The Physical Therapist functions under the general supervision of the Facility Manager or designee. The Physical Therapist assumes responsibility and accountability for a designated group of patients and provides physical therapy evaluations/assessments, treatments, instructions and other physical therapy services and maintains the highest degree of quality patient care. All services are provided in accordance with the scope of practice limitations per state statute and established facility/service policies and procedures.
The Physical Therapist also assumes responsibility and accountability for the care of those patients being treated by Physical Therapy Assistants or assisted by support personnel. The Physical Therapist may be assigned to orient staff and students and to assume the duties and responsibilities of the Facility Manager in the absence of that individual.
The Physical Therapist accurately assesses patients’ needs; identifies and initiates appropriate physical therapy interventions; provides patient and family teaching; and works cooperatively with other patient team personnel in maintaining standards for professional physical therapy practice and interdisciplinary teamwork. These functions are performed in accordance with policy, mission and vision, and philosophy of the facility/service.
The Physical Therapist participates in performance improvement and program development activities. Responsibilities include providing input into the budgetary planning process; contributing to cost effectiveness of services and programs provided by the department; communicating the employee’s observations and suggestions related to opportunities for improvement; promoting community relations; and maintaining positive customer relations.
The Physical Therapist participates in activities and training to comply with all local, state and federal regulations, the APTA’s Standards of Practice, Codes of Ethics as well as any other standards, policies and procedures that govern the practice of physical therapy.
The Physical Therapist reports directly to the Facility Manager for all employment matters however he/she may report concurrently to an authorized Physical Therapy Manager regarding clinical services. Provisions will be made to provide the Physical Therapist with a peer for clinical review matters in the event that the Facility Manager is not a Physical Therapist and no other P.T. Manager is on staff.
Current licensure as a Physical Therapist in the state where practice will occur
Current Basic Life Support/CPR Card
Basic First Aid is desirable
Experience and Skills
One year of experience of direct care of Physical Therapy patients is desirable.
Required to comply with federal, state, local, professional, IncreMedical and host facility regulations, policies, etc. as well as any outside accrediting agency requirements for facility/department.
Physical and Sensory Demands
Good general health and stress coping ability. Full mobility and ability to participate in vigorous activity. Ability to clearly and effectively communicate with all constituents (patients, families, peers, and other healthcare team members) as needed for assessment, intervention, and professional development. Possess near vision acuity for accurate reading of equipment and recording on patient charts. Must be physically able to lift, support and move patients.
OSHA Task Category One: There is an inherent potential for mucous membrane or skin contact with blood, body fluids, or tissues or a potential for spills or splashes during the performance of the job. Universal precautions must be observed and protective devices worn by the employee when performing those tasks likely to cause exposure.
Physical Demand Capacity Levels
Requires manual dexterity and general strength and endurance
Lifting – routinely loads of 5-10 lbs. from floor to waist, waist to shoulder, shoulder to overhead
Carrying – routinely loads of 5-10 lbs. for 40-50 feet
Pushing – routinely loads of 5-150 lbs. on casters, runners, or pulleys
Sustaining a grip – routinely for 1-2 minutes of 40-50 lbs.
Guarding a lift load – routinely of 120-140 lbs.
Machines, Tools, Equipment and Work Aids Used
Therapeutic exercise and modality devices including but not limited to: electronic equipment, exercise equipment, hydrotherapy equipment, electrical lifts, ambulation devices, wheelchairs, stretchers, medical monitoring devices, computer, phone, and dictation equipment.
KEY PERFORMANCE FUNCTIONS (PT)
1. PROVISION OF CARE/SERVICES
Provides patient care services to patients of all ages from neonate to geriatric including:
1. Provides assessment/evaluations and other physical therapy services to patients/clients for the purpose of treatment, injury prevention as well as health promotion according to the scope of practice limitations per State statute.
2. Establishes plan of care with associated goals including quantifiable physical and functional targets.
3. Assesses the effectiveness of treatment and modifies treatment to achieve goals.
4. Delegates appropriate therapy activities to ancillary staff members and provides supervision of staff members in a safe and effective manner and consistent with state laws.
5. Provides care in accordance with the referral (if the referral is required by law) and collaborates with that referrer to establish an optimal plan of care.
6. Assesses educational needs of the patient, family, caregiver or significant other and provides education to meet those needs.
7. Plans and manages timely and appropriate patient discharge and outcome follow up.
8. Communicates with patient, family, caregivers, significant other and members of the healthcare team to promote maximum benefit and coordination of care.
9. Completes orientation to facility/service policies, procedures, Code of Conduct and all other compliance or educational requisites.
10. Completes competency training on all therapy procedures, modalities, equipment, etc. as delineated on competency training form.
Provides an environment conducive to safety for patients, visitors and staff. Assesses the risks for safety and implements appropriate precautions. Complies with appropriate and approved safety standards.
3. PROFESSIONALISM AND CUSTOMER SERVICE
Portrays a positive professional image and attitude through good communication skills and through consistent compliance with all facility policy and procedures. Maintains appropriate licensure and certification required for position.
Utilizes the appropriate leadership skills in identifying, organizing and carrying out tasks within position scope of duties and responds to facility/service needs. Participates in and contributes to quality improvement process for the facility/service.
5. APPROPRIATE AND EFFECTIVE USE OF RESOURCES
Demonstrates an understanding of treatment costs and financial support as they relate to quality and efficiency.
6. OTHER DUTIES AS ASSIGNED
Performs other duties as assigned to support the overall effectiveness of the facility/service.
THE KEY PERFORMANCE FUNCTIONS LISTED ABOVE ARE INTENDED TO BE USED IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE ASSOCIATED COMPETENCY BASED PERFORMANCE MEASUREMENT STANDARDS.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as exhaustive of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.
Revision Date: February 2011
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