The Physician Assistant is assigned as a team leader for the Mental Health Clinic at the PFC Floyd K. Lindstrom Outpatient Clinic located in Colorado Springs, CO with the VA Eastern Colorado Healthcare System (ECHCS). The incumbent formulates and directs the operations of the mental health program in conjunction with the specialty program managers in ECHCS. Works with each program area to provide services for patients and their families in accordance with the mission of VA ECHCS by establishing priorities for work to be performed and developing available staff resources accordingly. Provides administrative coordination and clinical leadership to a multidisciplinary team in a complex CBOC. Participates as administrative and clinical lead as well as a clinical member of the multidisciplinary treatment team. Conducts evidence based psychosocial treatment and psychological assessment in the care of eligible veterans and their family members. Participates in planning, establishing, and implementing policies and procedures, developing individual or group and objectives as well as monitoring, operating, evaluating, coordinating and overseeing the multidisciplinary staff of their assigned program. Conducts ongoing intensive reviews and appraisals to ensure the accomplishment of objectives and adherence to standards set by the governing bodies.
Program Management 30%:
* Maintains supervisory responsibility for the Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Program, PTSD Clinical Team and the Mental Health Case Management.
* Oversees quality control issues and performance measures.
* Utilizes the service recovery model with veterans who express concerns with mental health care.
* Provides consultation for all mental health clinicians in regard to clinical care of complex cases.
* Performs the administrative and personnel management function of staff supervised.
* Exercises supervisor authority and responsibility involving work assignment, administrative and personnel management functions relative to staff supervised.
* Provides clinical assessment, evaluation and diagnostic services for Veterans with a broad range of psychopathology receiving care within the clinic setting.
* Provides comprehensive, evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions, including individual, family, and group psychotherapy and psychoeducation.
* Provides consultation to health care providers about assessment findings and treatment plan for patients to ensure care is coordinated.
* Develops, implements and documents the treatment plan.
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Functional Statement Title/#: Physician Assistant, Mental Health Team Leader
Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3, g, of this part.)
Education. The candidate must meet the following:
(1) Graduate of a PA training program, or of a surgical assistant program which is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) or one of its predecessor organizations; and
(2) A Bachelor's degree from an accredited PA training program or in another health sciences related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
(1) Current and continuous certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is required for employment in VHA.
(2) Recent PA graduates who are eligible to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) may be employed by VA on a temporary basis (38 U.S.C. 7405), for a period not to exceed two years.
(3) If a PA's NCCPA certification is suspended, revoked or expires, the PA must be removed from the occupation which may result in termination of employment.
Physical Standards. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019, Part II, Appendix A.
English Language Proficiency. PAs appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d).
Grade Requirements. In addition to the basic requirements stated in paragraph 2 above, the following qualifications criteria must be met in determining the appropriate grade for appointment or promotion eligibility. Requirements for appointment or promotion to a specific grade are based on the candidate's ability to demonstrate the elements described.
a. Full Grade. In addition to meeting the basic requirements in paragraph 2, individuals appointed to this grade must meet all the following requirements:
(1) Experience / Education. None beyond the basic requirements in paragraph 2 of this standard.
b. Intermediate Grade. In addition to meeting the basic requirements under paragraph 2 above, candidates must meet all requirements described in this standard for Full Grade through VA employment or non-VA PA positions with equivalent scope and complexity. Individuals appointed or advanced to Intermediate Grade will have demonstrated the ability to analyze and solve more complex medical problems and meet the following requirements:
(1) Experience / Education
(a) 1 year of professional practice as a PA; or
(b) Successful completion of a PA post-graduate residency program accredited by ARC-PA or by the U.S. Armed Forces; or
(c) A Master's degree from a PA training program certified by ARC-PA or in another health-related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
c. Senior Grade. In addition to meeting the basic requirements under paragraph 2 above, candidates must meet all requirements described in this standard for Intermediate Grade through VA employment or non-VA PA positions with equivalent scope and complexity. Individuals appointed or advanced to Senior Grade will have demonstrated the behaviors or responsibilities listed in one or more of the following categories: Clinical Proficiency, Education, Professional Development, Management/Administrative, and Research, as applicable to the assignment
(1) Experience / Education
(a) 3 years of professional practice as a PA; or
(b) 2 years of professional practice as a PA and successful completion of a PA post-graduate residency program accredited by ARC-PA or by the U.S. Armed Forces; or
(c) 2 years of professional practice as a PA and a Master's degree from a PA training program certified by ARC-PA or in another health-related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education; or
(d) A Doctoral degree in a health-related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the U. S. Department of Education.
d. Chief Grade. In addition to meeting the basic requirements under paragraph 2 above, candidates must meet all requirements described in this standard for Senior Grade through VA employment or non-VA PA positions with equivalent scope and complexity. Appointment or promotion to Chief Grade is based on the individual's demonstrated high level of clinical expertise, leadership ability, and the ability to function with a high degree of autonomy. Further, the PA candidate for Chief Grade will have demonstrated all the requirements of one or more of the following categories: Management/Administrative, Clinical Proficiency, Professional Development and Research.
(1) Experience / Education
(a) Generally, an individual in this grade is able to demonstrate the behaviors listed in the areas below after 5 years of professional practice as a PA; and,
(b) The minimum education for this grade is a Master's Degree from a PA training program accredited by ARC-PA or in a health-related field of study. However, experience as a PA may be substituted for the Master's degree where the individual has an equivalent knowledge of the profession and has successfully undertaken a combination of difficult or complex assignments in several clinical, administrative, research and educational arenas which required a high degree of competence.
Reference: VA Handbook 5005, Appendix G8.
Physical Requirements:[You must insert a detailed statement regarding the physical requirements for this position in accordance with HRML No. 05-12-02, Employment of People with Disabilities, Including Under Schedule A, 5 CFR 213.3102(u).] All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s): *Resume
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