This is a unit bargaining position.
Work Schedule: Monday Friday, 8:00am 4:30pm and may work some evenings and weekends.
The psychologist serves as a staff psychologist for the
Home Based Health Care program (HBPC), as well as providing mental health care
at the North Olympic Peninsula Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) of VA
Puget Sound Health Care System. This psychologist will be a member of the HBPC and
Mental Health-Primary Care programs. HBPC duties will include providing
comprehensive, interdisciplinary psychology services in the homes of veterans
with complex, chronic, and disabling disease as well as providing palliative
care, rehabilitation, disease management, and care coordination services.
HBPC targets veterans in advanced stages of chronic disease, particularly those
at high risk for recurrent hospitalization or nursing home placement. Outcomes
expected of HBPC programs include effective management of chronic disease and
reduction of inpatient days and total cost of care. HBPC teams include
representatives from medicine service, nursing, pharmacy, social work,
rehabilitation, dietetics, and psychology. The psychologist will devote a
minimum of 50% of their overall time to the HBPC program, which includes travel
to Veteran homes. The remaining 50% time will be devoted to providing
mental health care to veterans within the Primary Care program at the Port
Angeles CBOC. Duties related to primary care will include working with
the Primary Care Mental Health Integration team based at the Port Angeles
clinic. In this role the psychologist works with the primary care
providers and the embedded psychiatric ARNP to provide psychological services
using the Co-located Collaborative Care model. This model focuses on
rapid access, use of short-term therapies, to stabilize the patient and return
to the primary care provider for routine follow-up care. In this role,
the psychologist will also work with Tele-Mental Health services that will be
provided to this clinic to help augment specialty mental health care delivery
into this site.
psychological assessment and diagnostic services for Veterans with a broad
range of psychopathology receiving care within the HBHC
setting, including services for patients with complex psychopathology requiring
advanced psycho-diagnostic skills within
the HBPC and MHPC settings.
expertise in using and contemporary interview and psychometric assessment
methods for mental disorders and/or behavioral health conditions.
education to patients and family members regarding mental disorders and best
practices approaches to treatment.
evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions as indicated and appropriate for
the specific job setting and duties of the psychologist, which may include
individual, family, and group psychotherapy and psychoeducation.
consultation to health care providers about assessment findings and treatment
plan for patients to ensure that care is coordinated, collaborative, and
integrated within the Medical Center.
implements, and documents the mental health treatment plan for an assigned
caseload of patients, as indicated and appropriate for the specific job setting
and duties of the psychologist.
with all Service Line documentation requirements, including standards for timely
completion of CPRS patient contact notes, use of required documentation
templates, clinical reminders, treatment plans, and risk assessment protocols.
to all Facility and Service Line policies and practices for delivering clinical
care, including but not limited to risk assessment and reduction practices for
potentially dangerous behavior (suicide and violence), timeliness of care and
access standards, professional conduct requirements, and CPRS documentation
(1) Assists the Team Leader and/or Program
Director in the design, development, and implementation of clinical assessment
and/or intervention programs.
(2) Adheres to operational policies and
procedures for the treatment team, established by the affiliated Team Leader, Program
Director, and/or Service Line Leader.
(3) Assists the Team Leader and/or Program
Director in the execution of ongoing program evaluation and data-driven quality
improvement projects to monitor the effectiveness of the clinical program.
(4) Facilitates liaisons with other health care
programs in order to effectively coordinate services.
(5) Complies with national and local performance
measures and facilitates organizational success on these measures at the team
(6) Complies with all Facility and Service Line
policies and expectations concerning administrative practices, including but
not limited to leave authorization, responding to Suspense items, and completing
TMS educational requirements.
(7) Attends and participates in administrative
and informational meetings held by the Psychology Chief/Deputy Chief, Service
Line Leader (or designee), Chief of Staff, and/or Facility Director.
(8) Attends monthly Psychology Service Staff Meetings;
Psychology Training Faculty Meetings; and participates in the Psychology
Service biannual competency review process (OPPE and FPPE), periodically serving
on the Psychology Service Clinical Pertinence Review Committee.
(9) Maintains current knowledge of, and
practices in accordance with, Joint Commission requirements.
(10) Protects printed and electronic files
containing sensitive data in accordance with provisions of Federal privacy acts
and confidentiality statutes. Follows regulations and instructions regarding
release of sensitive or protected patient or employee information.
Relocation or recruitment incentives may be authorized.