Physical Therapist

Location: Washington, DC
Date Posted: 08-14-2017
BASIC FUNCTION:
Basic functions include performing evaluations/assessments of referred patients for physical therapy, formulating and implementing treatment plans according to departmental protocol.
 
DIMENSIONS:
Indeterminate.
 
NATURE AND SCOPE:
Interacts with immediate staff members, physicians, patients and their families, other healthcare providers, Hospital and University officials, and the general public.
 
PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES:
  • 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.
 
CORE COMPETENCIES:
  • 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.
 
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
  • 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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