Job Title: Lead Occupational Therapist
Department: Inpatient Therapy Services (Akron, OH 44310)
Reports To: Manager, Therapy Services
Prepared Date: 12/6/13
Evaluates, establishes treatment plans, and administers a medically prescribed occupational therapy program in accordance with professional guidelines as described by the American Occupational Therapy Association. Assists with supervision of daily operations of Occupational Therapy department. Performs all duties and responsibilities of Staff Occupational Therapist. Provides input on the development and implementation of treatment policies and procedures, positively impacting service outcome and delivery costs. Utilizes corporate strategic plans and policies as a framework to plan and deliver high quality patient care in a cost effective manner.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Includes the following but are not limited to:
- Assists in planning for and meeting the environmental constraints and demands placed on our services as is common with changing reimbursement and managed care targets.
- Demonstrates support of new policies, procedures, programs, hospital and departmental goals, philosophies and the administration of such.
- Assists staff with problem identification, problem analysis, problem correction, and outcome assessment and communicates results to manager.
- Assists in supervision of training, work assignments, and performance appraisals of staff.
- Acts as department supervisor when manager is unavailable.
- Communicates and exemplifies vision for interdisciplinary unit teams including coaching, mentoring, directing, supporting, and teaching.
- Performs all duties and responsibilities of staff occupational therapist including OT patient care needs/coverage
- Bills daily charges consistent with Occupational Therapy services rendered in order to ensure accurate correlation between work performed and billable service.
- Consults with physician, other health care professionals, certifying agencies and reimbursement sources regarding patient status and progress.
- Evaluates/re-evaluates patient’s functional ability and physical status consistent with diagnosis and physician referral.
- Develops plan of care and measurable goals consistent with evaluation findings, current professional literature (evidence-based), and physician referral.
- Makes appropriate recommendations and referrals for involvement of interdisciplinary team members, medical specialists, and psychosocial resources.
- Administers therapeutic treatment efficiently and competently.
- Establishes treatment frequency, duration, and Rehab potential. Alters, revises, or discontinues therapy according to patient response.
- As part of treatment program, provides timely instruction to patients and caregivers in activities, adaptive equipment and therapeutic exercise for purposes of discharge planning and post-hospital/outpatient treatment care.
- Assesses need for, selects and issues appropriate adaptive equipment for the patient as part of evaluation and treatment. Process appropriate paperwork to facilitate distribution of same per department policy and procedure.
- Documents patient evaluation, treatment program, progress and discharge summary in medical record in established time frame per departmental Policy and Procedure.
- Prepares timely and accurate reports to physicians. Co-signs documentation of Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants per departmental policy and procedure.
- Assists with management of patient schedules and work force to successfully maintain department productivity level; assigns duties to therapy staff as needed; ensures adequate coverage of patient care level that supports fluctuating volumes
- Develops, revises, and monitors occupational therapy patient care programs..
- Participates on numerous program review committees
- Facilitates self-directed work teams in Occupational Therapy
- Initiates, develops and participates in teaching programs for department and other professionals and throughout COOC
- Serves as a speaker and provides information to a variety of community/special interest groups in order to further public knowledge of Occupation Therapy profession and/or services provided
- Assists in interviewing, selecting, and training, assigning work and appraising performance of staff
- Assists with departmental scheduling, budgetary process, and coordination of patient care, customer satisfaction and HR issues
- Arranges for procurement and maintenance of department equipment in cooperation with department manager
- Assists with assessment of departmental equipment needs as well as assessment of newly or potentially purchased equipment.
- Works well with patients, physicians, other CCOC employees, as well as all contracted services
- Assumes accountability of professional, per diem, and supportive occupational therapy staff and contracted occupational therapy
- Development, implementation, and revisions of departmental guidelines, policy and procedures, and treatment protocols to positively impact service outcomes and delivery costs
- Assumes QI activities and delegates as needed; coordinates with QI coordinator
- Responsible for the overall efficient operation of the department and for the systems that indirectly support the delivery of therapy. This requires effective and timely communication, planning, collaboration and problem solving with managers of other departments, including contract, which service the patients
- Ensures compliance of all therapy staff with all Quality, Infection Control, Patient Safety and Satisfaction, and Performance Improvement Initiatives
- Responsible for and oversees all patient/family education materials including: patient handouts, education classes or video materials and delegates as needed
- Works closely with nursing staff to acquire and maintain Joint Commission Disease Specific Certifications
- Manages own time to ensure availability to:
- Advise and assist with technical questions
- Assist staff with case management
- Counsels and disciplines staff, as needed
- Successfully meets Unit Specific Skill Sets
- Complies with all Standards of Behavior set forth by CCOC
- Adheres to policies and procedures set forth in CCOC Employee Manual
- Adheres to the CCOC attendance policy
- Follows HIPAA, OSHA and Compliance Plan regulations
- Other duties as assigned
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy or Bachelor’s Degree and certificate in Occupational Therapy
Current license issued by the Ohio Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy/Athletic Trainers Board to practice Occupational Therapy in the State of Ohio.
Current NBCOT (National Board of Certification of Occupation Therapy) Licensure
Current Basic Life Support for Health Care Provider (CPR) certification through the American Heart Association required
At least two (2) years professional experience
Excellent communication skills required both written and verbal, with the ability to communicate effectively with administrative staff, physicians, employees, as well as external customers.
Ability to supervise professional and supportive staff
Demonstrate time management
Ability to advise and assist with technical questions
Possesses skill required for Occupational Therapist position.
Ability to manage and direct the work of others and to create a cohesive team environment by actively listening, building trust and adapting his/her style and tactics to fit the audience
Able to multi-task and prioritize while working in a fast paced environment
Shows initiative, adaptability and the desire for continued learning
Good working knowledge of department policies and procedures, treatment protocols, and Quality Improvement Program.
Ability to effectively interact with different populations of patients/customers, with an understanding of their needs for self-respect and dignity
Assumes accountability for demonstrating behaviors consistent with the customer service policy.
Must be proficient in Microsoft Word Products/Excel/PowerPoint/HER, and knowledge of basic office equipment
Exerts 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 25 to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or ten to 20 pounds of force continuously to move objects.
Able to continuously stand and walk; frequently squat, climb stairs, bend to the floor, reach over the shoulder, kneel, twist, sit, stand and remain in uncomfortable positions for prolonged periods of time
Requires full range of body motion including handling and lifting patients, manual and finger dexterity, and eye-hand coordination.
Requires exposure to communicable diseases, toxic substances, ionizing radiation, and other potentially hazardous conditions common to a clinical environment.
As an organization, all employees with patient contact are expected to demonstrate competencies, specific to their job duties, for the following patient population categories:
Elderly, Children, Surgical, Impaired (Hearing/Visual), Cultural, Age.