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Job Title: Orthotist Prosthetist
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Saint Louis, MO
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 01/03/2018
Expire Date: 03/04/2018
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Job Description
Orthotist Prosthetist

This position is located in the Orthotic/Prosthetic Laboratory Section of Prosthetics Service, VA St. Louis Health Care System. The incumbent provides appropriate orthotic and/or prosthetic devices and treatment by assisting the practitioner with the following:

Responsibilities

  • A comprehensive examination of the patient and assessment of their individual needs and desires.
  • Formulation of a treatment plan.
  • Design, component selection, measurement/casting of the patient, fabrication and fitting of deviceto the patient
  • Proper documentation of the patient record.
  • Continuing care and periodic examination of the patient and the orthotic/prosthetic device to assessfit, function and changing needs of the patient.

Functions

Performs a comprehensive assessment of the patient to obtain an understanding of the patients orthotic/prosthetic needs:

  • Assist in formulating the treatment plan by performing a diagnosis-specific functional clinical examination, including manual muscle-testing, gait assessment and evaluation of sensory function, cognitive ability, range of motion, joint stability, skin integrity and compliance.
  • Consult with other health care professionals and caregivers about patient's condition to assist in formulating a treatment plan.
  • Verify patient care by documenting history, ongoing care and follow-up using established record-keeping techniques.

Create a comprehensive orthotic/prosthetic treatment plan to meet the needs and goals of the patient.

  • Evaluate the findings to determine an orthotic/prosthetic recommendation.
  • Identify material, design and components to support anticipated outcome.
  • Develop a plan for patient needs, including patient education and follow-up.

Performs thenecessary procedures to deliver the appropriate orthotic/prosthetic services, which may include fabrication of the orthosis/prosthesis:

  • Inform patient, family and/or caregiver of the orthotic/prosthetic procedure, possible risks and time involved in the procedure.
  • Prepare patient for procedure required to initiate treatment plan (e.g., take impression, digitize, delineate, scan)
  • Assess device for structural safety and ensure that manufactures guidelines have been followed prior to patient fitting/delivery (e.g., torque values, patient weight limits).

Provide continuing patient care and periodic evaluation to assure/maintain/document optimal fit and function of the orthosis/prosthesis:

  • Solicit subjective feedback from patient and/or caregiver to determine status (e.g., wear schedule/tolerance, comfort, perceived benefits, perceived detriments, ability to don and doff, proper usage and function, overall patient satisfaction).
  • Assess patient's functional level.
  • Assess patient's skin condition (e.g., integrity, color, temperature, volume).

Complies with policies, procedures and regulations regarding human resource management, physical environment management, business/financial management and organizational management:

  • Follows all policies and procedures governing patient care, rights and privacy.
  • Communicates roles and expectations of employer and employees by providing documentation to create a professional, cooperative working environment and improve patient care.
  • Performs duties in compliance with HIPAA, patient information security, data and VHA ethical standards.

Participates in personal and professional development through continuing education, training, research and organizational affiliations:

  • Participates in continuing education and/or provide such education for other health care professionals, orthotic and prosthetic practitioners, associates, technicians and office staff (e.g. publications, seminars, case studies).
  • Participates in education for residents, students and trainees.
  • Participates in product development research, clinical trials and outcome evaluation studies.

Basic Requirements:

*U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

*Bachelor's degree or higher in orthotics and prosthetics from a Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accredited program. (Must submit copy of Transcripts)OR

*Bachelor's degree or higher in any major along with a post-graduate orthotics or prosthetics certificate from a CAAHEP accredited program. (Must submit copy of Transcripts)

*Foreign Graduates. Graduates of foreign degree programs must have proof of a minimum of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university (or foreign equivalent, as verified through an independent credential evaluation company), with a specialization in orthotics and prosthetics

*Board certified by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics (ABC) or the Board for Orthotist/Prosthetist Certification (BOC) as an orthotist, prosthetist, or orthotist/prosthetist. The board certificate must be current (Must submit a copy of current certification).

*Must undergo a pre-employment medical examination.

*Orthotists/Prosthetists must be proficient in written and spoken English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d).

GS-11 Level: (Full Performance Level)

(a) Completion of 1 year of experience as an orthotist/prosthetist equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-9) that demonstrates possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to provide orthotic/prosthetic services in a hospital setting.

(b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

1. Ability to attend clinics and participate as a fully participating member of the treatment team with considerable influence in the development of the treatment plan. This includes advanced knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, kinesiology, physics, and etiology of diseases as well as knowledge of psychology and age related competencies.

2. Ability to conduct clinical patient analyses such as gait, range of motion, life style, etc., for patients with a wide range of complex medical conditions which include unusual problems or complications, and to design unique or innovative devices to accommodate those conditions.

3. Ability to recognize physical abnormalities, deviations, and complicating conditions with potentially life threatening implications.

Assignment: GS-11 is considered to be the full performance level. The orthotist/prosthetist communicates and interacts with physicians, allied health professionals, patients, and caregivers in various interdisciplinary clinical settings, rehabilitation medicine, orthopedics, neurosurgery, vascular care, podiatry, oncology, etc., as a subject matter expert to develop the orthotic and/or prosthetic treatment plan

    References: VA Handbook 5005/91, Part II, Appendix G32,Orthotist/Prosthetist Qualification Standard.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Physical Requirements: Incumbent must be able to lift items weighing fifty (50) pounds. Office work performed is sedentary and may involve sitting comfortably to perform data entry and other computer work. There may be some walking; standing; bending; carrying of bulky and/or heavy items.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        *DD-214
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        *SF-50

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:


                                                                                                                                                                                                                        *Cover Letter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        *OF-306
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        *Other
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        *Other Veterans Document
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        *Resume
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        *SF-15
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        *Transcript

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (required). (Available at the VA Forms Website: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=10-2850&tkey=&Action=Search)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, etc. You will not be contacted for additional information.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Veterans' Preference:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. A legible copy of your DD214(s) indicating character of service, disability certification, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference) or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required for eligibility verification.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 2027639.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Qualifications & Requirements

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Basic Requirements:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Bachelor's degree or higher in orthotics and prosthetics from a Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accredited program. (Must submit copy of Transcripts)OR

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Bachelor's degree or higher in any major along with a post-graduate orthotics or prosthetics certificate from a CAAHEP accredited program. (Must submit copy of Transcripts)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Foreign Graduates. Graduates of foreign degree programs must have proof of a minimum of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university (or foreign equivalent, as verified through an independent credential evaluation company), with a specialization in orthotics and prosthetics

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Board certified by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics (ABC) or the Board for Orthotist/Prosthetist Certification (BOC) as an orthotist, prosthetist, or orthotist/prosthetist. The board certificate must be current (Must submit a copy of current certification).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Must undergo a pre-employment medical examination.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Orthotists/Prosthetists must be proficient in written and spoken English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        GS-11 Level: (Full Performance Level)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        (a) Completion of 1 year of experience as an orthotist/prosthetist equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-9) that demonstrates possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to provide orthotic/prosthetic services in a hospital setting.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        (b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Ability to attend clinics and participate as a fully participating member of the treatment team with considerable influence in the development of the treatment plan. This includes advanced knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, kinesiology, physics, and etiology of diseases as well as knowledge of psychology and age related competencies.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Ability to conduct clinical patient analyses such as gait, range of motion, life style, etc., for patients with a wide range of complex medical conditions which include unusual problems or complications, and to design unique or innovative devices to accommodate those conditions.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. Ability to recognize physical abnormalities, deviations, and complicating conditions with potentially life threatening implications.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Assignment: GS-11 is considered to be the full performance level. The orthotist/prosthetist communicates and interacts with physicians, allied health professionals, patients, and caregivers in various interdisciplinary clinical settings, rehabilitation medicine, orthopedics, neurosurgery, vascular care, podiatry, oncology, etc., as a subject matter expert to develop the orthotic and/or prosthetic treatment plan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          References: VA Handbook 5005/91, Part II, Appendix G32,Orthotist/Prosthetist Qualification Standard.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

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