This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more Basic Requirements: Citizenship. Be a citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with 38 U.S.C. § 7407(a)). Education and/or Experience. The individual must meet at least one of the following requirements below: 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 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 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. Foreign Graduates. Graduates of foreign occupational therapy programs meet the requirements above if they have a current, full, active and unrestricted license referred to in subparagraph of this appendix. 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. Loss of Credential. An employee in this occupation who fails to maintain the required state or territorial licensure and the NBCOT certification, both current and in good standing, must be removed from the occupation, which may result in termination of employment. Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. 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: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates: Occupational Therapist (Clinical Specialist), GS-13 - Education, Experience, and Licensure. Completion of one (1) year of experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level and directly related to the position being filled and one of the following: A minimum of 2,000 hours of clinical practice directly in the advanced practice area. This time must be within the past five years; Certification in an area recognized by the AOTA; Completion of a fellowship/residency or advanced degree program in the advanced practice area; or An additional advanced degree in a related field. Examples of qualifying experience include but not limited to: OTs at this level practice independently and are responsible for comprehensive assessment of functional and occupational roles using standardized and non standardized evaluation tools. OTs select and 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. OTs demonstrate a full professional understanding of the theories of treatment in occupational therapy and their proper application through the use of activity analysis, behavioral intervention, frame of references, and therapeutic procedures. They are assigned to all program areas within VHA and provide professional, independent occupational therapy services. OTs at this level may be given assignments in any area where advanced specialized knowledge is not required on a recurring basis due to the patient population served and complexity of the facility and/or treatment area. 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. Preferred Experience: Completion of a entry level degree in Occupational Therapy with a current Certification from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, NBCOT A minimum of 2,000 hours of clinical practice directly in the advanced practice -area of Hand Therapy. This time must be within the past five years; National Certification as a Certified Hand Therapist recognized by the American Occupational Therapy Association, AOTA. References: VA Handbook 5005/127, PART II, APPENDIX G14, APPENDIX G14. OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD GS-0631. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is a GS-13. Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting, 45 pounds and over; Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds16; Pulling hand over hand; Pushing; Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking; Standing; Kneeling; Repeated bending; Climbing, use of legs and arms; Both legs required; Operation of crane, truck, tractor or motor Vehicle (Government vehicle); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Depth perception; Hearing (aid permitted); Other (specify):Emotional/Mental Stability, Clear Speech. ["The CTVHCS is recruiting for a highly qualified Occupational Therapist (Clinical Specialist) for the PM&RS located in Temple, Texas. Major Duties as Assigned, but not limited to: Employee dedicates 75% of the clinical duties as the sole Certified Hand Therapist in the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Service at the Central Texas Veterans Healthcare System. Employee possesses the knowledge and techniques for highly complex cases in hand rehabilitation, including but not limited to arthroplasty, contractures, fusions, ligament/tendon repairs, nerve compression syndrome, and Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). An employee demonstrates a full professional understanding of the theories of treatment in the area of hand therapy and their proper applications. The employee works closely with the Orthopedic and Plastic Surgeons within the CTVHCS to develop protocols for the treatment of patients undergoing surgical procedures relating to the upper extremities. Employee evaluates for a different type of orthotic devices including custom-made types to meet the individual patient's needs. Employee dedicates 25% of their duties, or as directed due to operational needs, participating in providing general occupational therapy to the inpatient/outpatient/CLC populations. The employee establishes treatment programs with measurable goals, based on evaluative findings and within the boundaries of the individual prescription. Employee modifies the program according to changing patient needs and terminates treatment program when all goals have been met. Independently administers standard treatments in the area of Hand Therapy. Employee provides accurate written and/or verbal documentation of patient status and progress, treatment program plans, and patient response to treatment. Employee independently schedules patient visits throughout the day allowing for adequate individual treatment time as well as necessary time for conferences and any administrative tasks. Employee consults with patients and their families through patient-family education, training, and advising them in the specific nature of their medical condition and by providing home programs as part of their individualized treatment plans. Employee provides professional oversight and consultation relating to hand therapy for staff therapists and monitors and evaluates clinically appropriate treatment programs with great autonomy. Employee secures work area and equipment to provide a clean and safe therapeutic environment. Employee supports and is involved in teamwork and/or team building both within the employee's service and other services. Employee represents OT/PM&RS at interdisciplinary team meetings and provides in-service training to therapy and hospital staff as needed. An employee monitors and maintains inventory, equipment, and supply needs for treatment and informs the supervisor of needs. Compiles and submits statistical data required documenting patient attendance, therapist workload, and Quality Assurance monitors. The employee is generally apprised of work performed through quality management reports, audits, and meetings. Employee maintains and carries out all hospital and service policies and philosophies. The employee demonstrates interest in professional growth by attending community or VHA sponsored workshops/seminars on occupational therapy and hand therapy-related subjects. The incumbent will have knowledge of the processes for Reusable Medical Equipment (RME) as required by this position. The incumbent will be required to maintain current knowledge of the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) which document the processes and procedures for cleaning, disinfection, sterilization, and preparation of RME appropriate to this position. The incumbent will be able to demonstrate their ability to utilize an acceptable proficiency in the use of RME appropriate to this position. Work Schedule: Nights/Weekends/Holidays; 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Occasional weekends as needed.\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nPosition Title/Functional Statement #:Occupational Therapist (Clinical Specialist)/PD000000\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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