DUTY STATION: The duty station is at the Jefferson Barracks Division however, the duty station may be changed to one or multiple associated VAMC locations within the metropolitan St. Louis, MO area based on the needs of the medical center. THIS POSITION REQUIRES DRIVING SOME PATIENTS. THIS ANNOUNCEMENT WILL CLOSE AFTER THE FIRST 20 APPLICANTS RECIEVED OR BY THE CLOSING DATE. This is an External Announcement. If you are a permanent VA Employee, then you must apply under CBSS-11048282-21-EG. Incumbent evaluates and treats the Occupational Therapy needs for both inpatients and outpatients treated at the St. Louis VA Spinal Cord Injury and Disorders (SCI/D) Center. Incumbent addresses the specialized acute and lifelong occupational therapy needs of persons with SCI/D. THE FUNCTIONS INCLUDE, BUT NOT LIMITED TO: Performs complex occupational therapy evaluations for SCI/D patients, following VHA Directive 1176 Guidelines for male and female patients aged 20-85+ years old. SCI/D Occupational therapist treats both during the acute phase after SCI/D, as well as throughout the lifespan of the person with SCI/D. Uses advanced knowledge of evidence-based OT practice to evaluate, determine goals, implement a treatment program, recommend adaptive equipment, and plan discharge for both inpatients and outpatient with SCI/D. The clinical specialist is expected to have advanced knowledge of the spectrum of patients in the SCI/D service. Screens for impairments to attention, concentration, executive function, language, memory, motor planning, and orientation. Knowledge of screens and evaluations related to SCI/D, including reliable and valid tools available and proper administration for identification of deficits. Develops and carries out advanced occupational therapy treatment to meet individual rehabilitation objectives which may include: neuromuscular facilitation; functional electrical stimulation; fabrication and/or application of splints/adaptive devices; joint mobilization; biofeedback; perceptual motor integration; teaching adaptive or compensatory techniques; sensory integrative techniques; fracture management; pre-vocational training; advanced postural and seating evaluations for optimization of seating systems; limb loss management; providing patient/family education regarding SCI/D; adapted sports and recreation education, evaluation and equipment prescription; education on process VA and community grant-funding available to assist with home/ community access needs. This list of advanced skills relates specifically to the SCI /D population. These treatment interventions are conducted both one on one with individuals and in group settings. The therapist may seek input from other OT Clinical Specialists in complex or unusual cases. Communicates formally and informally with SCI/D interdisciplinary team members regarding current status, changes in patient status, development of and progress with treatment programs, identified barriers, and discharge plans. Evaluates patients with SCI/D for specialized home equipment needs, including specialty lifts, mattresses, and shower commode chairs. Familiar with VA National guidelines regarding evaluation and prescription of specialty rehabilitation equipment. Evaluates patients with SCI/D for specialized and individualized assistive technology needs, including Environmental Control Units/ home automation; computer access, including adaptive mice and adapted keyboards; switch systems to increase independence in the home/work/hospital environments; ergonomic assessments to optimize positioning to increase access and independence with Assistive Technology pursuits. Participates in home visits as appropriate to patient's home and/or place of employment to assess for safety, appropriate access, self-care, ergonomic considerations, and need for adaptive equipment and/or assistive technology as it relates to the SCI/D population. Work Schedule: Monday and Wednesday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 598785600
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