Vesa Health & Technology has an immediate opportunity for a Physical Therapist to provide support to The Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) and Guardian Angel (GA) Preservation of the Force and Family (POTFF) initiative. The initiative has an increased focus on preserving the current TACP (13L – Air Liaison Officer (ALO) and 1C4 – TACP Specialist) and Guardian Angel (13D – Combat Rescue Officer (CRO) and 1T2 – Pararescue Jumpers (PJs)) Operators’ combat capability. The mission is accomplished by increasing the physical capacity of both TACP and GA, by decreasing the rate of injuries and accelerating return to duty times. Contractor personnel will work with individual operators to optimize physical performance while collecting, analyzing, and resolving physical readiness level concerns.
Physical Therapist (PT). PTs provide assessment, evaluation, and pre-habilitation of musculoskeletal conditions in regards to TACP personnel. They are licensed independent practitioners and credentialed as direct care providers in the state they are working in. As such, the Contractor shall evaluate and provide pre-habilitative maintenance to 13L/1C4 personnel. This shall include the referral of personnel to other staff members that fall within their scope of care.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) Minimum:
220.127.116.11 Current Licensed Physical Therapist will hold a doctorate degree from an American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) accredited institution specifically for “Physical Therapy.” No other degree will be accepted for this position.
18.104.22.168 Possess certification through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) as either an OCS or SCS, or certification through the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) as a certified athletic trainer is required.
22.214.171.124 The Physical Therapist must have experience working with professional and/or collegiate athletes, or equivalent. A minimum of four (4) years’ experience is desired. The Physical Therapist must have experience working in an orthopedic out-patient physical therapy clinic or sports medicine clinic. A minimum of five (5) years’ experience is desired. Past experience working with combat related injuries is strongly preferred.
126.96.36.199 Possess oral and written communication skills in order to meaningfully interact with peers, outside agencies, vendors, providers, and Military Health System (MHS) stakeholders to exchange information, provide briefings, presentations, research, and metrics to demonstrate or advance effective and efficient case management practice, outcomes, and organizational/MHS value.
188.8.131.52 Skill in team coordination, facilitation, and communication in order to facilitate the exchange of information/ education, enhance goal achievement, augment abilities of client support network, and identify change in system or policy at any level.
184.108.40.206 Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws and regulations, professional code of ethics, and practice standards in order to ensure adherence within legal and professional parameters.
220.127.116.11 Knowledge and skill in using pre-established utilization review criteria to recognize and report actual or potential quality and risk management issues in order to improve practice and ensure compliance.
18.104.22.168 Knowledge and skills in the use of VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guidelines in order to insure an evidence-based standardized process of care to military beneficiaries.
22.214.171.124 Skill in use of research tools in order to critically evaluate existing practices, opportunities, and outcomes.
126.96.36.199 Knowledge of computers and software applications in order to conduct data collection, tracking, trending, and analysis.
188.8.131.52 Ability to design and present computer-generated outcome analysis information in order to provide timely, effective peer and higher level educational programs or project briefings.
184.108.40.206 Knowledge of community resources, patient entitlement/benefit eligibility, and ability to access these resources in order to assist patients in optimizing their level of function and self-care.
220.127.116.11 Ability to meet physical demands of training with TACP/GA personnel including the ability to hike over rough terrain and function in austere environments to observe training evolutions and the ability to assist with strength and conditioning testing and training protocols, and lift and manipulate loads or weights up to 55 pounds.
18.104.22.168 Evaluate and provide pre-habilitation for all affected 13L/1C4 personnel. Fully communicate with referring provider (if necessary) in a fully HIPAA compliant fashion during the full duration of sessions with regards to personnel’s progress and return to duty status.
22.214.171.124 Provide each 13L/1C4 an initial appointment as soon as practical. Follow-up appointments will be based on need, pre-habilitative plans, and any potential coordination with members’ military and/or civilian healthcare team.
126.96.36.199 Advise unit commanders on matters related to injury prevention and rehabilitation. Identify opportunities for improvement. Develop protocols and standard operating procedures (SOP) for PT programs.
188.8.131.52 Advise unit commanders of administrative matters, purchasing of supplies and equipment, and supplemental fiscal requests related to interventions and professional services provided.
184.108.40.206 Conduct equipment, product, and literature reviews to ensure that human performance stays current with the provision of care.
220.127.116.11 Provide an evaluation and assessment to the servicing MTF after initial appointment.
18.104.22.168 Refer all personnel under his/her purview (in writing) with a new or undiagnosed medical condition (beyond the scope of the Contractor’s ability) to the servicing MTF for evaluation and care.
22.214.171.124 Refer 13L/1C4 personnel with a duty-limiting disease to the servicing MFT.
126.96.36.199 Provide all forms of primary injury (acute and/or duty-limiting) prevention services, to include but not limited to: physical capacity as well as new member assessments, personnel health education, and nutrition advising.
188.8.131.52 Ensure safe and effective operation of equipment is used for patient care and contribute to a safe working environment.
184.108.40.206 Attend annual required training IAW guiding instructions. Commands will allow for attendance at necessary conferences or courses to complete continuing education units required to maintain certification.
220.127.116.11 Provide Individual Training Plans after initial assessment, and include individual fitness assessment results, feedback sessions, unique training plans, and any modifications to the plan based on the physical performance status of the 13L/1C4 TACP/GA personnel.
18.104.22.168 If directed by COR, will assist in documenting care in AHLTA.
22.214.171.124 Provide Human Performance and Pre-habilitative Trending metrics report to include: musculoskeletal pain, duration of pain, origin of pain, types of pain, deployed vs. non- deployed pain, cost analysis of pain pre-habilitation sessions, comparative billing of each pre-habilitation session, pain that requires surgery, and trends of musculoskeletal pain over periods of time. Metrics will also capture lost duty time due to aeromedical disposition of DNIF and DNIC as well as personal removal from training status/duties (i.e. # days). Human Performance metrics shall also be gathered to assess 13D/1T2 compliance with the preventative maintenance program. The factors for the Human Performance metrics will be low back strength, neck strength, and spine strength measured at varying weights and angles as well as number of missions able to execute at a subjective 100% (i.e. not limited by pain). However, these metrics may be adjusted with concurrence of the contractor and Government.
Job Type: Full-time