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Physical Therapist III

Department Description: The Inpatient Rehabilitation Service at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is comprised of more than 50 PTs, and OTs who work collaboratively to provide the highest quality of rehabilitative care at this Harvard-affiliated Level I Trauma Center. Physical Therapists have the opportunity to treat a wide variety of medically-complex patients in medical/surgical specialties, including cardiac medicine, cardiac surgery, general surgery, medicine, orthopedics/trauma, neurology, neurosurgery, vascular surgery, organ transplant, oncology, geriatric medicine and ICUs

Job Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Req ID: 43776BR

Job Summary: The Physical Therapist III (PT III) is autonomously responsible for examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis intervention and discharge planning for the PT needs of patients who have potential for functional impairments, limitations and disabilities and are referred to physical therapy. Additional responsibilities of a PT III include clinical leadership for a specific patient care program and assessment of staff clinical performance.

Essential Responsibilities:
  1. Evaluate patients, discuss findings and plan of care with patient, implement plan of care, regularly re-evaluate patient status and plan of care. Demonstrate independence at an advanced competence level, providing care to a diverse patient population approximately 85% of the time. Provide clinical guidance, staff triage, program development or clinical research as needed 15% of the time.
  2. Perform teaching responsibilities including but not limited to: teaching patients and families, teaching and supervising students, preparing and presenting in-services, and educational lectures in and outside of the department and the medical center.
  3. Mentor, orient and assess competence and ongoing performance of less experienced therapists, therapist assistants, rehab aides, practice assistants, and support personnel and communicate results to managers or supervisors.
  4. Provide leadership to designated clinical programs. Collect, analyze and review statistics and outcome measures with recommendations for performance improvement. Collaborate with supervisor or manager to organize, direct, distribute and coordinate work.
  5. Demonstrate initiative, seek opportunities, accept additional responsibilities and set professional goals in areas of program development, teaching, quality assurance, performance improvement, research, and administration as appropriate to meet identified department or service needs. Support an environment of idea sharing and exchange of feedback with staff across the service and department.
  6. Manage a defined caseload and perform all administrative responsibilities including but not limited to: data collection and record keeping e.g. billing, face-time sheets, QAI activities, participation on hospital and departmental committees as requested, and attendance at department meetings and in-services as required.
Required Qualifications:
  1. Bachelor's degree in Physical Therapy required. Doctoral degree in Physical Therapy preferred.
  2. License Physical Therapist License required., and Certificate 1 Basic Life Support required.
  3. 5-8 years related work experience required.
  4. Basic familiarity with computers. Ability to navigate at a basic level within web-based applications.
Preferred Qualifications:
  1. APTA membership.
  1. Decision Making: Ability to make decisions that are guided by general instructions and practices requiring some interpretation. May make recommendations for solving problems of moderate complexity and importance.
  2. Problem Solving: Ability to address problems that are varied, requiring analysis or interpretation of the situation using direct observation, knowledge and skills based on general precedents.
  3. Independence of Action: Ability to set goals and determines how to accomplish defined results with some guidelines. Manager/Director provides broad guidance and overall direction.
  4. Written Communications: Ability to summarize and communicate in English moderately complex information in varied written formats to internal and external customers.
  5. Oral Communications: Ability to comprehend and communicate complex verbal information in English to medical center staff, patients, families and external customers.
  6. Knowledge: Ability to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of concepts, practices and policies with the ability to use them in complex varied situations.
  7. Team Work: Ability to act as a team leader for small projects or work groups, creating a collaborative and respectful team environment and improving workflows. Results may impact the operations of one or more departments.
  8. Customer Service: Ability to provide a high level of customer service and staff training to meet customer service standards and expectations for the assigned unit(s). Resolves service issues in the assigned unit(s) in a timely and respectful manner.
Age based Competencies:
Employees in this job must be competent to provide patient care to the following age groups: Young adult: 16-30 years, Middle Age: 30 - 60 years, Elderly: 60 -.
Physical Nature of the Job:
Medium work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and or up to 20 pounds of force frequently. Job is physical in nature and employee needs to stand and/or move around through the majority of their shift.
EOE Statement



As a health care organization, we have a responsibility to do everything in our power to care for and protect our patients, our colleagues and our communities. BILH requires that all staff be vaccinated against influenza (flu) and COVID-19 as a condition of employment.

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