County of HumboldtEureka 95501
Full Time
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Physical Therapist

County of Humboldt
Full Time Humboldt County Department of Human & Health Services, 507 F St, Eureka, CA 95501, United States
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Overview

PHYSICAL THERAPIST Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS)
Are you interested in making a difference? If so, please consider joining our dedicated team at the Department of Health & Human Services! 
California Children's Services (CCS) Glen Paul Medical Therapy Unit (MTU) is a Medi-Cal certified Pediatric Outpatient Rehabilitation Center which offers physical and occupational therapy and a multidisciplinary Medical Therapy Conference for children/youth with qualifying diagnoses. The therapy services are funded through federal and state funding, with no cost to parents. Most clients have chronic neurological or musculoskeletal conditions ranging from very mild to very severe. Children aged 0-3 who are at risk for developing a chronic condition may also be eligible.
The Medical Therapy Unit in Humboldt County is located at the Glen Paul School campus with a view of beautiful Redwoods.
Our philosophy is to provide care that is evidence based and family centered, working together as a team and collaborating with community partners. 

 What You'll Do: 
This position is responsible for a variety of duties, including;
  • Evaluate the special needs of children and youth who are at risk for or have chronic neurological or musculoskeletal conditions, using appropriate assessment tools including, but not limited to evaluation of neurological status, developmental milestones, gross motor skill attainment, and physical performance in home and community settings; explains results of evaluations to child/youth, families, and physicians.
  • Develop evidence-based physical therapy programs to assist a child's development and attainment of age-appropriate motor skills including improving strength, range of motion, balance, and community participation; sets measurable goals in partnership with the child's and family’s goals, as prescribed by California Children’s Services (CSS) panel physicians.
  • Assist families to incorporate physical activities in home routines; instructs parents and youth in activities and exercises that promote development of skills to remediate and prevent adverse outcomes.
  • Maintain accurate records and case notes; prepare treatment plans, correspondence and other written materials.
  • Assist in transition to adult care medical services, including physical therapy services and services for durable medical equipment. 
Where You'll Do It: 
This position is located in Eureka, California.


 A typical work schedule for this position is M-F 8-5
(flexible upon successful completion of the probationary period)



Under general supervision, plans, performs and directs occupational therapy for handicapped persons, primarily children; participates as a team member with physicians, physical therapists, parents and others in furthering the development of the child's daily living habits; performs related work as assigned.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS 
This is a skilled professional class responsible for evaluating the special needs of handicapped children and developing occupational therapy programs to assist in their development. This class is distinguished from Physical Therapist in that the latter provides physical therapy to assist with the child's neuromuscular development.

Under general supervision, plans, performs and directs physical therapy for handicapped persons, primarily children; participates as a team member with physicians, parents and others in furthering the child's neuro-muscular development; performs related work as assigned.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS 

This is a skilled professional class responsible for evaluating the special needs of handicapped children and developing physical therapy programs to assist in their development. This class is distinguished from Occupational Therapist in that the latter provides occupational therapy services to help handicapped children perform their own daily living requirements, such as feeding, dressing, bathing, playing and a broad range of every day activities.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
  • Plans, organizes and implements physical therapy as prescribed by physicians for physically handicapped children.
  • Evaluates motor and development skills and explains results of evaluation to physicians, parents and teachers; determines goal for ongoing treatment.
  • Instructs parents in activities/exercises which encourage development of skills or remediates/prevents problems.
  • Provides gait training to children, including helping them with the use of assisting devices such as walkers and crutches; provides wheelchair skills training.
  • Assists patients with therapeutic exercises to improve strength, range of motion and balance.
  • Determines the need for and fit of adaptive equipment such as standers, walkers, wheelchairs and other mobility and positioning devices.
  • Observes and makes verbal and written documentation of patient progress.
  • Coordinates treatment plan with occupational therapists, school staff, community resources, patient and family to facilitate a comprehensive approach to therapeutic services.
  • Confers with public health staff, school nurses and teachers regarding physical therapy treatments.
  • Maintains accurate records and case notes; prepares treatment plans, correspondence and other written materials.
  • Coordinates with other program staff to ensure treatment plans are implemented and documentation is maintained as required.
QUALIFICATIONS

Knowledge of: 

  • Principles, practices and methods of physical therapy.
  • Objectives of physical therapy treatment.
  • Diagnostic and prognostic tests used in evaluations.
  • Neuro-muscular function and dysfunction, including skeletal and muscular anatomy.
  • Kinesiology and modalities of treatment.
  • Psychological problems of the handicapped and their families.
  • Construction, use and care of orthopedic appliances and equipment.

Skill in:
  • Performing evaluative tests of physical abilities. Instructing and assisting with therapeutic exercises.
  • Explaining and interpreting tests, diagnoses, objectives and methods to patients, parents and school personnel.
  • Working as a team member in the therapy effort to ensure carry over in the treatment and training of patients. Integrating physical therapy activities with other medical and developmental programs.
  • Preparing accurate and complete case notes, correspondence, reports and other written materials.
  • Using initiatives and sound judgment within established guidelines.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.

Other Requirements:
  • Must possess a valid California driver's license.
  • Must possess a valid certificate as a physical therapist issued by the Board of Medical Quality Assurance of the State of California.

Desirable Education and Experience:
  •  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills outlined above is: One year of credentialed experience performing physical therapy with children.
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