POSITION: PHYSICAL THERAPY AIDE / TECHNICIAN
FUNCTION: To assist the clinical staff in the implementation and delivery of physical therapy services to patients in the most effective and efficient manner possible. Integral member of a team which seeks to focus on an excellent customer experience from beginning to end. Supports clinical staff and optimizes therapists’ time and attention with patients by preparing/cleaning treatment areas, equipment and materials and by performing designated tasks/procedures as directed by and under the direct supervision of a physical therapist. Occasionally supports administrative staff by providing interim office coverage, answering phones, scheduling appointments, and processing copayments at the direction of an administrative staff member.
REPORTS TO: The Owner and/or supervising physical therapist.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Maintains safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures, rules, and protocols. Responsible for general cleaning and tidiness of the clinic and treatment rooms, including sanitizing of tables/equipment after each treatment and complying with regular schedule of cleaning/maintenance of specified equipment.
- Ensures operation of gym equipment by completing general preventive maintenance requirements, following manufacturer’s instructions, troubleshooting malfunctions, and notifying supervisor for repair needs.
- Ensure adequate laundry is clean, folded and available in gym and all treatment rooms at all times.
- Competently facilitates efficient and effective treatment to patients in accordance with the previously established Plan of Care developed by the PT and under the direct supervision, judgment and discretion of the PT.
- Maintains patient confidentiality and protects operations by adhering to clinic Notice of Privacy Practices.
- Promptly completes exercise flow sheets according to the established format in the clinic.
- Prepares patients for physical therapy treatment by welcoming, comforting, providing and/or assisting patient into physical therapy apparel, if applicable, taking vital signs.
- Assists and supports the PT by preparing patient for treatment by assisting with positioning, equipment preparation, positioning equipment for therapist access, and equipment setting adjustments as directed by the PT.
- Provides information to patients by answering basic questions and redirecting clinical questions to the PT.
- Prepares heat packs or ice packs, assists patients onto exercise equipment, monitors for safety, tracks repetitions, time and/or distance, guards patient performing prescribed exercises under the direct supervision of the Physical Therapist.
- Demonstrates proper use of equipment and performance of exercise routines under the supervision of the PT.
- Maintains clinic supply inventory by checking clinic stock to determine inventory level, anticipate needed supplies and notifying administrator of ordering needs.
- Supports administrative staff by providing occasional coverage for answering phones, scheduling/rescheduling appointments, processing copayments, general filing and other miscellaneous tasks.
- Participates in staff education, meetings, and quality improvement programs for patient care and staff development projects as directed by supervisor.
- Demonstrates teamwork, efficient multi-tasking and self-development motivation.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Minimum of a high school diploma required but strong preference given to individuals with a Bachelor’s Degree in health sciences, exercise physiology, or pre-PT. Prior experience in PT setting helpful and interest in health care field a must. Dynamic personality with good verbal communication skills required. Broad sports background a plus. Ability to spontaneously demonstrate adaptive strategies in order to successfully provide exceptional customer service. The PT Technician is specifically trained for all tasks expected and specific clinic duties will be supervised under the direction of the PT.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Continuously (c); Frequently (f); Occasionally (o); Rarely (r) Lifting (f) Crouching (f) Twisting (o) Carrying (f) Squatting (f) Fine Motor Activities (c) Reaching (f) Kneeling (r) Bending Forward (f) Pushing (o) Crawling (r) Sitting (f) Pulling (o) Balancing (r) Standing (f) Walking (f) Climbing (r)
HAZARDS: Subject to possible sprains, strains, shocks or burns, exposure to infectious diseases. Duties require extensive periods of standing, walking and stooping.
Contact: Virginia Center for Spine & Sports Therapy 2820 Waterford Lake Dr. St. 103 Midlothian, VA 23112 (804) 249-8277