The PT/CS spends the majority of his/her time working in a specialty content area providing independent examination in this environment. The PT/CS is viewed as a clinician, whose skills are beyond entry-level competence, functioning beyond the full performance level. The incumbent manages his/her caseload with concern for the complexity of treatment required. The PT/CS performs as an autonomous practitioner with administrative oversight through the Supervisor, Physical Therapy Department. General Skills- Responsible for the examination and treatment of patients referred to the Physical Therapy Department. Provides in-service and clinical training programs as assigned by the Supervisor, Physical Therapy Department. Designs, conducts, and evaluates education, experiences within specialty content area for staff members, taking an active role in Journal Club, and seeks educational opportunities to enhance the Physical Therapy Department, PM&RS, and the Medical Center. Establishes and maintains contact with other key staff involved in patient care via written, telephone, and personal communication on a regular basis at the Medical Center and VISN level. Develops and provides timely reports to the Supervisor, Physical Therapy Department. Maintains timely data input utilizing care plans, initial assessments and/or specialty protocols as part of an ongoing process in coordination with other key interdisciplinary staff to provide effective patient care. Represents the Physical Therapy Department and PM&RS at various clinical and administrative meetings/rounds at the discretion of the Supervisor, Physical Therapy Department. Clinical Skills - Conducts comprehensive patient examinations to identify rehabilitation problems and establish treatment goals. The PT/CS conducts examinations, treatment planning and interventions, documentation, and follow-up evaluations at the Salisbury VA Medical Center, which includes the CBOC sites. The PT/CS performs examination, treatment planning and intervention, and documentation as needed for support personnel and any assigned Staff PT. The PT /CS is capable of working with patients from a wide range of ages and backgrounds. Develops program planning, staff education/training, QI monitoring, and program evaluation within area of specialty. Serves as a subject matter expert in the areas of Geriatrics and as a consultant to Physical Therapy and other Medical Center staff in the evaluation and treatment of patients in geriatrics. Serves as a mentor to other therapists/students in the evaluation and treatment in the areas of geriatrics. Provides in-service and clinical training programs in the areas of long-term care and Geriatric Physical Therapy. Designs, conducts, and evaluates educational experiences for staff members in area of geriatrics. Establishes and maintains contact with other key staff involved in long term care and geriatric patient care via written, telephone, and personal communication on regular basis at VA Medical Center and VISN level. Develops and provides timely reports to the Supervisor, Physical Therapy Department and Supervisor, PM&RS. Serves as Rehabilitation Medicine Service representative in areas of Geriatric Physical Therapy. Continuing Education and Professional Development - The PT /CS continually seeks to improve knowledge and skill by review of current literature, participation in in-service training, presentations, and attendance at continuing education programs especially in their area of expertise. Continuing education and training will be focused on maintaining and improving competency in all general clinical functions but will also include coursework directed toward the development and improvement of clinical instruction, data collections and reporting techniques, and utilization and reporting of outcome measures. Administrative Functions - Conducts record keeping related to patient care documentation and quality improvement (QI) data collection as specified by the Supervisor, Physical Therapy Department. Performs other tasks as assigned by the Supervisor, Physical Therapy Department that are consistent with the mission of PM&RS and the Medical Center. Responsible for collection and reporting of QI data as requested by the Supervisor, Physical Therapy Department. Demonstrates advanced competency in knowledge of electronic documentation and computer skills. Communication Skills - Demonstrates the teaching skills required to provide education to patients, family members, caregivers, employees, students, and coworkers. Communicates effectively with other internal and external health care providers. Performs competent written documentation of initial examinations, progress notes, and discharge summaries Participates in interdisciplinary care planning conferences. Environmental Functions- Demonstrates awareness of safety hazards and takes appropriate corrective action. Assists in the establishment of clinic and practice safety guidelines impacting all Physical Therapy patients and programs. Adheres to infections control programs. Customer Service - Meets the needs of the customers while supporting VA missions. Communicates and treats customers in a courteous, tactful, and respectful manner. Provides the customer with consistent information according to established policies and procedures. Handles conflict and problems in dealing with the customer constructively and appropriately.
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.