The work involves providing comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of language, cognitive, voice, speech and swallowing disorders. This is a professional position involving responsibility for the evaluation of communication/swallowing effectiveness. The incumbent performs the work upon a written order or referral of a physician who provides medical direction. Work is performed under the direct supervision of a Senior Speech Pathologist or higher-level administrator in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine or other Department of the Erie County Medical Center Corporation. Supervision is not a function of this position. Does related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES:
Provides speech language pathology treatment services in accordance with accepted professional standards and practices;
Administers comprehensive evaluation and treatment of individuals with speech, swallowing and voice disorders;
Evaluates the degree of function and disability of patients unless contra indicated by professional judgment or by the attending physician;
Plans and develops remedial programs designed to restore or improve communication or swallowing efficiency, including augmentative communication or swallowing evaluation and training, and to improve muscular function of anatomical structures involved in speech or swallowing process;
Conducts instrumental assessments;
Participates in aspects of clinical affiliation programs and departmental organization and development;
Completes daily patient visit records including number of patients scheduled, actual patients seen, hours worked and number of new, canceled and no show patients;
Consults with the Medical Director or attending physician on subjects of professional medical nature;
Integrates treatment plans into total care plans in consultation with patients, family members, physicians and other personnel providing patient care;
Participates in patient care review conferences;
Initiates and attends conferences with the administrator, physicians and other facility staff to interpret the functions of the speech language pathology services and its relationship with other patient care services;
Orders and maintains departmental supplies and equipment with the approval of the immediate supervisor;
Develops or assists in the development of policies and procedures;
Assists in the development of and participates in the facility and service education program.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITITES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS: Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of speech language pathology; good knowledge of pathological conditions and social economic and cultural factors affecting speech disabilities; good knowledge of community resources available to support or supplement the speech language pathology program; ability to perform evaluations and plan and develop remedial programs based on the evaluations; ability to prepare accurate reports; ability to secure the cooperation of patients and family members; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; ability to use tools and equipments for speech language pathology; skilled in the use of electronic medical records; tact; dependability; sound professional judgment; physically capable of performing the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Master's Degree in Speech Language Pathology.
Possession of a license and registration as a Speech Pathologist as issued by the New York State Department of Education at the time of appointment; and:
Possession of a Certificate of Clinical Competence as issued by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association at the time of appointment; or:
Eligibility to complete a Speech-Language Pathology Clinical Fellowship in accordance with the Standards as set forth by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and possession of a Certificate of Clinical Competence at time of completion of probationary period.
NOTE: Verifiable part time and/or volunteer experience will be pro-rated toward meeting full time experience requirements.