Job opening: PACT Physical Therapist
Salary: $106 631 - 138 624 per year
Published at: Feb 12 2024
Employment Type: Full-time
This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application.
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Duties include, but are not limited to:
The incumbent is responsible for independently providing assessment and treatment interventions to patients received through healthcare providers and patient self-referrals. The incumbent establishes a diagnosis within the scope of physical therapy. Incumbent formulates a treatment plan and goals, and is responsible for implementation, modification, and documentation of treatment. Incumbent exhibits complex clinical skills.
The incumbent serves as a subject matter expert in the areas of vestibular and musculoskeletal dysfunction, and as a consultant to PACT staff and other medical staff in the evaluation and treatment of these patients.
He/she has advanced skills to perform and interpret specialized evaluative procedures and tests in vestibular conditions.
The incumbent develops, coordinates, and implements highly specialized treatment programs within his/her assigned clinic, based on best practices for patient management, to relieve pain, restore or enhance performance, and maximize independence in functional abilities.
The incumbent will have had extensive training in the area of vestibular physical therapy and/or a vestibular physical therapy certification or will obtain this training/certification within one year of accepting the position.
The incumbent participates actively in service and section performance improvement activities; assists in developing Quality Management monitors and implements the same effectively and follows through with outcome measures.
The incumbent is responsible for maintaining safe and healthy working conditions and environment for patients and staff. This individual will also advise staff regarding safety, health, infection control and welfare of both staff and patients in treatment areas.
He/she must be able to use daily monitors (such as active/pending consults) in carrying out scheduling of patient evaluation/treatment. Submits return to clinic orders and coordinates with MSAs to schedule patients who require follow-up visits, monitors caseload and communicates with supervisor when not meeting scheduling guidelines.
Work Schedule: M-F 0800-1630
Telework: May be eligible ad-hoc
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Functional Statement #: 436-5817-A
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
EDRP Authorized: Contact [email protected]
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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.
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.
Knowledge of Contemporary Professional Physical Therapy Practice. To be creditable, a candidate must have demonstrated possession of the required knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with the scope of physical therapy practice. The candidate's experience may be evidenced by one or more of the following:(a) Active professional practice. Active professional practice means paid/non-paid employment as a professional PT as defined by APTA or the appropriate licensing board. Experience gained after graduation but prior to licensure is creditable provided the candidate was utilized as a graduate PT and subsequently passed the licensure examination.(b) Completion of a post-graduate fellowship or a post-graduate residency program may be substituted for creditable experience on a year for year basis.
Quality of Experience.
Experience is only creditable if it was post degree experience as a professional PT and is directly related to the duties to be performed. Qualifying experience must also be at a level comparable to or exceeding the professional PT experience at the next lower grade level. In addition to the basic requirements for appointment in paragraph 2, you must demonstrate one year of progressively complex experience equivalent to the next lower grade level of GS-12 that demonstrates the following KSA's:
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.
GS-13 Physical Therapist (Clinical Specialist)
In addition, the candidate must demonstrate all the following KSAs:
Advanced knowledge and expert skill in a range of specialized interventions and treatment modalities used in a specialized treatment area of physical therapy.
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).
Ability to teach and mentor medical center staff in a specialized content area of physical therapy.
Ability to guide the work of a multi-disciplinary team in a specialized content area of physical therapy.
Advanced knowledge and expert skill to perform and interpret specialized procedures and tests in evaluating the treatment outcomes in the assigned specialty content area (see Definitions, paragraph 2. i.)
References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/99, PART II, APPENDIX G12.The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13.
The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-13.
Physical Requirements: The incumbent must demonstrate the ability to walk, to get to other hospital locations on a daily basis, standing, repeated bending, reaching overhead, and pushing Veterans and objects for up to four hours a regular shift, prolonged sitting, moderate lifting and carrying of 15-44 pounds.
A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/
. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
- Address Fort Harrison VA Medical Center
3687 Veterans Drive
Fort Harrison, MT 59636
- Name: Rodney Riggleman
- Phone: (210) 980-9493
- Email: [email protected]