Employment Type: Full-Time
* VideosVideos* DutiesHelpDutiesSummaryAn Orthotist Prosthetist at this level must have analytical ability, social awareness, tact and diplomacy, and good communication skills. He/she must possess knowledge of established management principles, concepts and methodology to identify, analyze and resolve managerial and administrative issues or problems of a procedural or factual nature. The Orthotist Prosthetist at this level must be able to anticipate the need for action.Learn more about this agencyResponsibilitiesResponsibilities:1. Follows established regulations and procedures to insure patient privacy.2. Identifies biomechanical condition.3. Conducts gait analysis, range of motion, coordination and balance, motor skills, and clinical assessment studies in accordance with occupational principles for unusual conditions, multiple complex interrelated conditions, etc.4. Interviews patients to determine expectations, lifestyle, home/work environment, ability to use the device.5. Takes necessary measurements, casts or scans to develop positive molds of the affected area of the body, which are used to create the orthosis and/or prosthesis.6. Recognizes physical abnormalities, deviations, and complicating conditions with potentially life threatening implications.7. Assesses patient for indications/contra-indications of appropriate treatment protocolsand discusses the assessment with the physician/requesting provider for purposes of developing the overall treatment plan. Has considerable influence in the development of the plan.8. Considers new and emerging technologies in designing unique or innovative devices to accommodate or treat a wide range of complex medical conditions, which include unusual problems or complications.9. Considering the information developed through the assessment as well as time management workload considerations, designs custom devices using standard components to optimize patient performance for difficult and complex conditions and may include CAD/CAM systems.10. Selects materials and components to be used in fabrication of the device and determines appropriate equipment to be used in fabrication of the device.11. Fabricates components, or selects and modifies components, and assembles these into the finished device. Uses CAD/CAM system as appropriate in this process and performs preliminary alignment.12. Fits the device on the patient, assures preliminary alignment, and performs subsequent dynamic alignment.13. Assesses and/or modifies fit and function of the device as fabricated and makes appropriate modifications to insure optimum patient outcome.14. Evaluates patient's ability to don/doff the device provides training to the patient and/or caregiver in its use and maintenance. This may also include training the clinical staff.15. Explains procedures and processes to the patient to reduce anxiety and gain support and cooperation in all stages of the process.16. Maintains the patient's record, including the electronic record, in accordance with established JCAHO/ABC/BOC/Medical Center/VISN policies.17. Attends professional and manufacturer's training seminars.18. Completes mandatory training per hospital requirements.19. Maintains professional credentials and/or competency.20. Observes appropriate, established infection control guidelines.21. Follows environmental and occupational safety guidelines.22. Communicates and interacts with physicians, allied health professionals, patient and caregiver in various interdisciplinary clinical settings as a subject matter expert to develop the O/P treatment plan. (PM&R, Orthopedics, Neurosurgery, vascular, podiatry, oncology, etc.)23. Conducts in-service training for O/P staff, VSO's, as well as staff in other disciplines regarding O/P technologies.24. Provides guidance and direction to lower graded O/P staff.25. Manages the daily operations of a small to medium Lab26. Plans clinical schedule for Orthotics and Prosthetics and assure appropriate staff coverage27. Conducts site surveys of commercial vendors to insure vendor regulatory compliance28. Evaluates the ability of a vendor to provide a product29. Responsible for accreditation compliance30. Develops short & long range plans/goals for the lab in accordance with local, VISN, Headquarters direction31. Develops budget plan for lab32. Manages inventory of stock items, fabrication materials, and components33. Assures safe workplace considering environmental concerns, OSHA/JCAHO regulations34. Conducts quality assurance activities35. Supervises O/P lab staff evaluating employee performance, approving leave, interviewing candidates for positions, recommending promotions, giving advice, counseling/effecting disciplinary action, resolving complaints, etc.36. When requested, develops recommendations for revisions or improvements of VA Prosthetic /Orthotic Laboratory policies.37. Assigns workload giving due consideration to priorities, requisite needs, and capabilities of the Prosthetic/Orthotic Lab.38. Other duties assigned.Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pmFinancial Discloser Report: Not requiredTravel RequiredNot requiredSupervisory statusYesPromotion Potential12* Job family (Series)0667 Orthotist And ProsthetistSimilar jobs* Orthotists* Orthotists And Prosthetists* Pedorthists* Prosthetists* RequirementsHelpRequirementsConditions of Employment* You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job* Designated and/or random drug testing may be required* Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959* You may be required to serve a probationary period* Subject to a background/security investigation* Must be proficient in written and spoken English* Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding processQualificationsPhysical Requirements: Moderate lifting (15-44 pounds), moderate carrying (15-44 pounds), walking (6 hours), use of fingers, both hands required, standing (8 hours), kneeling (8 hours), repeated bending (8 hours), hearing (aid permitted), near vision correctable at 13' to 16' to Jaeger 1 to 4, far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other, emotional mental stability.Basic Requirements:* Citizen of the United States* Education - (1) A bachelor's degree or higher in orthotics and prosthetics from a Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accredited program. OR (2) A bachelor's degree or higher in any major along with a post-graduate orthotics or prosthetics certificate from a CAAHEP accredited program.* Certification - Candidates must be board certified by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics (ABC) or the Board for Orthotist/Prosthetist Certification (BOC) as an orthotist, prosthetist, or orthotist/prosthetist. The board certificate must be current and the applicant must abide by the certifying body's requirements for continuing education. Certification as a technician, pedorthist, assistant or fitter does not meet this requirement.* English Language - Orthotists, prosthetists, or orthotist/prosthetists must be proficient in spoken and written as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d).Grade Determination: In addition to meeting basic qualifications, each applicant must meet the grade determination for the GS-11 or GS 12 Orthotist/Prosthetist in order to be considered minimally qualified.GS-12 - Orthotist/Prosthetist(a) Experience. Completion of 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level as an orthotist/prosthetist functioning as a full member of the clinical team which includes significant involvement in treatment plan development for the most complex types of conditions.(b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSA and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment-specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*):1. Knowledge of regulatory requirements established by the ABC, BOC, the National Committee for Orthotic/Prosthetic Education (NCOPE), the International Association of Orthotists and Prosthetists (IAOP), the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP), Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), etc.2. Knowledge of administrative functions including budget development and management, inventory management, space and workload planning, as well as knowledge of the National Prosthetic Patient Database (NPPD), knowledge of the Prosthetic National Software (PNS) package, DecisionSupport System (DSS), and knowledge of accreditation requirements for orthotic and prosthetic laboratories and certification requirements for individuals.3. Ability to analyze data and provide reports using CPRS, Vista, DSS, HCPCS codes and other patient database information.4. Ability to provide training to orthotists/prosthetists in new technologies and innovations in devices.5. Ability to manage and supervise employees. (To be used if the assignment is supervisory in nature.)EducationIMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.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: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.