Job Title: Occupational Therapist
Reports To: Clinic Director
Prepared Date: 7/18/13; 11/27/13
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.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Includes the following but are not limited to:
- 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 home program to enhance clinic treatment.
- 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.
- 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.
- Initiates consult with supervisor if barriers to meeting departmental expectations arise.
- Utilizes and supervises Occupational Therapy Assistants to ensure follow-thru of developed patient plan of care in accordance to department expectations, work setting and patient load.
- Attends and actively participates in staff meetings as department requires.
- Participates in patient, family training, family conferences as needed to meet educational objectives/goals.
- Assists with development and participation in teaching programs for department and other professionals throughout CCOC to promote understanding and optimal use of therapy facilities and treatment programs.
- Attends in-service education programs, journal clubs and continuing education courses to keep abreast of new developments. Incorporates newly learned skills into daily practice and shares same with the department.
- Participates as clinical instructor for students’ affiliates upon request and mentors student observers.
- Acts as preceptor and role model for new staff members.
- Demonstrates effective time management with daily schedule, individual treatment sessions, and non-patient care time.
- Provides input into policy and procedure development and revisions, participates in QA/QI process and/or projects using Six Sigma or Lean techniques to positively impact service outcomes and delivery costs.
- Assists with daily departmental operations including inventory maintenance, scheduling, budgetary processes, coordination of patient care, customer satisfaction, and human resource issues.
- Demonstrates financial prudence, does not waste supplies/materials. Seeks ways to reduce cost, and adheres to department budget.
- Maintains appropriate work flow as to contribute to departmental productivity standards.
- Works well with patients, physicians and other CCOC employees
- 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
Graduate from an Occupational Therapy Program accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association
Individual has pursued extra education in the specialty of Hand Therapy.Has CHT credentials or is actively working toward certification
Current licensure issued by the Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Athletic Trainers Board
Current Basic Life Support for Health Care Provider (CPR) certification through the American Heart Association
Demonstrated clinical proficiency through internship
Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal with co-workers, patients, physicians, and external publics through verbal, non-verbal and written communications.
Ability to interact with other staff and problem solve effectively while maintaining policies
Knowledge of orthosis selection and fabrication
Knowledge of upper extremity anatomy and conditions and appropriate treatment regimens
Knowledge of both conservative and surgical management.
Ability to problem solve treatment plans with hand surgeons
Knowledge of medical terminology
Ability to effectively interact with populations of patients/customers with an understanding of their needs for self-respect and dignity
Willing to work with persons with all disabilities/conditions
Assumes accountability for demonstrating Service Excellence Behaviors
Ability to be flexible/adaptable in meeting environmental constraints and demands placed on services
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.