The Supervisory Orthotist/Prosthetist primarily functions are at the Prosthetic and Sensory Aid Service. The incumbent serves as supervisor of an orthotics/prosthetics laboratory assessing, planning, and evaluating the orthotic/prosthetic program at the facility level to ensure proper coordination between the delivery of orthotic/prosthetic services and the overall delivery of health care. The Supervisory Orthotist/Prosthetist serves as a consultant within orthotic and prosthetic treatment service and with other facility health care staff in evaluating health care delivery to patients. Duties include, but not limited to: Plans, develops, and directs an orthotics and prosthetics program at the national, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN), or local level. Serves as an integral member of the professional team providing advice to physicians with regard to development of a treatment plan, selection and prescription of devices, and furnishing information concerning such matters as new developments in the fields of orthotics and prosthetics. Assists in, or leads, research and investigative studies such as those of experimental materials, microprocessor based components, myoelectric components, and emerging technologies. Provides statistical information and reports, budget development and management, vendor evaluation, human resources, inventory management. Uses the National Prosthetic Patient Database, Decision Support System, and the Prosthetic National Software package,. Maintains accreditation and certification requirements for orthotic and prosthetic laboratories and staff. Fabricates components, or selects and modifies components, and assembles these into the finished device. Uses CAD/CAM system as appropriate in this process and performs preliminary alignment. Fits the device on the patient, assures preliminary alignment, and performs subsequent dynamic alignment. Assesses and/or modifies fit and function of the device as fabricated and makes appropriate modifications to insure optimum patient outcome. Evaluates patient's ability to don/doff the device provides training to the patient and/or caregiver in its use and maintenance. This may also include training the clinical staff. Explains procedures and processes to the patient to reduce anxiety and gain support and cooperation in all stages of the process. Selects materials and components to be used in fabrication of the device and determines appropriate equipment to be used in fabrication of the device. Considers new and emerging technologies in designing unique or innovative devices to accommodate or treat a wide range of complex medical conditions, which include unusual problems or complications. Conducts gait analysis, range of motion, coordination and balance, motor skills, and clinical assessment studies in accordance with occupational principles for unusual conditions, multiple complex interrelated conditions, etc. Interviews patients to determine expectations, lifestyle, home/work environment, ability to use the device. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 07:30am- 04:00pm. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Supervisory Orthotist/Prosthetist/PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized 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.