This position will be filled at either the Marion, IN or Fort Wayne, IN campus of VA Northern Indiana Health Care System in the Prosthetics and Sensory Aids Service.
Current, permanent employees of VA Northern Indiana Health Care System will receive first consideration.
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The incumbent in this assignment will serve as the subject matter expert for the Prosthetics Service on the treatment of all assistive technology patient's needs. In addition, the incumbent serves as a consultant on a multidisciplinary specialty team that provides complex Prosthetic devices to a wide variety of patients requiring advance specialty care. Incumbent is also responsible for training the patient and family members on use of the prescribed devices.
The incumbent will design and evaluate wheelchair seating system components of unusual or complex cases. In addition, they will provide assistance to and for the Orthotic Lab as needed and directed by the NIHCS Chief of Prosthetics.
a. Serves as a consultant for other health care providers regarding the delivery of multidisciplinary specialty care.
b. Represents the Prosthetics and Sensory Aids Service as a member of the Major Medical Equipment Committee.
c. Functions as the Program Manager for the Mobility and Sensory Aids Clinic representing the Prosthetics Service by communicating directly with patient's physicians, nursing personnel, social worker and other services involved with the patient's care.
d. Continues to maintain and learn advanced skills in this area by attending continuing education courses and training when applicable.
e. Possess knowledge of the principles and techniques in the Occupational Therapy assessment and treatment of occupational, cognitive, and psychosocial functional deficits and the ability to perform clinical services independently.
f. Demonstrates the ability to adapt assessment tools and treatment to the complexity of the diagnosis or disability and demonstrates the clinical reasons necessary to identify the need for further in depth specific assessment of disability.
g. Has the ability to independently develop, implement and modify an Occupational Therapy treatment plan in response to changing medical or psychological conditions.
h. Prioritizes work, organizes work, sets priorities, and delegates tasks.
i. Provides consultation to other health care Practitioners and outside groups about Occupational Therapy's scope of practice and areas of expertise.
Work Schedule: Monday- Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required.
Occasional travel - Travel will be required between stations.
HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
You may be required to serve a probationary period
Subject to a background/security investigation
Must be proficient in written and spoken English
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
Education. (1) Graduation from a degree program in occupational therapy approved by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) or predecessor organizations to include an internship (supervised fieldwork experience required by the educational institution). The ACOTE is the only accreditation agency recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Degree programs may be verified by contacting the American Occupational Therapy Association website or at their office address: American Occupational Therapy Association, P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220. (2) Foreign graduates of occupational therapy programs meet the requirements of subparagraph 2b(1) if they have a current, full, active and unrestricted license/certification/registration/trademark referred to in subparagraph 2d and certification/registration referred to in subparagraph 2c.
NOTE: Effective January 1, 2005, ACOTE accredits only master or doctoral degree programs in occupational therapy.
NOTE: Effective January 1, 2007, candidates for certification as an Occupational Therapist Registered (OTR) must be a graduate from a post-baccalaureate accredited occupational therapy program approved by NBCOT or be a graduate from a degree program recognized by NBCOT or considered equivalent to the American Occupational Therapy education standard.
NOTE: The OT must MAINTAIN full, current and unrestricted license, trademark, registration, or certification as required by state statute. The majority of states have determined that licensure is the most effective approach to regulating occupational therapy practitioners.
Physical Requirements. Applicants who are selected will be required to complete a pre-employment physical examination.
English Language Proficiency. OTs must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook Part II, Chapter 3, Section A, paragraph 3j.
GS-11 Grade Level Determinations:
Education and Experience. In addition to meeting the basic requirements, completion of one year of progressively complex experience and a broader scope of experience equivalent to the next lower grade directly related to the position being filled (one year of experience at a GS-9 grade level), or 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a degree in occupational therapy or a directly related field.
Demonstrated KSAOs. In addition to the basic requirements, individuals assigned as GS-11 OTs must demonstrate all of the following KSAOs:
Knowledge of advanced occupational therapy techniques to perform functions associated within the occupational therapy scope of practice.
Ability to communicate orally and in writing.
Ability to adapt assessment tools and treatment to the complexity of the diagnosis or disabilities and demonstrate the clinical reasoning necessary to identify the need for further in depth specific assessment of function and utilization of non-standard methods and techniques.
Knowledge of principles and techniques in the occupational therapy assessment and treatment of occupational, cognitive, and psychological functional deficits.
Ability to interact with patients, families, and other health care providers.
Ability to facilitate and instruct in-service and clinical training programs.
Knowledge and ability to apply all health and safety regulations to minimize and mitigate risks in the provision of patient care and environmental maintenance.
References: VA Handbook 5005/25; Part II; Appendix G14
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11.
Work may occasionally require lifting up to fifty pounds. Incumbent must always seek assistance when lifting heavy objects in order to prevent injury to him/her self. Work may also involve lengthy driving trips to other facilities, such as CBOC's and VA Medical Centers within the VISN.
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
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