As a Physical Therapist in the Chippewa Valley VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC), the incumbent serves as a consultant and subject matter expert in the treatment of general and orthopedic outpatient physical therapy within the department, VA network, PT profession and the community at large. Incumbent is embedded within Primary Care Patient Aligned Care Teams (PACT) and is competent in provision of PT services through direct access. Major Duties include, but are not limited to: Clinical: Incumbent demonstrates a high degree of independence and professional judgment in planning and executing treatment programs to meet routine to complex treatment objectives for the general and orthopedic outpatient physical therapy population. Exercises originality in solving problems not covered by this guide, makes innovative adaptations of the clinical procedures herein to meet the complex and highly varying needs of the general/orthopedic outpatient population and advises all other health care team members and students in this regard. Performs complex physical therapy evaluation and treatment for male and female patients aged 20-85+ years old. Stage of life is considered and used to modify evaluation and treatment based on the needs of the individual. Assessment of the patient's learning needs is performed and patient education is tailored to meet those needs involving the patient, family and significant others in the process as appropriate. Involves the patient, family/significant other and medical team in treatment planning and goal setting through ongoing communication. Plans and carries out the full range of routine to complex interventions and treatment modalities where therapeutic objectives are routine to complex and procedures involved require the application of skills and knowledge in the area of general/orthopedic outpatient physical therapy. Adapts and applies treatment procedures with critical concern for patients who are acutely ill, or who have a combination of severe mental/emotional or physical disabilities. Treatment will be provided in the CBOC outpatient Physical Therapy clinic and in the community as appropriate for the patient's needs. These skills and interventions will be based on current physical therapy theory, research and practice. Demonstrates independent problem solving skills that allow for frequent modification of treatment plans in response to subtle, but significant changes in the condition of the patient. The employment of innovative treatment techniques is used to obtain the best outcome. The coordination of multiple treatment approaches simultaneously is needed to accomplish routine to complex treatment objectives. Critical assessment of treatment outcomes will be regularly performed. Assesses for and requests prosthetic/orthotic equipment as needed and is able to make modifications as necessary. Makes recommendations and referral to other medical specialties/services as needs are identified during ongoing assessment of this routine to complex patient population. ??????? Education: Develops and provides individualized clinical training experience for physical therapy students. Training experiences are designed to fulfill student educational and professional requirements. Student performance is evaluated in accordance with the American Physical Therapy Association and academic program guidelines. Shares knowledge and expertise about the scope of physical therapy practice and services provided to the outpatient general/orthopedic population within the physical therapy department, PM&R Service, medical center and community. This is provided through direct consultation, mentorship, development of in-services and clinical training and leading by example. Completes educational activities and competencies to maintain state licensure and any additional certification(s) as required by the certifying/licensing agency and the VA. Completes annual mandatory reviews and other education as directed by National Headquarters, VISN, Medical Center, Service Line, and Department. Administrative: Actively participates in program development for both the general/orthopedic outpatient team and physical therapy department to improve efficiency and quality of care provided to patients. Represents general/orthopedic outpatient physical therapy in the development of policies and procedures, quality assurance monitors and related standards of care. Attend educational and development meetings for PM&R service, Physical Therapy Department, general/orthopedic/musculoskeletal program and those specific to outpatient orthopedics. Aware of and adheres to the department/service/facility's values, mission, rules, policies and procedures and the American Physical Therapy Association Standards of Practice and Standards of Ethics to insure quality patient care. Aware of safety concerns, regulations, policies and procedures, and employs appropriate safety practices. Work Schedule: Administrative Days 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.