Occupational Therapist, GMPU Clinton; Per Diem

PT/OT/Speech Therapy Clinton, Massachusetts


Position at UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital

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Title:   Occupational Therapist
Department:   Geriatric Med Psych Unit (GMPU)
Requisition #:   202895
Hours:   Per Diem - as needed. Requires a minimum of four shifts per month and may include some holiday coverage. 
Posting Date:
HealthAlliance, Clinton Campus


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

  • Administers therapy evaluations and develops treatment plan for physically, cognitively, developmentally, and/or functionally disabled patients.
  • Utilizes individualized treatment plans designed to restore, remediate or compensate for losses in physical, perceptual, sensory neuromuscular, sensory integrative, cognitive and psychosocial skills. Fabricates orthotics and adaptive equipment, employs physical agent modalities according to training/education and current competency.
  • Educates patient, family, and other caregivers in therapy programs and goals.
  • Participates in patient care meetings, collaborates with team members, assists discharge planning.
  • Delegates caseload to therapy assistants, overseeing quality of care and supervising performance.
  • Participates in QI activities and program development.
  • Documents: evaluation and care in medical record; therapy billing; discipline statistics.
Major Responsibilities:

Performs and documents occupational therapy evaluation according to policy and procedure considering the developmental and psychosocial needs of Geriatric patients.


Develops and documents an individualized patient treatment plan.  Treatment plan utilizes department protocols and is appropriate to the developmental and psychosocial needs of Geriatric patients.


Demonstrates competency in clinical skills as outlined in the attached occupational therapist skills list.


Performs and documents patient reassessment according to department policy and procedure and considering the developmental and psychosocial needs of Geriatric patients.

Develops and documents a patient education plan.  Education plan considered the patient’s readiness to learn, developmental and cognitive abilities, and appropriate education methods. 


Documentation is in accordance with Hospital and Department policies and procedures. 

Education plan demonstrates adjustment for Geriatric patients.

Demonstrates respect for the patient’s right to participate in treatment decisions evidenced through documentation of patient participation in treatment planning and observation by supervisor.


Demonstrates respect for the patient’s right to privacy.  Competency is measured by supervisor’s observation of therapist providing privacy during evaluation and treatment.


Develops and documents an individualized discharge plan.  Participates in interdisciplinary discharge planning.


Documentation is legible and in accordance with department/hospital policy and procedure.


Completes errorless charging forms for patient services on a daily basis.


Demonstrates adherence to Hospital policy and procedure on Incident Reporting and Patient Complaints.


Participates in professional development by attending at least 8 hours of continuing education annually.


Participates in the professional development of peers and other members of the department and hospital health care team by providing at least 2 hours of education annually.


Provides supervision to therapy assistants and aides.  Delegates patient care that the assistant/aide has been deemed competent to deliver.  Provides input to Rehabilitation Director regarding skills of assistants/aides.


Provides supervision for students and volunteers.  Ensures that activities of students/volunteers are within department guidelines.


Follows hospital and department policies and procedures.


Maintains current knowledge of department activities demonstrated by attendance at staff meetings and/or reading and initialing meeting minutes, memo's and notices.


Consistently communicates in a calm, professional manner.


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.


III. Position Qualifications:


  • Ability to read, speak and write English.
  • Ability to talk and hear for discussion with patients and co-workers.
  • Visual acuity of at least 20/40 corrected near and far. Color vision for perceiving changes in skin color.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide competency requirements of job description.
  • Ability to lift, carry, push, pull, stoop, and reach for equipment, supplies and patient up to 50 pounds without assistance; over 50 pounds with mechanical or other personnel assistance.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from an accredited OT school.
  • Current license to practice as Occupational Therapist in Massachusetts
  • AOTCB certification


Unless certification, licensure 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:

Standards of Respect
We’re striving to make respect a part of everything we do at UMass Memorial – for our patients and for each other. We’re expecting that our new caregivers practice our six Standards of Respect: Acknowledge, Listen, Communicate, Be Responsive, Be a Team Player, and Be Kind, to help us make respect a part of how we take care of business everyday.

As an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, UMMHC recognizes the power of a diverse community and encourages applications from individuals with varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, gender identity and expression, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

If you are unable to submit an application because of incompatible assistive technology or a disability, please contact us at talentacquisition@umassmemorial.org. We will make every effort to respond to your request for disability assistance as soon as possible.