As a Licensed Occupational Therapist under Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Service at the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System. The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System is designated as a Level 1a facility, one of the most complex facilities in the nation, with numerous outpatient clinics dispersed over a large geographic region and affiliations with several colleges and universities. The incumbent operates as an independent occupational therapy practitioner for Home Base Primary Care (HBPC).
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The HBPC Occupational Therapist is an independent health care professional whose primary duties include patient evaluations and execution of treatment plans. These plans include a full range of treatment procedures designed to restore individual patients to their highest possible functional level, to enhance their adaptive capacities through the use of physical rehabilitation, activities, prostheses or assistive devices, cognitive rehabilitation, and home safety education and training. Occupational Therapist (HBPC) duties consist of but are not limited to the following:
Home safety assessments o Home Improvements and Structural Alterations (HISA) evaluations o Modifies the treatment plan, therapeutic activities and interventions based on the changing needs, goals and performance of the patient
Performs competent written documentation of initial examinations, progress notes, and discharge summaries
Establishes and maintains contact with other health care providers involved in patient care via written, telephone, and personal communication on a regular basis within the Bay Pines Healthcare System
Ability to provide education and training to veterans, their family members/caregivers and other healthcare professionals on related occupational therapy topics
Incorporate telehealth technology into the treatment plan for Veteran follow-up. Serves as a subject matter expert for disseminating telehealth practices to others
Evaluates patient need for assistive devices, recommends adjustments to prosthetic/orthotic devices, or, makes minor adjustments on devices or adaptive equipment. Completes evaluations/fittings for specialized equipment
Performs wheelchair evaluations/fittings, both manual and powered mobility.
Makes recommendations for and orders custom wheelchairs, provides training on wheelchair use, completes all needed services related to the provision of powered mobility. Collaborates with seating and mobility specialist
Actively participates in HBPC meetings and forms effective partnerships with other team members
Work Schedule: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday- Friday
HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment
The physical demands of the work requires light lifting (under 15 pounds), light carrying (under 15 pounds), the use of fingers, reaching above shoulder, both hands required, walking (3 hrs.), prolong standing (6-8 hrs.), crawling (.25 hrs.), kneeling (.50 hrs.), repeated bending (2 hrs.), ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously.
United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
English Language Proficiency. In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), no person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English.
Education. 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) and complete the clinical requirements prescribed by the school. NOTE: Effective January 1, 2005, ACOTE accredits only master or doctoral degree programs in occupational therapy.
Certification/Examination. Possession of written documentation that the individual has passed the entry-level certification examination for OTs which is administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). 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: Applicants who have completed an approved graduate level curriculum and who subsequently completed additional graduate training in a specialized field of clinical practice designed to assure professional competence to practice in the specialty meet the requirements for GS-11. Additional information concerning specialty practice areas is available at the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).
State Licensure/Certification/Registration/Trademark (hereafter referred to as state regulatory requirement). The OT must hold a full, current, and unrestricted state license, certification, or registration or trademark to practice occupational therapy in a State, Territory, a Commonwealth of the United States (i.e., Puerto Rico), or in the District of Columbia.
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. As of the date of this standard, 47 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico license OTs; two states-Hawaii and Michigan-have registration laws; and one state, Colorado, has a title protection trademark law.
Experience with home base evaluations,
Wheelchair and home equipment/adaptive
Evaluation and training,
Safety patient handling to caregiver,
Pain evaluation/non-modality management and fall evaluation.
GS-11 Occupational Therapist
(a) 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, or 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a degree in occupational therapy or a directly related field.
(b) Demonstrated KSAOs. In addition to the basic requirements, individuals assigned as GS-11 OTs must demonstrate all of the following KSAOs:
1.Knowledge of advanced occupational therapy techniques to perform functions associated within the occupational therapy scope of practice.
2.Ability to communicate orally and in writing.
3.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.
4.Knowledge of principles and techniques in the occupational therapy assessment and treatment of occupational, cognitive, and psychological functional deficits.
5.Ability to interact with patients, families, and other health care providers.
6.Ability to facilitate and instruct in-service and clinical training programs.
7.Knowledge and ability to apply all health and safety regulations to minimize and mitigate risks in the provision of patient care and environmental maintenance.
GS-12 Occupational Therapist
(a) Education and Experience. In addition to the basic requirements, completion of a minimum of 1 year of progressively complex experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. In addition to fully meeting KSAOs identified at the GS-11 full performance level, the candidate must also demonstrate the KSAOs required for the specific assignment.
GS-12 Sole Occupational Therapist. OTs at this grade level have the sole responsibility for the operation of an occupational therapy clinic. An OT in a "sole" position must demonstrate the ability to apply advanced occupational therapy knowledge, theories, and techniques to a full range of patient populations. They apply advanced clinical skills in the following components: 1) sensory motor, to include sensory integration, neuromuscular and motor; 2) cognitive integration and cognitive components; and 3) psychosocial skills and psychological components. Occupational performance areas of activities of daily living (ADL), work activities and play/leisure activities are assessed through administration of standardized and non-standardized tests. Administration of occupational agent modalities (OAMs) is often used in conjunction with advanced treatment techniques to achieve functional goals. Sole OTs also serve as the rehabilitation therapy liaison to an interdisciplinary team in complex rehabilitation settings. There may be more than one OT at the facility; however, individuals in this assignment serve as the sole OT member of a multidisciplinary or specialty care treatment team. OTs assigned to this position must demonstrate all of the following KSAOs:
a. Advanced knowledge of contemporary occupational therapy across multiple areas of practice, and the demonstrated ability to apply this advanced knowledge to provide clinical guidance to Staff OTs within the department.
b. To balance responsibilities and to work with great autonomy.
c. Ability to adapt assessment tools and treatment to the complexity of the diagnosis or disability and demonstrate the clinical reasoning necessary to identify the need for further in depth specific assessment of disability.
d. Ability to independently develop, implement and modify an occupational therapy treatment plan in response to changing medical or psychological conditions.
e. 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 the clinical services independently.
f. Ability to organize work, set priorities and delegate tasks, meet multiple deadlines, analyze organizational problems and develop and implement effective solutions.
g. Ability to provide consultation to other health care practitioners and outside groups about occupational therapy scope of practice and areas of expertise.
References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G14, Occupational Therapist QUALIFICATION STANDARD
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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