We are accepting applications to fill one part time CCS Physical Therapist I/II position in Santa Maria for the Santa Maria Medical Therapy Unit.
NOTE: Candidates may be appointed at the CCS Physical Therapist I or II level, depending on the candidate’s qualifications and the needs of the department.
ABOUT THE POSITION:
Under general supervision provides physical therapy evaluation and treatment services to children with physical disabilities in California Children Services (CCS) Medical Therapy Program; and performs related duties as required.
CCS Physical Therapist I/II is a flexibly staffed series. CCS Physical Therapist I is the professional entry-level class for physical therapists. Incumbents work under general supervision in assigned Medical Therapy Units and perform a wide variety of physical therapy treatments. CCS Physical Therapist II is the fully qualified, journey-level physical therapist who, under direction, performs the more difficult physical therapy treatments utilizing advanced therapeutic techniques and specialized treatment equipment and provides profession-specific training to staff and therapy interns.
The IDEAL CANDIDATE will possess:
- Experience working with children with disabilities.
- A desire to provide physical therapy to children, which often involves getting down to their level to provide therapy services.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with patients and their family members, teachers, caregivers, physicians and the CCS team.
- Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
- Excellent follow up skills.
- The ability to work independently.
California Children’s Services (CCS): The CCS program provides diagnostic and treatment services, medical case management, and physical and occupational therapy services to children under age 21 with CCS-eligible medical conditions. CCS is administered as a partnership between county health departments and the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS).
This position is part of the Medical Therapy Program (MTP), which provides physical and occupational therapy to children with certain physical (neuromuscular or orthopedic) conditions or diseases. These services are provided free of charge in special locations (Medical Therapy Units) associated with schools. In addition, consultation may occur in the classroom and home. Click here to learn more about the Medical Therapy Program.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
- Evaluates functional capabilities of infants, children, and adolescents with physical disabilities using appropriate assessment tools; establishes physical therapy treatment goals and plans of service; submits written goals and plans of service to CCS paneled physician for approval and prescription for treatment; selects physical therapy treatment techniques; constructs and/or recommends the purchase of adaptive equipment; and administers physical therapy to patients.
- Assists with Medical Therapy Unit specialty clinic planning and organization and presents patients, case histories, and treatment updates to clinic physicians.
- Prepares written evaluation reports, medical chart notes documenting services provided and patient response, and Patient Treatment Records for statistical and medical billing purposes.
- Instructs patients, parents, caregivers and educational providers on proper handling techniques and use of medical equipment to reinforce therapy treatment goals.
- Directs the therapy services provided by paraprofessional staff.
- Makes presentations to orient community agencies and groups to CCS Medical Therapy Services.
Possession of a valid Certificate of Licensure as a Physical Therapist issued by the State of California Physical Therapy Board within 30 days of hire date, or you must be a graduate of an American Physical Therapy Association-approved Physical Therapy education program and provide verification that you are a Physical Therapist license applicant by the State of California (applicant status not to exceed four months).
Additional Qualifications: Independent travel will be required. Possession of a valid California Class C Driver’s License is required.
Knowledge of: concepts, scope, principles, and practices of physical therapy services; normal and abnormal growth and development of children; human anatomy and physiology, including all systems of the body with emphasis on musculoskeletal and nervous systems; pathophysiological conditions resulting from injury and disease; psychosocial reactions to illness and disease; special medical problems of high-risk infants; standard physical therapy assessment tools and tests; self-care and daily living skills needed by patients for maximum independent living; standard physical therapy documentation format and requirements; durable medical equipment, adaptive aids, and orthopedic devices used in pediatric rehabilitation treatment; professional ethics and conduct; and medical-legal aspects of physical therapy services.
Ability to: evaluate the functional capabilities of children with a variety of disabling conditions; interpret assessment results; develop treatment plans; construct splints or adaptive equipment; teach the use of orthopedic devices and adaptive equipment; explain treatment techniques, equipment, and programs to persons with varying degrees of technical understanding; establish and maintain effective working relationships with children, their families, caregivers, and other medical and educational staff; work as part of an interdisciplinary team; act effectively in medical emergencies; collect and analyze data, draw conclusions, and make recommendations; keep accurate records; and use clear and concise language in written and oral communications.