Erie County Medical Center Corporation - Buffalo, NY

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POSITION TITLE- Physical Therapist – Related Service Contractor

DEPARTMENT- Rehab Home Health – P.E.D.S.

Physical Therapist – Related Service Contractor is a direct provider of physical therapy services to Early Intervention (EI) and Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) children in Erie County . S/he administers physical therapy treatment of disabilities, according to the Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) or the Individual Education Plan (IEP). S/he functions under the direction of the Coordinator of Rehabilitation Services (Youth)
Responsible To: Coordinator of Rehabilitation Services (Youth)
Supervises: NA
Interrelationships: Children, families, caregivers, childcare providers ,
physicians, supervisor, coworkers, ongoing service
coordinators (EI), CPSE members (PS)

1) Education: Completion of a 4-year college program in
physical therapy in accordance with the commissioner’s
regulations, provided that such requirements include a bachelor’s,
higher degree or equivalent in physical therapy.

2) Experience: 2 years of experience in physical therapy with an
Early Childhoodl/Preschool (0-5) population

3) License/Registration: Must possess a current license to practice
physical therapy issued by the New York State Department of

4) Certification: None required.

5) Other: Before signing contract:
a) Evidence of immunity to rubella, rubeola; evidence of
completion of hepatitis vaccine or a signed declination form.
b) Copy of Social Security Card
c) Copy of current Driver License
d) Copy of Professional License
e) Current resume
f) Official transcript
g) U.S. Department of Justice Eligibility Verification Form I-9
h) W9
i) Release of Information forms signed and notarized for
Background Check; clear background check.
j) State Central Register Database clearance
k) Individual DOH approval to provide EI services
l) Three relevant professional/personal references
m) Sign a Business Associate Agreement agreeing to comply with
HIPAA regulations.
n) Drug testing

6) Other: Before signing contract and kept current thereafter:
a) Current registration certificate (of professional license) from the
New York State Education Department
b) Current professional liability insurance (at least
c) Health assessment including PPD within past 12 months
d) Evidence of continuing Education within the last 12 months .

7) Exceptions: PPD if therapist is pregnant or breast feeding.
MMR if therapist is pregnant or breast feeding.
The position of Physical Therapy – Related Service Contractor interacts primarily with children and their families/caregivers, childcare providers, school districts, and community agencies. Needs to demonstrate courteous and respectful communication skills, acknowledging children’s age-specific and cultural/religious needs. Needs to demonstrate good teaching skills and ability to motivate child and/or caregiver. In addition, maintains positive and professional interpersonal relations with supervisors, coworkers, and child care staff, school districts, and community agencies as evidenced by positive commendations and/or lack of complaints.
1. Makes appropriate contacts with parents/caregivers, school districts, ongoing service coordinators, child care providers, and community agencies
2. Documents the results and recommendations of his/her assessments.
3. When indicated, participates in establishing, in collaboration with EI/CPSE team, an IFSP/IEP based on evaluation findings, and establishes short- and long-term goals which are congruent with child’s needs. 4. Maintains communication with the parents/caregivers, childcare providers, ongoing service coordinator, Coordinator, and other disciplines involved with the child.
5. Integrates therapy plan into the total IFSP/IEP.
6. Possesses an understanding of interdisciplinary care and makes referrals for assessment by other disciplines when appropriate .
7. Maintains accurate documentation of child’s treatment and progress, conferences, and telephone calls.
8. Conferences regularly with the parents/caregivers, service coordinator and other disciplines involved with the child.
9. Participates in mandatory departmental meetings.
ATTENDANCE & WORK HABITS- Is able to work independently and problem-solve on the job. Is able to schedule children to meet IFSP/IEP mandates and to manage time effectively. Is able to utilize professional judgment in an unsupervised setting and to seek guidance when necessary. Is able to recognize harmful situations and to act accordingly. Wears appropriate attire, including wearing ID badge at all visits.

Assessment- Evaluates the strengths/needs of a child in his/her home or child care center, within the scope of practice, on at least an annual basis, as requested by EI/CPSE.
1. At the initial visit, compares his/her clinical observations to the initial evaluation.
2. Provides a comprehensive assessment of child in the service environment
and documents according to established procedures.
3. Assesses strengths and needs according to established procedures.

1. Interprets evaluation results considering the child’s diagnosis, developmental and/or educational needs, and age.
2. Addresses goals and objectives/outcomes considering the child’s cultural background, gender, values, and socioeconomic level, and documents according to established procedure. 3. Plans for discharge with parents/caregivers, childcare provider, ongoing service coordinator, Coordinator, physician when indicated, and other disciplines, and documents according to established procedures.

1. Contacts parent/child care provider and initiates treatment according to policies.
2. Performs treatment according to IFSP/IEP and accepted professional standards and practices.
3. Performs effective therapeutic exercise.
4. Performs age appropriate treatment activities.
5. Performs effective gait training.
6. Teaches effective home exercise program.
7. Provides appropriate parent/caregiver/child and/or care provider education.
8. Carries out a treatment session in a manner that exhibits safety for the child,
parent/caregiver, childcare provider, and therapist.
9. Submits documentation of visits bimonthly according to Billing/Payroll Schedule.
10. Maintains accurate log of time, and child visit schedule.

1. Documents response to therapeutic intervention monthly on Progress Note.
2. Conducts ongoing assessment of child during each visit, and modifies plan
and short term goals/outcomes accordingly. Submits Amendment Form
according to Procedure.
3. Terminates therapy when goals are met, or child no longer meets criteria for
services, and submits documentation for discharge to Coordinator

Documentation – Provides adequate documentation in accordance with regulations specified by the New York State Education Department, Erie County Department of Health, and New York State Department of Health.
SYSTEMS IMPROVEMENT - Can identify the basic elements of the Performance Improvement Program. Attends mandatory inservice and reorientation programs. Participates in inservice and continuing education programs annually to maintain and improve professional skills. Participates in departmental meetings, and, when requested, in utilization review, audit , research. Recognizes harmful situations and acts accordingly.
Are there any particular working conditions associated with this position that should be noted (i.e., working environment, hours of work, travel, work space, etc.)? Yes_XX_ No_____ If yes, Must provide own transportation to children’s homes or service sites. Must be able to work in all kinds of environments (children’s homes, service sites). May come in contact with communicable diseases and/or blood and body fluids.

1. Strength – Medium Work
a. Standing_20-40_% of time

Walking__20-40__% of time

Sitting__30-50__% of time

b. Lifting_ 1 month to 1 year

XX Toddlers: > 1 year to 2 years

XX Pediatric: > 2 years to 12 years ( > 2 years to 5 years)

Adolescent: > 12 to 17 years

Adult: > 17 years to 64 years

Geriatric: > 65 years

All age groups

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