Director Rehabilitation/Physiotherapist

Lane Cove, New South Wales, Australia | NAPA Center Sydney | Full-time

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Position Overview:

The Director of Rehabilitation/Physiotherapist shall be responsible for the total operation of the rehabilitation program.  The clinic director plans, directs, and coordinates the rehabilitation program including physical, occupational, and speech therapists to ensure that company and client goals are met.  As an experienced professional, the clinic director fosters, guides and develops the skills of all NAPA therapists.   They must also ensure all actions are taken to ensure professional compliance of the clinic in regards to therapist and patient care, and that all administrative tasks are being completed accurately. 

They will demonstrate accountability for and contribution to program development, quality improvement, problem solving and productivity enhancement in a flexible interdisciplinary fashion.  It is expected that theyr will be able to complete all of the below responsibilities as well as the responsibilities enlisted in their relevant discipline’s position description, with little or no supervision required.

Key Responsibilities:

Treatment

  • Assess a client’s physical condition using a variety of standardised tools to determine a plan for treatment and train/develop therapists to use the same.
  • Utilise multiple frames of reference to inform practice, including but not limited to: neurodevelopmental, developmental biomechanical, sensory integration, motor learning, cognitive, and rehabilitation.
  • Develop a plan for treatment of motor deficits and functional impairments or difficulties primarily in the paediatric population.
  • Possess a strong knowledge of child development in order to assess and refer families to other disciplines.
  • Perform all aspects of the NAPA Physiotherapist Job description.
  • Act as a liaison between Therapists, Administration and Management, representing all parties at group meetings.
  • Manage the clinical review of new patient intake and updates, providing timely and thoughtful recommendations to caregivers and therapists. 
  • Maintain impeccable documentation and ensure that the clinic’s treatment notes are recorded accurately and timely in the electronic health record system in accordance with NAPA policies.
  • Oversee and assigned clinic budgets, ensuring that allocated money is spent in a thoughtful way that is in the clinic best interests.
  • Oversee the intake and delegation of client report requests and ensure therapy team is maintaining quality standards and is meeting deadlines for completion.
  • Work closely with administrative staff to manage the schedule and assist in driving clinic and therapist productivity. Assist with scheduling recommendations when required, including when therapists are absent.
  • Act in accordance with all company, legal and industry policies and ethics. Ensure services are in compliance with professional and clinical competency standards, state, and federal regulatory requirements.
  • Oversee departmental managers and special coordinators (i.e. student, volunteer, equipment and continuing education)

Development

  • Assist in the creation of clinic outreach tools, training materials or publicity opportunities as required.
  • Continually review the method in which the clinic provides patient/caregiver training and education, introducing new/better ways to improve communications as needed.
  • Implement regular clinical supervision to develop therapists’ skills. Guide therapists in seeking external continuing education opportunities in line with their development needs as needed.
  • Provide therapists with ongoing feedback throughout the year and assist with conducting annual staff performance evaluations. Identify growth areas for individual therapists including potential for expanded roles.
  • Develop rapport with all therapists to build a relationship of trust, openness and respect. Work with therapists to problem solve issues with regards to patient care and work responsibilities.

Mentorship

  • Act as the leader of an interdisciplinary team to create a comprehensive developmental approach to client-centered care. Foster open communication between team members.
  • Coordinate intensive teams. Assign lead therapist responsibilities based on individual’s strengths and utilise staff meetings to provide team communication, development and updates. 
  • Use experience to apply and suggest a range of techniques to address presented conditions and work with therapists to amend treatment plans as required.
  • Work in a healthy and safe manner and encourage others to do the same.

Personal Role Requirements:

  • Minimum qualifications include completion of at least a Bachelor of Applied Science or Physiotherapy degree, from an accredited University.
  • Strong Clinical experience - at least 5 years post graduate experience preferred, preferably in a paediatric setting with exposure to children with disabilities. 
  • Current Working with Children Check & Police Check.
  • CPR and First Aid certificates.
  • Current registration with AHPRA.
  • Current Professional Indemnity Insurance.
  • Current Medicare Provider Number or capacity to obtain.
  • Good Physical health and fitness and the ability to lift up to 22 kg, extended periods of standing and/or sitting on the floor.
  • Create a safe, professional, and supportive environment where clients, families and colleagues feel empowered to succeed.
  • Ability to communicate confidently and effectively with therapists, clients and other medical professionals.
  • Display a level of professional empathy towards clients and the ability to develop rapport. Maintain appropriate professional boundaries with clients and their families.
  • Exercise discipline by completing all documentation, reporting requirements and training in an accurate and timely manner.
  • Expertise and competency in specialized offerings including but not limited to: Neurosuit, CME, Spider Cage, UUGL Cage, Sensory Integration.
  • Team player that can demonstrate the values for working as part of multi-disciplinary team to advance a client’s needs.
  • Strong clinical reasoning skills and the ability to direct others in a program of patient care.
  • Ability to travel for periods of time for training/treating may be required.