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OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST II
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
The work involves responsibility for supervising an occupational therapy program in a client's home... a home health agency or a health care facility. When assigned to Home Care in the Onondaga County Health Department, an employee in this class is responsible for the supervision and the participation in the provision of occupational therapy services to clients upon the written order or referral of a physician who provides medical direction. This person also has responsibility for assisting the Home Care Service Director in planning, coordinating and implementing general policy and program requirements for occupational therapy service in the client's home or health related facilities and establishing liaison between hospital occupational therapy services and community facilities to promote continuity of care. When assigned to Van Duyn Home and Hospital, an employee in this class is responsible for the supervision and the participation in the provision of occupational therapy services to residents as well as assisting the Medical Director at Van Duyn Home and Hospital in planning, coordinating and implementing general policy and program requirements for occupational therapy service to residents. This class differs from that of Occupational Therapist I in that an Occupational Therapist II is responsible for assisting in the formulation of and for the operation of the program.
General Supervision is received from the Home Care Service Director when assigned to the Health Department and from the Medical Director when assigned to Van Duyn Home and Hospital. Supervision may be exercised over subordinate Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Occupational Therapy Aides and clerical employees. Does related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Supervises, trains, and assigns staff of the occupational therapy service.
Confers with occupational therapy staff on diagnosis of patients and development or revision of therapy regimen.
Assists the Home Care Service Director in general policy, program formulation and requirements related to the occupational therapy service.
Evaluates the occupational therapy program and makes recommendations for change and improvement to the Home Care Service Director.
Participates with other facility personnel in the formulation and review of patients total health and rehabilitation care plans.
Fabricates and applies splints and assistive devices, trains patients in self care activities and uses varied media to improve their physical or mental functioning.
Treats patients directly when indicated.
Participates in the selection of personnel involved with the occupational therapy service.
Plans and instructs in service training programs for occupational therapy and other facility staff.
Initiates and attends conferences with the Home Care Service Director, physicians and other facility staff to interpret the functions of the occupational therapy service and its relationship with other patient health care services.
Maintains program records, including but not limited to, the service budget statistical reports of the frequency and types of treatment and number of patients treated.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Thorough knowledge of the principles, techniques and practices of occupational therapy.
Thorough knowledge of the operation and minor maintenance of apparatus and equipment used in occupational therapy.
Some knowledge of community resources available in the provision of occupational therapy services.
Ability to interpret the physical and emotional aspects of disease or disability to respond to unusual and unplanned situations.
Ability to plan, evaluate and direct the work of others involved in an occupational therapy program.
Ability to relate and coordinate the occupational therapy program to other related disciplines.
Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.
One (1) year of permanent competitive class status as an Occupational Therapist I.
Two (2) years of work experience, or its part time equivalent, as an occupational therapist, one (1) year of which must have been in a health care facility.
SPECIAL NECESSARY REQUIREMENTS
Licensed and currently registered by the New York State Education Department as an Occupational Therapist;
Currently registered with the American Occupational Therapy Association
Possession of a valid New York State Operator's license.