Functions as the Lead Therapist coordinationg the Hand Therapy service based upon the most current evidence based practice. Responsible for evaluation and treatment of patients with primarily upper extremity dysfunctions shoulder to fingers. Administers appropriate therapy treatments consistent with therapist evaluation upon physician referral. Re-evaluates and revises treatment plans and goals as necessary. Ensures communication of program status to the Director. Communicates and meets with hand surgeon(s) and other providers as appropriate to ensure coordinated therapy programs that meet patient care needs. Participates in activities such as inservices, continuing education and quality assurance. Documents evaluations and treatment rendered in accordance with policies and regulations. Continually evaluates the need for custom fabricated orthoses to be added to the department charge item list, and provides the Director with expert analysis of costs for fabrication. Maintains appropriate inventory of hand service supplies. Participates in professional development in order to continuously improve patient care. Mentors and trains other clinical staff in hand therapy program needs. Provides the Director with hand therapy special knowlege and skills to help ensure appropriate standards of care and compliant billing practices. Supports the needs of the department by providing other services within his her licensure and competencies as needed depending upon department workload and priorities. Performs other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy or Physical Therapy, or a DPT in Physical Therapy, from an accredited school.
Professional education that meets the HTCC requirement for CHT (Certifiied Hand Therapist).
Five years of work experience as a therapist, including 4000 hours or more in direct practice in hand therapy, including custom orthoses evaluation and fabrication.
Seven years experience including one year as a Certified Hand Therapist. Experience as a Lead clinician.
License and Certification Required:
Vermont licensure in Occupational Therapy or Physical Therapy. NBCOT certification if OT. CHT Certification by the Hand Therapy Certification Commission (HTCC). Valid driver's license. CPR certification within 6 months.
Superior communication skills with the Orthopaedic medical providers and rehabilitation management team. Ability to independently provide all necessary therapy evaluation, treatment, education and documentation for the upper extremity patient population while following regulatory requirements and hospital policies. Demonstrated ability to coordinate a Hand Therapy service, including guidance of support staff, maintaining/updating the CDM for hand orthoses and training generalist therapy providers in appropriate hand therapy techniques. Orthopedic, musculoskeletal, neurological and post-operative patient skills, for all ages infant through geriatric. Custom orthosis assessment and fabrication. Modality skills.
Wound care management.