As independent practitioners, licensed physical therapists embrace evidenced based practice standards in diagnosis, examination, management, intervention, treatment and outcome measurement. Licensed physical therapists collaborate across the continuum of care and ensure that services are coordinated, including ordering studies of value and being consumer-centered by referring, co-managing, engaging consultants, and independently supervising care. Administrative. The incumbent: Reports directly to the Chief, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Services (PM&RS) Develops plans, coordinates, evaluates and integrates all program elements into a comprehensive Physical Therapy (PT) program. Triages consults, and assigns patient caseload. Identifies, collects and analyzes appropriate patient care information to provide a data base to support Performance Improvement projects related to assigned clinic and/or specialty area. Is the primary advisor concerning PT patient care services and its integration with other facility services, and assists with developing both short and long range objectives for continuous improvements. Develops and/or updates and implements appropriate policies, procedures, plans, and service agreements that guide and support the PT programs. Develops and implements an educational plan to meet challenges of the program for self and others. Mentors assigned support staff to promote staff development and organizational training. Clinical. The incumbent: Provides patient care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the promotion of health, prevention of illness, treatment of disease, and care at the end of life. Demonstrates knowledge of established and evolving evidenced based practices, and the application of their knowledge to patient care and the education of others. Is able to use scientific evidenced based practice and methods to investigate, evaluate, and improve patient care, through both the traditional Physical Therapy Consults and within the Direct Access Care models of delivery of care. Provides telehealth services to appropriate patients, through means of Clinical Video Telehealth (CVT), VA Video Connect (VVC), and other telehealth means approved by VA. Provides individualized evaluation and treatment and group physical therapy. Administrative/Education. The incumbent: Reviews referrals, screen for appropriateness of care, and direct Veterans to other services when necessary. Completes encounters, closeout consults and assure that CPRS documentation is also completed in timely manner following facility policy and procedures. Is the subject matter expert on physical therapy services and will provide guidance when requested regarding purchased care. Triages consults submits for Physical Medicine and Home Medical Equipment, coordinates treatment scheduling and total care of shared patients. Participates in teaching principles of Physical therapy to staff, students, and residents including journal clubs, grand rounds, clinical training programs, and in-service trainings of evidenced based practices. Develops and provides individualized clinical training experience for physical therapy students. Other duties as assigned. Additional knowledge required by the position a) Ability to function independently with very little guidance and supervision in all the above stated responsibilities. b) Ability to effectively supervise, direct, and manage a diverse staff including multiple, allied health professionals/ disciplines. c) Knowledge of evidenced based practices across multiple areas of practice, and the demonstrated ability to apply this knowledge to provide clinical guidance to staff within the PM&RS service. d) Knowledge of human resources administration, including such functions as the ability to interview and select qualified applicants, monitor and evaluate performance, and maintain effective labor management relations within scope of responsibility. e) Interpersonal skills necessary to work productively with all levels of medical center personnel and to manage the activities of a diverse group of professional and support employees. f) Verbal and written skills to communicate effectively with a diverse population, including patients and their families, as well as to develop policies, procedures, and written reports. g) Ability to participate in planning activities, i.e., development of long and short-range goals, space, budget, personnel plans, etc.) h) Ability to establish priorities and function under conflict and pressure especially in the areas of conflict resolution. i) Ability to analyze, review, comprehend, and interpret a wide variety of data/information. j) Leadership skills to enable the service to meet clinical, administrative and research goals that contribute to the overall success of the medical center. k) Analytical ability to identify opportunities for operational improvements and problem resolution. l) Familiarity with regulations and standards of various regulatory and credentialing groups and the ability to reconcile contradictory requirements in preparing staff recommendations and/or coordinating clinical and administrative services. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm regardless of the location that you are covering Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 599992400
About Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
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.