Under direction, performs complex diagnostic and therapeutic occupational therapy techniques for a variety of disabling conditions; and does other or related work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.
This is the clinical specialist level licensed class in the Occupational Therapist series. An incumbent of this highly skilled class performs a wide variety of duties related to the provision of occupational therapy to patients and education of other staff.
Performs the most complex occupational therapy evaluations and interprets findings; plans, implements, and coordinates therapeutic treatment programs for patients; uses equipment appropriately; establishes appropriate treatment goals.
Coordinates treatment programs with physicians, nurses, professional and para-professional staff.
Assists with departmental orientation of staff; serves as a resource for other therapists; consults with supervisory staff and provides input into employee and intern performance evaluations; may act as lead therapist and/or trainer for Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, and other professional and para-professional staff; may provide training as required.
Conducts and/or attends in-service education programs for a variety of departmental and other personnel; conducts educational programs in the community.
Attends staff meetings and patient conferences.
Helps assure quality care and staff/patient safety.
Maintains accurate records and prepares written reports.
Assists with departmental projects and program development; may coordinate research projects.
May coordinate occupational therapy student intern and other training programs.
EITHER PATTERN I
Experience: One year as an Occupational Therapist–Senior in San Joaquin County.
OR PATTERN II
Experience: Three years of progressively responsible experience as a licensed occupational therapist performing diagnostic and therapeutic occupational therapy techniques for a variety of disabling conditions.
Licenses:Must possess and maintain a current license as an Occupational Therapist issued by the California Board of Occupational Therapy; and if required by the nature of the assignment, must also possess and maintain a valid California driver’s license..
Special Requirement: Requires occupational therapy training in a specialized treatment area or technique such as hand therapy, sensory integration, or other specialized area as approved by the Department of Health Care Services or San Joaquin General Hospital.
Current occupational therapy theory, practices, applications, and processes; human anatomy and physiology related to treatments; basic principles of psychology and psychopathology; perceptual-motor theory and principles; medical terminology; basic computer operations, including pertinent software; medical record keeping;principles of clinical supervision.
Organize and implement occupational therapy treatment programs; teach techniques of treatment in specialty areas; conduct individual and group treatment programs; gather, analyze, interpret and report statistical data; prepare complex reports; interpret and adapt physician orders and/or written reports; utilize computers and office automation equipment; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with patients or families, staff and others; maintain excellent customer relations; teach advanced therapeutic techniques and modalities; supervise the work of others.
Mobility – operation of a data entry device; frequent standing for long periods; constant walking; occasional pushing/pulling; occasional bending/squatting; Lifting – occasional lifting of 50 lbs. or less, restraining, lifting/turning people; Vision – frequent color perception; occasional eye/hand coordination, peripheral vision and depth perception; frequent reading; Dexterity – occasional holding and repetitive motion; frequent reaching, grasping and writing; Hearing/Talking – constant hearing normal speech, talking in person, talking on the telephone; frequent hearing on the telephone and hearing faint sounds. Special Requirements – may require occasional overtime; may require weekend or evening work; Emotional/Psychological – occasional emergency situations; occasional exposure to trauma, grief and death; frequent public contact and decision making; frequent concentration required; Environmental – occasional exposure to noise; may be exposed to varied weather conditions.