In a state facility this class is accountable for the assessment, planning and application of professional physical therapy for individuals with physical disabilities and/or an intellectual disability.
Works under the general supervision of a physical therapist or other employee of higher grade; receives closer supervision when performing more advanced tasks.
Works under the general supervision of an Occupational Therapist or other employee of higher grade.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Assesses individuals with physical disabilities and/or an intellectual disability for occupational therapy activities;
Gives individual and group instructions to individuals in various occupational therapy activities including but not limited to activities of daily living, independent living skills, sensorimotor skills and performance components, psychosocial skill and performance components, therapeutic adaptations and specialized assessments;
Determines appropriate activities for individuals consistent with physician prescription;
Consults with supervisors, physicians and other professionals regarding individual treatment plans as needed;
Makes recommendations based on individual progress;
Requisitions and distributes supplies and materials;
Maintains records and reports on individual care and administrative matters;
Participates in or conducts training programs for staff therapists, occupational therapy and nursing students;
Escorts individuals on trips into community;
Performs duties in individual home or community setting;
Serves on treatment teams;
Attends workshops and lectures on occupational therapy and related topics;
Makes adaptive equipment;
May serve as a Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional (QIDP);
May supervise occupational therapy students after one year of experience;
Performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
principles and practices of occupational therapy;
anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, neurology, neuroanatomy and individual and group dynamics as applied to occupational therapy;
oral and written communication skills;
Skill in application of occupational therapy techniques;
gain interest, cooperation and confidence of individuals;
utilize computer software.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Incumbents in this class must possess and maintain a license as a Physical Therapist issued by the Connecticut Department of Public Health in accordance with the applicable Connecticut General Statutes. A temporary permit to practice physical therapy may be issued by the Department of Public Health pending completion of the full licensure process.
Incumbents in this class may be required to be fluent in a foreign language or proficient in the use of American Sign Language in certain designated positions.
Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.
Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
Incumbents in this class may be exposed to danger of injury and to moderately disagreeable conditions while providing treatment to individuals.
No permanent State Employee may work in a per diem position.
In accordance with applicable collective bargaining agreement’s compensation guidelines.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
(37)-Therapy - (Speech/Physical/Occup/etc)
(11)-HEALTH PROF (P-1)
As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes. As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.
This replaces the existing specification for the class of Physical Therapist (Per Diem) in Salary Group HD PT approved effective May 03, 2022. (Revised to update terminology, modernize format and add an Acknowledgement section) Final No. 23-220