The Speech Pathologist is a member of the Rural Veterans Tele-Rehabilitation Initiative, one of two VHA tele-rehabilitation enterprise-wide initiatives in the nation, with a focus on providing rehabilitation services to rural Veterans in their homes via telehealth. The primary work in this position is direct patient care via telehealth modality. The therapist evaluates and develops treatment programs for patients with speech, voice, language, cognitive & swallowing problems. Depending upon the grade at which you are hired you may assist with developing practices and procedures of SLP services in tele-rehabilitation that are necessary to plan and direct a wide range of activities relating to the overall operation of an SLP program in a large, highly affiliated VA Medical Center. PLEASE NOTE: Qualified clinical trainees, residents, fellows, interns, etc. are encouraged to apply; please follow the instructions in the How to Apply section. Major duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to: Independent diagnostic assessment and evaluation of cases that are referred to Speech Pathology without limitation as to difficulty or complexity. Conduct interviews with the patients and appropriate family members and/or friends, selects, administers and interprets the diagnostic test necessary to detect and evaluate any type of speech, language, voice, fluency, cognitive, and/or swallowing disorders. Assessment and reporting of the findings to other professional workers with whom he/she or other members of the speech pathology section may cooperate in formulating diagnostic and clinical judgments; assessment of patient condition from close observation and consultation with other members of the inter-disciplinary health care team; and utilization of all diagnostic and evaluative procedures and techniques consistent with contemporary speech-language pathology practice. Planning, conducting, coordinating, and monitoring the effectiveness and clinical outcomes of patient-centered treatment and rehabilitative services to maximize and restore physical and social functioning to the greatest extent possible. Employing a holistic approach in planning treatment and setting goals with the patient: the individual's role in life and work, leisure performance and relationships with significant others. Consider the problems of patients with multiple interacting medical and psychological issues allowing for thorough care. Orienting patients, medical residents, allied health professionals, community organizations, students and volunteers to the purpose and function of Speech Pathology, with a specific focus on clinical services provided via telehealth. The Speech Pathologist may provide in-services to nursing personnel, medical residents, and other allied health professionals on specific speech pathology evaluation and treatment procedures. Work Schedule: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday. May be required to work rotating shifts nights, weekends, holidays, and on-call. Telework: Not available Virtual: Not available Functional Statement Title: Staff Speech-Language Pathologist, GS-0665-11/12/13 Recruitment/Relocation Incentives: Will not be authorized. Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Will not be reimbursed. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required EDRP: This position is not eligible for EDRP.
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.