In State facilities, this class is accountable for the assessment, planning and administration of physical therapy services for persons with physical, mental and/or developmental disabilities.
Works under the general supervision of a physical therapist or other employee of higher grade.
May supervise/lead physical therapy staff of lower grade or other staff as assigned; provides training and consultation to direct care staff on activities related to the speciality.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
Selects, plans and administers a physical therapy program for rehabilitation of persons with physical, mental or developmental disabilities; arranges client treatment schedules for habilitation and rehabilitation; refers clients to other disciplines such as speech or hearing for further assessment; selects diagnostic tools; provides inservice training to staff on physical therapy practices; serves as a consultant or clinical advisor to other staff, programs or units; coordinates physical therapy services with other disciplines such as occupational and rehabilitation therapy; leads unit staff meetings to discuss client progress and treatment plans; performs diagnostic tests to determine client level of functioning; writes and implements treatment plans; presents client cases at interdisciplinary team meetings; participates in an extensive program of physical therapeutic activities including corrective exercise and muscle training; transports and escorts clients to clinics for consultation with physician regarding treatment and patient progress; teaches and supervises physical therapy techniques to parents, assistants and direct care staff; fits and orders wheelchairs; orders supplies and equipment; assists in developing departmental procedures; maintains client records; writes client evaluations and progress notes; designs, repairs and may fabricate adaptive equipment; may serve as a resource person in a speciality area; may make home visits to assess client living situation and make recommendations for services; may serve as a Qualified Mental Retardation Professional; performs related duties as required.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY:
Knowledge of principles and practices of physical therapy; knowledge of applied anatomy, physiology and kinesiology; considerable interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; skill in administering competent treatments and diagnostic tests; ability to instruct others in principles and practices of physical therapy.
EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:
One (1) year of experience as a Physical Therapist.
Incumbents in this class must be registered as a licensed Physical Therapist in Connecticut or possess a temporary permit to practice physical therapy at the time of appointment.
Incumbents in this class may be required to be fluent in a foreign language or proficiency in the use of American Sign Language in certain designated positions.
Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
Incumbents in this class may be exposed to danger of injury and to moderately disagreeable conditions while providing treatment to clients/patients.
Non-Examined refers to Section 5-219 of the Connecticut General Statutes which permits appointment of candidates to competitive positions without formal examination when a professional license, professional degree, accreditation or certificate is a mandatory requirement for appointment to a class.
This replaces the existing specification for the same class in the same Salary Group HC 23 approved effective September 1, 1999. (Revised to modify Purpose of Class)