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Occupational Therapist

Company: US Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: West Haven
Posted on: June 5, 2020

Job Description:

The Occupational Therapist provides assessment and treatment interventions directed toward the care and treatment of Veterans diagnosed with mental illness. The OT has knowledge of occupational therapy principles and techniques consistent with current clinical standards based on OT theory and evidence-based practice. Knowledge is inclusive of physical, occupational, cognitive, and psychosocial functional deficits.IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

NOTE: Effective January 1, 2007, candidates for certification as an Occupational Therapist Registered (OTR) must be a graduate from a post-baccalaureate accredited occupational therapy program approved by NBCOT or be a graduate from a degree program recognized by NBCOT or considered equivalent to the American Occupational Therapy education standard.FUNCTIONS/ Major Duties and Responsibilities;


  • CLINICAL


    • Has basic knowledge and understanding of mental health disorders, including the features, diagnostic criteria, and common treatment methods. Has a basic knowledge of psychiatric pharmacology including side effects and signs of toxicity.
    • Able to assess cognitive ability and its impact on function. Uses knowledge of the Veterans' cognitive status to adapt teaching methods and grade activities to optimize Veterans' success with reaching set goals.
    • Evaluates patients, devises objectives and goals, adapting goals, objectives and plans to meet the special needs of individual patients with supervision.
    • Develops and initiates treatment programs which apply current Occupational Therapy practice and research findings as needed or indicated by the patient population being served. Is able to read and interpret written consults/prescriptions with supervision.
    • Considers the specific needs of the Veteran, including age, gender, race, spirituality, and culture.
    • Develops and facilitates group and individual treatments that are occupation based; promotes the Veteran's strengths and abilities while adapting for limitations; develops skills that are within the individual's potential that will allow the Veteran to reach his or her goals.
    • Treats patients using standardized and recognized assessments and treatment modalities.
    • Documents appropriately and in a timely manner in patient's electronic record. Provides patient/family education as needed.
    • Demonstrates skill in communicating information regarding patients to interdisciplinary team members, patients and their families as needed, both verbally and in writing.
    • Works cooperatively with other specialties to provide seamless rehabilitation treatment for patients who may require interdisciplinary care including participation in interdisciplinary meetings for special programs, patient care, and discharge planning.
    • Promotes a safe, clean, and well-organized environment for patients and staff.




      • EDUCATION


        • Attends continuing education courses and seminars to remain current with advances in the field and to meet continuing education requirements of VA CT Healthcare System and Connecticut State Licensure, as well as CPRP certification.
        • Attends PM&R education and training sessions (in-services) as required.




          • ADMINISTRATIVE


            • Schedules patient visits to ensure quality Occupational Therapy treatments are delivered most efficiently and effectively and in accordance with national scheduling guidelines.
            • Documents evaluations, goals, treatment plans, and rehabilitation potential, using standard format in patient's medical record as required by PM&R, The Joint Commission, and VA CT Healthcare System standards.
            • Responsible for performance improvement and systems redesign including participation in the formulation of monitors, data collections, peer reviews, and preparation of reports in accordance with VA and The Joint Commission guidelines.
            • Takes responsibility for ordering supplies and clinic maintenance to ensure that adequate supplies are always on hand and that clinic repairs and maintenance activities are performed in a timely manner. Monitors clinic areas to ensure that a clean, safety conscious environment exists for all patients and staff.

              Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8am - 4:30pm


              Financial Disclosure Report: Not requiredApplicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met.

              Basic Requirements:

              a. United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy 38 U.S.C. -- 7407(a).

              b. Education. Bachelor's degree in occupational therapy and two (2) years of experience as an occupational therapist; NOTE: The baccalaureate degree must be from an approved program prior to the AOTA January 1, 2005 decision that the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) would only accredit master or doctoral degree programs in occupational therapy.

              OR

              Bachelor's degree in occupational therapy and two (2) full years of graduate education in a related field; NOTE: The baccalaureate degree must be from an approved program prior to the AOTA January 1, 2005 decision that ACOTE would only accredit master or doctoral degree programs in occupational therapy.

              OR

              Master's Degree or higher in occupational therapy.

              Individuals must be a graduate of] a degree program in occupational therapy approved by the ACOTE or predecessor organizations. This is inclusive of an internship (supervised fieldwork experience required by the educational institution). ACOTE is the only accreditation agency recognized by the US Dept. of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Degree programs may be verified by contacting the American Occupational Therapy Association website or at their office address: American Occupational Therapy Association, P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220.

              You may qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). See VA Handbook 5005/127, Part II, Appendix G14

              c. Certification/Examination. Possession of written documentation that the individual has passed the entry-level certification examination for OTs which is administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).

              d. State Licensure/Certification/Registration/Trademark. The OT must hold a full, current, and unrestricted state license, certification, or registration or trademark to practice occupational therapy in a State, Territory, a Commonwealth of the United States (i.e., Puerto Rico), or in the District of Columbia.

              e. English Language Proficiency. OTs must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook regulations.

              f. Grade Determinations. In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates.

              Occupational Therapist, GS-9

              Education, Experience, or Licensure. None beyond the basic requirements

              Occupational Therapist, GS-11

              Education, Experience, or Licensure. Completion of one year of experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 grade level and directly related to the position being filled; or three years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a degree in occupational therapy ora directly related field; or Doctorate in occupational therapy.

              Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs). In addition to the [experience or education above, the candidate] must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:

              (a) Knowledge of occupational therapy practice.

              (b) Ability to administer/interpret evaluation findings to develop and coordinate intervention plans, including goals and methods of treatment.

              (c) Ability to implement intervention plans directly or in collaboration with others.

              (d) Skill in monitoring an individual's response to interventions and modify treatment plans and reevaluating as indicated.

              (e) Ability to communicate and or collaborate with patients, family members, caregivers, interdisciplinary professionals and/or other individuals verbally and in writing.

              (f) Knowledge of health and safety regulations to minimize risk in the provision of patient care and the environment of care.

              (g) Knowledge of applicable regulations governing documentation, reimbursement and workload entry in accordance with established professional practice.

              Assignment. OTs at this grade level practice independently and are responsible for the assessment of functional and occupational roles using standardized tools. The OT modifies standardized and non-standardized evaluation tools. OTs select and provide direct occupational therapy interventions and procedures with routine complexity to enhance safety, wellness, performance in activities of daily living (ADL); and instrumental activities of daily living (IADL), education, work, play, leisure, and social participation. Occupational therapists require guidance with higher complexity conditions. OTs demonstrate an understanding of the theories of treatment in occupational therapy and their proper application through the use of activity analysis, behavioral intervention, frame of references, and therapeutic procedures.

              Occupational Therapist, GS-12

              Education, Experience, and Licensure. Completion of one year of experience equivalent to at the GS-11 grade level and directly related to the position being filled.

              Demonstrated KSAs. In addition to the [experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:

              (a) Knowledge of occupational therapy principles and techniques consistent with current clinical standards based on OT theory and evidence-based practice. Knowledge is inclusive of physical, occupational, cognitive, and psychosocial functional deficits.

              (b) Ability to collaborate and communicate orally and in writing with all internal and external stakeholders.

              (c) Ability to use critical analysis, clinical reasoning, and creativity to independently solve complex problems related to adapting and modifying assessments, treatment plans, activities and procedures to meet the needs of patients.

              (d) Skill in procuring, fabricating, adjusting, adapting, and modifying orthoses, splints, and adaptive equipment for activities of daily living (inclusive of durable medical equipment).

              (e) Ability to conduct OT related in-service and clinical training.

              Assignment. OTs at this level practice independently and are responsible for comprehensive assessment of functional and occupational roles using standardized and non-standardized evaluation tools. OTs select and provide direct occupational therapy interventions and procedures with varying degrees of complexity to enhance safety, wellness, and performance in ADL, instrumental IADL, education, work, play, leisure, and social participation. OTs demonstrate a full professional understanding of the theories of treatment in occupational therapy and their proper application through the use of activity analysis, behavioral intervention, frame of references, and therapeutic procedures. They are assigned to all program areas within VHA and provide professional, independent occupational therapy services. OTs at this level may be given assignments in any area where advanced specialized knowledge is not required on a recurring basis due to the patient population served and complexity of the facility and/or treatment area. Individuals may perform ancillary assignments, including program management duties on an occasional basis, where the complexity and amount of work is not substantial (less than 25% of the duty time).

              References: VA Handbook 5005/127 December 13, 2019 PART II APPENDIX G14

              The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-9 to GS-12.

              Physical Requirements: Long periods of standing, walking, lifting, stooping, pushing and stretching are required in the performance of duties. Occasional lifting of heavy objects is probable.

Keywords: US Department of Veterans Affairs, West Haven , Occupational Therapist, Healthcare , West Haven, Connecticut

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