The Occupational Therapist in the Social Work Service at VA Northern California Health Care System works in collaboration with members of the Housing and Urban Development-Department of Veterans Affairs Supported Housing (HUD-VASH) Program. The location and provision of the work is primarily in the home or community and occasionally in the Northern California HCS Outpatient and Community Based Outpatient Clinics. The Duty Station is in Redding, CA. Clinical: 1. Evaluations: Take place primarily in the home and the community and occasionally in a VA Clinic area, such as a VA OPC, individually or in groups. Conducts an evaluation that gathers information from the medical record, interview of the veteran and other appropriate people such as family and caregiver or other providers, observation, and standardized and non-standardized testing. Analyzes the demands of the activity. 2. Intervention: Develops an intervention plan in collaboration with the veteran and family, caregiver and social support as appropriate and other members of the HUD-VASH team. Interventions may be conducted individually or in groups. The OT may educate other team members in carry-over of OT plan. The plan takes into account the goals of the patient and the HUD-VASH team. It takes into account the veteran's context and activity demands. The intervention plan includes objective and measurable goals with timeframes. The intervention is an accepted occupational therapy approach based on theory and evidence. 3. Maximization of Outcomes: Maximizes patient outcomes by: a. Reassessing veterans' response to treatment at regular intervals. b. Modifying the treatment plan and goals. c. Recommending appropriate discharge from OT based on response to treatment. d. Working with the HUD-VASH team to make referrals to other services as appropriate. e. Sharing expertise and program ideas with the HUD-VASH team. f. Working with other HUD-VASH team members, such as Nursing, Social Work and Peer Support to assist in carry-over of home management skills. 4. Health and Safety a. Practices proper infection control procedures in all patient care and clinical activities, whether conducted in the home, community or clinic. b. Uses all OT equipment and supplies in the home, community and clinic in a prescribed and safe manner. 5. Clinical Information a. Records patient care activities in evaluation, reassessment, daily and discharge notes following all VA, Neuro and Rehab, HUD-VASH and OT regulations. Administrative: 1. Maintains all required records, including: encounter entry, consult completion, and others as requested. 2. Represents Occupational Therapy Section to colleagues in HUD-VASH and others as appropriate. 3. Submits Prosthetic Consults in a timely manner and according to proper protocol. 4. Monitors clinic supply inventory and ensures adequate supply levels according to Rehabilitation Service protocol. 5. Maintains a safe and orderly work environment. 6. Participates in developing OT Quality Improvement (QI) indicators, conducts QI audits and shares responsibility for QI minutes when requested. 7. Participates in designing occupational therapy patient documentation forms. 8. Shares ideas and concerns about the OT HUD-VASH program with the OT Supervisor and HUD-VASH leadership. 9. Maintains awareness of Rehab, OT and HUD-VASH administrative duties, assignments and meetings throughout the year, such as staff meetings, cleaning assignments, receipt of deliveries, and others as requested. 10. Carries out other job-related activities and special assignments as requested by supervisor, including program management duties on an occasional basis, where complexity and amount of work is not substantial (less than 25% of duty time). Educational: 1. Develops and implements interdepartmental and intradepartmental in-services and ongoing training on topics of rehabilitative, mental health, homelessness, and/or OT topics. 2. Supervises and trains OT interns and volunteers when assigned by supervisor. 3. Contributes ideas to improve the OT intern training program. 4. Attends and participates in Rehab, HUD-VASH, CBOC, Medical Center (Vtel or not) offerings, and/or professional conferences and workshops. 5. Interprets OT to patients, residents, allied health professionals, students, volunteers, visiting public, vendors and Veterans Affairs officials. Work Schedule: Monday to Friday, 8:00AM - 4:30PM Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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.