The Occupational Therapist Seating Clinic Specialist will be assigned to the BCVAMC with primary workstation identified as the Battle Creek Campus or Wyoming CBOC. The OT may be rotated to outpatient, inpatient acute, inpatient mental health, or the Community Living Center (CLC) for short term rehabilitation or long-term care. This OT may be required to travel to any CBOC or Veteran's home for meetings, training others or Veteran Care. The Seating and Wheeled Mobility Specialist will provide clinical guidance and mentorship to others issuing wheeled mobility devices. S/he will develop, and update/revise protocols and procedures related to seating and wheeled mobility, based on current occupational therapy and seating clinic theory, evidence based practice and research. Duties include, but are not limited to; Clinical Screens and interprets OT consults using specialized skills and medical knowledge- delegating assignments to the clinician most appropriate. Functions as a Seating and wheeled mobility specialist in OT, providing mentorship and guidance as needed. Administers and interpret evaluation findings to develop and coordinate intervention plans, including goals and methods of treatment. Will assess the Veteran's present functional level and utilize standardized or specialized objective evaluation tools. Will demonstrate creative thinking and problem-solving skills for Veterans with complex diagnoses. Implements plans directly or in collaboration with others. Will independently conduct treatment of Veterans and provide leadership to OT practitioners with regards to the diagnoses of degenerative conditions. Independently monitor and evaluate clinically appropriate treatment programs. Addresses and guides team mates on complex concerns related to seating and wheeled mobility using critical analysis , clinical reasoning and creativity to independently solve complex problems. Communicates and collaborates with patients, family members, caregivers, interdisciplinary professionals and or others verbally and in writing. Conducts education for patients and family members. Participates in multidisciplinary rounds, giving input as necessary. Demonstrates skill in procuring, fabricating , adjusting, adapting and modifying orthoses, splints, and adaptive equipment for activities of daily living - including ordering and educating on the use of DME. Administration/Education: Documents clearly and concisely the physical findings noted during the evaluations. Provides guidance and education regarding documentation and coding practices to maximize reimbursement potential. Accurately maintains documentation in keeping with PM&R service-level and hospital-wide policies. Coordinates the scheduling of Veteran treatments with team members and with other health care professionals. Guides team member to completes all aspects of appointments in an organized, timely manner. Assumes responsibility for clinically orienting new staff to seating and wheeled mobility policies and procedures. Maintains a high level of professional competence through participation in continuing education such as attending workshops and conferences, and through continuous review of medical therapeutic literature. Participates and leads in all service level staff meetings as well as service level educational programs. Presents an educational program to teammates and or other health professionals related to seating and wheeled mobility. Accurately maintains various databases for outcome measures for the PM&R Service. Implements, revises and updates evidence-based protocols, procedures, policies, teaching materials and approved competencies for OT service. Organizes work, sets priorities and delegates tasks to meet deadlines. Participates in ongoing quality assurance activities. Contributes to the maintenance of a safe, therapeutic environment in all clinical areas assigned. Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm. Incumbent will be expected to work weekends on a rotational basis if needed to meet the needs of our Veteran's and/or Medical Center. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 599329200
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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.