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Posted: 01/09/2022

Position at UMass Memorial Health - HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital

Everyone Is a Caregiver.

At UMass Memorial Health Care, Everyone is a Caregiver regardless of title. Exceptional patient care, academic excellence and leading-edge research make UMass Memorial the premier health care system of Central and Western Massachusetts, and a place where we can help you build the career you deserve. We are more than 14,000 employees, working together as one health care system. And everyone, in their own unique way, plays an important part, everyday.


Title:  Physical Therapist
Department:  Home Care Physical Therapy
Hours:  Per Diem
Shift: Mon-Fri 8-430 as needed, Weekend rotation (one Saturday every 5-6 weekends)
Status:  Non-exempt/Hourly
Location:  Regional Travel  Required

HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital is part of the UMass Memorial Health Care system.  Serving northern central Massachusetts, we are committed to improving the health of people through excellence in care and comprehensive health services.  Promoting healthy lifestyle habits, we serve as a role model by having a tobacco and smoke free campus and hiring nicotine free employees.  By exploring careers with us, you are committed to giving your best to our patients, our community and everyone working on our HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital Care Team. Whatever your career choice, know that at HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital you can make a difference.

Position Summary

 The Physical Therapist assesses, plans, organizes, and participates in rehabilitative programs that improve mobility, relieve pain, increase strength, and decrease or prevent deformity of patients suffering from disease or injury.

Major Responsibilities:

Reviews physician's referral and patient's medical records to help determine diagnosis and physical therapy treatment required.

 Performs and documents an initial exam, evaluating data to identify problems and determine a diagnosis prior to intervention.

 Plans, prepares and carries out individually designed programs of physical treatment to maintain, improve or restore physical functioning, alleviate pain and prevent physical dysfunction in patients.

Records prognosis, treatment, response, and progress in patient's chart or enters information into computer.

Identifies and documents goals, anticipated progress and plans for reevaluation 

Administers manual exercises, traction or electrotherapeutic modalities to help relieve pain, increase patient strength, or decrease or prevent deformity or crippling.

 Evaluates effects of treatment at various stages and adjusts treatments to achieve maximum benefit.

Tests and measures patient's strength, motor development and function, sensory perception, functional capacity, and respiratory and circulatory efficiency and records data. 

Instructs patient and family in treatment procedures to be continued at home.

Confers with the patient, medical practitioners and appropriate others to plan, implement and assess the intervention program.

Documents anticipated progress and plans for reevaluation/reassessment.  Completes all records and documentation thoroughly, accurately, and promptly.

Follows all departments and procedures.

Meets established productivity standards.

Facilitates and promotes the sharing of knowledge and content throughout departments.

Takes responsibility for ensuring that all work outcomes satisfy the UMass Memorial Health System True North.

The individual must support the mission, vision, and goals of HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital and serve as a role model for CARES values.

Adheres to change control processes. 

Participates in cross training to optimize department resources. 

Demonstrates excellent attendance and actively participates in a variety of meetings and training sessions as required.

Demonstrates a friendly, responsive, service-minded attitude to all internal and external customers.

Communicates ideas effectively. Shares information and keeps others properly informed. Gives, and is open to useful feedback.

Adheres to the HealthAlliance Hospital Code of Conduct and Behavior Standards and dress code.

Complies with established environment of care/safety policies and procedures and all health and safety requirements.

Maintains and fosters an organized, clean and safe work environment.

Contributes to the development and application of process improvements.

Maintains a collaborative, team relationship with peers and colleagues in order to effectively contribute to the group’s achievement of goals and to help foster a positive work environment.

Attends staff meetings and in-service programs as required or directed. Keeps current with hospital and unit changes by reading communication boards and/or books, bulletin boards, posted notices and reads and responds to e mails on a regular basis.

Practices cost containment and fiscal responsibility through the efficient use of supplies, equipment, time, etc.

Complies with established departmental policies, procedures and objectives.

Attends variety of meetings, conferences, seminars as required or directed.

Demonstrates use of Quality Improvement in daily operations.

Complies with all health and safety regulations and requirements 

Respects diverse views and approaches, and contributes in maintaining an environment of professionalism, tolerance, civility and acceptance toward all employees, patients and visitors. 

Performs other similar and related duties as required or directed.

All responsibilities are essential job functions. 

Position Qualifications:

Ability to monitor and assess performance of patient and plan make improvements or take corrective action as indicated.

Ability to communicate with patients, care givers, coworkers, supervisors and other medical staff professionally.

Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from patients, caregivers, managers and other staff.

Ability to follow policies and procedures.

Ability to teach patients or caregivers how to perform exercises or tasks.

Ability to speak, read and write fluently in English.

Ability to act professionally at all times.

Must be self-directed and able to use appropriate clinical judgment.

In depth knowledge of standards of practice within the profession.

Successful completion of a physical therapy program at a school of physical therapy approved by the American Physical Therapy Association or the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals of American Medical Association or the committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation of the American Medical Association.

A minimum of one year (1) of physical therapy experience desired.


Current and unencumbered Massachusetts state license to practice physical therapy. Current CPR certification.

Unless certification, license or registration is required, an equivalent combination of education and experience which provides proficiency in the areas of responsibility listed in this description may be substituted for the above requirements.  

Department-specific competencies, including age-specific competencies and their measurements will be developed and maintained in the individual departments.  The competencies will be maintained and attached to the departmental job description. Responsible managers will review competencies with position incumbents. 


Standards of Respect:

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