The Physical Therapist (PT) is a member of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service (PM&RS) staff. The incumbent is responsible for providing evaluations, as well as planning and administration/management of rehabilitation services for patients enrolled in or referred to Physical Therapy at the Morristown Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC), a part of the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center in Morristown, TN. The Physical Therapist (PT) has the direct responsibility for Physical Therapy services in the outpatient setting as assigned. The PT is assigned to the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service (PM&RS) and will provide services to patients with a wide variety of multiple, complex illnesses and/or profound disabilities. The duties of the position include, but may not limited to the following: The PT independently completes a review /examination of patient data (including medical history) to develop a plan of care, assess patient's status, and ascertain patient's need for therapy services. Interviews patients and caregivers to gather information for ongoing patient assessment. Assesses goals, living skills, physical abilities, and related needs for each patient referred. Evaluations include medical history, examination , results and interpretation of appropriate functional tests and measurements such as: range of motion, muscle testing, sensory/perceptual deficits, coordination, functional mobility, pain scales, and social needs. Evaluations address rehabilitation potential , behavior, motor skills, and psychosocial development. Develops a treatment plan directed toward achieving maximum level of functioning within the home or other setting, consulting with other PM&RS disciplines as indicated, and developing the plan in collaboration with the patient and caregiver. Performs ongoing assessment of patient's physical and functional status, revising treatment plan and goals as clinically indicated. Adapts and modifies treatment plans, activities , and procedures to meet the needs of patients with complex disabilities. Determines when patients have attained established goa ls , and uses independent judgment in termination of rehabilitation services. Performs initial and discharge FIM assessments on all acute patients with diagnosis of amputation, stroke, or TBI. Coordinates intervention plans with other members of the treatment team. Participates in and presents patients' needs at Special Equipment Committee in accordance with VHA directives and medical center memorandum for specialty items. Serves as consultant to other health professionals in the evaluation of patients with multiple and complex problems , for which highly specialized knowledge and skills are required. Attends and participates in PM&RS monthly meetings and other meetings as assigned by Clinical Rehab Manager and/or Chief, PM&RS Documents initial evaluations, treatment plans, and responses to treatment as determined in subsequent visits and telephone calls, according to PM&RS and JCAHO standards. Provides appropriate documentation to Human Resources in accordance with VA regulations and policies regarding affiliating students. Attends or completes all VA required educational programs within specified time frames. Attends continuing education programs and reads professional literature for maintaining or improving knowledge, skills, and attitudes in work performance. Orients, trains, and supervises, as indicated, professional PT students, other disciplines, work study students, and volunteers. Develops student orientation materials and implements practices for orienting students to the outpatient setting. Serves as mentor to staff physical therapists. Develops the PM&RS treatment plan in collaboration with the patient and caregiver. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 7:45am - 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.