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PHYSICAL THERAPIST II

UMass Memorial Medical Center
Worcester

Job Description

The Physical Therapist II demonstrates strong clinical knowledge and skills in the evaluation, treatment planning and care of patients with physical dysfunction. This advanced clinician participates in activities that support self-development as well as the development of the department and others within the department, UMMHC and/ or the community. Performs advanced clinical and non-clinical duties including treating complex cases, educating staff and assisting with department leadership.

Qualifications

Graduate of an accredited physical therapy program and current unrestricted license to practice physical therapy from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Must have a minimum of 2 years of clinical experience and a performance record that consistently exceeds expectations.

Effective verbal and written communication skill; demonstrated advanced clinical knowledge and ability to instruct / mentor others.

Excellent customer service skills and ability to work cooperatively with all members of the healthcare team.

Major Responsibilities:

Administers Physical Therapy for physically, developmentally and/or functionally disabled patient populations, including infants and children, adolescents, adults, geriatrics and frail elderly, inpatient and outpatient as assigned.

Examines and evaluates patients physical therapy needs. Formulates a physical therapy diagnosis, and develops a treatment plan with treatment goals directed towards maximizing function. Completes documentation that evidences a high degree of clinical knowledge, attention to individual patient complexities and needs and modifications to treatment plan to assure best functional outcome.

Delegates caseload to therapist assistants, overseeing quality of care and supervising performance. Collaborates with team members to assure patient coverage and equitable work distribution.

Meets and often exceeds department standards for productivity, timely completion of clinical and non-clinical documentation. Attends to details in meeting timeframes for patient care in relation to patients need and overall plan for hospitalization or insurance rules and authorization procedures. Demonstrates high level of commitment to patients and position through excellent attendance, efforts to improve processes, and willingness to extend beyond normal work hours when necessary to meet patient or department needs.

Acts as a clinical resource for a designated clinical population or functional unit. Researches clinical protocols in specialty practice area to evaluate outcomes, assure evidence based practice and up-to-date procedures. Presents results of research to clinical staff and oversees staff training when new protocols are implemented.

Educates patient, family and other caregivers in therapy program and goals. Participates in patient care meetings, collaborates with team members, and assists with discharge planning.

Consults with other members of the health care team to insure coordination and effectiveness of therapies provided. May act as resource to medical team via consultation in clinic, participation in patient care rounds or provision of inservice education to non-rehabilitation departments to promote awareness of Physical Therapy.

Is active in orientation of new staff and supervision of students and aides. Accepts a minimum of one preceptor assignment or clinical affiliate / year. Participates regularly in specific orientation of new staff in area of clinical expertise.

Participates in implementation of quality assurance program for clinical service, including routine chart audits to assure compliance to protocols, review of staff documentation and clinical activities to mentor improved performance and / or improve clinical or business processes.

Assists in implementation of triaging, prioritizing, monitoring admissions, referrals, and discharges to and from the service as assigned.

Develops own clinical knowledge and skills through participation in professional organizations, attending continuing education programs, seeking advanced certification, peer review and other related internal and external resources.

Participates in special interest group or committee within the profession, department or hospital in order to promote staff education and program development. May present at community, state or national conferences to represent Physical Therapy.

Assists in proper care and distribution of department supplies and equipment, making recommendations for adequate inventory and appropriate and new equipment.

Volunteers for a minimum of one community service activity per year, and may lead divisional activities to support UMMHC community service commitments.

In the absence of the clinical supervisor, assumes duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Director.

Participates in departmental meetings, which help to formulate policies, procedures and program development.

Complies with established departmental policies, procedures, and objectives.

Attends variety of meetings, conferences, and seminars as required or directed.

Demonstrates use of quality improvement in daily operations.

Complies with all health and safety regulations and requirements.

Respects diverse views and approaches, and contributes in maintaining an environment of professionalism, tolerance, civility and acceptance toward all employees, patients and visitors.

Performs other similar and related duties as required or directed.

All responsibilities are essential job functions.

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