The PT Assistant in this position is given general and complex assignments in multiple clinics and locations where services are deemed necessary. In this position the PTA has skills and knowledge in techniques for applying care targeting an outpatient/inpatient population. The position requires travel for patient care and other duties as needed to multiple VANTHCS duty stations. The Primary Purpose of the Position is: Under the direction of a Physical Therapist (PT), the PTA provides services that promote the prevention, remediation and rehabilitation of general and complex acute and chronic physical dysfunction. The PTA administers clinical rehabilitation treatments in a clinical setting with patients with variety of conditions (which may include but is not limited to neurology, orthopedics, geriatrics, deconditioning, sports physical therapy, polytrauma, TBI, SCI, others). The Physical Therapy Assistant is responsible for independently administering general and complex treatment for patients with varying levels of physical, medical and mental conditions; under the general direction of the treating physical therapist. Duties include but are not limited to: Patients are assigned by the PT considering caseload complexity and acuity of medical condition. PTA manages a caseload with mix in patients considered of low and moderate complexity in nature and some of high complexity. Receives and interprets requests and/or instructions for procedures from the physical therapist. Demonstrates broad knowledge and ability to interpret objective measures to identify progress. Performs in depth/comprehensive chart review of patient data to implement treatment plans and determine appropriateness of physical therapy intervention. Identifies any potential risks, precautions and/or contraindications for treatment and demonstrates the ability to accurately interpret information to assist in the assessment by the primary physical therapist (PT). Under the guidance of a PT, may perform specified tasks, utilize standardized screening format and established outcome measures data. May assist screen patients designated by physical therapist (PT) as possible candidates for physical therapy services or as part of the physical therapy assessment process. PTA coordinates patients' needs with interdisciplinary team members and adapts schedule to meet unscheduled treatments when situation arises. Participates in the development of physical therapy basic treatment plans and provides physical therapy services as specified by the physical therapy plan of care. Demonstrates ability to persuade and motivate veterans and family members to participate in treatment plans and comply with indicated programs and post-discharge activities. Interacts with the patient and family regarding goals for treatment. Demonstrates knowledge and skills of program/clinic specific outcome measures tools to determine effects of treatment or assisting primary therapist with evaluations, assessment of progress, treatment modifications and discharge plan. Independently implements treatment programs as specified in the PT plan of care. Implementation of treatment programs applies to variable patient caseload which may include complex patient populations such as: traumatic brain injury, polytrauma, stroke, amputee, neurology, orthopedics, geriatrics, cardiac rehabilitation, wound care, clinical electrophysiology, home health, sports physical therapy and others. Implements comprehensive patient treatment plans and observes patient specific tasks in order to provide ongoing assessment towards meeting objectives, measurable goals and timeliness for completion. The goals are to prevent injury, impairment, functional limitation, and disability by promoting function, mobility, wellness, fitness, and improved quality of life in all age populations served. Recognizes changes in patient's response to treatment; identifies, monitors and documents signs of medical, mental and physical distress. Independently adapts or modifies treatment techniques following PT plan of care. Consults with PT to adapt or modify treatment techniques and procedures not established in plan of care. Exercises good judgment in interpreting findings of objective information gathered. Takes in consideration patient level of disability, functional and cognitive impairments as well as caregiver level of understanding, physical and emotional capacity when developing recommendations to improve mobility, safety, function and home environment accessibility as per plan of care. Driver's License: You must have a current and valid state driver's license. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 08:00 am - 4:30 pm, PRN weekend and Holiday coverage Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Physical Therapy Assistant/PD000000 Financial 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.