This position is located in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service at the George E. Wahlen VA Salt Lake City Health Care System, Salt Lake City, Utah. The Staff Occupational Therapist serves as an independent clinical OT responsible for evaluation and treatment of patients that have a wide variety of medical diagnoses and functional deficits seen in VASLCHCS. This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT and will remain open until 07/07/2021. The initial cut-off date for referral of eligible applications will be 01/25/2021, with subsequent cut-off dates on the 1st of each month. Eligible applications received after that date will be referred at regular intervals or as additional vacancies occur on an as-needed basis until positions are filled. The Staff Occupational Therapist performs occupational therapy evaluation and treatments with male and female, ages ranging from adult to geriatric, having a variety of disabilities. These cases may be relatively complex in nature with chronic and acute disease entities including but not limited to central nervous system disorders, joint diseases, circulatory and pulmonary diseases, diabetes mellitus, altered thought processes, amputations and multisystem disease combinations. The work is performed in a regional health care center, outpatient and inpatient settings, serving a complex patient population, acute and chronic. The additional functions of this position are evaluation and treatment of patients referred to Occupational Therapy and for the Driver Training program. This position requires a certification in Driver Training and valid driver's license. Driver will be driving around 25 mile radius of SLC, UT. This therapist works independently with minimal supervision from the Supervisor of OT. Note: VA Driver Rehab Certification can be completed after hiring. Performs occupational therapy evaluation and treatments primarily with patients, male and female, ages ranging from adult to geriatric, having a variety of disabilities. These cases may be relatively complex in nature with chronic and acute disease entities including central nervous system disorders, joint diseases, soft tissue disorders, circulatory and pulmonary diseases, diabetes mellitus, altered thought processes and multisystem disease combinations. Develops and advances driver rehabilitation programming encompassing a diverse array of disabilities as provided under the mandates of Public Law 93-538. Screens and evaluates patients for appropriate referral and treatment based on policies and standards, guidelines from VHA and the state Department of Public Safety. Routinely monitors chart and queries patients regarding any changes in medical status that would impact patient's participation in their Driver Rehabilitation program. Utilizing proper methods and techniques, applies highly specialized complex evaluations and diagnostic tests and procedures appropriately to obtain data necessary for treatment planning for a wide variety of referred patients. Based on valid assessments and patient's goals, independently formulates and implements appropriate plan of care based on currently accepted standards of practice. Applies standard and state of the art Driver Rehab and OT treatment procedures to deliver quality care and obtain maximum patient benefit. Consistently and independently analyzes the results of treatment and modifies treatment plans to obtain to ensure greatest functional outcomes. Follows appropriate safety measures in completing driving assessments, training, and associated travel. Documents results of evaluations and patient treatment including patient/family education, and patient's response to treatment in accordance with CARF and Joint Commission standards. Demonstrates skill in coordinating treatment with other professionals to ensure patient compliance. Collects and reports pertinent data regarding treatment including but not limited to the reports required at the local and national levels. Has ability to determine the most appropriate plan of care relative to the patient's diagnosis and age. Serves as role model for students and others on the occupational therapy staff. Employs unusual motivational techniques to enlist patient and, if appropriate, family participation and adapts equipment and procedures to carry out a wide variety of treatment activities. Evaluates patient's condition upon appropriate referral to occupational therapy to determine treatment plan. Refers the patients to the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service physician, or other medical providers when determined to be necessary. Performs and interprets results of tests and measurements for use in preparing for modification and/or evaluation of patient treatment, and adjusts the treatment based on changes in patient's condition. Evaluates patient's needs with respect to prescribed braces, orthotics and durable medical equipment, medically appropriate for activities of daily living and upper extremity support. Selects appropriate equipment and appliances, determines which suits the patient best, and recommends necessary modifications to provide for proper fit and/or function. Supervises occupational therapy students as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 589007800
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