The Minneapolis VA Health Care System is recruiting for 1 full-time Occupational Therapist (Clinical Specialist) for the Geriatrics and Extended Care Service Line. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Education and/or Experience. (1) 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. (2) 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). Grade Determinations: GS-13 Occupational Therapist (Clinical Specialist) Education, Experience, and Licensure. Completion of one year of experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level and directly related to the position being filled, which is defined as: Working 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; Collaborating and communicating orally and in writing with all internal and external stakeholders; Using 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; Procuring, fabricating, adjusting, adapting, and modifying orthoses, splints, and adaptive equipment for activities of daily living (inclusive of durable medical equipment); Conducting OT related in-service and clinical training. and one of the following: (a) A minimum of 2,000 hours of clinical practice directly in the advanced practice area. This time must be within the past five years; (b) Certification in an area recognized by the AOTA; (c) Completion of a fellowship/residency or advanced degree program in the advanced practice area; or (d) An additional advanced degree in a related field. Demonstrated KSAs. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: -Knowledge of contemporary occupational therapy across multiple areas of practice. -Ability to provide clinical guidance in the advanced practice area to other OT practitioners. -Knowledge of advanced specialized evaluation, interventions and services to independently develop treatment strategies for area of specialization. -Skill in developing protocols and procedures for intervention programs based on current occupational therapy theory, recent research, and practice. -Ability to provide consultation to other health care practitioners and outside groups about occupational therapy scope of practice for area of specialization. -Ability to implement, revise/update evidence based occupational therapy services and programming in area of specialization. All qualifying experience you possess must be clearly described in your application package. We will not make assumptions when reviewing applications. Failure to demonstrate your experience in your resume may result in disqualification. It is strongly recommended that you write to each KSA in your application package. References: VA Handbook 5005/127 December 13, 2019 PART II APPENDIX G14 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-13 Physical Requirements: 1. Reaching above shoulder 2. Use of fingers 3. Both hands required 4. Repeated bending 5. Near vision correctable @ 13" to 16" Jaeger 1 to 4 6. Moderate lifting, no >35 pounds 7. Climbing, use of arms and legs 8. Walking 9. Standing 10. Kneeling ["The VA Midwest Health Care Network advocates for a Whole Health System of care in each of the Medical Centers. This is an approach to healthcare that empowers and equips people to take charge of their health and well-being and live their lives to the fullest. As an employee operating in a Whole Health System of care, you will operate in a model with three core elements, seeking to create a personalized health plan for each Veteran. This is done in the context of healing relationships and healing environments and a connection back to the Veteran's community. This aligns with the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Mission Statement to Honor America's Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being. The incumbent is an integral part of a large comprehensive Occupational Therapy (OT) Service at the Minneapolis VAMC. This is a Complexity Level 1a facility with a National Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center (PRC), a Spinal Cord Injury and Neurological Disease Center (SCI/D), an Amputation Regional Center (ARC), a Polytrauma Transitional Rehabilitation (PTRP) program and a Polytrauma Network Site (PNS). This is a 1.0 FTEE position assigned to outpatient hand services. Incumbent holds and maintains a certified hand therapy (CHT) certification. Primary assignment is to the Orthopedic department working on a team with orthopedic hand surgeons, residents, and other providers serving post-surgical and complex upper extremity diagnoses. Therapist serves as part of a multidisciplinary treatment team. Secondary assignment is to the general outpatient hand services and inpatient hand consultation as census requires. CHT works in conjunction with surgeons to develop and follow protocols while following clinical practice guidelines. The CHT responsibilities are focused on maximizing performance of Activities of Daily Living (ADL's) and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADL's). Treatment may include physical modalities, complex orthotic creation and management, wound care management and treatment, therapeutic exercise training and education. Incumbent uses pain neuroscience education in the treatment of veterans and clinical training. Incumbent provides consultation to OT staff on UE treatment and interventions. Treats patients as needed with other staff who need assistance and specialty treatment interventions. Incumbent has an active role in the OT Hand Fellowship program as a mentor and clinical support. Incumbent will also supervise Level 2 and capstone OT students as assigned. Education and sharing of clinical expertise is highly encouraged and supported for the growth of the department and service to the veterans. Outpatient treatment is typically provided on a one-to-one basis and takes place within the Medical Center. Tele-rehabilitation is utilized when appropriate to the intervention. Majority of patients seen will be outpatient population, though inpatient consultation and services are provided as appropriate to the needs of the veteran and in collaboration with inpatient team. The incumbent applies knowledge of occupational therapy theory, practice skills and techniques autonomously and shares knowledge with others. Additional duties and responsibilities are consistent with usual OT clinic operations. The incumbent may serve on assigned committees, work groups and other efforts to meet standards of care as identified by CARF and/or Joint Commission on Accreditation. May provide coverage to OT Department on an as needed basis. Covers on an as needed basis for administration in the day to day clinical operations of the OT department and coverage planning. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Telework: Available - Ad Hoc Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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