Lead Physical Therapist /Clinical training and Education

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration | Pittsburgh, PA

Posted Date 10/11/2019
Description The Lead Physical Therapist of Clinical Training and Education serves as the Site Coordinator of Clinical Education (SCCE) and functions within the Rehabilitation Department to coordinate all trainees, students, and observation volunteers.

The incumbent is expected to function in advanced clinical roles including managing direct access patients as well as performing highly specialized clinical procedures. Direct Access license is preferred.

The incumbent is also responsible for assisting in identification and implementation of evidence based, quality, clinical outcomes, and for the organization of department education and rehab-specific clinical evidence-based educational opportunities supporting all VAPHS PM&R clinics. The incumbent is required to travel off-site to perform educational outreach to local community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs) and institutions of learning. Incumbent independently, and with supervisory input, plans, develops, and implements a comprehensive and engaging learning environment for students, interns, staff, patients, caregivers, and related stakeholders. The individual must possess advanced knowledge of contemporary therapy across multiple areas of practice, and the demonstrated ability to apply this advanced knowledge to provide clinical guidance to staff therapists within the department. The incumbent will retain at least 50% clinical capacity and perform work consistent with a staff (float) therapist at/for any of the VAPHS sites.
  1. As Clinical Educator:
    1. Plans, arranges, advertises, and coordinates continuing education and vendor demonstration opportunities for our rehab staff, students, and related internal & external customers through inviting guest speakers and/or presenting on own. Topics will reflect staff needs, interests, best practice, clinical development, and will be aligned with organizational strategic plans including the quarterly PM&R Department Clinical Education Day programming, called "Create Day".
    2. With input from clinical staff and other stakeholders, recommends and makes available multimedia patient education tools (anatomical charts, healthy posters, anatomical models, multimedia, etc.) that would better enable patients to acquire information related to their disease, rehabilitation/recovery, and maintenance of healthy living.
    3. Works with clinical staff to develop patient education material as well as patient/family support groups reflecting topics of interest. Surveys rehab staff and internal and external customers to identify educational opportunities.
    4. Presents on related topics to professional rehab groups, students, faculty, professional Associations, and staff.
    5. With input from clinical staff and other stakeholders, develops standardized templates and competencies which reflect evidence-based practice, standardization, and user-friendliness to readers from other disciplines.
    6. Assigns students/residents to clinic(s) and places them under the supervision of a Clinical Instructor/Physiatrist, attempting to best match the clinician's and student's teaching/learning style, forte, clinical preferences, etc.
  2. As a Staff Clinician:
    1. Performs functions of a staff therapist at any time, or as directed, when not consumed with tasks & responsibilities as Clinical Evidence Coordinator. Staff caseload expectation is to be no less than 0.50 FTE (50%) and will cover all three campuses, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) clinics, and CBOC outreach.
    2. Routinely plans and provides patient evaluation and treatment which requires application of highly specialized skills and knowledge to accomplish complex objectives.
    3. Has thorough understanding of pathology of physical and psychological disabilities; can interpret a wide variety of functional levels.
    4. Independently develops and implements physically therapeutic treatment using judgment to modify treatment based on changing medical conditions or due to complexity of disabilities.
    5. Independent implementation of treatment programs, involves patient's social, economic and functional well being.
    6. Works effectively with treatment team and other staff in coordinating patient's total care.
    7. Clinically supervises therapy assistants, aides, and volunteers who are assigned to the section.
    8. Documents evaluations, treatment plans and response to treatment as in compliance with PM&R policies and procedures, including time frames.
    9. Demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary when performing his/her duties in providing care appropriate to geriatric patients. The incumbent must demonstrate knowledge of age associated changes, illnesses, and potential disabilities in order to work with geriatric patients. The incumbent must possess the abilities to communicate, assess, and/or interpret data and information reflective of geriatric patient's status to identify patients' requirements in providing the care needed as described in policies, procedures and following sound practices. The incumbent involves the patient's family or significant other in decision making related to the patient's plan of care when appropriate.

Work Schedule: 8:30am-5:00pm- rotating tours depending on the needs of the department and occasional weekend and holiday work
Financial Disclosure Report: Not requiredTo qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 10/31/2019.
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.(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: Prior to 1995 the terminal degree for PT's was either a bachelors or master's degree. In 1995 CAPTE accredited all baccalaureate, master's, and Doctor of Physical Therapy terminal degree programs. Effective 2002, CAPTE changed its scope of accrediting activities of PT education programs to include only those programs that culminate in post-baccalaureate degrees(eliminating the baccalaureate degree). Effective 2015, professional physical therapy education programs have only offered the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree to all new students.
  • 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. Failure to obtain licensure during that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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).

Preferred Experience: The higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and variety, and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time. The Lead PT reports directly to a Supervisory PT. He/she monitors and makes work assignments, provides input on performance, resolves daily workplace issues and maintains efficient workflow. PTs at this level have experience that demonstrates the possession of advanced practice skills and judgment across many areas of physical therapy for both inpatient and outpatient clinics. Lead PTs are responsible for providing clinical practice guidance for other staff PTs and assist with problem solving. He/she assists PTs in determining treatment options for complex patients with multiple conditions. Lead PTs are responsible for ensuring work is completed by distributing and balancing workload among employees in accordance with established work flow or job specialization; assuring timely accomplishment of the assigned workload; and assessing the status, quality and progress of work, and making day-to-day adjustments in accordance with established priorities. Lead PTs obtain assistance from supervisors or managers on problems that arise. Lead PTs are generally found in higher complexity facilities, or in facilities of lesser complexity levels where large physical therapy departments are found. Individuals may perform ancillary assignments, including program management duties on an occasional basis, where the complexity and amount of work is not substantial. The incumbent is expected to function in advanced clinical roles including managing direct access patients as well as performing highly specialized clinical procedures. Direct Access license is preferred.

Grade Determinations: 12 Physical Therapist (Lead)
Experience. In addition to meeting the basic requirements, one year of progressively complex experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level.

In addition, the candidate must demonstrate all the following KSAs.(b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities.
1. Ability to coordinate workflow and clinical activities as well as monitor data reports within physical therapy section to ensure optimal patient care.
2. Ability to articulate and communicate to the clinical team the assignment, project, problem to be solved, actionable events, and objectives, as well as to advise on work methods, practices and procedures.
3. Ability to provide new staff orientation, staff development, and training.
4. Demonstrates advanced skill to serve as mentor and coach of the clinical team.
5. Ability to manage staffing requirements and priorities, and coordinate work in order to complete duties in an accurate and timely manner. This includes the ability to follow-up on pending issues and demonstrating an understanding of the impact of incomplete work.

References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/99 FEBRUARY 7, 2018-APPENDIX G12

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS12.

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.

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