Physical Therapist Job Description, Responsibilities, Qualifications

In this post, you will see the physical therapist job description, roles, responsibilities, qualifications, and skills. This information is very useful to both employers and job seekers.

Physical Therapist Job Description, Responsibilities, Qualifications

Physical Therapist Job Description

Physical Therapist work with skilled team of clinicians providing advanced patient care to individuals of all ages and abilities, maximizing function and outcomes. Utilize a variety of evidence-based treatment techniques combined with manual therapy to create individualized clinical plans focused on helping the patient to achieve their goals. Work for an organization that values the quality of care provided to the patients as well as the professional growth of its clinicians.

Collaborate as part of a comprehensive care team of PTs, OTs and SLPs who work with physicians following evidence-based protocols to ensure excellent clinical outcomes.

Physical Therapist is responsible for evaluation, planning, directing and administering physical therapy modalities of treatment as determined by a recognized plan of care. Administers treatments in an effort to restore function and prevent disability following an injury, disease or physical disability. Assists patients to reach their maximum performance and level of function and create physical coping strategies in instances of permanent disability. Delegates and monitors treatment provided by Physical Therapist Assistants. Physical Therapist coordinates, delegates and supervises responsibilities assigned to supportive staff (Rehabilitation Techs, LATs, etc.). Physical Therapist participates in operational and performance improvement aspects of the department. Maintains awareness of budgetary and fiscal responsibility as it pertains to wages, overtime, productivity, and continuing education. Ensures that documentation is complete and charges are accurately entered on a timely basis. Participates in all mandated departmental and organizational educational programs.

They will be responsible for coordinating with any healthcare professionals that are working with their patients and referring patients to specialists when appropriate. The right candidate is a patient, compassionate professional who encourages and inspires their patients to work toward recovery and greater mobility.

Physical Therapist Job Roles and Responsibilities:

– Providing excellent health care for our patients.  Patients should achieve good outcomes and be happy with their experience of physical therapy

– Evaluating new patients, developing plans of care and setting measurable, functional goals.

– Treating patients, answering their concerns and educating them on their injury, progress, and probable outcomes

– Supervising aides when they are providing modalities for non-Medicare, non-BCBSM patients, and and also in their general set up and clean up duties

– Re-evaluating patient progress, revising plans of care and resetting goals

– Determining when to discharge patients

– Writing timely and accurate documentation including; evaluations, re-evaluations, discharges, and daily progress notes

– Achieving a reasonable level of productivity. This depends on the number of referrals and the type of patient presenting.   However, with our normal outpatient orthepedic population, we expect 55-60 treatments plus evaluations a week from a full time therapist

– Helping to develop protocols for the most common diagnoses we see

– Participating in the research studies supported by the clinic

– Responsible for continuing to develop their own skills by attending company continuing education events and using the continuing education allowance to attend approved courses

·       Perform initial and ongoing physical therapy evaluations according to APTA standards of practice as well as state standards.

·       Develop Plan of Treatment for each patient based on initial and ongoing evaluations including short- and long-term goals, collaboration demands of other staff members, and required patient and caregiver involvement.

·       Implement Plan of Treatment on a consistent schedule and adjust this schedule and plan according to patient progress.

·       Document patient progress according to approved medical documentation and facility documentation procedures.

·       Evaluate mobility, strength and current level of patient function, while setting goals to improve in these areas that are scaled to patient abilities and realistically attainable.

·       Report patient progress to patient, patient caregivers and loved ones, facility staff and healthcare professionals involved in ongoing treatment/care of patients.

·       Develop a plan for patients following completion of their Plan of Treatment with appropriate services.

·       Maintain professional and technical knowledge through attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications, etc.

·       Assist other team members as needed to provide care and create a clean, orderly and effective environment for rehabilitation and physical therapy.

PT Job Duties:

  • Meets the patient’s goals and needs and provides quality care by assessing and interpreting evaluations and test results; determining physical therapy treatment plans in consultation with physicians, chiropractors, dentists  and/or by prescription.
  • Helps patient accomplish treatment plan and accept therapeutic devices by administering manual therapy, exercises; instructing, encouraging, and assisting patients in performing physical activities, such as non-manual exercises, ambulatory functional activities, and daily-living activities and in using assistive and supportive devices, such as crutches, canes, and prostheses.
  • Administers physical therapy treatments by giving manual therapy; initiating traction; applying physical agents; utilizing Kinesiotape/Rock tape, instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization, ice massage, moist packs, cold laser, dry needling, and ultrasound machines; directing treatments given by aides, technicians, and assistants.
  • Evaluates effects of physical therapy treatments and fit of prosthetic and orthotic devices by observing, noting, and evaluating patient’s progress; recommending adjustments and modifications.
  • Completes discharge/ re-evaluation planning by consulting with physical therapy assistants.
  • Assures continuation of therapeutic plan following discharge by designing home exercise programs; instructing patients, families, and caregivers in home exercise programs; recommending and/or providing assistive equipment; recommending wellness or community program follow through
  • Document patient care services by charting in patient electronic medical record by use of WebPT program or Kinnser web based programs.
  • Maintains patient confidentiality and protects practice operations by keeping information confidential. * Maintains safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures, rules, and regulations.
  • Protects patients and employees by adhering to infection-control policies and protocols.
  • Ensures operation of equipment by reporting equipment issues to Director to allow proper maintenance and condition; following manufacturer’s instructions; troubleshooting malfunctions; calling for repairs if needed.
  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies. * Develops physical therapy staff by providing information; developing and conducting in-service training programs after continuing education courses.
  • Complies with federal, state, and local legal and professional requirements by studying existing and new legislation; anticipating future legislation; adherence to requirements made by Director to improve billing and documentation quality; advising management on needed actions.
  • Contributes to team effort with excellent attitude, leadership, and positive mindset

Physical therapist skills and Educational Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, Certificate in P.T or Master entry level degree in P.T, or DPT.;Vermont State License or eligibility required. BLS training preferred.
  • Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy
  • Recommend experience as a Physical Therapist preferably in a medical setting.

Medical Assistant Job Description, Duties, Responsibilities, Qualifications

Special Knowledge/Skills/Certification/Licenses

  • Licensed with the Minnesota Board of Physical Therapy
  • Recommend membership in related professional organization such as the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the Minnesota Chapter of APTA, or the AACVPR/MNACVPR.
  • Individuals are responsible for the travel arrangements required to meet the expectations of the position.
  • Clinical Specialists require national certification in specialty area by professional organization.

Reference: Mayo Clinic

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