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Physical Therapist

Job Code

30000824    

Basic Function

The Physical Therapist performs a range of direct therapeutic services for patients with a variety of impairments. Practices within complex and increasingly unpredictable contexts.

Conducts physical examination, develops a customized treatment plan, and administers therapy for specialist caseload who may have acute, complex and or chronic presentations to restore body functions, manage movement disorders, relieve pain, and prevent disability arising from diseases, injury, or conditions occurring throughout the life span. Promotes wellness understanding and behaviors with the guidance of senior staff. Maintains associated records. Influences: client on caseload, multi/interdisciplinary team and provides clinical assistance/supervision to less experienced therapists, assistants, interns and summer students working with post holder in routine tasks

Responsible for own actions, practice according to professional codes JHAH, JCI policies and procedures

Scope

Practices within John Hopkins Aramco Healthcare Nursing & Clinical Services Department in Dhahran, Al Hasa, Udhailiyah, Ras Tanura and Abqaiq according to professional codes and defined organizational policies and procedures 

The Physical Therapist is responsible to rehabilitate patients with various diseases and conditions by following referral from the Physician / Surgeon/healthcare professional, providing physical therapy assessment, establishing functional and measurable goals, and planning intervention including discharge planning in collaboration with the patient/family and medical team.

These interventions may include but not limited to exercise prescription, manual therapy, electro-physical agents (such as cryotherapy, heat therapy, and electrotherapy), in addition to activities for the restoration of basic motor skills necessary for functional mobility and gait.

Therapist is responsible for recording, and evaluating the patients’ responses and progress throughout therapy and collaborating in a timely manner with team. Position gives work direction and training to less experienced therapists in routine/predictable job tasks, Physical/Occupational Therapy Assistant interns and summer students. Reports to and receives guidance from senior rehabilitation staff. Work hours are assigned to meet operational needs. Hours may include on call and scheduled overtime

Principal Contacts

INTERNAL: Daily with senior rehabilitation staff who provide guidance, Physicians / Surgeons, nurses Physical/Occupational Therapy Assistant and other medical staff members, patients and families to collaborate/coordinate and report the physical therapy and rehabilitation program..

EXTERNAL: Occasionally with other company employees during outreach activities and hospital surveys or with outside medical professionals.

Principal Duties

With guidance from Clinical Leader and Senior Rehabilitation staff

ASSESSMENT

  • Performs patient assessment, establishes functional goals, and designs a treatment plan in collaboration with the patient and family.
  • Assesses educational needs of the patient, family, or caregiver and provides education and educational material to meet those needs, documenting intervention in the PTR

PLANNING

  • Plans for rehabilitation needs at discharge with family and multi inter/disciplinary team
  • Plans and organizes own patient workload training sessions and straightforward activities with guidance and support of mentor or senior staff

IMPLEMENTATION/INTERVENTION

  • Provides intervention in accordance with evidence based practice the physician’s orders and established plan of care.
  • Prescribes exercise and administers therapeutic techniques including but not limited to therapy various forms of electrotherapy, heat therapy, and cryotherapy.
  • Prescribes and issue patients with walking aids and supportive devices and instructs patients in their use
  • For each patient treated documents in the medical record using SOAP format. Documentation includes an initial assessment, progress notes, and a discharge summary family teaching and home exercise program.
  • Demonstrates/instructs patients and families in procedures to be continued at home.
  • Communicates with patient, family, caregivers, and members of the multi/interdisciplinary team to promote maximum benefit of care and rehabilitation.
  • Discusses progress with the medical team, recommends changes; advises when the patient is ready for discharge from the therapy program

Principal Duties (cont'd)

EVALUATION

  • Assesses the effectiveness of treatment and modifies treatment to achieve goals.
  • Search’s and appraises evidence to address a specific question/issue arising in practice with guidance

PROFESSIONAL EXPECTATIONS

  • Presents a positive image of JHAH through professional appearance and behavior
  • Treats all customers with courtesy, respect and caring behaviors
  • Responds to customer concerns in a timely manner i.e. answers bell, assist patient who are lost in the hospital, respond to nurses calls
  • Maintains confidentiality by choosing the appropriate person, time and place for patient related discussions 
  • Assures patient comfort and dignity at all times
  • Provides customer centered evidence based physical therapy service to adult / pediatric patients with a variety of illnesses, impairments and disabilities.
  • Proactive in requesting support and guidance to assist patient care, guided learning and general concerns
  • Performs evidence based literature searches
  • Performs other duties with guidance and support to assist the overall effectiveness of the department. These duties may include but not limited to:
  • Participates in the planning, implementing and evaluating patient care conferences, outreach activities including health exhibitions, MDFD presentations, lectures to other JHAH staff and in-services
  • Participates in the orientation program of any Rehabilitation new hire
  • Mentors less experienced members of the physical therapy group in routine tasks.
  • Contributes to discussions on development of new patient educational materials such as patient instructions and exercise handouts.
  • Contributes to discussions on material requirements of the clinic and assist decisions of equipment needs.
  • Contributes to discussions on the development of Rehab unit evidence based clinical protocols and patient assessment forms.
  • Provides patient reports at the request of the Unit Supervisor.
  • Participates as needed with on-going training of the unit assistants.
  • Assists senior staff during absence as requested.
  • Supports RSU in-service / Hazmat/ Safety activities as requested
  • Supports unit culture of safety and quality through participation  in clinical audits, peer review, compliance with yearly safety requirements, development activities and more as required
  • Keeps abreast of new techniques or equipment and recommends and assists with implementation as applicable. Meets professional competency requires for assigned role while continuing to grow and develop professional through self-directed learning, and the job exposure and experience and through mentorship and courses
  • Frequently checks for and reads all communication/minutes
  •  Participates in lifelong learning in accordance with Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Saudi Commission for Health Specialties.

Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy from an accredited institution recognized by JHAH
  • Completion of 1 year clinical internship for professional registration with a current license to practice. Additional years’ experience can be considered in lieu of formal course

Experience

  • Two years minimum clinical Physical Therapy experience following licensure/registration in the country of origin.
  • Rotational experience in an acute care setting is desirable, however, not essential to determine that the physical therapist possesses the skills, knowledge and experience required to render appropriate services according to sound principles of practice.

Certifications/Other requirements as applicable

  • Fluent spoken and written English.  Spoken Arabic desirable.
  • Current BLS Certification.
  • Computer proficiency required, Microsoft office applications preferred

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