This is an open continuous announcement and applications submitted prior to December 27, 2021 will be pulled and rated for referral. Further ratings will occur every two weeks thereafter until position is filled. Once a selection has been made, no further candidates will be rated/referred unless further vacancies occur. This announcement may be canceled at any time. Follows established regulations and procedures to insure patient privacy. Interviews patients to determine expectations, lifestyle, home/work environment, ability to use the device. Recognizes physical abnormalities, deviations, and complicating conditions with potentially life-threating implications. Identifies biomechanical condition. Conducts gait analysis, range of motion, coordination and balance, motor skills, and clinical assessment studies in accordance with occupational principles for unusual conditions, multiple complex interrelated conditions, etc. Takes necessary measurements, casts, or scan to develop positive molds of the affected area of the body, which are used to create the orthosis and/or prosthesis. Considers new and emerging technologies in designing unique or innovative devices to accommodate or treat a wide range of complex medical conditions, which include unusual problems or complications. Works cases of higher complexity or progressive treatment protocol. Assesses patient for indications/contraindications of appropriate treatment protocols and discusses the assessment with the physician/requesting provider for purposes of developing the overall treatment plan. Has considerable influence in the development of the plan. Considers the information developed through the assessment as well as time management workload considerations to design custom devices using standard components to optimize patient performance for difficult and complex conditions and may include CAD/CAM systems. Selects materials and components to be used in fabrication of the device and determines appropriate equipment to be used in fabrication of the device. Fabricates components, or selects and modifies components, and assembles these into the finished device. Uses CAD/CAM system as appropriate in this process and performs preliminary alignment. Fits the device on the patient, assures preliminary alignment, and performs subsequent dynamic alignment. Assesses and/or modifies fit and function of the device as fabricated and makes appropriate modifications to insure optimum patient outcome. Evaluates patient's ability to don/doff the device provides training to the patient and/or caregiver in its use and maintenance. This may also include training the clinical staff. Explains procedures and processes to the patient to reduce anxiety and gain support and cooperation in all stages of the process. Maintains the patient's record, including the electronic record, in accordance with established JCAHO/ABC/BOC/Medical Center/VISN policies. Observes appropriate, established infection control guidelines. Communicates and interacts with physicians, allied health professionals, patient and caregiving in various interdisciplinary clinical settings as a subject matter expert to develop the O/P treatment plan. (PM&R, Orthopedics, Neurosurgery, Vascular, Podiatry, Oncology, etc.) Conducts in-service training for O/P staff, VSO's, as well as staff in other disciplines regarding O/P technologies. Provides guidance and direction to lower graded O/P staff in coordination with potentially life-threating implications. Gives technical and administrative advice and assistance on prosthetic problems to other facilities. Participates in investigative/research project studies by selecting patients as pilot wearers of newly developed prosthetic items, evaluating the usefulness of such items and compiling of data. Conducts quality assurance activities. Follows environmental and occupational safety guidelines. Attends professional and manufacturer's training seminars. Completes mandatory training per hospital requirements. Maintains professional credentials and/or competency. Responsible for accreditation compliance for self and works with Lab Supervisor to maintain accreditation compliance for facility. Manages inventory of stock items, fabrication materials, and components. Assures safe workplace considering environmental concerns, OSHA/JCAHO regulations. Works closely with the Lab Supervisor or upper management to develop prosthetics outreach into our CBOCs. Reports to Lab Supervisor analysis of training/developmental needs of subordinate employees/residents/students and makes provisional recommendations for this training. Assigns workload as needed, giving due consideration to priorities, requisite needs, and capabilities of the Prosthetic/Orthotic Lab in coordination with Lab Supervisor directives. Assists maintenance of Lab and remote VA labs within the SFVA region to American Board of Certification (ABC) standards and maintains ABC facility accreditation. Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday, 8:00AM - 4:30PM Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Orthotist-Prosthetist (Advance Practitioner)/PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized 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.