Clinical Supervisor, Physical Therapist

Location: Washington, DC
Date Posted: 12-11-2018
The purpose of this position is to oversee, maintain and coordinate physical therapy services of the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Howard University Hospital.
Reporting to this position are: Physical Therapists, Assistants, Aides, Volunteers and Students.
Interacts with immediate staff members, physicians, patients and their families, other healthcare providers, Hospital snd _University officials, and the general public.
Coordinates daily divisional operations by assigning personnel to patients adjustments to meet
Assists in the development and implementation of Divisional policies and procedures. Supervises, evaluates and initiates recommendations for assigned personnel.
Participates in the selection of therapists and clinical staff.
Assures Divisional services are coordinated with other PM&R Divisions and other hospital departments.
Perfonns a complete PT evaluation on patients referred by physicians and department protocol for physical therapy. ·
Deve1op treatment plans and programs for patients including long term and short term goals. Obtains approval from referring physicians prior to commencing treatment.
Reviews medical records, interviews patient/family/others, and administers standardized and non­ standardized tests to evaluate the functional level of patients.
Evaluates the effectiveness of established clinical programs.
Supervises all aspects of patient therapy programs and implements program changes as required. Assures a leadership position in the on-going development of therapists and division support personnel. Provides supervision and training for Medical and Allied Health students during regular rotations.
Participates in the review of division budgets and expenditures. Initiates requests for supplies and equipment.
Delivers direct patient care as dictated by patient loads and staffing.
Advises the manager of operational trends, new procedures and problems with service delivery. Assures continuity of division service delivery in the absence of the Manager.
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 department's policies and procedures in order to manage and supervise Physical Therapy services of Howard University Hospital.
Ability to establish goals, policies and procedures for the operational management of the division in
compliance with applicable City, Federal and Hospital regulations.
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.
Three to five years (3-5) experience in physical therapy or related field. 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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