The Primary Purpose of the Position is: To assist with administration of clinical rehabilitation treatments in a specialty clinical setting (which may include but is not limited to: neurology, orthopedics, geriatrics, cardiopulmonary, TBI/polytrauma, amputees, wound care, clinical electrophysiology, home health, sports physical therapy, others). The Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) is responsible for administering highly specialized and diversified treatment for patients with varying levels of physical and mental disabilities and coordinating services with interdisciplinary team and providers with general supervision of a Physical Therapist (PT). Patient Care Duties listed but no limited to: Completes an in depth chart review to implement treatment plans and identify appropriateness of physical therapy intervention, noting any potential risks or contraindications for treatment and demonstrates the ability to obtain accurately interpret information and instructions for physical therapy procedures. Independently utilizes a standardized screening format, to screen patients designated by physical therapist (PT) as possible candidates for physical therapy services or as part of the physical therapy assessment process. Patients are initially assigned by the PT considering caseload complexity and acuity of medical condition, with the PTA managing a caseload with at least 10% of the patients considered complex in nature. PTA coordinates patients' needs with interdisciplinary team members and adapts schedule to meet unscheduled treatments when situation arises. Participates in the development of physical therapy complex treatment plans and provides physical therapy services as specified by the physical therapy plan of care. Demonstrates ability to motivate veterans and family members to participate in treatment plans and comply with indicated regimens and post-discharge activities. Interacts with the patient and family regarding goals for treatment. Demonstrates knowledge and independent skills in measurements of range of motion, length and girth of body parts and vital signs to determine effects of treatment or assisting primary therapist with complex evaluations. Independently implements treatment programs as specified in the PT plan of care. Implementation of treatment programs applies to variable patient population to include complex specialties such as: traumatic brain injury, polytrauma, stroke, amputee, neurology, orthopedics, geriatrics, cardiac rehabilitation, wound care, clinical electrophysiology, home health, sports physical therapy and others. Participates with the PT in planning and implementing treatment programs for patients with a variety of diagnoses. Implements comprehensive patient treatment plans to meet objectives, measurable goals and timeliness for completion. The goals are to prevent injury, impairment, functional limitation, and disability by promoting function, mobility, wellness, fitness, and improved quality of life in all age populations served. Independently modifies treatment techniques following PT plan of care, based on patient response to treatment towards meeting established goals. Recognizes impairments or barriers to progress such as mental status, medical status, etc. Documents treatment progression and/or modifications accordingly. Demonstrates a full professional understanding of selective therapeutic techniques (basic and specialized) and modalities related to disability being treated. Administrative functions: Understand and adheres to service, program and facility policies and procedures. Maintains flexible schedule and adjusts when unforeseen situations arise (e.g. patients schedule conflicts, team conferences, families' inquiries, unscheduled discharge, program/clinic meetings, etc.). May assist as needed in variety of clinics based on workload demands. Identifies, collects and analyzes appropriate patient care information to provide a data base to develop performance evaluation system(s) and Process Improvement activities related to program/clinic area. Participates in Joint Commission (JC) / Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) / Office of Inspector General (OIG) activities, and any other relevant activities. Education and Research: Keeps up with current concepts and trends in Physical Therapy and evidence-based medicine/rehabilitation practices through literature reviews, study of current research, clinical practice, and through attendance to continuing education courses, conferences and in-services. Performs as a Clinical Instructor for Physical Therapy Assistant students as assigned. Assists clinical educators in developing and upgrading student training program content in assigned program and/or specialty area. Participates in community, facility and/or service education projects by conducting in-service programs for other disciplines, setting up in-services for clinic/program and/or developing patient education printed materials. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 7:30a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (rotate as needed on weekends based on patient service requirements) Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.