The Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant /Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA/OTA) staff position is in the Occupational Therapy Department of the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Service (PM&RS) at the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care Systems (CAVHCS). The licensed COTA/OTA provides treatment that promotes the function, prevention, remediation, and rehabilitation of acute and chronic physical, cognitive, and psychosocial dysfunction under the direction of the Occupational Therapist. 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. Individuals must meet at least one of the requirements below: (1) Associate's (or higher) Degree in Occupational Therapy from a college or University accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). (2) Completion of a military training program in an OTA program accredited by the ACOTE. Certification-OTAs must have written documentation that they have passed the entry-level certification examination for OTAs administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Licensure- Licensure. OTAs must hold a full, current, and unrestricted state license to practice occupational therapy in a State, Territory, a Commonwealth of the United States (i.e. Puerto Rico) or in the District of Columbia. Physical Requirements- VA Directive and Handbook 5019, Employee Occupational Health Service for requirements. English Language Proficiency. OTA candidates must be proficient in spokenand written English [in accordance with 38 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: Occupational Therapy Assistant, GS-08 must meet the basic requirements above and possess the following: (1) Experience. One year of creditable experience comparable to the next lower grade level. (2) Knowledge, Skills and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:(a) Ability to implement delegated assessments. (b) Ability to provide reports of observations and patient performance. (c) Ability to use complex therapeutic techniques and interventions, utilizing problem-solving skills to maximize patient's functional status. (d) Ability to modify therapeutic interventions for simple and complex cases with a wide range of diagnoses and disabilities.(e) Ability to recommend complex adaptive and assistive devices and durable medical equipment. (f) Ability to consult with health care practitioners about the patient's treatment plan and the occupational therapy scope of practice and services. Preferred Experience: Full Performance Level GS-8. References: VA Handbook 5005/145 PART II APPENDIX G22The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-08. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-08. Physical Requirements: Must be physically and mentally able to efficiently perform the essential functions of the position without hazard to themselves or others. Must have, usable vision, color vision, hearing, or speech. However, these impairments will not automatically disqualify an applicant for appointment. The loss or impairment of any of these functions may be compensated for by the satisfactory use of a prosthesis or mechanical aid. Must be able to sit, stand, bend, twist lift/push/pull up to 40 pounds. ["The COTA/OTA administers and monitors therapeutic interventions based on goals formulated by an Occupational Therapist but must be able to carry out a general treatment plan without the direct involvement of an Occupational Therapist. The duties and responsibilities of this position are carried out within the medical center including various clinical, and inpatient and outpatient patient care areas associated with PM&RS.\nDuties include but are limited to: Receives and interprets requests or instructions for procedures from the occupational therapist or physician. Plans and implements specialized treatment programs and applies occupational therapy procedures to patients under the general supervision of an occupational therapist. Employee may carry' out or oversee the work of lower graded assistants or support staff, students, and volunteers. Completes a preliminary review/examination of patient data (including medical history), compiles and organizes pertinent information, and develops/presents a patient profile to be used in assessing patient's status. Assists with or renders a course of treatment based on the assessed needs of the patient, developing progressive types of occupational therapy treatment programs. This is done within the context of plan of care developed by an occupational therapist and in consultation with an occupational therapist. May assist the occupational therapist in development and implementation of a comprehensive specialized treatment plan that includes long- and short-term goals. Persuades and motivates veterans and family members to participate in treatment plans and comply with indicated regimens and post-discharge activities. Interacts with the patient and family regarding goals for treatment. Assists in the performance of, or independently performs, highly specialized and diversified treatment procedures within the OTA Practice Act. Instructs, motivates, and assists patients to learn activities of daily living, and instrumental activities of daily living, to improve the functional performance and safety of these activities. Utilizes the full range of modalities including heat, cold, and sound as demonstrates competence. Administers self-care management activities and active and passive therapeutic exercise. Assesses for and trains on the setup and use of durable medical equipment and assistive devices. Fits, adjusts, and instructs patients in use of orthoses, prostheses, and mobility appliances. Cleans, prepares, and maintains appropriate equipment and supplies requited for these treatments, and as assigned by supervisor. Varies procedures, or the positions of care, to adjust for veterans' medical conditions. Modifies intervention environment, tools, materials, and activities in response to each veteran's response to treatment. With prior approval of the therapist, adapts the technical procedures and approaches involving new and unusual treatment and rehabilitation objectives to meet the individual veteran's needs. Modifies or adapts specialized treatment approaches within the scope of the established treatment plan to reflect the changing needs of the veteran. Prepares and presents written and oral reports for health care providers, nursing staff, fellow therapists, and all other professionals concerned with the patient's care. Participates in family and multidisciplinary team meetings, as assigned, to identify patient's needs, report on patient's goals and progress, and to assist in planning patient's treatment program. This knowledge has been acquired through a minimum of 1 years of clinical experience in this area. The incumbent will be given assignments and the responsibility for the COTA/OTA treatment to include both Inpatient and Outpatient Occupational Therapy, which include Rehabilitation patients as assigned. The position also includes representing the Occupational Therapy Department on different multidisciplinary teams, committees, groups, as assigned, communicating directly with team members including physicians, nursing personnel, social workers, dietitian, psychologist and other health care disciplines. Advises, teaches, and mentors medical center staff regarding patient care, treatment, program development, progress, and other needs as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Subject to change based on agency needs.\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: FS-00002\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial 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.