Job Overview

Summary

WHO WE ARE...

We are people who take great pride and deep satisfaction in providing America's Veterans with the best clinical care, the most innovative technology and the most comprehensive array of benefits America has to offer.

MISSION & VISION

"To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan."

 -Abraham Lincoln

VA Northern Indiana Health Care System (VANIHCS) was formed in 1995 by the integration of the VA Medical Centers in Fort Wayne, Indiana and Marion, Indiana. The mission of VANIHCS is to provide coordinated, compassionate and comprehensive quality primary care, mental health services and extended care to Veterans in a timely, accessible and cost effective manner. The Fort Wayne campus offers primary and secondary medical and surgical services. The Marion campus offers a full range of psychiatry services, nursing home care and extended care services. Primary care clinics are available at both campuses and at Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) located in South Bend, Goshen, Peru and Muncie, Indiana.

*Note:  The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11.  The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-7 to GS-11.  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed.  The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.   

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

Duties

The registered Physical Therapist provides direct care to a caseload of patients, covering an age range of 18 through geriatrics, under direct supervision of the Chief, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service, (PM&R).   At the target grade level, major duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Receives patient referral from physicians and schedules them for evaluation and treatment in a timely fashion.
• Utilizes evaluation data to implement comprehensive treatment plans, involving patients in goal-setting, if possible.  Modifies treatment plan according to evaluative findings on an on-going basis to better meet short and long term goals.
• Demonstrates a full professional understanding of the theories of treatment and their application.
• Recognizes adverse reaction to treatment and initiates corrective action immediately.
• Evaluates patients’ need for assistive devices, requesting same through Prosthetics/Orthotics and recommends adjustments for prosthetics/orthotics devices or makes minor adjustments to ensure maximum benefit from device.