The position is located in the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Service at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center, Richmond, VA. The Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist practices independently and is responsible for performing occupational therapy assessment and treatment interventions for a diverse Spinal Cord Injury and Disorders patient population having complex medical conditions including but not limited to injuries of the spinal cord. The Occupational Therapist serves as the subject matter expert as a consultant to occupational Therapy and other medical center staff in evaluating and treating patients in the specialty area of spinal cord injuries and disorders. Major duties include but are not limited to: Demonstrates skills and techniques of the Spinal Cord Injury and Disorders patient population that have highly complex physical, occupational and/or psychocoical impairments. Treats Spinal cord Injury patients using comprehensive knowledge acquired through continuing education and experience. Must use considerable judgement when guidelines are not available to adapt procedures and techniques to accommodate individual deficits, ranges of progress and problems that may occur. Evaluates referred patients to determine current level of functioning (e.g. cognition, vision, range of motion, pain, strength, movement mechanics, posture, coordination, sensation, perception, coordination, self-care, homemaking, work performance, orthotic needs) using standardized or specialized tests, interviews, observations, medical record review, and consultation with other professional staff. Consults with physicians and makes recommendations for plan of treatment. Demonstrates the ability to provide consultation to other health care practitioners and outside groups about Spinal Cord Injury and Disorders. Develops rehabilitation objectives, in collaboration with the patient and/or family, in the form of a treatment intervention plan that includes short and long goals. Re-evaluates the patient's status on a regular basis and adjusts the treatment plan appropriately. Documents in the medical record; results of the initial evaluation; the treatment plan and goals; progress reports that include the treatment provided, changes in the patient's functional status, and changes made to the treatment plan; a discharge summary that includes goal achievement, recommendations for home program, and patient/family education. Meets the needs of customers while supporting the VA missions. consistently communicates and treats all internal and external customers in a courteous, tactful, and respectful manner. Provides the customer with consistent information to established policies and procedures. Handles conflict and problems in dealing with the customer constructively and appropriately. Knowledge of advanced specialized evaluation, interventions and services to independently develop treatment strategies for area of specialization. Acts as a subject matter expert to provide clinical Spinal Cord Injury and Disorders guidance to other occupational therapists, rehabilitative and medical personnel. Responsible for Spinal cord Injury and Disorders occupational therapy program development, refining existing programs and evaluation of program effectiveness. This includes quality improvement monitors, program guidelines, protocols, overall philosophy and approach. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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