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Stanford Health Care OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST III in Palo Alto, California

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Day - 10 Hour (United States of America)

This is a Stanford Health Care job.

A Brief Overview

The Occupational Therapist III is a senior therapist who is fully competent with OT I and II job duties and has extensive expertise and experience in developing, reviewing and providing evaluation and treatment plans for high complexity patient populations and for a wide variety of ages and diagnoses, utilizing and applying innovative and advanced skills and techniques to solve patient care needs in an accurate and efficient manner. The Occupational Therapist III functions independently and serves as a clinical resource in all units/service lines. The Occupational Therapist III takes a leadership role in multi-disciplinary care team discussions, representing and recommending the most appropriate treatment plan for the needs of the patient. The Occupational Therapist III serves as a clinical mentor/preceptor to less experienced therapists by reviewing treatment plans and collaborating to develop and implement complex Occupational Therapy care plans. Supervises patient care responsibilities, clinical development and skill assessment of Occupational Therapy interns, Assistants, New Graduates, Residents and duties of Rehabilitation Aide. Functions as an instructor for any advanced training programs. Leads cross-functional program development and performance improvement initiatives and leads the Rehab Department in clinical process changes/redesign. Acts as a liaison to ancillary and other department initiatives. Develops and revises departmental policies and procedures, and other specialized programs. Develops and presents classes and in-service programs that support work as Occupational Therapists, as needed.


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What you will do

  • Must meet and be proficient in performing all of the essential functions of Occupational Therapist I and II with a more diverse and highly complex patient population as well as the following:

  • Demonstrated proficiency providing care on all AAU units (inpatient staff).

  • Leads patient care conferences, communicating with and teaching other care providers.

  • Leads Team or Discipline meetings.

  • Makes recommendations for the development of departmental policies and procedures; leads new program development, for example by developing treatment protocols for new patient populations.

  • Develops/presents at least 2 professional development activities from the following choices: CEU-eligible Inservice, course, state or national poster or presentation, and/or lectured at university level program.

  • Assists in re-evaluating care delivery/programs and completes assignments in the departmental plan to improve services.

  • Participates in research or new program development, for example by developing treatment protocols for new patient populations.

  • Is aligned with and fully supports departmental and organizational principles, goals and objectives.

  • Functions as CI for OT students at least bi-annually.

  • Regular participation as Faculty/Mentor/Preceptor in any Advanced Training Programs.

  • Serves as a primary orientation resource as needed.

Education Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctorate degree required

  • Graduate of an approved Occupational Therapy curriculum

Experience Qualifications

  • Four (5) years clinical practice as an Occupational Therapist

  • Satisfies at least one of the three conditions below:- One certification under the category of AOTA board certification, CA Advanced Practice, or others to be determined on a case by case basis.- 15 hours over and above the 12 required by NBCOT and CBOT in the most recent 12 month period- Has led a Departmental or Interdisciplinary Program, Initiative or Process improvement Project

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge and adherence to Code of Ethics and performance standards specific to the clinician's professional organization

  • Knowledge of available equipment and vendors used in assigned area

  • Knowledge of basic business aspects of position, such as utilization management, charging practices and regulatory practice compliance

  • Knowledge of evaluation and treatment methodologies as applied to routine patient care

  • Knowledge of legal issues affecting the clinical practice

  • Knowledge of pathologies and injuries which result in physical impairments

  • Knowledge of principles, methods, equipment and theory of the practice of clinical specialty

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, clearly, concisely and effectively with patients, families, co-workers, visitors, supervisors and other health professionals

  • Ability to develop and document clearly and accurately treatment goals that are realistic, measurable, appropriate, functionally based and that include patient/family input

  • Ability to develop, implement and adapt treatment programs

  • Ability to evaluate patients and interpret clinical data and make clinical judgments in clinically complex situations

  • Ability to develop, implement and adapt treatment programs to changing clinical status

  • Ability to provide appropriate care and progress treatment based on professional standards of practice, and on the needs of the specific individual, including age and developmental considerations, cultural and psychosocial issues, precautions and medical condition

  • Ability to utilize sound clinical reasoning to determine appropriate patient interventions; demonstrates good safety awareness, judgment and problem analysis and resolution

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with others

  • Ability to clinically supervise, train and evaluate students/interns/residents/fellows

  • Ability to apply advanced clinical skills in treating difficult and complex cases

Licenses and Certifications

  • OTL - Occupational Therapist and

  • BLS - Basic Life Support

These principles apply to ALL employees:

SHC Commitment to Providing an Exceptional Patient & Family Experience

Stanford Health Care sets a high standard for delivering value and an exceptional experience for our patients and families. Candidates for employment and existing employees must adopt and execute C-I-CARE standards for all of patients, families and towards each other. C-I-CARE is the foundation of Stanford’s patient-experience and represents a framework for patient-centered interactions. Simply put, we do what it takes to enable and empower patients and families to focus on health, healing and recovery.

You will do this by executing against our three experience pillars, from the patient and family’s perspective:

  • Know Me: Anticipate my needs and status to deliver effective care

  • Show Me the Way: Guide and prompt my actions to arrive at better outcomes and better health

  • Coordinate for Me: Own the complexity of my care through coordination

Equal Opportunity Employer Stanford Health Care (SHC) strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity and non-discrimination in all of its policies and practices, including the area of employment. Accordingly, SHC does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity and/or expression, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, marital status, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, or disability, or the perception of any of the above. People of all genders, members of all racial and ethnic groups, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Qualified applicants with criminal convictions will be considered after an individualized assessment of the conviction and the job requirements.