Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Health Technician (Pedorthist) in Fort Wayne, Indiana
Summary The pedorthtist 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 subject matter expert in foot care to develop the foot orthotic and footwear treatment plan. Responsibilities TREATS, VIA PEDORTHIC PRINCIPLES, PATIENTS WITH VARIOUS DISORDERS WITH DIAGNOSIS BELOW THE ANKLE 1) Assessment of patients with impairment of human movement or musculoskeletal abnormalities that would otherwise impede their ability to participate in their social environment or other activities in order to determine functional intervention. Pedorthic patient assessment may include, but is not limited to, the evaluation and documentation of: - anthropometric data - cognition - circulation - skin integrity - protective sensation - pain - peripheral nerve integrity - respiratory capacity - biomechanics - gait analysis including temporal and spatial assessment - range of motion - muscle strength - posture and balance - proprioception - pedorthic requirements - environmental barriers including social, home, and work reintegration 2) Formulation of a treatment plan based upon a comprehensive assessment to design an intervention to alleviate limitations and enhance function. Pedorthic treatment includes, but is not limited to: - verification of prescription/documentation - evaluation of the prescription rationale - a needs assessment based on patient and/or caregiver input - development of functional goals - analysis of structural and design requirements - consultation with and/or referral to other health care professionals 3) Implementation of the pedorthic treatment plan includes but is not limited to: - acquisition of anthropometric data - modification and/or rectification of anthropometric data - material selection - fabrication of pedorthic devices - device structural evaluation - diagnostic fitting - gait training - assessment of intervention for appropriate outcomes - patient education and instruction - supervision of the provision of care 4) Utilization of a follow-up treatment plan that ensures successful pedorthics outcomes, patient health and quality of life which includes, but is not limited to: - documentation of functional changes - formulation of modifications to ensure successful outcomes - reassessment of patient expectations - reassessment of treatment objectives - development of long term treatment plan - confirmation of patient education and instruction - evidenced based practice 5) Compliance with practice management plans to develop and document policies and procedures to ensure patient protection includes, but is not limited to: - adherence to applicable local, state and federal laws and regulations - following patient care guidelines and procedures maintaining a safe and professional environment for patient care - comprehension of claims development and submission 6) Promotion of competency and enhancement of pedorthic professional practice to contribute to the profession's body of knowledge includes, but is not limited to participation in: - training of residents/students - continuing education - clinical research - evidence based studies - promotion of public awareness of the pedorthic profession - consumer organizations, governmental and non-governmental organizations Work Schedule: Full Time, Monday - Friday 8:00 - 4:30. Scheduled subject to change based on the needs of the Agency. Position Description Title/PD#: Health Technician (Pedorthist)/PD91210A Physical Requirements: Work requires movement throughout the medical center, standing, bending, sitting, reaching, and lifting up to fifty pounds. There exists prolonged periods of working at a computer terminal. Ability to retrieve equipment from a storage room is required. Climbing associated with stocking of equipment and other items in storage areas is necessary. Normal safety precautions are utilized as appropriate for office, hospital, and warehouse settings. The work involves moderate discomfort when visiting sites away from the office. At times the employee may be required to wear personal protective equipment (i.e., mask and gown) when visiting work areas with other environmental exposures including wheelchair repair area or Prosthetic and Orthotic Laboratory. Patient transfer and lifting is required. Work Environment: Incumbent works in a fabrication facility Normal duties are performed in an office setting, which has adequate heat, light and ventilation: however, on a daily basis the incumbent must retrieve prosthetics items from various storage areas. Incumbent has direct daily contact with patients and will handle equipment returned form veterans with contagious diseases; therefore, the incumbent is required to practice Standard Precautions on a daily basis. Standard precautions include wearing of gloves while handling disinfectants used daily on returned reusable medical equipment as well as wearing of personal protective equipment used to reduce the risk of disease transmission. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-07 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-06 grade level. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade. GS-07 grade level: One year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-06 grade level in the federal service); experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA's) and other characteristics to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled, in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience includes: knowledge of pathology, disease, diagnosis and treatment as it relates to Pedorthics; using Digitizer, CAD CAM software and carver; and communicating and interacting with physicians, allied health professionals, patients, and caregivers Certification: Must be an ABC (American Board for Certification in Orthotitcs, Prosthetic and Pedorhtics) or BOC (Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics International) Certified Pedorthist. You must provide documentation of this certification with your application to be considered for this position. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position: Applies Technology to TasksCommunicationMedical InformationPatient CareTechnical Competence Please note: your resume must support that you meet these competencies to be given credit. There is no educational substitution for the GS-07 level. 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. Education There is no educational substitution for the GS-07 level. Additional Information The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be well-qualified, applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors if applicable, and must be proficient in most of the requirements of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website which can be found at https://www.opm.gov/. Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.