This position is located in the South Texas VA Healthcare Systems (STVHCS). The Supervisory Orthotist-Prosthetist administers, supervises, and performs work concerned with providing clinical and laboratory prosthetics and orthotic services to disabled patients. A Recruitment/Relocation Incentive may be authorized for a Highly Qualified Individual. Planning, developing, and directing an Orthotic-Prosthetic Laboratory and related Clinical Activities at the national, VISN or local level; with an emphasis as a consultant for clinical prosthetics and orthotics at the VISN level. Serving as an advisor to physicians, therapists and other medical professionals with regard to indications and contraindications of prosthetic and orthotic componentry, prescription criteria. Authorizing the purchase, fabrication or repair of prosthetic devices. Maintaining continuous liaison with manufacturers and dealers of prosthetic supplies, inspecting their facilities and services and participating in the award of prosthetic appliance contracts. Participating in investigative/research project studies by selecting patients as pilot wearers of newly developed prosthetic items, evaluating the usefulness of such items and compiling of data. Giving technical and administrative advice and assistance on prosthetic problems to other facilities. Having knowledge of contracting, human resources, the National Prosthetic Patient Database, inventory management and knowledge of the Prosthetic national software package. Follows established regulations and procedures to insure patient privacy on a VISN level. conducts gait analysis, range of motion, coordination and balance, motor skills, and clinical assessment studies in accordance with occupational principles for unusual conditions, multiple complex interrelated conditions, etc. Takes necessary measurements, casts or scans to develop positive molds of the affected area of the body, which are used to create orthoses and/or prostheses. Recognizes physical abnormalities, deviations, and complicating conditions with potentially life threatening implications. Assesses patient for indications/contra-indications of appropriate treatment protocols and discusses the assessment with the physician/requesting provider for purposes of developing the overall treatment plan. Fabricates components, or selects and modifies components, and assembles these into the finished device. Uses CAD/CAM system as appropriate in this process and performs preliminary alignment. Manages and Administers CAD/CAM operation for the VISN as a Clinical Fabrication facility; overseeing these systems Fits device on patient, assures preliminary alignment, and performs subsequent dynamic alignment. Attends professional and manufacturer's training seminars. Develops budget plan for lab. Supervises O/P lab staff evaluating employee performance, approving leave, interviewing candidates for positions, recommending promotions, giving advice, counseling/effecting disciplinary action, resolving complaints, etc. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Supervisory Orthotist-Prosthetist/PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: May be authorized for higher qualified applicant Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized PCS Appraised Value Offer (AVO): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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