This position is located in the Physical Therapy Department within the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Section of the Clinical Support Services Care Line at the Lebanon VA Medical Center. This position will be supporting our newly developing Pain Management clinic and will include time located in this clinic and also in our Physical Therapy department which would involve both in-patient and out-patient care. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Basic Requirements: 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. The individual must meet at least one of the requirements below Bachelor's degree in Physical Therapy AND five (5) years of progressively independent experience as a physical therapist OR Master's degree in Physical Therapy AND two (2) years of progressively independent experience as a physical therapist OR Doctorate degree in physical therapy. NOTE: Individuals must be a graduate of a Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) accredited college or university. The CAPTE is the only accreditation agency recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) to accredit entry-level physical therapy programs. Verification of accredited programs may be obtained from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) at www.apta.org. 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. Non-licensed PTs, who otherwise meet the basic requirements in this standard, may be given a temporary appointment as a graduate PT at the GS-11 grade level under the authority of 38 U.S.C. 7405 (a)(1)(D) for a period not-to-exceed two years from the date of employment on the condition that such PT provide care only under the supervision of a PT who is licensed. Failure to obtain licensure during that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment. 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. GS-12 Physical Therapist (Full Performance Level) Education, Experience and Licensure. In addition to the basic requirements, candidates must possess one year of experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level, experience includes but not limited to the following: responsible for providing assessment and treatment intervention. PTs plan and modify treatment based on a patient's response to intervention and/or change in medical condition. PTs at this level may be given general assignments in any physical therapy program area where advanced specialized knowledge is not required or may serve as the sole PT such as in an outpatient clinic. Licensed PTs may provide oversight and delegate patient care responsibilities to a Physical Therapist Assistant, and/or delegate non-patient care duties to non-licensed staff. Candidates must also hold a valid unrestricted state license and demonstrate all the KSAs below: Demonstrated Knowledge Skills and Abilities: 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Preferred Experience: An interest in Pain Neuroscience and having a Direct Access license. References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/99 PART II APPENDIX G12 Physical Requirements: Standing, walking, squatting, bending and sitting and changing from one position to another frequently throughout the day. Reaching, lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling: 1-10 pounds constantly, 10-25 pounds frequently, and 20-50 pounds occasionally. Specific examples include: a) Setting up equipment for patients such as weights or durable medical equipment. b) Lifting and carrying equipment, supplies, and patients; transfers/repositioning ranging in weight from negligible to 50 pounds. c) Pushing and rolling equipment such as Durable Medical Equipment. d) Assisting patients in mobility such as ambulation and transfers, from minimal assistance to dependent. e) Repositioning and transferring patients with manual and mechanical assistance. f) Operating all aspects of computer & telecommunication-keyboard, mouse, control buttons, faxes and telephones. g) Demonstrating the use of all aspects of adaptive equipment for patient teaching. h) Picking up, carrying and placing folders, charts, books and binders.. ["VA Careers - Physical Therapy: https://youtube.com/embed/Gi2hoFqIoqY This position will be supporting our newly developing Pain Management clinic and will include time located in this clinic and also in our Physical Therapy department which would involve both in-patient and out-patient care. The Physical Therapist would also be immersed in this group for regular huddles, Interdisciplinary meetings meetings of chronic pain patients and Pain Committee meetings and may also be requested to attain additional training such as a certification in the Integrated Pain Science Institute. The Physical Therapist provides treatment that promotes the prevention, remediation, and rehabilitation of acute and chronic physical and psychosocial dysfunction, with a focus on chronic pain management. This treatment will include land based and aquatic Physical Therapy. The staff physical therapist is an independent health care professional who is responsible for independently providing assessment and treatment interventions to inpatients and outpatients received through healthcare provider referrals and patient self-referrals. This includes executing treatment plans that include a full range of treatment procedures and modalities, including Aquatics. These treatment plans are designed to restore individual patients to their highest possible functional level and to enhance their adaptive capacities through the use of physical measures, activities, prostheses or assistive devices. The Physical Therapist provides physical therapy programs to adult and geriatric patients referred from all areas of the medical center, but will spend the majority of his/her time working in the specialty area of chronic pain management. The staff physical therapist also assists in the growth and development of the department and the profession through participation in educational activities. The staff physical therapist will have the possibility of various locations for work assignments in the Lebanon VAMC system, including VA clinics. Work assignments also include weekend and holiday coverage, on a rotational basis, per PM&RS policy and will also include participating in Pain Committee meetings at the Lebanon VAMC. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. Work assignments also include weekend and holiday in-patient coverage at Lebanon VAMC, on a rotational basis, per PM&RS policy. Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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