This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more The CTVHCS is recruiting for a highly qualified Physical Therapist (Clinical Specialist) for the PHYSICAL MEDICINE & REHABILITATIVE SERVICE located in TEMPLE, TX. The Primary Purpose of this Position is: The Wheelchair and Seating Specialist's responsibilities include current advances in a wheelchair and seating technology, train peers in wheelchair and seating as needed; support staff with a wheelchair and seating needs; serves as a liaison between the PM&RS and Prosthetics Service. The incumbent attends meetings as needed; improves and streamline processes in the Wheelchair and Seating prescription process; performs program development for the wheelchair and seating needs; order new equipment needed for successful evaluation and training purposes for patients; fulfill other administrative duties as needed. Incumbent addresses PM&RS issues as they relate to wheelchair and seating across CTVHCS; direct the clinic scheduling activity with PM&RS schedulers as needed; act as a liaison between staff therapists and supervisor. Provide professional oversight and consultation for staff therapists; function as a rehabilitation resource and expert to the health care professionals. The physical therapist also assists in the growth and development of more junior physical therapists by serving as a mentor and model for outstanding clinical practice and through participation in research and educational activities. Clinical Practice-Patient Evaluations: The incumbent's primary responsibility is to provide specialized wheelchair and seating evaluations to determine the needs for the client for wheelchair intervention, education, and training in the use of the prescribed wheelchair. He/she is independent with the configuration and ordering of manual, power, recreational, sports wheelchairs, and scooters, and any needed accessories. The incumbent is responsible for entering appropriate prosthetics requests in a timely manner and for training patients and family/caregivers in correct use and management of prescribed wheelchair/scooter, cushions, or other adaptive equipment. Outside of wheelchair clinic responsibilities, the incumbent conducts an independent and specialized evaluation of the patient to determine Physical Therapy needs. Primary evaluation procedures/methods include, but are not limited to: a review of the medical record, review of past wheelchair/equipment prescriptions. Evaluations are frequently complex and may require adaptation to accommodate multiple physical and emotional disabilities or conditions. Evaluations address rehabilitation potential, behavior, motor skills, and psychosocial development at an age-appropriate level. Barriers to learning are identified and strategies to overcome them are developed and implemented to ensure accurate patient evaluation. Ensures appropriate patient referrals and discharge planning in concert with the Physical Therapy and Medical Center staff. Reviews and analyses the effectiveness of treatments, and develops new treatment programs which apply current research and evidence-based practice. Assists/encourage other Physical Therapy staff in the same. Represents the section, when designated, at clinics, planning conference, and assigned medical meetings. Covers for absent staff members to ensure continuity of care. Administrative Functions Patients are scheduled for evaluation in such a manner as to not negatively impact other clinical staff yet meet the patient's needs. Provides and arranges for in-service training programs for PM&RS and other services. Responsible for participating and contributing to the advancement of knowledge and techniques related to Wheelchair Seating and Assessment and other related topics. Investigates current concepts and scientific principles in Physical Therapy practice through literature reviews, a study of current Evidence Base Research and clinical practice and through attendance at continuing education courses and conferences. Serves as Clinical Instructor for Physical Therapy and Physical Therapist Assistant students as assigned. Observes and evaluates their performance in order to assess their capabilities as physical therapists utilizing evaluation guides provided by affiliated educational institutions. Supervisory Controls: The employee is under the supervision of a Supervisory Physical Therapist with second level supervision by Chief, PM&RS. The incumbent is independently responsible for managing the Wheelchair and Seating program and treatment of patients undergoing care in CTVHCS. The supervisor or other designated second-level supervisor assigns work with standing instructions on objectives, priorities, and deadlines, and guides unusually involved situations. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm, occasional weekend as needed Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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