This position is located at the Junction City Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) but is part of the Geriatrics and Extended Care Service at the VA Eastern Kansas Healthcare System. The incumbent primarily responsible for evaluating, planning and implementing the treatment program for patients with various disabilities and medical conditions 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: Must be a graduate from a degree program in physical therapy from an approved college or university approved by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical therapy Education (CAPTE). 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. You must submit a copy of your transcripts. License: Must possess a full, current and unrestricted license to practice physical therapy in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (i.e., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia. Non-licensed PT's, who otherwise meet the basic requirements, may be given a temporary appointment as a graduate PT not-to-exceed two years under the authority of 38 U.S.C. 7405(c)(2). Non-licensed individuals appointed as a temporary graduate PT may be appointed as PT without being fully licensed. You must submit a copy of your current License. English Language Proficiency: PT's must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by VA Handbook 5005, Part II, chapter 3, Section A, paragraph 3j. Grade Determinations: GS-11 Experience/Education for the GS-11: None beyond the basic requirements. GS-12 In addition to the basic requirements, candidates must possess one year of experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level, hold a valid unrestricted state license and demonstrate all of the KSA's below: Ability to make autonomous clinical decision 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. References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G12. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting (45 pounds and over); Moderate lifting, (15-45 pounds); Light lifting, (under 15 pounds); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 8 hours); Standing (up to 8 hours); Repeated bending (2 hours); Both legs required; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Hearing (aid permitted). ["Duties include but are not limited to the following:Clinical The age of patients receiving care ranges from young adult to geriatric. Age-related, cultural and developmental needs of patients will be recognized at all times. Provides Physical Therapy based on best practices to home based primary care patients with a variety of disabilities. Many cases are complex including patients with acute or chronic stroke, Parkinsonism, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, and musculoskeletal pathologies including pre-operative and post-operative patients. Employs techniques to enlist patient participation and adapts equipment and procedures to carry out a full range of complex treatment activities. Performs patient assessments and develops treatment plans of care while incorporating diagnostic test results and modifying treatment plans as appropriate. Ability to teach the veterans at their level of understanding complex exercises for a home program. Teaching includes the proper use of TENS units and walk aide stimulators. Demonstrates advanced knowledge of contemporary Physical Therapy across multiple areas of practice and applies this while providing clinical guidance to other staff Physical Therapists. Has the ability to monitor and evaluate clinically appropriate treatment programs with great autonomy. Demonstrates skill in coordination of clinical activities within the physical therapy section. Demonstrates the ability to assist in Physical Therapy program development, outcome management and strategic planning. Also has skill in acting as a liaison between staff therapists and supervisor. Demonstrates ability to provide professional oversight and consultation for staff therapists. Coordinates clinical activities within Physical Therapy section. Administrative Schedules, assesses, and implements the delivery of Physical Therapy services at VA EKHCS, pro-actively identifying areas in need of improvement. Informs supervisor of equipment and supply needs in the department. Monitors equipment performance for safety and repair needs. Contributes to the development and monitoring of the quality assurance program to monitor quality of care and/or effectiveness of treatment. Collects and compiles appropriate data for statistical and narrative reports Assures all documentation is performed in a timely fashion. Customer Service Responds to requests from patient, families, visitors and co-workers in a prompt and friendly manner. Relationships with supervisors and co-workers are cooperative and polite, contributing to the overall effectiveness of organizational goals and customer satisfaction. Obtains feedback from patients, families, visitors and co-workers to contribute to the overall effectiveness of a customer driven organization. VA Careers - Pharmacy: https://youtube.com/embed/Fn_ickNBEws\nVA Careers - Physical Therapy: https://youtube.com/embed/Gi2hoFqIoqY\nVA Careers - Prosthetics: https://youtube.com/embed/3NUvF5jjErQ\nVA Careers - Social Work: https://youtube.com/embed/enRhz_ua_UU Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00AM - 4:30PM\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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.