The position is located in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation service (PMR) in the Amarillo VA Health Care System. The Occupational Therapist OT provides assessment and treatment that promotes the prevention, remediation, and rehabilitation of acute and chronic physical, occupational and psychosocial dysfunction. A Recruitment/Relocation Incentive may be authorized for a Highly Qualified Individual. The Occupational Therapist has attained skill and experience in, and completes the following with guidance as needed from more experienced staff members. 1. Receives and interprets requests or instructions for occupational therapy procedures. Employee may carry out or oversee the work of lower graded assistants or technicians to accommodate requests. 2. Completes a preliminary review/examination of patient data (including medical history), compiles and organizes pertinent information relative to the occupational therapy care to be rendered. 3. Knowledge of basic occupational therapy techniques to perform functions associated within the occupational therapy scope of practice, including assessment and treatment techniques for occupational, cognitive and psychological functional deficits. 4. Ability to adapt and modify assessment tools and treatments to the complexity of the diagnosis or disabilities for a variety of general medical, surgical, orthopedic, neurological and psychiatric patients with complex medical conditions. 5. Complete assessments and implement treatment plans directly or in collaboration with others, including caregiver and staff education regarding positioning, proper seating and use and safety with wheeled mobility devices. 6. Persuades and motivates veterans and family members to participate in treatment plans and comply with indicated regimens and post-discharge activities. Interacts with the patient and family regarding goals for treatment verbally and in writing. 7. May participate in family and multidisciplinary team meetings to identify patient's needs, report on patient's goals and progress and to assist in planning patient's treatment program. 8. Maintains a safe work environment to include non-technical maintenance of equipment, safety checks, cleaning, stocking, etc. Develops safe work habits to prevent injury to patients, co-workers and self. 9. Maintains a high level of competence through participation in continuing education programs. Maintains and updates clinical practice competence by attendance at workshops, seminars, etc., and by review of pertinent medical and rehabilitation literature. 10. Assists patients and family members in utilization of VA and community resources for transition back in to the community, including knowledge of Prosthetics and Sensory Aids Service, Home Improvement and Structural Alterations Grant. 11. Supervise the Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant to ensure initiation and compliance of established treatment plan and goals. 12. Supports the occupational safety, health and fire safety program of the health care system by applying approved regulations, practices and work methods. 13. Uses word processing software to execute several office automation functions such as storing and retrieving electronic documents and files; activating printers; inserting and deleting text, formatting letters, reports, and memoranda; and transmitting and receiving e-mail. Uses the Veterans Health Information and Technology Architecture (VistA) to access information in the Medical Center Computer System. Work Schedule: M-F 0800-1630, rotating weekends as needed Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Note: This is a bargaining unit position. Note: This announcement establishes an open continuous announcement of eligible applicants to be considered for this position. See Additional Information section.
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.