Occupational Therapist II
County of Santa Clara - Santa Clara, CA

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Under general supervision and using clinical expertise, evaluates the occupational therapy needs of inpatients and outpatients in a hospital setting. Develops, implements, and documents treatment plans and goals designed to meet patient needs and acts as a clinical resource specialist to other therapists.

This recruitment requires the submission of an online application. No paper applications will be accepted. Applicants must apply online at www.sccjobs.org . Computers are available at the County Government Center, 70 West Hedding Street, 8th Floor, East Wing, San Jose, CA 95110, normal business hours, for applicants to apply online.

Benefit and Retirement information may vary from bargaining unit to bargaining unit. Due to changes in State Law, current pension provisions described in the union contracts are not automatically applied. Specific pension benefits for new hires who start on or after January 1, 2013 may be different than indicated in the union contracts.

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Typical Tasks:

Patient Care
  • Evaluates patients, including occupational history and experiences, patterns of daily living, interests, values and needs; identifies patient’s problems and concerns about performing daily life activities and other areas of occupation;
  • Observes actual performance of activities and tasks to identify specifically what supports or hinders performance including motor skills (e.g., mobility, posture, coordination, strength) and process skills (e.g. attention, pace, organization, sequencing);
  • Integrates patient’s needs, problems and concerns with an analysis of patient performance, specifically focusing on issues that support or hinder performance;
  • Analyzes findings to determine therapy diagnosis and prognosis and designs and designs a program to maximize outcomes and alleviate impairment and functional limitations; identifies the frequency and duration required to meet goals;
  • Using advanced skills in clinical reasoning and problem-solving, performs complex patient care in the areas of physical function, self-care (e.g. dressing, hygiene, eating), functional mobility (e.g., bed and wheelchair mobility, transfers), homemaking, and community re-integration;
  • Uses treatment skills and modalities, including: perceptual motor skills, cognitive skills and sensory integration;
  • Evaluates the need for, recommends, and trains in use of complex
    durable medical equipment, orthotics, prosthetics, and adaptive devices;
  • Fabricates orthotic and adaptive devices;
  • Charges for patient care and prepares medical record documentation in compliance with professional and regulatory guidelines;
  • Provides patient and family/caregiver education and training;
  • Conducts home, school and worksite evaluations and makes recommendations;
  • Coordinates with other disciplines on patient's progress and discharge planning;
  • Manages assigned caseload of patients, which includes scheduling and prioritizing patient care, and being responsible for patient care delegated to therapy assistants and therapy technicians;
  • Makes recommendations, including home programs and referrals to others as needed;
  • Reports at interdisciplinary conferences and rounds;
  • Serves as a consultant in an area of clinical specialty to staff therapists;
  • May act as a clinical liaison in specialty clinics.
Clinical Supervisory Responsibilities
  • Supervises O T Assistants, interns, Therapy Technicians, students and volunteers as assigned and conducts performance evaluations for same;
  • Supervises patient care delegated to OTA and other technical staff as assigned;
  • Provides clinical guidance to other Occupational Therapists in areas of expertise;
  • Assists Occupational Therapist III with training of staff therapists, assistants (PT and OT) and students;
  • Leads other therapists working on special projects or who are assigned to satellite facilities;
  • Provides orientation and training of new service personnel.
Administrative Tasks
  • Prioritizes and schedules patient treatment as assigned;
  • Assumes selected responsibilities of other staff during temporary absences;
  • Assists in the day to day operations of assigned service;
  • Assists with development and implementation of service policies, procedures, goals and objectives.
Professional Development
  • Participates in internal and external professional and educational activities to enhance personal and professional growth;
  • Participates in hospital research as appropriate;
  • Assists with program development as assigned.

Employment Standards:

A valid license, or eligibility for licensing, according to the California Occupational Therapy Practice Act, to practice as an Occupational Therapist in the State of California.

Sufficient education, knowledge and experience to demonstrate the possession and application of the knowledge and abilities listed below.

Experience Note
The knowledge and abilities are typically acquired through at least two (2) years experience in occupational therapy and two or more specialty areas relevant to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.

Knowledge of
  • Principles, methods and theory of the practice of Occupational Therapy;
  • Pathologies and injuries that result in physical impairment;
  • Principles of psychology and abnormal psychology;
  • Evaluation and treatment methodologies as applied to complex patients;
  • Basic understanding of the business aspects of therapy services, such as utilization management, charging practices and regulatory compliance;
  • Basic principles of clinical supervision and clinical instruction.
Ability to
  • Develop, implement and adapt treatment programs;
  • Lead other therapists and aides;
  • Apply advanced clinical skills in treating difficult and complex cases;
  • Evaluate patients and interpret clinical data and make clinical judgments;
  • Communicate effectively with patients, staff, and other health professionals;
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with others;
  • Clinically supervise, train and evaluate staff;
  • Instruct and provide consultation to therapists and other team members in designated clinical specialty;
  • Write clearly and concisely;
  • Efficiently manage time and priorities;
  • Demonstrate appropriate patient handling skills (assist, support, lift and transfer patients);
  • Reach, grasp, manipulate and carry a variety of objects.
Veterans Preference Information
This recruitment has been identified as non-entry level by the Human Resources Director. Any veteran who has submitted a copy of their DD214 form, and received an honorable discharge within the last five years, will be given a preferential credit of five percent (ten percent for those identified as disabled veterans), after attaining a passing examination score for a numerically scored examination.

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