Physical
Therapist

Department: Medical
Reports to:  COO
Written: 9/1/18
FLSA status: Exempt/Salaried
Supervisory: Yes

Position Summary: The role of the Physical Therapist is to assess, plan, organize, and participate in rehabilitative programs that improve mobility, relieve pain, increase strength, and decrease or prevent deformity of patients suffering from disease or injury.

Role Qualifications:

Education: Bachelor or Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from a physical therapy program approved by the American Physical Therapy Association.

Experience: Minimum 2 years’ experience as a licensed Physical Therapist

Licensure: Current Physical Therapy license from the State of Pennsylvania Current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification

Location: This position requires travel to, but not limited to, all CHDC sites, including meetings, off-site retreats, conferences, workshops and outreach functions.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Administers physical therapy for the management of most non-cancer related pain. Providing treatment through movement, hands on care, exercise and patient education.
  • Meets the patient’s goals and needs and provides quality care by assessing and interpreting evaluations and test results; determining physical therapy treatment plans in consultation with physicians or by prescription.
  • Helps patients accomplish treatment plan and accept therapeutic devices by administering manual exercises; instructing, encouraging, and assisting patients in performing physical activities, such as non-manual exercises, ambulatory functional activities, and daily living activities and in using assistive and supportive devices, such as crutches, canes and prostheses.
  • Administers physical therapy treatments by giving massages; initiating traction, applying physical agents; utilizing hydrotherapy tanks and whirlpool baths, moist packs, ultraviolet and infrared lamps, and ultrasound machines; directing treatments given by aides, technicians and assistants.
  • Evaluates effects of physical therapy treatments and fit of prosthetic and orthotic devices by observing, noting, and evaluating patient’s progress; recommending adjustments and modifications.
  • Completes discharge planning by consulting with physicians, nurses, social workers, and other health care workers; contributing to patient care conferences.
  • Assures continuation of therapeutic plan following discharge by designing home exercise programs; instructing patients, families, and caregivers in home exercise programs; recommending and/or providing assistive equipment; recommending outpatient or home health follow-up programs.
  • Document patient care services by charting in patient and department records.
  • Maintains safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures, rules, and regulations.
  • Protects patients and employees by adhering to infection control policies and protocols.
  • Ensures operation of equipment by completing preventive maintenance requirements; following manufacturer’s instructions; troubleshooting malfunctions; calling for repairs.
  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies.
  • Develops physical therapy staff by providing information; developing and conducting in-service training programs.
  • Complies with federal, state and local legal and professional requirements by studying existing and new legislation; anticipating future legislation; enforcing adherence to requirements; advising management on needed actions.
  • Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.

Organizational

  • Adheres to the organization's mission, vision, and values.
  • Adheres to the organization’s policies regarding time and attendance.
  • Complies with accepted dress code and maintains a professional image.
  • Demonstrates reliability and trustworthiness.
  • Manages time and other resources to meet established goals within the agreed-upon time frames.
  • Demonstrates flexibility in the acceptance and completion of work assignments.
  • Participates in the department’s performance improvement activities.
  • Maintains patient/employee confidentiality in the management of information.
  • Observes the Health Care System’s compliance policies.

Essential Skills & Experience:

  • Proven record of matching patient needs to treatment plans and proven record of implementing these plans safely and effectively.
  • Experience assisting and directing treatment given by technicians and assistants.
  • Knowledge of responsible use of facility equipment, best practices for equipment use and preventative maintenance procedures.
  • Experience with recommending assistive equipment to patients.
  • Experience with a wide range of patient age groups and injuries.
  • Knowledge of Occupational Therapy and an understanding of when these techniques can benefit patients.
  • A strong sense of empathy, a compassionate outlook on PT and the ability to motivate patients into pushing their limits in a responsible, safe manner.