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UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
Specification for Class
PHYSICAL THERAPIST 3

UW CODE AND REPRESENTATIVE GROUP

18132 (SEIU Local 925 Healthcare Prof/Lab Tech)

CLASS SERIES CONCEPT

This classification series defines work perform at University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC). Assesses patient status; plans, administers, and evaluates physical therapy services.

BASIC FUNCTION

Performs professional physical therapy services at UWMC. Performs assessments; plans and administers physical therapy for patients with complex multi system impairments and disabilities, and/or multiple co morbidities.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

With minimal direction, independently assesses and treats an expanded patient caseload.

A Physical Therapist 3 either functions independently as the only professional Physical Therapist at a facility with no higher-level professional therapy supervision; or provides leadership as a subject matter expert in a specialized area, such as vestibular and chronic pain; or, provides physical therapy services in a residential facility to one or more assigned units consisting of 80-150 residents as a professional member of an interdisciplinary team.

Physical Therapist 3 is distinguished from Physical Therapist 2 in that PT3 functions with minimal direction, while the PT2 leads efforts for program development or quality improvement initiatives, precepts full-time students, mentors residents or fellows, and may assigns work to other staff.

TYPICAL WORK

Assesse patient status, plan and implement treatment programs which include the use of physical agents, manual therapy, and/or therapeutic exercise and activities on patients with problems such as burns, multiple disabilities, complex neurological and/or othopaedic impairments, acute multi-trauma, or psychiatric or behavioral problems;

Work as a member of the interdisciplinary team to maximize patient outcomes and maintain fiscal responsibilities within the medical center;

Share caseload and function as the appointed supervising Physical Therapist of record for Physical Therapist Assistants;

Assign work to other staff;

Provide advice to individual therapists in area(s) of clinical expertise;

Lead efforts for program development or quality improvement initiatives;

Assist in directing, improving and coordinating a physical therapy program or programs; perform a role in outreach activities to create awareness of the services offered;

Identify clinical educational and supporting needs of departments and individuals with whom they work to maximize clinical performance;

Attend and participate in medical rounds and professional meetings with medical consultants; lead a group in evidence-based treatment review and present evidence-based in-service trainings;

Direct maintenance of orderly and safe environment for effective treatment; circulate through treatment areas assisting with patient problems;

Assist in maintaining a progressive treatment program for patients;

Introduce new patients to assigned therapists; inspect proposed treatment for accuracy of recording;

Write evaluative reports on patients and therapists;

Ensure billing is completed and submitted;

Mentor new or rotating therapists in developing clinical reasoning skills with complex patients; Under direction, consult with employers and providers regarding Labor and Industries standards; provide training in techniques and methods;

Under direction, perform ergonomic analysis, physical capacity assessments, hand evaluations, job analysis and/or job modifications as part of return-to-work process; prepare written reports summarizing findings and make recommendations to assist return-to-work or for prevention of injury;

Under direction, provide training and consultation in ergonomics, job analysis, job modification, and provider program issues;

Mentor residents and precept full-time student as the Primary CI;

Represent the Unit on internal and external professional events and forums;

Perform duties of a Physical Therapist 2;

Perform related duties as required;

May supervise or direct the work of others.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

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 at least two years of relevant experience as a Physical Therapist.

OR

Equivalent education/experience.

CLASSIFICATION HISTORY

New to SEIU 925: 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 6131, Physical Therapist 3/Washington State Job Code 306V.

New CNU Class:  03-23-87

Revise CNU MQ:  07-02-90

Revise CNU Class: 08-07-92