The incumbent serves on the Mobility & Sensory Aids Team as an Occupational Therapist, serving as a consultant on a multidisciplinary specialty care team that provides complex Prosthetic devices to a wide variety of patients requiring advance specialty care; responsible for training the patient/family members on use of the device. Designs and evaluates manual wheelchair seating system, power wheelchairs, scooters, hospital beds and stair glide components of unusual or complex cases. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with 38 U.S.C. § 7407(a). Education: The individual must meet at least one of the following requirements below: (a) Bachelor's degree in occupational therapy and two (2) years of experience as an occupational therapist; NOTE: The baccalaureate degree must be from an approved program prior to the AOTA January 1, 2005 decision that the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) would only accredit master or doctoral degree programs in occupational therapy. OR (b) Bachelor's degree in occupational therapy and two (2) full years of graduate education in a related field; NOTE: The baccalaureate degree must be from an approved program prior to the AOTA January 1, 2005 decision that ACOTE would only accredit master or doctoral degree programs in occupational therapy. OR (c) Master's Degree or higher in occupational therapy. Individuals must be a graduate of a degree program in occupational therapy approved by the ACOTE or predecessor organizations. This is inclusive of an internship (supervised fieldwork experience required by the educational institution). ACOTE is the only accreditation agency recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Degree programs may be verified by contacting the American Occupational Therapy Association website or at their office address: American Occupational Therapy Association, P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220. Certification. Candidates must possess a current NBCOT certification as an OT. State Licensure. Candidates must possess a full, current, and unrestricted state license to practice occupational therapy in a state, territory or Commonwealth of the United States (i.e., Puerto Rico), or in the District of Columbia. English Proficiency. Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. § 7403(f). May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Grade Determinations: Education, Experience, and Licensure. Completion of one year of experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level and directly related to the position being filled. Demonstrated KSAs. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all the following KSAs: (a) Knowledge of occupational therapy principles and techniques consistent with current clinical standards based on OT theory and evidence based practice. Knowledge is inclusive of physical, occupational, cognitive, and psychosocial functional deficits. (b) Ability to collaborate and communicate orally and in writing with all internal and external stakeholders. (c) Ability to use critical analysis, clinical reasoning, and creativity to independently solve complex problems related to adapting and modifying assessments, treatment plans, activities and procedures to meet the needs of patients. (d) Skill in procuring, fabricating, adjusting, adapting, and modifying orthoses, splints, and adaptive equipment for activities of daily living (inclusive of durable medical equipment). (e) Ability to conduct OT related in-service and clinical training. Preferred Experience: Assistive Technology Provider (ATP) credential preferred, but not required. References: VA Handbook 5005, Appendix II-G14 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. Physical Requirements: Moderate to heavy lifting (15-50 pounds); repeated bending, climbing, crawling, kneeling; repetitive use of hands/fingers; rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously. Candidates must pass pre-employment physical examination. ["Major duties include, but are not limited to: Performs Occupational Therapy evaluation and treatment with hospitalized patients, outpatients and employees, male and female, ages ranging from adult to geriatric, having a variety of disabilities, these cases may be complex in nature with chronic and acute diseases. Performs assessments, writes orders for and trains in the use of power mobility and special seating systems. Employs unusual motivational techniques to enlist patient participation and adapts equipment and procedures to carry out a full range of complex treatment activities. Evaluates patient's condition upon appropriate referral to the Mobility & Sensory Aids Clinic to determine treatment plan. Determines appropriate equipment necessary to allow patients to participate in recreational exercise and compete in sporting events safely and at the patience highest level of completion. Establishes and maintains an appropriate QA monitor relating to patients who have benefited from assistive technology; including establishing, tracking and reporting functional outcomes in the field of assistive technology. Receives patient referrals from appropriate source and for patient evaluation and treatment in a timely manner. Reviews medical records to assess appropriateness of the referrals and possible contraindications for treatment. Follows patients for treatment, considering priority and frequency of care and coordinating schedules with other members of the treatment team. Flexibility of schedule must be maintained to allow for unscheduled patients and for family conferences. Documents performance and timely treatment and achievement of treatment goals. Assuring a high level of productivity and cost-effective treatments are provided. Maintains a close working relationship with medical and allied health specialists to assess patient condition and progress, and coordinate patient treatment to effect maximum care giving and rehabilitation potential for his/her assigned caseload. Provides assistance to the Orthotic Lab. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm\nTelework: Not Available\nFunctional Statement #: 91329-0\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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