Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration | Philadelphia, PA

Posted Date 12/02/2019
Description The position of Orthotist/Prosthetist is located in the Prosthetics and Sensory Aids Service at the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center (CMCVAMC), Philadelphia, PA.The general responsibility of the Non-supervisory Orthotist/Prosthetist is provide the most complex clinical and laboratory prosthetic and orthotic services to disabled patients. Included in this series is such work as:
  1. Treatment of all amputation levels including upper limb, hip disarticulation levels.
  2. Serving as an advisor to physicians, therapists and other medical professionals with regard to indications and contraindications of prosthetic and orthotic componentry, prescription criteria.
  3. Authorizing the purchase, fabrication or repair of prosthetic devices;
  4. Maintaining continuous liaison with manufacturers and dealers of prosthetic supplies, inspecting their facilities and services and participating in the award of prosthetic appliance contracts;
  5. Participating in investigate/research project studies by selecting patients as pilot wearers of newly developed prosthetic items, evaluating the usefulness of such items and compiling of data, and
  6. Giving technical and administrative advice and assistance on prosthetic problems to other facilities.
This work requires a specialized knowledge of the medical and psychological problem directly related to the use of prosthetic devices; and a specialized knowledge and understanding of the fabrication and satisfactory fitting of prosthetic devices.

An Orthotist/Prosthetist at this level must have analytical ability, social awareness, tact and diplomacy, and good communication skills. The Orthotist/Prosthetist at this level must be able to anticipate the need for action. He/she must also possess the ability to deal effectively with individuals and groups and too adjust to difficult or stressful situations.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Financial Disclosure Report: Not requiredTo qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 12/20/2019.
Basic Requirements:
  • United States Citizenship
  • Education:
    • A bachelor's degree or higher in orthotics and prosthetics from a Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accredited program,
    • A bachelor's degree or higher in any major along with a post-graduate orthotics and prosthetics certificate from a CAAHEP accredited program.
  • Board Certification:
    • Candidates must be board certified by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthertics (ABC) or the Board for Orthotist/Prosthetist Certification (BOC) as an orthotist, prosthetist, or orthotist/prosthetist. The board certificate must be current and the applicant must abide by the certifying body's requirements for continuing education. Certification as a technician, pedorthist, assistant or fitter does not meet this requirement.
  • English Language Proficiency:
    • Orthotists, prosthetists, or orthotist/prosthetists must be proficient in spoken and written as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d).
May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation).

Creditable Experience:
  • Knowledge of Current Orthotist/Prosthetist Practices: To be creditable, the experience must have demonstrated the use of knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with current professional orthotic and/or prosthetic professional practice.
  • Quality of Experience: The experience must be post-degree, from an accredited training program and include work as a professional orthotist/prosthetist directly related to the position to be filled. Experience satisfying this requirement may be paid or non-paid employment. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher level duties must consist of significantly larger scope, administrative independence, complexity (difficulty) and range of variety as described in this standard at the specified grade level and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time.
  • Part-Time Experience: Part-time experience as a professional orthotist/prosthetist is creditable according to its relationship to the full-time workweek. For example, an orthotist/prosthetist would receive 1 week of full-time credit for each 2 weeks of half-time work.
Grade Determinations:
  • Experience. Completion of 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level as an orthotist/prosthetist functioning as a full member of the clinical team which includes significant involvement in treatment plan development for the most complex types of conditions.
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSA and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment-specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*):
  1. Knowledge of regulatory requirements established by the ABC, BOC, the National Committee for Orthotic/Prosthetic Education (NCOPE), the International Association of Orthotists and Prosthetists (IAOP), the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP), Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), etc.
  2. Knowledge of administrative functions including budget development and management, inventory management, space and workload planning, as well as knowledge of the National Prosthetic Patient Database (NPPD), knowledge of the Prosthetic National Software (PNS) package, Decision Support System (DSS), and knowledge of accreditation requirements for orthotic and prosthetic laboratories and certification requirements for individuals.
  3. Ability to analyze data and provide reports using CPRS, Vista, DSS, HCPCS codes and other
    patient database information.
  4. Ability to provide training to orthotists/prosthetists in new technologies and innovations in devices.
Assignments. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty) and range of variety and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time.

References: VA Handbook 5005/91, Part II, Appendix G32.

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12.

Physical Requirements: Pre-placement and periodic physical examinations are required for hybrid occupations to ensure workers are placed in position where they can perform the essential functions of their job including their physical, mental and emotional capacities, without endangering their health or the health of their co-workers. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

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