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UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
Specification for Class
PHYSICAL THERAPIST 2

UW CODE AND REPRESENTATIVE GROUP

8130 (SEIU Local 925 Healthcare Prof/Lab Tech)

CLASS SERIES CONCEPT

This classification series defines physical therapist work performed at University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC), the Roosevelt Clinic and the Stadium Clinic. Positions in this job assess patient status, and plan, administer and evaluate physical therapy services.

BASIC FUNCTION

Perform professional physical therapy and evaluation. Perform assessments; plan and administer physical therapy; evaluate treatment goals and patient progress.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

Under general direction, independently assesses and treat patient caseload which includes planning, administering, and evaluating physical therapy patients. Participate in program development and performance improvement activities. May precept part-time students.

Physical Therapist 2 is distinguished from Physical Therapist 1 in that PT1 in requiring frequent direction and supervision in order to manage a caseload, while the PT2 independently manages a caseload with intermittent guidance and assistance from higher level staff.

TYPICAL WORK

Performs evaluations of patients with moderate and complex diagnoses; review charts, choose appropriate evaluation measures and develop treatment plans independently;

Confers with, and carries out physician's instructions regarding patient treatment and progress;

Assesses patient status; plans and implements treatment programs which include the use of physical agents, manual therapy, therapeutic exercise and therapeutic activity;

Administers physical therapy to patients through use of physical, chemical, and other properties of heat, light, water, electricity, scientific massage, therapeutic exercise, and therapeutic activity;

Instructs patients or parents of hospitalized children in exercise and activity which is to be continued after returning home;

Consults with physicians, nurses, occupational therapists, and others regarding physical therapy program;

Writes initial evaluations, progress notes, discharge summaries, and home programs;

Instructs other team members in patient-specific therapy techniques;

Ensures billing is completed and submitted; meets department productivity index;

Orients new and rotating therapists to the general workflow of the floor and sites, as well as the patient population and caseload;

Participates in evidence base treatment review quarterly;

Communicates orally or in writing to advanced practice providers, staff, patients and their families, administrative team and outside entities;

Mentors and oversees medical assistants, student assistants (work study), and volunteers; regularly supervises and collaborates with physical therapists assistants to manage and share less complicated caseload;

Oversees part-time students either as CI or adjunct CI

Participates in process improvement activities;

Makes home visits to evaluate the need for changes in patient's home environment and to instruct in home therapy;

Performs duties of Physical Therapist 1;

Performs related duties as required;

May supervise or direct the work of others.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - UW Contract Classified

Current Washington State license to practice as a Physical Therapist.

A Bachelor’s degree from a recognized school of physical therapy, or completion of a Physical Therapy program and one year relevant experience.

OR

Equivalent education/experience.

CLASSIFICATION HISTORY

New Class Title: July 19, 2016; Class adopted for UW contract classified staff per PERC decision to add this title to SEIU 925 Healthcare professional/laboratory technical bargaining unit, effective September 23, 2015 (Case #127429-E-15). Incorporates the work of UW classified non-union job code 6130, Physical Therapist 2/Washington State Job Code 306U.

New Class:  03-23-87

Revise MQ:  07-02-90

Revise Class: 08-07-92

New to SEIU 925: XXXX, 2015