Job Overview

Summary

 Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 947985

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?

Since 1953, VAMC Durham has been improving the health of the men and women who have so proudly served our nation. We consider it our privilege to serve your health care needs in any way we can. Services are available to more than 200,000 veterans living in a 26-county area of central and eastern North Carolina. In addition to our main facility in Durham, we offer services in three community-based outpatient clinics. These clinics are located in —

·         Raleigh, North Carolina

·         Greenville, North Carolina

·         Morehead City, North Carolina

TOUR OF DUTY:  POSSIBLE EVENING & WEEKEND HOURS

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 Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed in that specific grade.  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

The Compensation and Pension (C&P) Psychologist functions as the full time mental health examiner for compensation and pension examinations.  As such, the incumbent will perform all the duties necessary for high quality, timely completion of the mental health examinations assigned for initial, review, or increase C&P evaluations.  It is expected that up to three examinations (i.e. face-to-face appointments with the patient) will be completed in a day, with the psychologist expected to review the Claims file, medical record, and associated background materials, perform the examination of the patient, and complete documentation of the examination within two days. The incumbent will provide opinions regarding the veteran’s mental health as requested Regional Office of VBA.  Incumbent will perform specialty examinations (e.g. board of two psychologists) as required.  Information from the Regional Office of VBA on the quality and timeliness of the examinations will be considered in the incumbent’s annual performance evaluation.

Although the position is based on the Durham campus, the incumbent may be required to perform C&P Examinations at any of the facilities within the VISN 6, as requested as well as make home visits to conduct C&P examinations.  If available and clinically appropriate, the C&P psychologist may carry out examinations using distance technology (e.g., telehealth). 

The C&P psychologist is expected to be clinically privileged and able to perform any of the duties included under the general privileges of an independently functioning psychologist at this facility (See Enriching Elements).