Physical Therapist

Location: Washington, DC
Date Posted: 12-11-2018
Basic functions include performing evaluations/assessments of referred patients for physical therapy, formulating and implementing treatment plans according to departmental protocol.
Interacts with immediate staff members, physicians, patients and their families, other healthcare providers, Hospital and University officials, and the general public.
  • Gathers and assures confidentiality of information necessary to properly evaluate and treat referred patients
  • Performs complete initial Physical Therapy evaluation on patients referred by physicians or departmental protocol.
  • Develops and implements treatment plans and programs for patients based on diagnostic and prognostic neuro-muscular assessment.
  • Develops treatment plans and programs for patients including long term and short term goals. Obtains approval from referring physicians prior to commencing treatment.
  • Provides information to the medical staff and other health personnel which may cause required modifications of treatment prescriptions and/or plans and goals.
  • Participates in departmental patient care conferences.
  • Administers and monitors a variety of modalities of treatment (i.e. whirlpools, diathermies, hydro-collators, ultrasound, manual and electrical muscle and nerve testing and stimulation).
  • Presents patients with recommendations for equipment and/or assertive devices and instructs patients/families in the use and maintenance of adaptive appliances.
  • Coordinates home programs and referrals for community services through social services and/or the manager of Physical Therapy.
  • Maintains appropriate records on all patients, noting prescription of therapy, patient problems, patients reactions to treatment, treatment plans, goals and other necessary observation relative to the treatment process.
  • Presents progress reports to supervisor and or manager for review and charting.
  • Reports patient progress in divisional staff meeting, patient rounds and specialty rounds.
  • Obtains supplementary information to be used to modify treatment and/or make referrals to other appropriate disciplines.
  • Participates in quality assessment programs/activities and in-service continuing education programs 
  • Assures neatness, orderliness and safety of patients and staff in the therapeutic environment.
  • Provides guidance to less experienced therapists, assistants, aides and volunteers and where practical, delegates a portion of treatment programs.
  • Participates in community educational activities or service programs regarding issues of Physical Therapy as required.
  • Promotes adherence to the Health Sciences Compliance Program, the Howard University Code of Ethics and the Health Sciences Standards of Conduct.
  • Attends annual and periodic mandatory Compliance Program training including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy training.
  • Participates in activities that promote adherence to federal healthcare program requirements.
  • Actively participates in Health Sciences Compliance Program activities.
  • Adheres to the requirements of the HIPAA Privacy Policies and Procedures.
  • Maintains confidentiality of patients, families, and staff.
  • Assumes other duties and responsibilities that are related and appropriate to the position and area.  The above responsibilities are a general description of the level and nature of the work assigned to this classification and are not to be considered as all-inclusive.
  • Knowledge of clinical and fiscal data collection and reporting.
  • Ability to establish treatment priorities and exercise independent and ethical judgment in execution of therapeutic programs and plans of care.
  • Ability to assess patients with a variety of maladies.
  • Ability to adapt standard Physical Therapy techniques to needs of special populations.
  • Must possess good physical and mental health and the manual dexterity for performing standard Physical Therapy procedures and handling equipment.
  • Competence in both oral and written English.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and harmonious work relationships with staff, physicians, Hospital and University officials, and the general public.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy from an institution accredited to the Committee on Accreditation in Education, American Physical Therapy Association.
  • Completion of a clinical internship in Physical Therapy.
  • Licensure or eligible for licensure to practice in the District of Columbia.
  • Special expertise in management of a specialized type of disability, e.g. cardiovascular, neurological, etc is desirable.
Must be able to stand, walk, sit, lift (71-75lbs), climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, bend, pull, push, reach, handle, write, file, speak, hear, see, evaluate, interpret and organize for extended periods of time.
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