This is a full-time Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) occupational therapist position in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service (PMRS) for the Michael E. DeBakey VA medical Center (MEDVAMC). The occupational therapist selected for this position will have a workload that requires travel to veteran's residence from MEDVAMC to/from Beaumont and Lufkin area. If you are not a current, permanent VA employee, you should apply CBST-11172905-21-LG. This position is located in the Rehabilitation and Extended Care Line (RECL) at the MEDVAMC, a complexity level 1a facility. The HBPC Occupational Therapist is administratively and clinically accountable to the SCI/HBPC Therapy Supervisor, the Supervisory Rehabilitation Therapist, the Rehabilitation Director, and the Rehabilitation and Extended Care Line Executive for patient care. Work will typically be provided in the Veteran's place of residence though some encounters may be accomplished in Occupational Therapy clinical areas or other locations in and around the MEDVAMC as deemed necessary in the care and safety of the individual patient. This therapist is fully knowledgeable 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. Work will be performed in the Occupational Therapy clinic setting, in other therapy clinics, at bedside, or in other locations in and around the MEDVAMC as deemed necessary in the care and safety of the individual patient. Serves as a member of the HBPC interdisciplinary care team and other patient care teams as needed to provide quality, effective, and efficient patient centered care. Evaluations include medical history, results and interpretation of appropriate functional tests and measurements such as: activities of daily living, IADL's, range of motion, muscle strength, sensory deficits, coordination, pain, cognitive, visual perceptual, etc. Utilizes standard and non-standard methods in the evaluation and interpretation of a wide variety of physical and cognitive functional levels. Tests are frequently complex and may need to be adapted because of multiple physical disabilities or medical conditions. Utilizes FIM in assessing all rehab patients and other in/outpatients as indicated. Provide direct occupational therapy interventions and procedures with varying degrees of complexity to enhance safety, wellness, and performance in ADL, instrumental IADL, education, work, play, leisure, and social participation. Evaluates for and recommends appropriate assistive devices and adaptive equipment as indicated. Accurately completes timely Prosthetics consults for recommended items. Fits devices appropriately for patient needs and instructs patient/care provider in the use of these devices. Consults with physicians, other therapists and medical personnel, the patient, and as indicated the family and/or caregiver, to maximize benefit of the patient's therapy program. Work will be performed in the Occupational Therapy clinic setting, in other therapy clinics, at bedside, or in other locations in and around the MEDVAMC as deemed necessary in the care and safety of the individual patient. Demonstrates the ability to collaborate and communicate effectively orally and in writing with all internal and external stakeholders. Effectively communicates with patients, families, and other health care providers to facilitate the multidisciplinary treatment process. Demonstrates the 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. Valid Driver's license required Additional duties assigned Recruitment/Relocation Incentives: May be authorized for highly qualified applicants. Work Schedule: Monday to Friday (40hrs/week) compressed schedule allowed due to travel requirements 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.