The Supervisory Speech-Language Pathologist has the overall responsibility of managing and administering Speech-Language Pathology Program of the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System in fulfilling its mission of testing, evaluating, treating, conducting, organizing, and maintaining patients with speech disorders and disabilities. Major duties include, but are not limited to: Differential examination and rehabilitative care of veteran patients are provided as assigned from all sites, as inpatients, outpatients, Community Living Centers, and Domiciliary. Treat the full spectrum of speech and language disorders regardless of the degree of complexity. On the basis of diagnostic tests, interviews, case histories, and other appropriate procedures, the prognosis and planned rehabilitative effort is formalized and executed. Cases are frequently different and complex. Evaluations and treatment are often complicated by the loss of oral communication combined with other physical or mental handicaps. Independently interpret available medical, physical, social function and educational reports, and use this information in relation to the speech, language, and functional communicative skills assessment in order to integrate these findings into a report indicating the nature and extent of speech/language disability. Full responsibility for planning, organizing, and conducting speech and language rehabilitation. This includes the selection of patients to be incorporated into the program, establishing a therapeutic relationship, monitoring rehabilitative progress, determination of need for outpatient follow-up and final discharge from the treatment program. This is conducted in response to information provided through multidisciplinary planning and the medical judgment of the referring physician. Counseling and guidance of individual veterans concerning impaired communication skills. Pre-surgical counseling and education are provided for potential laryngectomies. Counseling the veteran's family and other persons responsible for the veteran's care. Patient and family education resources of the VA Center are effectively used to supplement the counseling. Responsible for directing and supervising the activities of Speech-Language Pathology trainees. Planning of training integrates the theoretical knowledge of speech pathology gained in the classroom into practical clinical procedures. Illustrates the relationships of specific procedures and observations to the total communication needs of the patients. Treating patients from age-specific groups. Adults 18-64 and Geriatric 65 and over, both inpatients, CLCs and outpatients from all areas of CTVHCS including patients with specialty diagnoses from various medical, psychiatric, intermediate care treatment units. Scheduling outpatient clinic appointment using Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture ( Vista) scheduling options. Uses established business rules to schedule appointments for veterans. This includes clinic visits, consultations, and entries into the Electronic Wait List (EWL). Complies with the mandatory training requirements for the outpatient scheduling process. Responsible for the administration of the Speech-Language Pathology Section. Developing of procedures and policies within the section, as well as contributing to the range of administrative and reporting responsibilities include resolution of minor complaints and grievances and disciplinary action. Setting leave time and vacation schedules in coordination with the overall service plan ascertains adherence to safety practices, implements the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) action plan as it pertains to the Section, and establishes policies for the Speech-Language Pathology Section as guided by management policies and union regulations. Responsible for keeping the Service Chief and Administrative Officer apprised of the overall needs of the Section. Observing and analyzing the ongoing Speech-Language Pathology program to adjust program services, project program growth, and anticipate personnel needs. Maintaining the quality of the Speech-Language Pathology program and develops proposals for modifying or obtaining resources as needed to facilitate program development. Conducting clinical research in the area of speech-language pathology, and in accordance will plan, execute, and prepare reports for professional conferences or publication in recognized journals. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; 8:00am - 4:30pm, occasional weekend as needed. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.