The James E. Van Zandt VAMC is an integrated healthcare system comprised of one hospital in Altoona, PA & 5 community based outpatient clinics (CBOCs). The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service (PM&RS) Physical Therapist provides examination, diagnosis, treatment, & management of musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular/pulmonary, & integumentary conditions, through both Physical Therapy Consults & Direct Access. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Education and experience. The individual must meet at least one of the requirements below: Bachelor's degree in Physical Therapy AND five (5) years of progressively independent experience as a physical therapist Master's degree in Physical Therapy AND two (2) years of progressively independent experience as a physical therapist. Doctorate degree in physical therapy. * Individuals must be a graduate of a Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) accredited college or university. 3. Foreign Graduates. Graduates of foreign physical therapy programs meet the requirements if they have a full unrestricted and current license to practice physical therapy in a State, Territory or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia. The Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy (FCCPT) is a non-profit organization created to assist the United States (U.S.) Citizenship and Immigration Services (formerly INS) and U.S. state licensing authorities by evaluating the credentials of Foreign Educated Physical Therapists (FEPTs) who wish to immigrate and work in the U.S. Foreign educated individuals must undergo an educational credentials assessment for substantial equivalency to the first professional degree in the US. 4. Licensure. Individuals hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice physical therapy in a State, Territory or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia. Non-licensed PTs, who otherwise meet the basic requirements in this standard, may be given a temporary appointment as a graduate PT at the GS-11 grade level under the authority of 38 U.S.C. 7405 (a)(1)(D) for a period not-to-exceed two years from the date of employment on the condition that such PT provide care only under the supervision of a PT who is licensed. Failure to obtain licensure during that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment. May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). All licensed PTs employed in VHA on the effective date of this qualification standard are considered to have met all qualification requirements for the title, series and grade held, including positive education and licensure that are part of the basic requirements of the occupation. For employees who do not meet all the basic requirements required in this standard, but who met the qualifications applicable to the position at the time they were appointed to it, the following provisions apply: (1) Employees grandfathered into the GS-0633 occupational series as PTs may be reassigned, promoted up to and including the full performance (journey) level, or changed to lower grade within the occupation. (2) PTs who are appointed on a temporary basis prior to the effective date of this qualification standard may not have their temporary appointment extended or be reappointed on a temporary or permanent basis until they fully meet the basic requirements of this standard. (3) PTs initially grandfathered into this occupation, who subsequently obtain additional education and/or licensure/certification/registration, meet all the basic requirements of this qualification standard and must maintain the required credentials as a condition of employment in the occupation. (4) If PTs who are grandfathered under this provision leave the occupation, the employee loses protected status and must meet the full VA qualification standard requirements in effect at the time of reentry to the occupation. Creditable Experience: (1) Knowledge of Contemporary Professional Physical Therapy Practice. Candidate must have demonstrated possession of the required knowledge, skills, & abilities associated with the scope of physical therapy practice. Experience may be evidenced by one or more of the following: (a) Active professional practice: paid/non-paid employment as a professional PT as defined by APTA or the appropriate licensing board. Experience gained after graduation but prior to licensure is creditable provided the candidate was utilized as a graduate PT and subsequently passed the licensure examination. (b) Completion of a post-graduate fellowship or a post-graduate residency program may be substituted for creditable experience on a year for year basis. (2) Experience is only creditable if it was post degree experience as a professional PT & is directly related to the duties to be performed. Qualifying experience must also be at a level comparable to or exceeding the professional PT experience at the next lower grade level. Grade Determinations: To qualify at GS-11 you must meet the basic requirements listed above To qualify at GS-12 you must posses 1 year experience equivalent at the GS -11 grade level by demonstrating the following knowledge, skills and abilities Provide assessment and treatment intervention Plans and modify treatment based on patients response General assignments in any physical therapy program area where advanced specialized knowledge is not required or may serve as the sole PT (ex: outpatient clinic) If licensed, Provide oversight and delegate patient care responsibilities to a Physical Therapist Assistant, and/or delegate non-patient care duties to non-licensed staff. In not licensed, practice under the close supervision of a licensed PT AND You must possess one year of experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level, hold a valid unrestricted state license & demonstrate all the KSAs below: Make autonomous clinical decisions in a Direct Access environment. This includes ability to independently evaluate & treat patients who seek physical therapy services Perform examinations & evaluations of individuals who have or may develop impairments, activity limitations, & participation restrictions related to conditions of the musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular, pulmonary, & or integumentary systems while considering the effects attributable to unique psychosocial and environmental factors Interpret findings from examination & evaluation, select appropriate test & measures, & integrate findings into the physical therapy plan of care for the full range of patient populations Establish a diagnosis within the scope of physical therapy & identify the appropriate rehabilitation intervention, including referral to another provider for further consultation as clinically indicated Determine physical therapy prognosis by incorporating examination findings with the patient's preferences in order to set clinically appropriate treatment goals, optimize outcomes & maximize functional independence Independently provide clinical oversight of Physical Therapy Assistants as well as students on clinical affiliations who are in Doctoral PT Programs or PTA Programs References: VA Handbook 5005 Part II Appendix G12 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-11 to GS 12. Physical Requirements: Pre-placement & periodic physical examinations are required for hybrid occupations to ensure workers are placed in positions where they can perform the essential functions of their job considering their physical, mental & emotional capacities, without endangering their health or the health of their co-workers. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. ["All Physical Therapist (PT) must provide the following: Provide patient care that is compassionate, appropriate, & effective for the promotion of health, prevention of illness, treatment of disease, & care at the end of life within traditional consult processes & within direct access delivery of care Demonstrate knowledge of established & evolving evidenced based practices, & the application of their knowledge to patient care & the education of others Function within their approved scope of practice as defined by APTA, State Licensing Board for their License Maintain a State PT license Ensure evidenced based learning & improvement, use scientific evidenced based practice & methods to investigate, evaluate, & improve patient care, through both the traditional Physical Therapy Consults & within the Direct Access Care models of delivery of care Demonstrate interpersonal & communication skills that enable them to establish & maintain professional relationships with patients, families, & other members of the health care team Demonstrate behaviors that reflect a commitment to continuous professional development, ethical practice, & understanding & sensitivity to diversity, & a responsible attitude toward their patients & their profession Demonstrate both an understanding of the contexts & systems in which health care is provided, & the ability to apply this knowledge to improve optimizing health care Provide telehealth services to appropriate patients, through means of Clinical Video Telehealth (CVT), VA Video Connect (VVC), & other telehealth means approved by VA Return phone calls & contact patients as necessary through telephone Utilize standard medical evaluation procedures & physical therapy evaluation to evaluate & develop a physical therapy treatment plan Incorporate various evidenced based treatment techniques Collaborate with the interdisciplinary team, including PM&RS to ensure the whole health approach to patient centered care. Complete evaluations, re-evaluations, plan of care, treatments, & discharges Coordinate & supervise treatment plans with the staff Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA), if position exists Provide group physical therapy, as determined, to be medically indicated and appropriate Document & code information for billing related to patient care in the VA's electronic health care record on a timely basis following VHA policies Communicates with other health care providers as appropriate Maintain up-to-date VHA & professional trainings Required meetings must be attended, or representative will attend if patient care emergency arises Attends patient / family meetings, committee meetings, & interdisciplinary meetings as assigned/ directed Responsible for individual professional development Attends evidenced based clinical educational courses to assure continued competency by establishing, maintaining, & updating professional performance, knowledge, & skills to promote a progressive treatment environment Review referrals, screen for appropriateness of care, & direct Veterans to other services when necessary Subject matter expert on physical therapy services & will provide guidance when requested regarding purchased care Knowledge of complex issues surrounding the delivery of care as it relates to physical therapy services, such as evidenced base practice & cost effectiveness Problem solve issues in the delivery of physical therapy care Collaborate directly with other PM&RS staff as indicated Show effectiveness in teaching, monitoring, & coordinating educational activities, & comply with necessary trainee supervision Participate in teaching principles of Physical therapy to staff, students, & residents Provide assistance, as needed, for issues, or problems that arise in relation to the physical therapy practice Serves as a preceptor to new staff or less experienced staff & students Serves as an advisor to leadership on issues pertaining to physical therapy care Develops & provides individualized clinical training experience for physical therapy students Reports to the to the PM&RS Supervisor Follows established organizational structure & guidelines, assists in program planning, & staff development, across a variety of clinical settings for implementation systems, & is able to apply that knowledge as dictated by the demands of daily business Assures that all program policies & procedures are in compliance Implement procedures so that the minimum structural & process requirements stipulated by VACO for the PM&RS & Whole Health program are satisfied Provides clinical supervision for a PTA in a collaborative manner Work Schedule: Mon-Fri 8a-4:30p\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nPosition Title/Functional Statement #:Physical Therapist/PD000000\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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