Physical Therapist I, Outpatient (1.0 FTE, Days)

Category: Clinical Services
Job Type: Full-Time
Shift: Days
Req: 11806
FTE: 1

Clinical Services

1.0 FTE 8 hour day shifts

 

At Stanford Children’s Health, we know world-renowned care begins with world-class caring. That's why we combine advanced technologies and breakthrough discoveries with family-centered care. It's why we provide our caregivers with continuing education and state-of-the-art facilities, like the newly remodeled Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. And it's why we need caring, committed people on our team - like you. Join us on our mission to heal humanity, one child and family at a time.

The Physical Therapist I is the entry level therapist position. Under the guidance of the Supervisor, the Physical Therapist I typically performs routine patient care and is responsible for all clinical aspects for assigned patient's care, including evaluation and treatment planning with regular supervision. The Physical therapist I is proficient in the basic clinical skills but is expected to ask questions and collaborate with senior physical therapists when evaluating and developing treatment plans for complex cases with multiple diagnoses which have multiple treatment options. May oversee and guide patient care responsibilities of Physical Therapy interns, Physical Therapy Assistants and duties of Rehabilitation Aide. Participates in program development, performance improvement and other specialized programs. Physical Therapists assigned to treat pediatric patients at LPCH provide intervention to infants, toddlers, children, and adolescents with disorders that affect development of motor and behavioral skills within the professional scope of practice. Provide physical or corrective rehabilitation or treatment of any physical condition to patients in order to achieve and maintain highest functional level. Treatments include the use of the physical, chemical and other properties of heat, light, water, electricity, sound and massage, gait and transfer training, and active, passive and resistive exercises. Evaluate all patients referred to the physical therapy service, and treat patients according to a treatment plan which is agreed upon by the physician, patient and/or caregiver. Physical Therapists assigned to treat pediatric patients at LPCH provide intervention to infants, toddlers, children, and adolescents with disorders that affect development of motor and behavioral skills within the professional scope of practice.

Essential Functions

The essential functions listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification. They are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned. 

Employees must abide by all Joint Commission Requirements including but not limited to sensitivity to cultural diversity, patient care, patient rights and ethical treatment, safety and security of physical environments, emergency management, teamwork, respect for others, participation in ongoing education and training, communication and adherence to safety and quality programs, sustaining compliance with National Patient Safety Goals, and licensure and health screenings. 

Must perform all duties and responsibilities in accordance with the Service Standards of the Hospital(s).

  • Designs, implements, and modifies therapeutic interventions to alleviate movement-related impairments, functional limitations and disabilities. Selects and administers appropriate assessment and treatment techniques. Performs age appropriate competency skills in area of practice and with respect to individual patient's problems.

  • Determines diagnosis of the physical impairments or movement-related functional limitations, prognosis, plan of therapeutic intervention and frequency/duration of intervention.

  • Discharges patient from treatment when appropriate with adequate discharge planning including equipment procurement and family training, and communicates this appropriately to patient, family and health care team.

  • Evaluates for, recommends, applies and, as appropriate, fabricates movement- related assistive, adaptive, protective, prosthetic and supportive devices and equipment, and trains patients in their use.

  • Examines, evaluates, and tests patients with mechanical, physiological and developmental impairments, functional limitations, and disability or other health and movement-related conditions.

  • Initiates and participates in interdisciplinary care planning to meet the needs of each patient and family, including participation in rounds and patient care conferences, communicating with and teaching other care providers. May contact community agencies as necessary to provide continuity of service between hospital and community.

  • Organizes and maintains a patient caseload consistent with department productivity standards. Schedules patients and informs supervisor if problems arise related to the delivery of patient care or caseload volume. Ensures documentation and billing are timely, accurate and complete, including precautions, monthly and discharge summaries.

  • Participates in Department, team, and discipline and/or unit meetings.

  • Performs all necessary patient care documentation, including assessment, plan of care, progress notes, discharge summaries, and charges for evaluation and treatment. Documentation reflects patient status, progress or change, participation by patient and family in goal setting and delivery of care.

  • Performs relatively routine patient care with fundamental skills in clinical reasoning, problem-solving and treatment interventions; Assesses and treats patients within the CA licensing Board and American Physical Therapy Association scope of practice, including but not limited to gait and transfer training, therapeutic exercise, functional mobility training, the application of modalities, wound care, and equipment procurement and training.

  • Provides direct patient care that meets department and professional standards of practice, including patient assessment, development of physical therapy care plan, patient treatment, family/caregiver training and discharge planning. May serve as consultant to outpatient clinics or participate on clinic teams to evaluate or recommend treatment.

Minimum Qualifications

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities as well as possession of any required licenses or certifications is qualifying.

Education: Requirement met by License/Certification Requirement.

License/Certification: Current American Heart Association (AHA) Certification for Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers, Physical Therapy in the state of California by the Physical Therapy Board of California (Code: PT).

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

These are the observable and measurable attributes and skills required to perform successfully the essential functions of the job and are generally demonstrated through qualifying experience, education, or licensure/certification.

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

  • Ability to develop and document clearly and accurately treatment goals that are realistic, measurable, appropriate, functionally based and that include patient/family input.

  • Ability to develop, implement and adapt treatment programs.

  • Ability to evaluate patients and interpret clinical data and make clinical judgments.

  • Ability to provide appropriate care and progress treatment based on professional standards of practice, and on the needs of the specific individual, including age and developmental considerations, cultural and psychosocial issues, precautions and medical condition.

  • Ability to utilize sound clinical reasoning to determine appropriate patient interventions; demonstrates good safety awareness, judgment and problem analysis and resolution.

  • Ability to work well with individuals at all levels of the organization.

  • Knowledge and adherence to Code of Ethics and performance standards specific to the clinician's professional organization.

  • Knowledge of available equipment and vendors used in assigned area.

  • Knowledge of basic business aspects of position, such as utilization management, charging practices and regulatory compliance.

  • Knowledge of evaluation and treatment methodologies as applied to routine patient care.

  • Knowledge of legal issues affecting the clinical practice.

  • Knowledge of pathologies and injuries which result in speech, language, cognitive, and swallowing disabilities.

  • Knowledge of principles, methods, equipment and theory of the practice of clinical specialty.

  • Knowledge of regulatory practice requirements.

 

The Physical Requirements and Working Conditions in which the job is typically performed are available from the Occupational Health Department. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.
 

Equal Opportunity Employer

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity and non-discrimination in all of its policies and practices, including the area of employment. Accordingly, LPCH does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, marital status, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, or disability, or the perception of any of the above. People of all genders, members of all racial and ethnic groups, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Qualified applicants with criminal convictions will be considered after an individualized assessment of the conviction and the job requirements, and where applicable, in compliance with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.