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Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

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Laurie Vibberts
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Walter Reed Army Medical Centr
Category:Medical / Health
Listing Type:Job
Company:Catalyst Professional Services

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Catalyst is a Service Disabled, Veteran Owned Small Business that staffs medical service positions at U.S. Government hospitals and clinics throughout the nation. While working for Catalyst, you can advance your career and serve our Armed Forces men and women at the same time.

Our North Atlantic Regional Medical Command Contract provides Medical Treatment Facilities with a variety of health care services to include Soldier Readiness Processing (SRP), Periodic Health Assessments (PHA), Post-Deployment Health Assessments (PHDA), and Post-Deployment Health Re-Assessment (PDHRA).

We are searching for a Certified Occupational therapist Assistant to provide services at Walter Reed Army Medical Hospital located in Washington, DC.

The Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant works under the direction of the occupational therapists to provide rehabilitative services to persons with mental, physical, emotional, or developmental impairments. The ultimate goal is to improve clients’ quality of life and ability to perform daily activities.

Screening activities may be provided at the home-base or may require travel to other Medical Treatment Facilities. Travel may be up to 8 weeks at a time. 2/3 of time will be spent at home base, 1/3 of time will be spent in travel.

COTA Requirements

Education: Must have completed an associate degree or a certificate program; in contrast, occupational therapist technician usually receive most of their training on the job.

Licensure/Certification/Registration: Certification from the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy is required.

Experience: Have been continuously employed in occupational therapy or in training for the one year prior to commencement of services under this contract.

Continuing Education: Must maintain Continuing Education credit sufficient to maintain both their clinical license and certification and to meet MTF specific Quality Assurance standards for credentialing as Occupational Therapist Technician. The Government will not pay for the continuing education.

COTA Job Requirements
Provides evaluation (data gathering) and formulates treatment programs for review by Occupational Therapist. Plans treatment for non-critical patients and determines indications and contraindications for treatment based upon patient's past medical history and diagnosis. Re-evaluates patient's progress and response to therapy regimen at appropriate intervals. Uses practical judgment and frequently adapts or changes patient treatment plan based on periodic re-evaluation in conjunction with insight from Occupational Therapist. Documents findings using standard SOAPG note.

Works with a wide variety of patient diagnoses to include orthopedic and neuromuscular disorders, cerebrovascular accidents, burns and ages ranging from pediatric to geriatric patients. Administers full range of Occupational Therapy modalities to include but not limited to ultrasound, phonophoresis, functional activity (ADLs), adaptive equipment (issue and use), therapeutic exercise/media, edema/scar control, desensitization/reeducation, and splinting. Instructs patients in isometric, isotonic, muscle strengthening, range of motion exercises using therapeutic equipment. Performs dressing changes and minor wound debridement as indicated using sterile technique. Independently evaluates rehabilitation and counsels patients on modifications consistent with their physical limitations. Any other therapy that may be implemented in the clinic after date of this document.

Instructs patients on Joint Protection, Body Mechanics/Posturing, Work Simplification/Energy Conservation and Ergonomics, and any other therapy that may be implemented in the clinic after date of this document.

Instructs patients and families in performance of home Occupational Therapy programs and equipment. Performs patient education for the procedures, symptoms and preventative measures associated with neuromuscular disorders. Provides training to ward and troop medical clinic personnel, field medics and Occupational Therapy Assistant students on a regular basis.

Receives, stores, safeguards and issues clinical equipment. Maintains clinic area to ensure comfortable, clean, orderly and safe environment. Disposes of contaminated dressings. Disinfects/cleans contaminated workspace.

Assists in the administration of the clinic. Answers telephones and takes messages. Books patient appointments. Assists in maintaining patient records.

Performs other duties as assigned.

For further information contact Laurie Vibberts at 571-299-8766.

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