Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physical Therapist- Comprehensive Pain Center Clinical Specialist in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Minneapolis, MN
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Monday 10/10/2016 (12 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 10/28/2016 (6 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1808784

The Extended Care and Rehabilitation patient service line is seeking a GS-12 Physical Therapist, Clinical Specialist to provide outpatient care within the Comprehensive Pain Center.

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The Minneapolis VAHCS is seeking a dedicated and self-motivated Physical Therapist to provide outpatient care within the Comprehensive Pain Center. The PT in this role will work closely with a multidisciplinary team (including Physicians, Psychologists, Therapy staff and Nursing) to collaborate on ongoing assessment and treatment planning for patients with a variety of pain conditions. The PT will partner with other disciplines for program development and care coordination as a member of this clinical team. The Minneapolis VAHCS serves a diverse population of both active duty and veteran military service personnel ages 18-85+. Physical therapists at the Minneapolis VAHCS enjoy autonomy of practice and an environment that fosters professional development and continued learning.

Candidates for this position will have at least 2 years of experience working in the area of outpatient orthopedics and possess excellent musculoskeletal evaluation/assessment abilities as well as a wide array of treatment approaches including exceptional manual skills. The ability to be flexible and to work as part of a team in addition to strong written and verbal communication skills are required. APTA membership and American Board of Physical Therapy Specialty (ABPTS) certification in orthopedics or advanced manual therapy certification is preferred but not required. Candidates for this position will demonstrate a commitment to evidence informed practice, continued learning, and excellence in physical therapy practice.

The Minneapolis VA Health Care System is a teaching hospital providing a full range of patient care services with state-of-the-art technology, as well as education and research. Comprehensive health care is provided through primary care, tertiary care and long-term care in areas of medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics and extended care.

As a clinical specialist and physical therapist in the CPC, the incumbent serves as a consultant and subject matter expert in the treatment of persistent pain and complicated musculoskeletal conditions within the department, VA network, PT profession and the community at large. This knowledge has been acquired through a minimum of 2 years of experience in the evaluation and treatment of patients with persistent pain and routine to complex musculoskeletal conditions. Incumbent will be familiar with current literature on the neuroscience of pain principles, the bio-psychosocial approach to pain management, and possess manual therapy skills including soft tissue mobilization, mobilization and manipulation of peripheral joints and the spine.

Work Schedule: 8:00 a.m- 4:30 p.m Functional Statement Title/#: PHYSICAL THERAPIST, CLINICAL SPECIALIST PMRS COMPREHENSIVE PAIN CENTER (CPC) GS-12, 000000

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

Basic Requirements:

- U.S. citizenship. *Citizen of the United States.* (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy). - Education. Graduate from a degree program in physical therapy from an approved college or university approved by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). The CAPTE is the only accreditation agency recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) to accredit entry-level physical therapy programs. - License. Current, full, active, and unrestricted license to practice physical therapy in a State, Territory or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or in the District of Columbia. - English Language. PTs must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by VA Handbook 5005, Part II, chapter 3, Section A, paragraph 3j.

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.

Preferred Experience: Minimum 2-5 years experience in outpatient Ortho/Pain clinic. Certification as APTA membership and American Board of Physical Therapy Specialty (ABPTS) certification in orthopedics and advanced manual therapy certification is not required but desirable.

Grade Determinations:

GS-12: Clinical Specialist. The individual is assigned responsibility for serving as the subject matter expert in a content specialty area and as a consultant to physical therapy and other medical center staff in evaluating and treating patients in the specialty area. Special clinical programs include, but are not limited to poly-trauma, orthopedics, geriatrics, neurology, traumatic brain injury, cardiopulmonary, stroke, electrophysiology, diabetes, wound care, arthritis, spinal cord injury, or amputee. Clinical Specialists generally would be found in Complexity Level 1 (High Complexity) or Level 2 (Medium Complexity) facilities, or practice at a facility designated as a Polytrauma Support Clinic Team, Polytrauma Network Site, or Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center. Clinical specialists may also practice in facilities of lesser complexity levels where an applicable specialty area exists (i.e. - a facility where coordinated rehabilitation services are provided on a long term care unit may have the need for a Geriatric Clinical Specialist). In addition to completion of 1 year of progressively difficult experience comparable to the next lower grade level, PTs assigned to this position must fully demonstrate the following KSAOs:

a. Advanced knowledge and expert skill in a range of specialized interventions and treatment modalities used in a specialized treatment area of physical therapy. Such knowledge typically would be acquired through a minimum 2 years clinical experience in the specialty area, or a Board Certification in the specialty area, completion of a clinical residency or fellowship program, or by obtaining an advanced degree in a related field.

b. Ability to serve as a consultant for health care providers regarding the delivery of care within a specialized area of physical therapy.

c. Ability to teach and mentor medical center staff in a specialized area of physical therapy.

d. Ability to guide and evaluate the work of a multi-disciplinary team in a specialized area of physical therapy.

e. Advanced skill to perform and interpret specialized evaluative procedures and tests in evaluating the treatment outcomes in the assigned specialty area.

References: VA Handbook 5005/24, Part II, Appendix G12 reference and appropriate VA Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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Other Information

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

Salary Range: $75,329.00 to $97,927.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0633-12/12

Promotion Potential: 12

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452845300

Job Announcement Number: VU-17-SCo-1808784