The incumbent functions as and Occupational Therapist for Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) of the Kansas City Veterans Hospital. The position requires a fully certified/licensed Occupational Therapist who works independently and with only minimal supervision from the Supervisor of PT/OT Services. The primary function of this position is evaluation and treatment of patients referred to Occupational Therapy. Independent evaluation of the patient's functional abilities by using a variety of standardized and non-standardized tests to determine Occupational Therapy needs. Primary evaluation instruments and/or procedures to include, but are not limited to cognitive assessments, goniometry, strength measurements, activities of daily living evaluations, work evaluations, observation, interview and review of medical histories. Based on findings from the evaluation, incumbent plans an effective and specialized treatment program that is appropriate and indicated for the disabilities & conditions being treated. In collaboration with patient and significant other/caregivers, incumbent establishes short and long term goals, that are objective, measurable, and within certain time frames. Implements the treatment program, modifying program as needed to achieve goals. Incumbent works in collaboration with patient, family/caregivers, and other team members to establish appropriate discharge plans. Recognizes contraindications, precautions, and appropriateness of treatment prescribed by referring provider and consults with referring provider if these are in question. Incumbent recognizes adverse reactions to treatment and initiates effective action immediately. Develops and carries out a full range of Occupational Therapy treatment using a wide variety of traditional and non-traditional treatment techniques and modalities. The modalities/techniques used to meet individual rehabilitation objectives include, but are not limited to: strengthening and range of motion exercises; self-care training; application of adaptive equipment and splints; use of physical agent modalities; patient and family education regarding disability; cognitive re-training; wheelchair mobility; and community re-integration. Incumbent understands that patients often have multiple physical/medical and psycho-social deficits which necessitate adaptive treatment practices to meet specific and unique patient needs. When conducting patient assessments and providing patient care, the Occupational Therapist considers the age of the patient as it relates to his/her ability to understand directions, provide effective self assessment, and participate safely and appropriately in the treatment program. Works effectively with patients, families, friends, treatment team members, volunteers, and primary providers. Thoroughly documents patient status and progress, therapy plan, and patient response to treatment using both verbal and written means of communication. Plans with patient and significant others to establish short and long term goals and discharge plans. Documents in the medical record the initial evaluation, treatment plan, progress notes, and discharge summaries in accordance with policies of the facility. Develops and implements individualized Occupational Therapy treatment programs for patients. Periodically conducts quality assurance utilization reviews regarding patient treatment and departmental issues. ??????? The Occupational Therapist may also be required to oversee the day-to-day operations of the Occupational Therapy Service to which he/she is assigned. This involves managing patient caseload at a productive standard and addressing minor, routine problems which may arise. It may also include program management duties on an occasional basis. Incumbent serves as a mentor and as a subject matter expert to other therapists with patient evaluation, documentation, program planning, and patient treatment in the clinical specialty area. Provides in-service and clinical training in the specialty or program area. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday (normal business hours) Compressed/Flexible: not available Telework: not available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Occupational Therapist/PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized 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.