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. Learn more Incumbent functions as a Physical Therapist, Clinical Specialist in Wheelchair and Seating, for the Physical Therapy Department, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service (PM&RS) of the VA Boston Healthcare System (VA BHS). The position requires a licensed PT who works independently with general guidance from the Outpatient PT Supervisor. A minimum of two years of direct and continual clinical experience in the specialty area of wheelchair and seating evaluation and prescription is required and the incumbent must have a current Assistive Technology Practitioner (ATP) Certification through the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) or a current Board Certification through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. The primary function of this position is to provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment of patients referred to PT, particularly those with complex conditions as they relate to the area of wheelchair, seating and positioning. Incumbent demonstrates independence with ability to make autonomous clinical decisions in a Direct Access environment, including the ability to independently evaluate and treat patients who seek physical therapy services. Incumbent functions as a Physical Therapist (PT), Clinical Specialist assigned to the PM&RS Team in this Level 1A Medical Center. Incumbent is responsible for administering PT programs to adult and geriatric patients from all units of the medical center but will be spend at least 25% of time in the specialty area of wheelchair, seating and positioning. Incumbent coordinates, develops, and oversees the development of Physical Therapy Wheelchair Clinic Programs for all Veterans referred. Incumbent serves as a resource and consultant to staff, including physicians, nurses, therapists, students and residents within VA BHS for any complex wheelchair and seating need. Incumbent will be required to address issues across the different campuses of VA BHS, and serve as a resource to community partners like home care providers, nursing home providers and outside therapists in coordination of care for veterans in community settings. The PT, Clinical Specialist in Wheelchair and Seating responsibilities include, but are not limited to: remain current on latest advances in wheelchair and seating technology; serve as liaison between PM&R and the Prosthetics Services for the area of wheelchair/seating; improve and streamline various processes related to wheelchair and seating prescription process; perform program development for the PT Section in relation to wheelchair and seating. It is the responsibility of the incumbent to coordinate, plan, organize and direct the day to day wheelchair clinic operations and activities to allow for optimal patient care; maintain inpatient loaner wheelchair and cushion supplies within PM&R and communicate directly with PM&R Administrative staff for purchasing to update or replace dated loaner equipment and supplies; direct the clinic scheduling activity with the medical support assistant staff when needed; act as a liaison between staff therapists and supervisor for wheelchair and seating programs. Incumbent serves as a mentor and as a subject matter expert to other therapists in the patient evaluation, documentation, treatment, and prosthetics process for wheelchair and seating needs. The incumbent provides in-service and clinical training in this program area and serves as a consultant for other health care providers regarding the delivery of care provided in wheelchair clinics. Other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00am until 4:30pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Compressed/Flexible: Not authorized Telework: Not authorized Virtual: This is not a virtual position Relocation & Travel Incentives: Not authorized Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized Notifications: This position is a AFGE Bargaining unit position. This position is covered by locality-based comparability pay. Selectee may be required to work at any Boston Healthcare System campus as needed. May be required to attend conference at other facilities or other VA sites on occasion. The incumbent may be required to travel to other VA campuses and CBOC's. Current and former Federal employees must submit copies of their most recent SF-50 (Notice of Personnel Action). The SF-50 must identify the position title, series, grade, step, tenure and type of service (Competitive or Excepted). In some cases, more than one SF-50 may be required to show a higher grade previously held. This position is in the Excepted Service. Narrative responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) will be required from the selectee in order to proceed with the appointment. Veterans preference does not apply for current permanent federal employees.
Internal Number: 599095800
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