The Occupational Therapist (OT) position is in the Occupational Therapy Department within the Geriatric, Extended Care and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Service line of the Central Alabama Veteran Health Care System. NOTE: The Occupational Therapist selected for the Columbus VA Clinic will required to work on the Tuskegee, AL and or the Montgomery, AL campuses until the Columbus VA Clinic is opened for patient care. The Occupational Therapist who works at this level provides assessments and treatment intervention of both in-patients and out-patients, on an independent basis across the continuum of care and services provided by Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Services (PM&RS). This position supports the Medical Center, in-patient, out-patient and the Community Living Center (CLC) referrals. The Occupational Therapist at this level practice independently and are responsible for comprehensive assessment of functional and occupational roles using standardized and non-standardized evaluation tools. OTS select and provide direct occupational therapy interventions and procedures with varying degrees of complexity to enhance safety, wellness, and performance in ADL, instrumental IADL, education, work, play, leisure, and social participation. OTS demonstrate a full professional understanding of the theories of treatment in occupational therapy and their proper application through the use of activity analysis, behavioral intervention, frame of references, and therapeutic procedures. They are assigned to all program areas within VHA and provide professional, independent occupational therapy services. OTS at this level may be given assignments in any area where advanced specialized knowledge is not required on a recurring basis due to the patient population served and complexity of the facility and/or treatment area. Individuals may perform ancillary assignments, including program management duties on an occasional basis, where the complexity and amount of work is not substantial. The Occupational Therapist is responsible for the examination and treatment of patients referred to the Occupational Therapy Program for evaluation and determination of his/her functional status or their level of independence as per the clinical direction of the Supervisor, Occupational Therapy Department in coordination with the PM&RS Support team. Duties include but are not limited to: In-service and clinical training programs as assigned by the Supervisor, Occupational Therapy Department. Designs, conducts, and evaluates education experiences for staff members, care-givers and care-giver support team, taking an active role in educational opportunities to enhance the Occupational Therapy Department and Medical Center. Establishes and maintains contact with other key staff involved in patient care via written, telephone, and personal communication on a regular basis at the Medical Center level. Develops and provides timely reports to the Supervisor and Occupational Therapy Department, when requested and as needed. Maintains timely data input utilizing care plans, initial assessments and/or specialty protocols as part of an ongoing process in coordination with other key interdisciplinary staff to provide effective patient care. Represents the Occupational Therapy Department and PM&RS services at various clinical and administrative meetings/rounds at the discretion of the Supervisor and Occupational Therapy Department. The OT conducts comprehensive patient examinations to identify rehabilitation problems and establish treatment goals utilizing the most recent evidence based Occupational Therapy practice. Develops and implements treatment plans designed to meet established goals. Evaluates patient response to treatment and modifies the treatment plan to provide optimum outcome. Conducts examinations, treatment planning and interventions, documentation, and follow-up evaluations primarily. The OT performs demonstrate competence in examination, treatment planning and intervention, and documentation as needed for support personnel and any assigned Staff OT. Demonstrates competence in the appropriate selection of functional outcome measures as related to ADL's, Disability and Assistive Devices. Serves as a subject matter expert in determining functional status as it relates to activities of daily living. Evaluating medical needs for orthotic, prosthetic or other adaptive equipment in accordance with medical center policies and educating the patient & family about safe & correct use. Responding to inappropriate referrals in writing or verbally with written documentation of such. Obtaining clarification for incomplete or unclear orders from the referring provider. Employee must ensure that the appropriate Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and manufacturer's instructions are followed for any step in the use of DME (precleaning, reprocessing, disinfection, sterilization, maintenance). Perform other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Subject to change based on agency needs) Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 599631300
About Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
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.