Assesses patients, develops and initiates treatment plan based on the results of the evaluation. The evaluation may include measurements of neuromuscular and skeletal functions. Provides direct patient care. Documents findings, progress and instruction to patients and caregivers. May assist Level III physical therapists with program development. Serves as resource to staff Physical Therapist's. Provides training and guidance to students and interns. Responsible for patient care performed by assistants and rehabilitation technicians.
A physical therapist practicing direct access will examine and evaluate a patient's current conditions which may result in identification of movement and mobility dysfunction. A physical therapist practicing direct access will not diagnose an illness or disease. If a medical diagnosis has already been established by a qualified healthcare practitioner, the physical therapist will take it into consideration during the evaluation process.
Education: Bachelor’s or graduate degree in physical therapy from an accredited university-based physical therapy program
Licenses/Certifications: Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners license
A physical therapist practicing direct access:
Education: Doctoral degree along with a residency or fellowship program, OR
Licensed therapist with 30 hours of continuing competence activities in differential diagnosis
Licenses/Certifications: Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners license.
Experience / Knowledge / Skills:
- At least two (2) years clinical experience required or completion of an accredited residency program.
- Demonstrates ability and willingness to mentor/train staff or supervise clinical interns/students
- Provides clinical leadership and demonstrates increasing expertise for a particular patient type/group or enhances an existing clinical program for that particular patient type/group
- Serves as a clinical resource for hospital and/or system or departmental committee/task force or initiates and/or provides leadership in an ongoing departmental interest/study group
- Designs and implements original staff development program which facilitates the clinical competencies of other staff members
- The position requires occasional/frequent lifting of up to 75/100 pounds and carrying of up to 30 pounds; prolonged standing; frequent walking, stooping and squatting
- Fine hand dexterity, eye-hand coordination, the ability to receive oral and written communication, and to communicate verbally and in writing are also necessary
- The visual ability to monitor instruments, computers and equipment, recognize alphanumeric characters, distinguish colors and observe physical characteristics are essential to this position
- Demonstrates commitment to the Partners-in-Caring process by integrating our culture in all internal and external customer interactions; delivers on our brand promise of “we advance health” through innovation, accountability, empowerment, collaboration, compassion and results while ensuring at the hospital
- Assumes responsibility in the care of the patient. Performs complete, comprehensive evaluation of patients with a physician’s referral.
- Accurately interprets evaluation findings. Completes a written plan of care, develops goals based on evaluation findings, and develops a comprehensive program to attain goals.
- Implements a physical therapy treatment program and provides advanced physical therapy treatments. Demonstrates competency in performing advanced physical therapy skills.
- Responsible for patient care performed by assistants and rehabilitation technicians.
- Assesses patients regularly to monitor progress towards treatment goals, and alters goals, plan or program as indicated. Motivates and instructs patient/caregiver using appropriate methods.
- Communicates effectively with patients/caregivers, professional colleagues to include physicians and insurance companies. Manages time effectively. Documents appropriately in the medical record and completes other documentation duties accurately and efficiently.
- Serves as clinical resource to staff, hospital, and/or system or departmental committee/task force.
- Provides leadership in an ongoing department interest/study group.
- Demonstrates increasing expertise in treatment of a particular patient population.
- Acts as clinical instructor to PT and PTA interns. Assists in program development within the department and/or assists with clinical competencies. Assists in supervision of support staff.
- Presents relevant special topics in professional literature at clinic meetings, grand rounds, conferences, university settings and meetings as delegated or requested by the faculty.
- Actively participates in organized community service/functions as a representative of the profession.
- Provides treatment in all areas of the department, which may include inpatients, outpatients, weekends and holidays.
- Assists in clinic education efforts, whether to patients, staff, hospital, system or to the community.
- Ensures safe care to patients, staff and visitors; adheres to all Memorial Hermann policies, procedures, and standards within budgetary specifications including time management, supply management, productivity and quality of service.
- Promotes individual professional growth and development by meeting requirements for mandatory/continuing education and skills competency; supports department-based goals which contribute to the success of the organization; serves as preceptor, mentor and resource to less experienced staff.
- Other duties as assigned.