This position is located in the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Service at the Lake City, Florida VA Clinic. The Kinesiotherapist will be responsible for CLC (LTC/STR) evaluations and treatments to patients according to the North Florida/South Georgia VAMC mission and the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation guidelines. These evaluations and treatments will include a wide variety of inpatient diagnosis such as Parkinson's, stroke, movement disorders, amputations, joint replacements, etc Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Education: Applicants must possess ONE of the following education requirements to meet the basic requirements of this position: A bachelor's degree or higher from a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program, with a concentration/emphasis in kinesiotherapy. OR A bachelor's degree or higher with a concentration/emphasis in kinesiotherapy or exercise science related field and registered as a kinesiotherapist in good standing with the COPSKT.OR A master's degree or higher with a degree in exercise science, kinesiology, human performance or a related field, which has been approved by COPSKT and a certificate verifying completion of a Center of Excellence (COE) Kinesiotherapy clinical training program. The completion of the certificate ensures that COPSKT has approved the degree program as part of the application process for the COE internship. Foreign Graduates: Graduates of a foreign program must meet the requirements in subparagraph 3b if they have a full unrestricted and current registration to practice kinesiotherapy in a state, territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States or in the District of Columbia. They must have a minimum, proof of a degree from an accredited college or university (or foreign equivalent as verified through an independent credentialing evaluation company). Registration: All applicants must be registered in kinesiotherapy in good standing with the COPSKT. English Language Proficiency: Kinesiotherapist candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 3.8. U.S.C. 7403(f). May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements, the following criteria must be met for each grade level: GS-7: None beyond the basic requirements GS-9: Experience/Education: One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level or education equivalent to two full years of progressively higher-level graduate education or a master's degree from a university or college in the field of kinesiotherapy or an exercise science related field. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities. In addition, the experience above, you must also demonstrate all the following KSA's: Knowledge of policies and procedures of kinesiotherapy. Knowledge of assistive devices to make recommendations, including fit and function of the assistive devices with the ability to recognize appropriate prosthetic slash orthotic devices for the patient. Knowledge of evaluation and assessment tools and applying therapeutic techniques. Skill and instructing patients and families in a therapeutic exercise program GS-11: Experience/Education: One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level or a PHD or equivalent doctoral degree or three academic years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a degree in kinesiotherapy or an exercise science related field. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities. In addition, the experience above, you must also demonstrate all the following KSA's: Skill and communicating and coordinating with patients, families, caregivers and other health care professions to facilitate the multidisciplinary treatment process. Knowledge of evidence based clinical therapy to provide skilled rehabilitation interventions to a wide variety of patients having diverse and multiple disabilities Ability to conduct independent assessments using highly specialized evaluations and diagnostic tests. Knowledge of learning principles, behavioral intervention, and innovational techniques for patient and caregiver education. Ability to adapt assessment tools and treatment to the complexity of the diagnosis or disabilities and demonstrate the clinical reasoning necessary to identify the need for further in-depth specific assessment of function and utilization of non- standard methods and techniques. Ability to use clinical reasoning necessary to identify the need for further in-depth specific assessment and/or continuation of treatment. Preferred Experience: Experience working with the geriatric population. Experience working with patients with chronic pain. References: VA Handbook 5005/39 Part II Appendix G21 Dated July 16, 2020 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. The actual grade that it can be filled with is GS-7 through GS-11. Physical Requirements: Work includes regular and demanding physical exertion in standing, bending, kneeling, reaching, gripping, and walking. Moderate to heavy lifting with proper body mechanics is required to assist patients and operate equipment. Sitting is required in meetings and for conducting telework and other administrative work. Work requires physical health, normal use of arms and legs, and good visual and auditory acuity. ["The Kinesiotherapist independently conducts assessments and develops treatment plans to the complexity of the diagnosis or disability using appropriate functional tests and measurements according to established evidence-based professional practices. The kinesiotherapists provide integrated and progressive skilled rehabilitative treatment modalities across the continuum of care. Duties include, but are not limited to: Administer musculoskeletal, neurological, ergonomic, biomechanical, psychological, and task specific function tests. Coordinate and collaborate within a multidisciplinary team to provide comprehensive care. Employ multiple treatment approaches to accomplish complex treatment objectives. Test, analyze, evaluate, and record measurements of vitals, muscular strength, endurance, range of motion, coordination, static slash dynamic balance, cardiovascular endurance, gait analysis, posture, growth sensory impairment, functional mobility, activities of daily living and prosthetic or orthotic gait, care and training. Provide education to patients caregivers and other health care professionals regarding policies and procedures. Monitor reports on work status, program quality, performance improvement data and make recommendations for process improvement. Adapts and modifies treatment plans, activities, and procedures to meet the needs of patients with complex disabilities. Ensures appropriate patient referrals and discharge planning in concert with other providers. Ensures adequate coding and documentation within timeframes to support Medical Care Cost Recovery billing in support of Medical Center reimbursement, revenue streams and Home-Based Primary Care program goals. Provides patient care which is appropriate to the cognitive, emotional and chronological maturation needs of the adult or geriatric and/or geriatric patient. Develops all fire evacuation plans in the home and instructs patients and caregivers on use of and placement of smoke detectors and fire extinguishers. Investigates current concepts and scientific principles in Kinesiotherapy practice through literature reviews, study of current research, clinical practice, assisting in research trials, and through attendance at continuing education courses and conferences. Consults with staff and resident physicians and other Home-Based Primary Care staff through patient presentations, attendance at interdisciplinary meetings, patient home rounds, specialty clinics and/or conferences. Evaluates patient's home to determine its suitability and adaptability for HBPC patients. Recommends home adaptations to improve accessibility for wheelchair or other adaptive equipment. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. or Sunday - Thursday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m Compressed/Flexible: Not Available Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #:51839F Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Available Financial Disclosure Report: Not require"]
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