The Physical Therapist is assigned to the Home Based Primary Care Service (HBPC) at the Loch Raven campus, which is Complexity Level B facility. The Therapist is responsible for completing neuro-musculokeletal evaluations and treatments. They are required to apply evaluation methodologies and treatment theories n the provision of care to homebound Veterans in the community.
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The HBPC Physical Therapist will be assessing Veteran dysfunction using appropriate tests/tool. Conduct home safety evaluations for HBPS. Enter specialty consults prosthetic requests and Daily Mobility Equipment (DME) request. Provide education of treatment modalities and plan of care. Modify treatment plans, activities and interventions based on the changing needs of the Veteran. Assist in the establishment and development of practice safety guidelines impacting HBPC. Active member of the HBPC Falls and Pain Committee. Documentation in computerized medical charts. Reviews and cosigns notes. Active participant in weekly Interdisciplinary Care meetings. The PT will also have responsibilities to complete skilled home care referrals for Home Safety Evaluations VA Maryland Health Care Center wide to increase efficiency and provide cost saving on expensive skilled consults.
Duty Station: Loch Raven Campus, Maryland
Full Time Work Schedule: 8:00am-4:30pm Monday-Friday
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Not required
INCENTIVES: Recruitment incentives, relocation incentives, and relocation expenses ARE NOT authorized for these positions.
Bargaining Unit Position: Yes
76% or greater - Provide rehab services to Veterans in their place of residence within the Maryland communities
Geriatric Physical Therapists
Pulmonary Physical Therapists
Therapists, Geriatric Physical
Therapists, Pulmonary Physical
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 and experience:(1) Bachelor's degree in Physical Therapy AND five (5) years of progressively independent experience as a physical therapist.(2) Master's degree in Physical Therapy AND two (2) years of progressively independent experience as a physical therapist.(3) Doctorate degree in physical therapy.
Licensure. Individuals hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice physical therapy in a State, Territory or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia.
English Language Proficiency. Individuals appointed under authority of 38 U.S.C. chapters 73 or 74, to serve in a direct patient-care capacity in VHA must be proficient in written and spoken English.
Preferred Experience: Homecare and Outpatient Geriatric experience is highly desirable.
GS-12 Physical Therapist (Full Performance Level)
Assignment. At the full performance level, PTs are responsible for independently providing assessment and treatment interventions to inpatients and outpatients received through healthcare provider referrals and patient self-referrals. Guided by differential and movement diagnoses, PTs perform examinations and evaluations of individuals who have or may develop impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions related to conditions of the musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular, pulmonary, and/or integumentary systems while considering the effects attributable to unique personal and environmental factors. PTs interpret findings from examination, diagnostic studies/medical tests and, during evaluation, select appropriate clinical tests and measures, and then integrate findings into the physical therapy plan of care for the full range of patient populations. PTs establish a diagnosis within the scope of physical therapy and identify the appropriate intervention to treat and/or refer to another provider for further consultation when needed. They determine physical therapy prognosis by incorporating examination findings with the patient's preferences for meaningful level of function in order to set clinically appropriate treatment goals and optimize outcomes. Physical therapists select appropriate equipment needed to substitute for loss of function or to substitute for limited function of individuals they treat. Staff PTs at this level practice autonomously, making recommendations and referrals to other medical specialties/services as clinically indicated during ongoing assessment of patients under their care. The staff PT may also develop and provide individualized clinical training experiences for physical therapy students in facilities with established clinical experience rotations. PTs at this level may be given general assignments in any/all areas where physical therapy services are deemed necessary, and/or may serve as the sole PT at a less complex facility. Individuals may perform ancillary assignments as deemed appropriate given the needs of a facility on an occasional basis, where the amount of work is not substantial (less than 25% of the duty time).
Demonstrated Knowledge Skills and Abilities:
1.Ability to make autonomous clinical decisions in a Direct Access environment. This includes ability to independently evaluate and treat patients who seek physical therapy services.
2.Skill in performing examinations and evaluations of individuals who have or may develop impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions related to conditions of the musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular, pulmonary, and/or integumentary systems while considering the effects attributable to unique psychosocial and environmental factors.
3.Ability to interpret findings from examination and evaluation, select appropriate test and measures, and integrate findings into the physical therapy plan of care for the full range of patient populations.
4.Ability to establish a diagnosis within the scope of physical therapy and identify the appropriate rehabilitation intervention, including referral to another provider for further consultation as clinically indicated.
5.Ability to determine physical therapy prognosis by incorporating examination findings with the patient's preferences in order to set clinically appropriate treatment goals, optimize outcomes and maximize functional independence.
6.Ability to independently provide clinical oversight of Physical Therapy Assistants as well as students on clinical affiliations who are in Doctoral PT Programs or PTA Programs.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS12.
The Physical Therapist position has physical requirements that include: heavy lifting, 45 pounds and over; use of fingers, both hands required; reaching above shoulders; walking (8 hours); standing (8 hours); sitting/typing at computer workstation (4 hours); both legs required( 1 prosthetic); far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; ability to distinguish basic colors; ability to distinguish shades of colors; hearing (aid permitted), and mental and emotional stability. Sitting is required for meeting, administrative work and occasionally driving motor vehicle most of the day.May be exposed to infectious diseases, medical and psychiatric emergencies.
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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