The occupational therapist has responsibility for serving as the subject matter expert in the content specialty area of Spinal Cord Injury Disorders and Dysfunction. He/She is responsible for providing evaluations, treatment intervention and equipment prescription and will spend most of the time seeing patients referred to SCI/D Service. He/She will also serve as a consultant to occupational therapy and other medical center staff in evaluating and treating patients in this specialty area. Veterans are scheduled for evaluation considering caseload complexity and acuity of medical condition. Coordinates Veteran schedule with other interdisciplinary team members. Recognizes the appropriateness of treatment based on indications, precautions and contraindications (e.g. pharmacological) and uses professional judgement to initiate consultation to the appropriate provider. Demonstrates advanced skills to evaluate client factors (specific capabilities, characteristics or beliefs), performance skills (motor skills, processing skills and social interaction), performance patterns (habits, routines and roles), environment (physical & social), and context (cultural, personal, temporal and virtual), the therapist in this position demonstrates the ability to analyze Veterans occupational performance in order to target identified outcomes. Independently develops and implements complex and innovative SCI/D therapeutic techniques not limited to: activity limitations, modalities, lifestyle coping skills and modifications, participation restrictions related to conditions of the musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular, pulmonary, and/or integumentary systems, ADL, IADLs, strength/endurance training, pain management, exercises, neuromuscular re-education, energy conservation, communication devices and environmental controls, sensory/perception deficits, prosthetics/orthotics training, wheelchair assessments, patient/family education and mobility training to maintain or achieve veteran's physical and/or emotional rehabilitation potential. Uses critical analysis, clinical reasoning and creativity to solve complex problems related to adapting and modifying patient treatment plans, activities and procedures to meet the needs of patients. Train PM&R staff in Spinal Cord Injury Disease and dysfunction and other neuromuscular disorders ( MS, ALS ) as needed and support staff as needed. Serve as a liaison between PM&RS Service, SCI/D Service, and Prosthetics Sensory Aids and Service ( PSAS ) by attending meetings, as needed. Receives, triages, and assigns patient referrals/consults, patient self-referrals, adheres to consult compliance established guidelines and is knowledgeable of admission criteria for each program (inpatient/outpatient) for appropriate continuum of care placement. Identifies learning activities for self and others. Participates and contributes to the advancements of knowledge and techniques related to specialty services and outpatient management and Occupational therapy via in-services and/or conducts mentorship projects. Conducts in-services for interdisciplinary team and other rehabilitation programs. Work Schedule: 7:00 am-3:30 pm or 7:30 am-4:00 pm, Monday-Friday Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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