The Occupational Therapist (OT) position is assigned to the Robley Rex Veterans Affairs Medical Center (RRVAMC), a Complexity Level 1B facility, in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service (PM&RS) The incumbent works under the direct supervision of the Supervisory Therapist in collaboration with the Service Chief. Work may be assigned in any PM&RS area located within the main hospital or at any of the Community Based Outpatient Clinics based upon the needs of the section. Responsible for performing occupational therapy assessment and treatment interventions. Treatment involves interaction with patients who present with a wide range of medical diagnoses involving physical, occupational, cognitive, and psychological functional deficits. These cases may be complex in nature with chronic and acute disease entities including, but not limited to, orthopedic diagnoses (e.g. joint replacements), central nervous system disorders, circulatory and pulmonary diseases, Diabetes Mellitus, altered thought processes (e.g., Dementia), and multi-system disease combinations. The main goal of occupational therapy is to maximize the patient's functional independence within the limits of the impairment through participation in occupation. Assists in the triage of Occupational Therapy consults to ensure consults are handled in the most expeditious manner based upon the acuity of need. Examination and treatment of patients referred to the Occupational Therapy Department, to include specialized assessments as necessary. Independently performs treatment interventions as appropriate to the patient's identified goals outlined in their plan of care. Provides patient education regarding therapeutic interventions as well as in home follow-up exercise programs. Some treatment interventions may include: Range of motion, strengthening/endurance training, postural control/balance, cognitive skills development, orthotic training, modalities, ADL retraining, neuromuscular re-education and community/work re-integration. Adapts assessment tools and treatment to the complexity of the diagnosis or disabilities and demonstrates the clinical reasoning necessary to identify the need for further in depth specific assessment of function and utilization of non-standard methods and techniques. Establishes and maintains contact with other health care providers involved in patientcare via written, telephone, and personal communication on a regular basis. Demonstrates the teaching skills required to provide education to patients, family members, caregivers, employees, students, and coworkers. Communicates effectively with other internal and external health care providers both orally and in writing. Functions autonomously in carrying out patient education, specialized treatments, and applying Occupational Therapy procedures for which competency has been established and in accordance with laws or regulations and AOTA documents. the patient's social, economic, and functional well-being. Re-evaluation and modification of the treatment plan, therapeutic activities and interventions are based on the changing needs, goals and performance of the patient. Evaluates patient's need for prescribed braces, orthotics, and appliances. Determines which best suit the patient and fabricates or recommends necessary modifications to provide for the most proper fit. A consult is placed to obtain the needed device(s) as necessary. Provides clinical supervision of Occupational Therapy Assistants and therapy technicians. Establishes and maintains contact with other health care providers involved in patient care via written, telephone, and personal communication on a regular basis. Completes special assignments and other duties as assigned by the Supervisory Therapist. Enters encounter and/or event capture information timely and without error. If errors are made, they are corrected immediately. Helps identify the continuing education needs of Occupational Therapy Department. Educates other facility personnel in the scope of PM&R services and programs. Using the computer system for storing and retrieving electronic documents and files, transmitting and receiving e-mail, activating printers, requesting leave, and accessing the Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS). Communicates and coordinates coverage for anticipated leave and communicating unanticipated leave in accordance with PM&RS policies. Coordinates scheduling of patients with appropriate personnel for follow-up treatment sessions. Coordinates schedules with other members of the treatment team as needed. Covering administrative positions/responsibilities within the service when assigned. Assists the Supervisory Therapist in preparation of Medical Center inspections that pertain to PM&RS to maintain compliance (e.g. Joint Commission). Communicates needs for supplies and equipment. Reviews and makes recommendations on supply and equipment acquisition as requested. Demonstrates awareness of safety hazards and takes appropriate corrective action. Assists in the establishment of clinic and practice safety guidelines impacting all Occupational Therapy patients and programs. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30pm Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Relocation Expenses: 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.