County Of Santa Clara Santa Clara , CA 95051
Under general supervision and using clinical expertise, evaluates the physical therapy needs of inpatients and outpatients in a hospital or California Children's Services (CCS) setting. Develops, implements, and documents treatment plans and goals to meet patient needs and acts as a clinical resource specialist to other therapists.
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Performs complex patient care tasks under minimal supervision with advanced skills in clinical reasoning, problem-solving and treatment interventions;
Examines, evaluates, and tests individuals with mechanical, physiological and developmental impairments, functional limitations, and disability or other health and movement-related conditions;
Determines diagnosis of physical impairments or movement-related functional limitations, prognosis, plan of therapeutic intervention and frequency/duration of intervention;
Designs, implements and modifies therapeutic interventions to alleviate movement-related impairments, functional limitations and disabilities, including but not limited to: therapeutic exercise; movement-related functional training; gait training; manual therapy including soft tissue and joint mobilization; therapeutic massage; airway clearance techniques integumentary protection and repair techniques; debridement and wound care; and physical agent, mechanical and electrotherapeutic modalities;
Integrates examination, evaluation, movement-related diagnosis, prognosis and intervention in a manner designed to maximize outcomes, and modifies treatment accordingly;
Evaluates for, recommends, applies and, as appropriate, fabricates movement-related assistive, adaptive, protective, prosthetic and supportive devices and equipment, and trains patients in their use;
Provides patient and family/caregiver education and training;
Performs indirect patient care duties that may include: communicating/coordinating care with patients, families/caregivers, and other professionals; discharge planning; documenting all elements of patient management; participating in patient care conferences; reviewing medical records; charging for patient care; referring to other professionals or resources;
Works to prevent injury, impairment, movement-related functional limitation or disability including the promotion and maintenance of fitness, health and quality of life for all age groups;
Performs the tasks listed above for an assigned caseload of patients;
Serves as consultant in an area of clinical specialty to staff therapists;
May act as a clinical liaison in specialty clinics.
Clinical Supervisory Responsibilities
Supervises Physical Therapist Assistants, Physical Therapy students and interns, Therapy Technicians, students and volunteers as assigned, and conducts clinical competencies for same;
Provides clinical guidance to other Physical Therapists in areas of expertise;
Assists Physical Therapist III with training of staff therapists, assistants and students;
Leads other therapists working on special projects or who are assigned to satellite facilities;
Provides orientation and training of new service personnel.
Prioritizes and schedules patient treatment as assigned;
Assumes selected responsibilities of other staff during temporary absences;
Assists in the day to day operations of assigned service;
Assists with development and implementation of service policies, procedures, goals and objectives.
Participates in internal and external professional and educational activities to enhance personal and professional growth;
Participates in research as appropriate;
Assists with program development as assigned;
May be assigned as a Disaster Service Worker, as required;
Other related duties as assigned.
Sufficient education, training, and experience to demonstrate the possession and direct application of the following knowledge and abilities:
Training and Experience Note: The required knowledge and abilities are acquired through two (2) years of clinical experience as a physical therapist in two (2) or more specialty areas relevant to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and/or in pediatric therapy.
A valid license, or proof of application for licensing, from the Physical Therapy Board of California to practice as a Physical Therapist in the State of California.
Principles, methods, equipment and theory of the practice of physical therapy;
Pathologies and injuries that result in physical impairment;
Evaluation and treatment methodologies as applied to complex patients;
Regulatory practice requirements;
Basic business aspects of therapy services, such as utilization management, charging practices and regulatory compliance;
Basic principles of clinical supervision and clinical instruction.
Develop, implement and adapt treatment programs;
Apply advanced clinical skills in treating difficult and complex cases;
Evaluate patients and interpret clinical data and make clinical judgments;
Clinically supervise, train and evaluate staff;
Lead other therapists and aides;
Instruct and provide consultation to therapists and other team members in designated clinical specialty;
Establish and maintain effective relationships with others;
Communicate effectively with patients, staff, and other health professionals;
Write clearly and concisely;
Efficiently manage time and priorities;
Demonstrate appropriate patient handling skills (assist, support, lift and transfer patients);
Reach, grasp, manipulate and carry a variety of objects.