This Kinesiotherapy Specialty position is located in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service (PM&RS) at the Phoenix VA Health Care System, Arizona. Serves as the Kinesiotherapist/Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Specialist for the facility. Fully responsible for the administration of a multi-faceted approach to Kinesiotherapy for Veteran population of Phoenix VA Health Care System main hospital and CBOCs. 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: Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. Education. A bachelor's degree or higher from a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program, with a concentration/emphasis in kinesiotherapy. OR A bachelor's degree or higher with a concentration/emphasis in kinesiotherapy or exercise science related field and registered as a kinesiotherapist in good standing with the COPSKT. OR A master's degree or higher with a degree in exercise science, kinesiology, human performance or a related field, which has been approved by COPSKT and a certificate verifying completion of a Center of Excellence (COE) Kinesiotherapy clinical training program. The completion of the certificate ensures that COPSKT has approved the degree program as part of the application process for the COE internship. Registration. All applicants must be registered in kinesiotherapy in good standing with the COPSKT. English Language Proficiency. Kinesiotherapist candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English Physical Requirements. Outlined below. GS-11 Experience/Education: One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-09) or a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or three academic years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a degree in kinesiotherapy or an exercise science related field. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: Skill in communicating and coordinating with patients, families, caregivers, and other health care professions to facilitate the multidisciplinary treatment process. Knowledge of evidence-based kinesiotherapy to provide skilled rehabilitation interventions to a wide variety of patients having diverse and multiple disabilities. Ability to conduct independent assessments using highly specialized evaluations and diagnostic tests. Knowledge of learning principles, behavioral intervention, and innovational techniques for patient and caregiver education. Ability to adapt assessment tools and treatment to the complexity of the diagnosis or disabilities and demonstrate the clinical reasoning necessary to identify the need for further in-depth specific assessment of function and utilization of non-standard methods and techniques. Ability to use clinical reasoning necessary to identify the need for further in-depth specific assessment and/or continuation of treatment. Assignment. This is the full performance level for the kinesiotherapist. Kinesiotherapists independently conduct assessments and develop treatment plans to the complexity of the diagnosis or disability using appropriate functional tests and measurements according to established evidence-based professional practices. The kinesiotherapists provide integrated and progressive skilled rehabilitative treatment modalities across the continuum of care. Duties may include, but are not limited to, any of the following: pre-habilitation, acute, sub-acute, transitional, home-based, post rehabilitative, and wellness programs. Administer musculoskeletal, neurological, ergonomic, biomechanical, psychological, and task specific functional tests and measures in order to reach maximum outcomes. Coordinate and collaborate within a multidisciplinary team to provide comprehensive care, employ multiple treatment approaches and to accomplish complex treatment objectives. The kinesiotherapist may perform duties such as, accurately test, analyze, evaluate, and record measurements of vitals, muscular strength, endurance, range of motion, coordination, static/dynamic balance, cardiovascular endurance, gait analysis, posture, gross sensory impairment, functional mobility, activities of daily living, and prosthetic and orthotic gait, care and training. Provide education to patients, caregivers and other health care professionals regarding policies and procedures for guidance to maneuver through the health care system. Kinesiotherapists monitor and report on work status, program quality, performance improvement data, and make recommendations for process improvement. References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G21 - Kinesiotherapist Qualification Standard. Physical Requirements: VA Handbook 5019/1, Part II, Pre-Placement Physical Examination and Evaluation. ["The Kinesiotherapist demonstrates treatment competency beyond the average staff therapist by executing a full range of treatment procedures designed to allow most physically challenged Veterans the opportunity and ability to safely and most independent possible perform his/her physical functional daily activities. Patient care program development, medical staff training, consultation, research development, and resource sharing within the community. Complex therapeutic objectives and/or unusual and highly specialized procedures due to the severe or unusual involvement of the patient. Duties include, but are not limited to: Administer clinical training programs for students, facility, staff, and/or physical medicine and rehabilitation therapy disciplines. Establishing, negotiating, and maintaining affiliation agreements and Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs). Arrange and serve as instructors for staff in-service training programs, and serve on curriculum committees of colleges and universities, and have substantive input into the course content for students. Responsible for the examination and treatment of patients requesting KT services and patients referred to the KT Section both in person and by means of the most appropriate method of telecommunication. Travels to CBOCs and Mobile Medical Unit sites for patient care and staff training, as needed. Develops and implements Kinesiotherapy patient education content, based on the most current evidence-based practice, to be delivered by the most appropriate method of telecommunication. Provides in-service and clinical training programs as assigned by the of the Kinesiotherapy section. Designs, conducts, and evaluates educational experiences on Kinesiotherapy subject matter for staff members, taking an active role in Journal Club, and seeks educational opportunities to enhance the Kinesiotherapy section, PM&RS, and the Phoenix VA Health Care System. Establishes and maintains contact with other key staff involved in patient care via written, telephone, and personal communication on a regular basis at the Medical Center and VISN level. Develops and provides timely reports as requested by the of the Kinesiotherapy section. Maintains timely data input utilizing care plans, initial assessments and/or specialty protocols as part of an ongoing process in coordination with other key interdisciplinary staff to provide effective patient care. Represents the Kinesiotherapy section and PM&RS at various clinical and administrative meetings/rounds at the discretion of the LEAD, Kinesiotherapy section. Performs Kinesiotherapy evaluation and treatments, male and female, ages ranging from adult to geriatric, having a variety of disabilities. Cases may be complex in nature with chronic and acute disease entities including, but not limited to, central nervous system disorders, joint diseases, circulatory and pulmonary diseases, diabetes mellitus, altered thought processes and multisystem disease combinations. Ability to determine the most appropriate plan of care relative to the patient's diagnosis, age, developmental level and cultural needs. Perform examination and treatment of patients representing a wide scope of ages and diagnoses, rendering varied modalities inherent in this profession. Serves as a Clinical Instructor and role model for students in Kinesiotherapy and other programs where Kinesiotherapy is involved and have staff. Employs motivational techniques to enlist patient participation and adaptive equipment and procedures to carry out a full range of complex treatment activities. Evaluates patient's condition upon appropriate referral to Kinesiotherapy or by patient request for Kinesiotherapy service to determine treatment plan. Suggests referrals/consults to other team professionals as appropriate. Performs and interprets results of tests and measurements for use in preparing for modification and/or evaluation of patient treatment, and adjusts the treatment based on changes in patient's condition. Evaluates patient's needs with respect to durable medical equipment necessary for the patient in the home environment. Selects appropriate equipment, determines which suits the patient best. Determines appropriate equipment necessary to allow patients to participate in home exercise program, assistive devices for mobility, transfers etc. Determines the most efficient way for the patient to function safely in a home environment with the resources available for the patient. Reviews patients' medical records from outlying facilities to determine appropriateness of triaging referral to community care. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 6:30am - 3:00pm Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,298 health care facilities, including 171 medical centers and 1,113 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.