations: GS - 11 Physical Therapist (Entry) Experience: None Beyond the basic requirement. GS - 12 Physical Therapist (Full Performance level) Experience: Do you possess at least one year of experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level, hold a valid unrestricted state license and demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) as major duties that include but not limited too: Responsible for providing assessment and treatment intervention; plan and modify treatment based on a patient's response to intervention and/or change in medical condition; general assignments in any physical therapy program area where advanced specialized knowledge is not required or may serve as the sole PT such as in an outpatient clinic; Licensed PTs may provide oversight and delegate patient care responsibilities to a Physical Therapist Assistant, and/or delegate non-patient care duties to non-licensed staff. In addition to the experience above the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: 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: VA Handbook 5005/99 Part II Appendix G12 Dated February 7, 2018. SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR (SPF)- In addition to the English Language Proficiency, you must also be proficient in basic written and spoken Spanish in order to perform the duties of this position. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. Pre-placement and periodic physical examinations are required for hybrid occupations to ensure workers are placed in positions where they can perform the essential functions of their job considering their physical, mental and emotional capacities, without endangering their health or the health of their co-workers. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. Education 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. Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education | Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (capteonline.org). Verification of accredited programs may be obtained from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) at www.apta.org. 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 Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed. 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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