Job Overview

Summary

Salary: Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected.  The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 919288

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln’s promise – “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.  For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/"

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-09 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.  The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

Duties

Applications will be accepted on an open continuous basis until the position is filled. The first cut-off date will be July, 24 2013 then every two weeks until filled.

The staff Physical Therapist (PT) holds a degree or certificate in Physical Therapy from an accredited college or university recognized by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).  The incumbent also holds an unrestricted license in Physical Therapy from any one of the states in the United States of America.
    
    Physical Therapy is a referral-based discipline, serving physician referred patients in rural health areas as well as coverage at our main medical center when needed.  In serving these patients, the PT participates in Interdisciplinary Team (IDT) conferences, integrates treatment plans with other disciplines, consults referring practitioners, conducts performance improvement activities to include productivity or accountability measures; equipment and material needs; educational and in-service programs; and understands and meets accreditation standards as presented in The Joint Commission (JC) and/or the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) manuals as the standards relate to rehabilitation disciplines.  The staff PT is supervised by the Rehabilitation Supervisor but must be able to function independently at CBOC locations.

    Guidelines include JC or CARF standards, APTA Standards of Practice, professional publications, agency and Medical Center policies, and the DRS and Physical Therapy Section administrative policies and procedures.  Professional guidelines outlining typical techniques or methodologies may serve as norms and precedents.  The PT exercises independent judgment in evaluating, treating and changing of treatment plans when evaluation and treatment procedure precedents are not applicable.

CLINICAL- The purpose is to rehabilitate patients to their maximum functional potential with the ideal goal being that of independent living.  Physical therapy treatment has a direct impact on the physical, social, or economic well-being of patients.

  • Demonstrates professionalism in accurately evaluating and treating all assigned patients.
  • Provides appropriate treatment, with emphasis on    maximizing function, both in the psychosocial and physical restorative areas.  Assesses effectiveness of treatment daily, and modifies as necessary, always utilizing appropriate graded treatment modalities/activities.
  • Completes electronic progress notes on patients assigned, at appropriate intervals, including observations of patients' functional status, behaviors pertinent to rehabilitation, relevant short and long-term goals, progress towards discharge, and disposition recommendations.
  • Refers patients via the Consult package when other subspecialty (for example speech language pathology, neuropsychology, social work, psychology, wheel chair clinic, etc.) involvement is indicated.
  • Directs physical therapy assistants, students, or aides in performance of proper patient treatment.
  • Performs co-assessments or treatments with Occupational Therapy as needed.
  • Initiates or recommends referrals for follow up treatment and/or specialized assessment by physicians or other health care providers.
  • Assess patients for appropriate assistive devices.
  • Demonstrates independent professional discretion and has authority to refuse and/or modify requested treatment when such treatment is contraindicated or inappropriate.
  • Participates in DRS' peer review process, staffing, and PT meetings.
  • Provides patient care which is appropriate to the cognitive, emotional, and maturation needs of the adult and/or geriatric patient to include demonstration of the: knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to age of the patient served; knowledge of changes associated with aging; and abilities to provide care based upon age related factors.
ADMINISTRATIVE- The purpose is to assure the PT is accountable for productivity, clinical treatment area, material needs, and performance in consonance with the Medical Center's mission.  The incumbent:
  • Surveys physical therapy areas for safety, adequacy of supplies and proper use of equipment.  Report findings to the Rehabilitation Supervisor.
  • Provides patient/family education and home treatment programs with instructions for independent therapy, to include safe therapeutic practices.
  • Compiles and submits statistical data required to document patient attendance, therapist workload, and productivity indicators.
  • Represents service at ward rounds and other meetings.
  • Teaches students from affiliated college or university program.
  • Assists in training program for students and in-service training for physical therapy staff.
  • Orients physicians, nurses, and others to the physical therapy program.
  • Assures patient treatment areas are presentable and acceptable environments, requesting improvement when necessary.
  • Assures required supplies, prosthetic items and materials are available in a timely manner as to not negatively impact upon patient care. 
  • Participates in defining performance goals for physical therapy that are consonant with the Medical Center goals, performance measures, and performance improvement each calendar year, providing this information to the Rehabilitation Supervisor.
  • Schedules and checks-out assigned patients in appointment management or through CPRS, in a timely manner, to assure productivity is captured, encounters have proper coding for billing purposes, and data is transferred to the Decision Support System.