The Orthotist functions primarily in the Orthotic-Prosthetic Laboratory Section of the Prosthetic & Sensory Aids Service (P&SAS), Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System (GCVHCS), and is under the supervision of the Supervisory Orthotist/Prosthetist. Current permanent VA employees and Federal employees from other federal agencies should apply under CBST-10986379-21-DL. Duties include, but are not limited to: Performs a comprehensive assessment of the patient to obtain an understanding of the patients orthotic/prosthetic needs; Consults with other health care professionals and caregivers about patient's condition to assist in formulating a treatment plan; Refers patient, if appropriate, to other health care professionals (e.g., psychologist, therapist, physician) for intervention beyond orthotic/prosthetic scope of practice; Creates a comprehensive orthotic/prosthetic treatment plan to meet the needs and goals of the patient; Consults with physician/referral source to modify, if necessary, the original prescription and/or treatment plan; Identifies materials, designs and components to support anticipated outcome; Performs the necessary procedures to deliver the appropriate orthotic/prosthetic services, which may include fabrication of the orthosis/prosthesis; Prepares delineation/impression/template for modification/fabrication (e.g., prepares impression/reverse delineation, seal and fill impression/pour cast, digitize, strip model, download shape to carver or modification software); Assesses device for structural safety and ensure that manufacturers' guidelines have been followed prior to patient fitting/delivery (e.g., torque values, patient weight limits); Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm. 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.