The Spinal Cord Injury/ Disorders Care Line Occupational Therapist is assigned responsibility for serving as the subject matter expert in the Spinal Cord Injury/Disorders Care Line (SCI CL) Occupational Therapy. This position is located in the SCI Therapy Department of the SCI/D Care Line at the New Mexico VA Health Care System (NMVAHCS), a complexity level 1b Tertiary facility, Spinal Cord Injury Center and Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation Center. The incumbent provides direct patient care occupational therapy services within the SCI Therapy Section of the SCI/D CL. As the SCI/D OT, s/he acts as a consultant to other Occupational Therapists (OT), students, and trainees as it pertains to all aspects of the SCI/D CL OT program and care plans. The incumbent collaborates with the Veterans served, caregivers, providers, clinicians, and families regarding evaluation and treatment, community services, equipment, and assistive technology of patients with complex SCI/D as it pertains to the SCI/D OT care plan. The incumbent is required to apply advanced evaluation methodologies to the treatment of Veterans with SCI/D and co-morbidities (such as, musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular, pulmonary, integumentary, or cognitive impairments, as well as preventative occupational therapy management of Veterans with SCI/D). S/he must demonstrate the possession of advanced practice skills and judgment across many areas of Occupational Therapy. The incumbent is responsible for participating in activities leading to the advancement of occupational therapy profession. Incumbent must meet both the basic requirements of an occupational therapist and those of a clinical specialist as defined in the Qualification Standards for Occupational Therapy, VA Handbook 5005/24, Part II, and Appendix G. This position functions at the Full Performance Level in accordance with the Qualification Standards. FUNCTIONS OR SCOPE OF ASSIGNED DUTIES: The incumbent's primary function is direct patient care in SCI Occupational Therapy. S/he has had specialized training and a minimum of two years of specialized experience in occupational therapy as it pertains to the SCI Occupational Therapy clinic and demonstrates full professional and current understanding of the theories of spinal cord injury occupational therapy treatments and advanced skill in their application through outside facility experience or experience within the Medical Center and the demonstrated ability to apply this advance knowledge to provide clinical guidance to SCI staff OT's, OT interns and students. The incumbent independently plans, develops, coordinates and implements comprehensive, complex treatment programs for individual patients or groups of patients with various disabilities and medical conditions. The NMVAHCS SCI/D Center provides services for Veterans with SCI/D for rehabilitation, annual evaluations, medical conditions, long term care, and respite services. This variety of service diversity shall require evaluations and treatments to be completed bedside for optimal inpatient care, in the therapy gym(s), and in the community. Provision of services by the SCI/D Applies knowledge of anatomical biological, physical, cognitive, psychological, and psychosocial changes and the aging process that occur with individuals with SCI/D, including disease and disability, and the effects of inactivity as it pertains to the population served as the SCI clinical specialist OT care plan to include but not limited to: OT on the unit or in the treatment of Veterans with SCI/D (e.g., pressure reduction devices, seating and positioning, positioning devices, enabling devices, environmental adaptation, vehicle adaptation) and caregiver intervention with regards to safety management and risk reduction. Develops, coordinates, and implements, as it pertains to the SCI clinical specialist OT care plan, highly specialized treatment programs within his/her assigned clinics, based on evidence-based research, best practices and clinical practice guidelines for patient management to enhance functional independence, maximize Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), minimize or relieve pain, pressure management, restoration or enhancement of performance, and maximize independence in functional abilities. Provides interdisciplinary coordination of care for the SCI Driver Rehabilitation program for patient management to enhance safe independence in community mobility. Develops a plan of care for occupational therapy management of Veterans with complex SCI/D and medical co-morbidities. Recognizes the need for continuity of treatment and communication across the spectrum of services and during transitions between care settings, utilizing information technology where appropriate and available. a. Identifies methods used to communicate among health care professionals regarding the status and well-being of Veterans with SCI/D clients Provides information to Veterans with SCI/D and their caregivers about the SCI/D care services and supports. (e.g., local/national Rehabilitation programs, community resources, HISA and other grants, Wellness Program, in- and outpatient services, assistive technology, community and state adaptive sports clinics, National Adaptive Sports and Recreation events, etc.). Other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.