The physical therapist is an independent health care professional who is responsible for independently providing assessment and treatment interventions to inpatients and outpatients received through healthcare provider, referrals and patient self-referrals. The staff physical therapist will have the possibility of various locations for work assignments in the Lebanon VAMC system, including VA Community Clinics (CBOC) i.e. Dubois PA. This position is based at a VA Community Clinic-Dubois, PA providing out-patient Physical Therapy services. At the Full performance level GS-12 the Physical Therapist will perform the follow duties: Performs comprehensive patient evaluations. a) Patients are scheduled for evaluation in such a manner as to not negatively impact other clinical staff yet meet the patient's needs. b) Patient medical records are reviewed to assess appropriateness of physical therapy intervention, note any potential risks or contraindications to treatment and to assist in guiding the evaluation process. c) Evaluations include medical history, results and interpretation of appropriate functional tests and measurements such as: range of motion, muscle strength, sensory/perceptual deficits, coordination, functional mobility, pain scales, and social needs. Tests are frequently complex and may need to be adapted because of multiple physical disabilities or present medical conditions. Consultation with more experienced therapists on very complex patients is expected and appropriate. d) Evaluations address rehabilitation potential, behavior, motor skills, and psychosocial development at an age appropriate level. Barriers to learning are identified and strategies to overcome them developed and implemented to ensure accurate patient evaluation. 2. Responsible for providing comprehensive patient care for Physical Therapy patients. a) Evaluation findings are used to develop and implement comprehensive patient treatment plans including objective, measurable goals, timelines for completion. These goals are developed in collaboration with the patient, family and/or other stakeholder input and may include consultation with more experienced therapists. b) Modifies treatment plan according to patient response to best meet established goals. Documents treatment progression and/or modifications according to departmental and Medical Center standards. c) Demonstrates a full professional understanding of the theories or treatment of physical therapy and their proper application through the use of therapeutic physical rehabilitation and reconditioning procedures. d) Recognizes adverse reaction to treatment and initiates effective action immediately. e) Ensures appropriate patient referrals and discharge planning in concert with the Physical Therapy and Medical Center staff. f) Other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: M-F 8:00am-4:30pm with rotational holiday coverage and weekends 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.