This position is currently located at the CMCVMC Community Living Center. It is supervised by the CMCVAMC Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service. The occupational therapist who serves at this level is a professional responsible for developing, coordinating, and maintaining the Seating and Mobility Clinic's day-to day functioning. Clinical Responsibilities: Includes but not limited to: Performs Occupational Therapy evaluation and treatments with hospitalized patients, outpatients, and employees, male and female, ages ranging from adult to geriatric, having a variety of disabilities. These cases may be complex in nature with chronic and acute diseases including but not limited to central nervous system disorders, joint diseases, circulatory and pulmonary diseases, diabetes mellitus, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, altered thought processes and multi-system disease combinations. Has the ability to determine the most appropriate plan of care relative to the patient's diagnosis and age. Skills were obtained through formal education and certification and are maintained by continuing education. Functional as the Sole Occupational Therapist on a multidisciplinary team, representing the Occupational Therapy section by communicating directly with team members such as patient's physician, nursing personnel, social worker, dietician, psychologist and other Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation service disciplines involved with the patient's care. Fitting and customizing equipment to meet patients' present and potential future needs and goals. Conducts comprehensive patient examinations to identify seating and positioning problems and establish treatment goals utilizing the latest evidence-based practice and seating and mobility products. Training patients, caregivers, and family members on the safe and efficient device and technology use. Provides educational in-services, resources, and training for medical and nonmedical personal. Evaluates and treats veteran in areas other than the specialized area of custom seating & mobility as dictated by the needs of the Rehabilitation Medicine Service. Maintains a caseload consistent with the OT Section and the Rehabilitation Medicine Service overall. Accepts other clinical duties as assigned or as dictated by the needs of the OT Section and/or Rehabilitation Medicine Service. Administrative Responsibilities: Review documentation is completed timely and accurately, according to PM& R policy. Assists in collecting data that reflect timely, efficient, and accurate ordering, delivery, and assembly of mobility devices and seating systems. Analyzes the data and identifies problems, and provides suggestions for improvement for both in and outpatient clinic. Reviews and implements production assembly for positioning and seating for final fittings. Reviews referrals for clinic appropriateness, make appointments, maintain the schedule for both in and outpatient clinics. Ensures trial equipment and simulation devices are maintained. Shares ideas and concerns regarding seating and mobility clinic and general issues with the CT/PT Supervisor, Prosthetic Chief, and RMS Chief. Maintains knowledge of and acts within the V.A.'s Seating and Mobility, CLC, and hospital policies and procedures. Assures that documentation supports ICD-1O and CPT encounters to capture workload and for billing purposes Supervises and guides non-professional assistants/aides and volunteers involved in Occupational therapy treatment and the Seating and Mobility clinic to maintain overall responsibilities and duties. Maintains effective communication with patients, families, and other health care professionals to enhance patient care. Recommends additions to departmental equipment and occupational therapy treatment programs. Develops the Seating and Mobility- CMCVMC program through: needs assessment, handouts: safety awareness, and maintenance checklist. Is familiar with and can interpret for others information in source documents describing recommendations. Identifies and corrects, if possible, any safety hazards and reports equipment malfunctions. Serves on VA committees as assigned. Educational Responsibilities: Remaining abreast of current policy and procedures changes, documentation requirements, and technological advances to support patients by attending and participates in seminars, workshops, in-service training, departmental meetings, and lectures to increase and maintain personal knowledge and related skills. Completes continuing education annually, shares information with other professionals, and sets specialized training events to keep staff updated. Serves on service level and hospital-level committees at the facility, community, or professional association. Instructs professional health care staff, students, and non-medical staff in specialized assistive technology and knowledge of seating and mobility. Develops patient/family/caregiver teaching and treatment material handouts. Maintains ATP certification through Continuing Education. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required.
Internal Number: 599578800
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