Physical Therapist (Clinical Specialist)

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration | Philadelphia, PA

Posted Date 9/13/2019
Description This position is located in the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Service Line at the Corporal Michael J Crescenz VA Medical Center. The incumbent serves as the sole Physical Therapist for the Polytrauma team and Vestibular Clinical Specialist for the facility. The PT Clinical Specialist acts and consultant and subject matter expert of treatment of brain injury, peripheral and central vestibular disorders.
Duties include but not limited to:
-Treatment of all patients referred to Polytrauma and Vestibular Clinics
-Interprets tests and measurements used to determine diagnosis, treatment and prognosis related vestibular dysfunction and acquired brain injury
-Plan, develop and implement comprehensive complex treatment programs.
-Establish and maintain contact with other key staff involved in the care of vestibular disorders and head injuries.
-Design conducts and evaluates educational experiences for interns residents and staff members in the area of vestibular disorders, brain injury and rehabilitation.
-Acts as a consultant to inpatient Physical Therapist department and medical staff members.
-Design training programs , conduct assessments.
-Maintains timely data input utilizing care plans, initial assessments and specialty protocol.
-Asses patient's learning needs.
-Assesses for ortho equipment needed and is able to make modifications as necessary.

Work Schedule: M-F 8:00am to 4:30pm
Financial Disclosure Report: Not requiredTo qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 09/23/2019.
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:
    (1) Bachelor's degree in Physical Therapy AND five (5) years of progressively independent experience as a physical therapist. (Include Copy of Transcripts)
    (2) Master's degree in Physical Therapy AND two (2) years of progressively independent experience as a physical therapist.
    (3) 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

    Licensure. Current, full, active, and unrestricted license to practice physical therapy in a State, Territory or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or in the District of Columbia. A PT who fails to maintain the required licensure must be removed from the occupation, which may also result in termination of employment. (Include Copy of License)

Grade Determinations: GS-13 Physical Therapist (Clinical Specialist)

Experience. In addition to meeting the basic requirements, one year of progressively complex experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level and one of the following:
1. Evidence of a minimum of 2,000 hours of clinical practice directly in the specialty area. This time must be between the past two and five years; or 2. Board Certification in the specialty area recognized by the ABPTS; or
3. Completion of a fellowship program; or
4. An additional advanced degree in a related field. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the all following KSAs.

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
1. Advanced knowledge and expert skill in a range of specialized interventions and treatment modalities used in a specialized treatment area of physical therapy.
2. Ability to serve as a consultant and subject matter expert for health care providers regarding the delivery of care within a specialized content area of physical therapy (see paragraph 2i).
3. Ability to teach and mentor medical center staff in a specialized content area of physical therapy.
4. Ability to guide the work of a multi-disciplinary team in a specialized content area of physical therapy.
5. Advanced knowledge and expert skill to perform and interpret specialized procedures and tests in evaluating the treatment outcomes in the assigned specialty content area.

Preferred Experience: For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and variety. Clinical Specialists spend at least 25% or greater of their time working with specialized population(s) within their department. Physical therapists at this level perform assignments in specialty areas such as geriatrics, neurology, cardiopulmonary, orthopedics, spinal cord injury, amputee, wound care, chronic pain, electromyography, women's health or pelvic health, polytrauma, brain injury, lymphedema, vestibular, assistive technology, seating and mobility. The individual is assigned responsibility for serving as the subject matter expert in the content specialty area and as a consultant to physical therapy and other medical center staff in evaluating and treating patients in the specialty area. Clinical Specialists have advanced knowledge and demonstrate expert clinical practice skills in providing assessment and treatment interventions across the continuum of care. He/she utilizes advanced knowledge and expertise to modify treatment plans and to identify therapeutic activity interventions based on the changing needs, goals and performance of patients. Clinical Specialists have advanced training in specialized technology related to their area of practice. He/she establishes and maintains contact with other health care providers involved in patient care via written, telephone, and personal communication on a regular basis. He/she exercises expert professional judgment to establish appropriate discharge planning recommendations to ensure safe discharge from inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation programs. If the medical center has a PT residency program, the clinical specialist may be on faculty for the program.

Loss of Credential. A PT who fails to maintain the required license must be removed from the occupation, which may result in termination of employment. At the discretion of the appointing official, an employee may be reassigned to another occupation, if qualified, and if a placement opportunity exists.

Grade Determinations: Final grade Determination to be made by a Professional Standards Board

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G12

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13.

Physical Requirements: Pre-placement and periodic physical examinations are required for hybrid occupations to ensure workers are placed in positions where they can perform the essential functions of their job considering 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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