Occupational Therapist - Bedford - job 854389

Department of Veterans Affairs

Date: 06/11/2021

City: Bedford, Massachusetts

Employment type: Full-time

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The incumbent will function as a staff Occupational Therapist for the Sensory & Physical Rehabilitation Service of the Bedford VA Health Care System. This position requires a full licensed and registered Occupational Therapist that works independently requiring minimal guidance from the Occupational Therapy Supervisor. The primary functions of this position are to perform OT examinations and evaluations, interpret clinical findings, establish a diagnosis and prognosis within the scope of OT.

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Work Schedule: Mon-Fri; 7:30am-4:00pm or 8:00am-4:30pm

Weekends and holiday coverage as needed.

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel to Community Based Outpatient Clinics: 2-3 x/week

Preferred experience

  • At least 5 years or greater working in an outpatient setting treating both acute and chronic upper extremity injuries

  • Ability to fabricate custom splints for variety of upper extremity diagnoses

  • Certification in physical agent modalities

  • Supervision of certified Occupational Therapy Assistants

General Duties Continued:

  • Implement appropriate OT intervention plans for all patients referred.

  • Ability to make autonomous clinical decisions in a direct access environment is required

  • Actively engage patients in activities to restore and enhance their performance and potential for independent living or maximum function within their lifestyles.

  • Develop client centered rehabilitation objectives for individual patients

  • Create and implement treatment plans to restore independence, maximizes function, and improve engagement in meaningful occupations.

  • Covering a wide range of medical diagnoses, the therapist must consider multiple complex problems that affect patient's treatment plan.

  • Perform the full range of functions below for adult and geriatric patients while exercising originality in solving problems and making innovative adaptions and modifications of treatment plans and procedures in order to meet the complex and highly varying needs of patients.

Principle Clinical Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Conduct independent and specialized evaluation of the patient by using a variety of standardized and non-standardized tests to determine occupational therapy needs.

  • Based on results of evaluation, develop an effective and client-centered treatment plan that is appropriate and indicated for the disabilities and conditions being treated.

  • In collaboration with patient and family/caregivers, incumbent establishes short and long-term goals that are objective, measurable, and within certain time frames.

  • Develop and carries out a full range of occupational therapy treatments using a variety of evidence-based treatment methods and techniques.

  • When conducting patient evaluations and treatments, the Occupational Therapist considers the age, medical psychological needs, cognitive abilities an culture of patient as it relates to his/her ability to understand directions, provide effective self-assessment, and participate safely and appropriately in the treatment plan.

  • Works effectively with all treatment members including the patient, family/care givers/friends, clinical students, physician, nurses, social workers, case managers, physical therapists, speech-language pathologists and other providers involved in patient's care.

  • Develops and implements individualized client centered occupational therapy treatment programs for patients.

  • May also be required to oversee the day-to-day operations of the Occupational Therapy Service

Supervisory Controls:

  • Oversee the day-to-day operations of the Occupational Therapy Service to which he/she is assigned.

  • Responsible for the Supervisor of Occupational Therapy and receive direction from other department specialists, as needed. Supervise certified occupational therapy assistants and occupational therapy aides and volunteers.

  • Plan and carry out the procedures necessary to complete the work assignment


  • Assists in the maintenance of the clinic / office and exhibits good safety practices following proper safety policies and procedures per VA, Joint Commission, CARF, OSHA etc.

  • Comply with all VA policies and federal regulations regarding privacy and information security

  • Independently performs daily time management to allow adequate time for patient care, administrative tasks, documentation, and patient care meetings.

  • Participates in Occupational Therapy peer review process

  • Completes and submits any information, reports, and workload data on request as needed.

  • Conducts duties associated with scheduling appointments in full compliance with guidelines established.

  • Employee demonstrates knowledge and use of general business rules outlined in VHA Directive 1230, Outpatient Scheduling Processes and Procedures.

  • Employee uses established business rules for Enrollment and Registration, Scheduling, Consult Management, Use of the VISA Electronic Wait List (EWL), Handling No-Shows, Patient Cancellations and Clinic Cancellations as applicable to job.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job

  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required

  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

  • You may be required to serve a probationary period

  • Subject to a background/security investigation

  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English

  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process


.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/Experience: (1) The individual must meet at least one of the following requirements below:

(a) Bachelor's degree in occupational therapy and two (2) years of experience as an occupational therapist;

NOTE: The baccalaureate degree must be from an approved program prior to the AOTA January 1, 2005 decision that the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) would only accredit master or doctoral degree programs in occupational therapy. or

(b) Bachelor's degree in occupational therapy and two (2) full years of graduate education in a related field;

NOTE: The baccalaureate degree must be from an approved program prior to the AOTA January 1, 2005 decision that ACOTE would only accredit master or doctoral degree programs in occupational therapy.


(c) Master's Degree or higher in occupational therapy.

Individuals must be a graduate of a degree program in occupational therapy approved by the ACOTE or predecessor organizations. This is inclusive of an internship (supervised fieldwork experience required by the educational institution). ACOTE is the only accreditation agency recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Degree programs may be verified by contacting the American Occupational Therapy Association website or at their office address: American Occupational Therapy Association, P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220.

  • Certification. Candidates must possess a current NBCOT certification as an OT.]

  • State Licensure. Candidates must possess] a full, current, and unrestricted state license [ ], to practice occupational therapy in a state, territory or Commonwealth of the United States (i.e., Puerto Rico), or in the District of Columbia.

  • Loss of Credential. An employee in this occupation who fails to maintain [the required state or territorial licensure and the NBCOT certification, both current and in good standing,] must be removed from the occupation, which may result in termination of employment.

Exceptions for the Graduate Occupational Therapist. (1) OT graduates from an approved occupational therapy program [who otherwise meet the minimum qualification requirements,] but who do not possess NBCOT certification and/or [ ]state [licensure], may be [appointed, pending certification and/or licensure,] as a graduate OT [on a full-time temporary appointment] not-to-exceed two years under the authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7405(c)(2)

  • A graduate OT may provide care only under the direct supervision of a licensed] OT who meets all state regulatory requirements.

  • Temporary graduate OT appointments may not be extended beyond two years, or converted to a new temporary appointment.

  • Failure to Obtain Licensure/Certification. In all cases, graduate OTs must actively pursue obtaining required credentials (i.e., NBCOT certification and/or state licensure) from the date of their appointment. The human resource office will notify the uncertified/unlicensed OT in writing of the requirement to obtain certification/licensure, the date by which the certification/license must be acquired, and the consequences for not becoming certified/licensed by the deadline date. The written notice must be provided prior to the entrance on duty date. Failure to obtain required credentials by the prescribed date will result in termination of employment.

  • English Proficiency. must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 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:

GS-12 (Full Performance Level - Journey Level)

(1) Education, Experience, and Licensure. Completion of one year of experience equivalent to at the GS-11 grade level and directly related to the position being filled. AND

(2) Demonstrated [Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)]. In addition to the [experience or education above, the candidate] must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:

(a) Knowledge of occupational therapy principles and techniques consistent with current clinical standards based on OT theory and evidence based practice. Knowledge is inclusive of physical, occupational, cognitive, and psychosocial functional deficits.

(b) Ability to collaborate and communicate orally and in writing with all internal and external stakeholders.

(c) Ability to use critical analysis, clinical reasoning, and creativity to independently solve complex problems related to adapting and modifying assessments, treatment plans, activities and procedures to meet the needs of patients.

(d) Skill in procuring, fabricating, adjusting, adapting, and modifying orthoses, splints, and adaptive equipment for activities of daily living (inclusive of durable medical equipment).

(e) Ability to conduct OT related in-service and clinical training.

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G14

Physical Requirements: potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, and sitting. Must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. Must complete annual Employee Health requirements, such as annual TB screening or testing, as a condition of employment. In the performance of duties, the incumbent may be required to drive and/or

ride in GSA-vehicles.


IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

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