The supervisory OT provides supervision of clinical and training programs, including the overall technical oversight of the therapists whom they supervise. They are responsible for the development and implementation of policies and procedures that address focused clinical needs and the overall services provided within the section or service. The supervisory OT provides a Veteran/client-centered environment while enhancing staff engagement. Preferred Experience: Knowledge of evidence-based practices and clinical practice guidelines in multiple professional areas to use these resources to guide the program staff in providing clinically appropriate treatment interventions. Skill in interpersonal relationships and conflict resolution in dealing with a diverse range of employees, team leaders, and administrators. Ability to manage resources for a large, integrated service including not only occupational therapy, but also other focused rehabilitation, ancillary, or other health care services. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing with a diverse group of professional staff. e. Ability to translate extensive rehabilitation knowledge into cogent and useful policy in complex facilities and/or across multiple sites. Skill in providing clinical and administrative oversight [and supervision of] multidisciplinary rehabilitation programs in complex facilities and/or across multiple sites. Ability to collaborate with strategic planning committees at local, VISN or national levels for new ventures addressing patient care delivery systems, facilities management, and system reorganizations Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. ["The supervisory OT demonstrates a great deal of autonomy in performing responsibilities that include, but are not limited to, assigning work to employees, monitoring workload and clinical volume, reviewing the work of employees to assure accuracy and validity of submissions, assuring adequate clinical staffing, imposing disciplinary measures, and monitoring clinical privileges. The Supervisory therapist is responsible for the professional and administrative management of the Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy (OT), Speech-Language Pathology (SLP), and Kinesiotherapy (KT) disciplines at the Castle Point campus, Montrose campus, and CBOCs.\nThe OT supervisor serves as an advocate and resource consultant to the therapy staff and facility-at-large through communication with other departments, physicians, and external agencies. The supervisory OT selects and monitors quality and performance measures for process improvement and patient satisfaction; obtains data from national and local databases; reviews and analyzes various reports and complex data, complete trend analysis relating to quality improvement to ensure desired outcomes; monitors clinical service's compliance with the standards of external bodies and accrediting agencies; and recommends and assures remedial action. Major Duties: Clinical: Supervises and assigns workload to PTs, OTs, KT, PTA, OTA, and volunteers in the delivery and/or support of treatment and education of patients and families. Coordinates with other sections and other services in the area of PT, KT, and OT treatment, treatment scheduling, and delivery of care. Serves as a consultant to PT, KT, and OT staff and other hospital personnel in evaluating and planning PT, KT, and OT treatment. Resolves problems that interfere with the delivery of PT, KT, and OT services. Performs duties/activities of a staff OT. Education: Identifies continuing education needs based on the performance of PT, KT, and OT staff. Plans and/or supervises the student clinical affiliation program. Develops and plans educational programs to include patient, family, and professional personnel. Educates other facility personnel in the scope of PT, KT, and OT services and programs involving a variety of healthcare specialties. Administrative: Performs a full range of supervisory duties which includes interviewing candidates, recommending appointments, advancements, and promotions, and taking disciplinary action when indicated. Completes OT, PT, and KT staff performance appraisals. Organizes and supervises the PT, KT, and OT sections. Guides and manages clinics with respect to training, work assignments, performance, conduct, and patient welfare. Ensures consults are handled in the most expeditious manner based upon the acuity of need. Develops, plans, and implements, and assists in the planning, development, and implementation of various treatment programs for OT, PT, KT. Develops, plans, and implements monitors of quality of care with respect to PT, KT, and OT services as part of the comprehensive health care services delivered to the patients within the medical center. Makes recommendations for equipment and budgetary needs based upon the needs of the PT, KT, and OT sections. Assures the cleanliness, maintenance, repairs, and successful operation of all PT, KT, and OT equipment, treatment areas, and operational supplies. Actively supports and promotes all programs of PM&RS. Provides support to VA special emphasis programs such as SCI, Polytrauma/TBI, amputation systems of care, and PACT program as they pertain to PT and OT services. Develops, implements, and maintains policies and procedures on a regular basis for physical therapy, kinesiotherapy, and occupational therapy. Work Schedule: Full Time M-F 8:00 - 16:30\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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