The Occupational Therapist is responsible for the Driver Rehabilitation Specialty Clinic located at the Gloucester Community Based outpatient clinic. Performs in-clinic and on-the-road assessments, as well as driver training. Supervises all other occupational therapists involved in the driver rehabilitation training process. Acts as subject matter expert on best practices in driver rehabilitation, automobile adaptive equipment, and compatibility of mobility devices and modified vehicles. Clinical Responsibilities: Include but are not limited to: Responsible for the examination and treatment of all patients referred to the Driver Rehabilitation Program, including Interfacility Consults from Wilmington and Coatesville VAMCs. This includes comprehensive and standardized Pre-Driving (In-Clinic) and On-The-Road assessments for patients with a variety of complex diagnoses. These assessments are completed in accordance with VA guidelines. Interpretation of assessments and measures used to determine appropriateness for Driver Rehabilitation evaluation, raining, and/or automobile adaptive equipment and vehicle modifications. Independently plans, develops, and implements comprehensive and complex treatment programs for patients to maximize their independence in all aspects of community mobility. Has extensive knowledge of 4502 Vehicle Grant, Non-Service Connected Vehicle Conversion policy, HISA Grant, and other local and national grants, services and benefits eligible to veterans. Acts as a consultant to the physical medicine and rehabilitation staff including OTs, PT5, medical staff and acts as the Subject Matter Expert on Driver Rehabilitation and Community Mobility. Has advanced knowledge and skills to independently conduct assessment, analysis and design training programs for driver rehabilitation assessment and training using clinically advanced equipment which includes but is not limited to: Titmus V2 Vision Tester, RT-2s Reaction Time Tester, CDS-200 and Sim Clinic Driving Simulator, various hand controls, left foot accelerator, steering devices, and other automobile adaptive equipment. Regularly participates in communication, both verbal and written and consultation with team members in order to provide feedback and continuity related to driver rehabilitation, community mobility, and mobility device prescription. Collaboration with the team is necessary to the development of a cohesive treatment plan for the complex areas and complex patient populations treated. Evaluates and treats veterans in areas other than the specialized area of Driver Rehabilitation as caseload permits and/or as the needs of the Rehabilitation Medicine Service dictate. Maintains a caseload consistent with the Occupational Therapy Section and the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service. Accepts other clinical duties as assigned or dictated by the needs of the OT Section and/or Rehabilitation Medicine Service. Educational Responsibilities: Develops and provides individualized education for occupational therapy staff and students related to the Driver rehabilitation Program and Community Mobility. Shares knowledge and expertise in the scope of Occupational Therapy practice and services provided as a Driver rehabilitation Specialist within the occupational therapy department, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service, medical center, and community. This is provided through direct consultation, mentorship, development of in-services for staff and patients, and by leading by example. Completes educational activities and competencies to maintain National Certification, state licensure, specialty certification, and any additional certification(s) as required by the certifying/licensing agency and the VA. Completes annual mandatory reviews and other education as directed by National Headquarters, VISN, Medical Center, Service Line, and Department. Administrative Responsibilities: The Driver Rehabilitation Specialist serves in a position directly supporting Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation management. Responsible for overseeing the day to day operation and maintenance of the Driver Rehabilitation Program and clinic area, ordering necessary supplies and equipment, screening consults, and closing open encounters. Organizes appointments and schedules veterans based on their needs and an efficient use of therapist's time and ensures that tasks are performed in a timely manner. Actively participates in program development for the Driver Rehabilitation Program to improve efficiency, quality of care, and accessibility of care to veterans. Attends educational and developmental meetings in order to increase knowledge of local, VISN, and national Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Driver Rehabilitation service's mission and objectives. Completes annual Driver Rehabilitation Report and submits to VACO annually for review. Serves on VA committees as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required.
Internal Number: 599581200
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