Occupational Therapist I - Outpatient (1.0 FTE, Days)

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Category: Clinical Services
Job Type: Full-Time
Shift: Days
Location:  Menlo Park CA 94025
Req: 16413
FTE: 1

Clinical Services

1.0 FTE, 8 Hour Day Shift

At Stanford Children’s Health, we know world-renowned care begins with world-class caring. That's why we combine advanced technologies and breakthrough discoveries with family-centered care. It's why we provide our caregivers with continuing education and state-of-the-art facilities, like the newly remodeled Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. And it's why we need caring, committed people on our team - like you. Join us on our mission to heal humanity, one child and family at a time.

Provides services to develop, enhance or restore functional capacity of patients whose abilities to cope with tasks of daily living are threatened or impaired by physical illness or injury, psychosocial disabilities, aging process, or by developmental deficits. Assesses and provides treatment in consultation with the individual patient, family and other appropriate persons. Duties may include the assessment, development, application and/or training in the use of assistive technology devices; training in the use of orthotic or prosthetic devices; pre-vocational evaluation, psychosocial re-conditioning for reentry into the community; dysphagia evaluation and treatment; and the adaptation of environments and processes to enhance functional performance. The Occupational Therapist I is the entry level therapist position. Under the guidance of the Supervisor, the Occupational Therapist I typically performs routine patient care and is responsible for all clinical aspects for assigned patient's care, including evaluation and treatment planning with regular supervision. The Occupational Therapist I is proficient in the basic clinical skills but is expected to ask questions and collaborate with senior occupational therapists when evaluating and developing treatment plans for complex cases with multiple diagnoses which have multiple treatment options. May oversee and guide patient care responsibilities of Occupational Therapy interns, Occupational Therapy Assistants and duties of Rehabilitation Aide. Participates in program development, performance improvement and other specialized programs. Occupational Therapists assigned to treat pediatric patients at LPCH provide intervention to infants, toddlers, children, and adolescents with disorders that affect development of motor and behavioral skills within the professional scope of practice.

Essential Functions

  • Analyzes findings to determine therapy diagnosis and prognosis and designs a program to maximize outcomes and alleviate impairment and functional limitations; identifies the frequency and duration required to meet goals.

  • Discharges patient from treatment when appropriate with adequate discharge planning including equipment procurement and family training, and communicates this appropriately to patient, family and health care team.

  • Evaluates patient and provides occupational therapy care plan, patient treatment, family/caregiver training and discharge planning that meets department and professional standards of practice.

  • Evaluates the need for, recommends, and trains in use of complex durable medical equipment, orthotics, prosthetics, and adaptive devices; Fabricates orthotic and adaptive devices. Selects and administers appropriate assessment and treatment techniques. Performs age appropriate competency skills in area of practice and with respect to individual patient's problems.

  • Initiates and participates in interdisciplinary care planning to meet the needs of each patient and family, including participation in rounds and patient care conferences, communicating with and teaching other care providers. May contact community agencies as necessary to provide continuity of service between hospital and community.

  • 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);

  • Organizes and maintains a patient caseload consistent with department productivity standards. Schedules patients and informs supervisor if problems arise related to the delivery of patient care or caseload volume. Ensures documentation and billing are timely, accurate and complete, including precautions, monthly and discharge summaries.

  • Participates in Department, team, and discipline and/or unit meetings.

  • Performs all necessary patient care documentation, including assessment, plan of care, progress notes, discharge summaries, and charges for evaluation and treatment. Documentation reflects patient status, progress or change, participation by patient and family in goal setting and delivery of care.

  • Performs relatively routine patient care with fundamental skills in clinical reasoning, problem-solving and treatment interventions; Assesses and treats assigned patients within the CA Licensing Board and AOTA (American Occupational Therapy Association) scope of practice including but not limited to ADL's (Activities of Daily Living), cognitive and perceptual status, swallow evaluation and treatment, splinting, wheelchair fitting and seating, and functional mobility.

  • Provides direct patient care that meets department and professional standards of practice, including patient assessment, development of occupational therapy care plan, patient treatment, family/caregiver training and discharge planning. May serve as a clinician in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.

Minimum Qualifications

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities as well as possession of any required licenses or certifications is qualifying.

Education: Requirement met by License/Certification Requirement.

License/Certification: BLS - Basic Life Support, Permitted or Licensed to practice Occupational Therapy in the State of California by the California Board of Occupational Therapy (Code: OTR)

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

  • Ability to develop and document clearly and accurately treatment goals that are realistic, measurable, appropriate, functionally based and that include patient/family input.

  • Ability to develop, implement and adapt treatment programs.

  • Ability to evaluate patients and interpret clinical data and make clinical judgments.

  • Ability to provide appropriate care and progress treatment based on professional standards of practice, and on the needs of the specific individual, including age and developmental considerations, cultural and psychosocial issues, precautions and medical condition.

  • Ability to utilize sound clinical reasoning to determine appropriate patient interventions; demonstrates good safety awareness, judgment and problem analysis and resolution.

  • Ability to work well with individuals at all levels of the organization.

  • Knowledge and adherence to Code of Ethics and performance standards specific to the clinician's professional organization.

  • Knowledge of available equipment and vendors used in assigned area.

  • Knowledge of basic business aspects of position, such as utilization management, charging practices and regulatory compliance.

  • Knowledge of computer systems and software used in functional area.

  • Knowledge of evaluation and treatment methodologies as applied to routine patient care.

  • Knowledge of legal issues affecting the clinical practice.

  • Knowledge of pathologies and injuries which result in speech, language, cognitive, and swallowing disabilities.

  • Knowledge of principles, methods, equipment and theory of the practice of clinical specialty.

  • Knowledge of regulatory practice requirements.


Equal Opportunity Employer

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity and non-discrimination in all of its policies and practices, including the area of employment. Accordingly, LPCH does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, marital status, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, or disability, or the perception of any of the above. People of all genders, members of all racial and ethnic groups, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Qualified applicants with criminal convictions will be considered after an individualized assessment of the conviction and the job requirements, and where applicable, in compliance with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.