How would you summarize my contribution to THERAPY 2000?
The Therapist I, II, III position is a qualified, licensed professional who provides therapy services to patients in their home as prescribed by the attending physician. Patient visits are predominately performed in private residences or childcare settings. Each Therapist is the company's frontline for improving the lives of children challenged by disabilities or developmental delays. This individual is responsible for each patient and their family's quality of care, customer service experience, and sense of confidence in the company's services. A Therapist is responsible for coordinating THERAPY 2000's resources to meet each family's overall health needs.
How do I develop expertise in my position?
The Therapist position is divided into three levels of expertise. Each level is tied to an increase in independence, impact and success.
Level 1 – This level reflects a Therapist new to THERAPY 2000. This individual is still developing the required knowledge, skills and behaviors to meet the expectations for the position. Areas of need might range from basic clinical experience to pediatric-specific skills to T2K policies and procedures. As a result, this individual demonstrates limited independence and is required to seek guidance when fulfilling day-to-day responsibilities.
Level 2 – This level reflects the requisite knowledge, skills and behaviors to meet expectations in the Therapist position. This individual demonstrates the necessary independence, critical thinking and decision-making to carry out the position's essential job duties with limited support from his/her supervisor. Individuals at this level are eligible to provide clinical supervision within their discipline's guidelines and pursue additional specialization.
Level 3 – This level reflects a tenured Therapist that has demonstrated the ability to exceed company expectations in areas of clinical specialization. As a result, this individual might receive additional opportunities to contribute to the company's success. Such opportunities might include peer mentoring, leading a professional development group, or assignment to a special project.
What people will I work with in this position? (Position – Examples – Timeframe)
Team Manager – Providing patient and family feedback, action-planning for improved outcomes, receiving company updates, receiving situational feedback, collaborating on a success career enrichment plan – Weekly
Peer Therapists – Soliciting feedback, sharing best practices, coordinating quality care – Daily
Patients/Families – Providing the highest quality patient care, creating plans to improve outcomes, answering questions – Daily
Field Support Staff – Receiving feedback on documentation, participating in case conferences, collaborating with staffing direction – Weekly
What outcomes am I expected to achieve?
Patient Outcomes – provide the highest quality care according to company guidelines, state regulations, discipline ethics, and customer expectations
Customer Service – work with each family to ensure the highest possible confidence in their relationship with you and THERAPY 2000
Attendance – meet company attendance standards to ensure consistent treatment for children and revenue for the company
Productivity – meet company productivity standards to ensure consistent treatment for children and revenue for the company
Documentation – review essential documentation for areas of improvement and provide effective coaching
What are the most frequent and essential work activities?
1. Completes a minimum number of visits defined by the agency.
2. Performs in depth patient evaluation and develops treatment plans in accordance with physician's orders.
3. Implements treatment plan, provides evidence-based, best practice therapy services.
4. Instructs patients, their families and other members of the health team in regards to therapy services.
5. Reports pertinent observations and reactions regarding changes in patient status to the appropriate team person.
6. Maintains patient's medical record in accordance with agency standards, completes and submits patient records in a timely manner.
7. Participates in patient care conferences, communicates with other members of the home health team to facilitate coordination of patient care.
8. Participates in staff development and in-service education with the agency to learn new treatments, procedures, developmental skills etc.
9. Performs all duties in compliance with agency policies and procedures. Adheres to all rules, regulations, and code of ethics, guidelines and codes in federal, state and local laws, which are concerned with the practice of his/her therapy discipline and home health setting.
10. May be required to meet with supervisor, technical support personnel, staffing personnel, or other support staff as needed to maintain therapy standards and patient care.
11. Incidental time is a part of the job responsibilities which includes, but not limited to, patient chart updates, patient notes and call logs, performance reviews, supervisory meetings, and drive time to patients home.
12. Any other essential duties as required.
What competencies, knowledge, and behaviors are required? (See T2K Competency Profile for additional information)
Flexibility & Independence - Remains open to new ways of thinking; Takes initiative; Comfortably handles risk; Works well with or without direction; Maintains positive outlook;Planning & Organization – Understands and implements time-management techniques; Keeps track of details; Juggles priorities; Coordinates resources; Sets SMART goals; Relies on written plans;
Customer Care – Gathers critical information; Seeks the patient's best interests; Minimizes risk; Follows-up in a timely fashion; Provides clear communication;
Industry Awareness – Utilizes industry best practices; Adheres to ethical standards; Follows legal guidelines; Networks with other professionals;
Critical Thinking & Decision-Making – Interprets information in light of experience; identifies connections between issues; Makes timely decisions; Accepts responsibility; Quickly catches on to new ideas, skills, and behaviors;
Results-Oriented – Sets and achieves goals; Relentlessly driven by stakeholder expectations; Sees financial measurements and patient care as inseparable concepts; Optimizes resources; Accepts stress and pressure that comes with pursuing a goal;
What prerequisite experience, education or licensure is required?
1. Graduate of an accredited program of Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, or Occupational Therapy.
2. Currently licensed and approved to practice physical, speech, or occupational therapy in the State of Texas.
3. Maintains appropriate credentialing as determined by his/her national discipline organization.
4. Must be physically and legally able to operate a vehicle in the State of Texas.
What are some examples of preferred experience and skills?
1. 1-2 years of pediatric services
2. 1-2 years of home health experience.
3. Specialist training, certification or experience (i.e. feeding, autism, hearing impairment)
4. Two or more years of training or mentoring experience
What physical abilities are required with or without reasonable accommodation?
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 25 pounds.
A review of this position description may have excluded some of the marginal functions of the position that are incidental to the performance of fundamental job duties. This position description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee in this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job related duties requested by their supervisors.