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Physical Therapist (PT) - Outpatient Rehab

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Backus Hospital


Norwich, CT

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Job Schedule: Full Time
Standard Hours: 40
Job Shift: Shift 1
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For more than 118 years, Backus Hospital has been the primary source of healthcare services for much of Eastern Connecticut. We are home to the only trauma center in New London and Windham counties, and are the only area hospital with LIFE STAR helicopter services. We deliver and coordinate a continuum of high-quality healthcare with the goal of improving the health of our communities.

In addition to our 200+ bed hospital, the Backus Health System includes numerous off-site locations, including several health centers, Backus Home Health Care and the Backus Outpatient Care Center, also in Norwich. Backus Health Centers are located in Montville, Ledyard, Colchester, Norwich, and North Stonington, and additional labs for blood draws are available throughout the region.

Job Summary
We’re seeking a caring and dedicated Physical Therapist (PT) for our Norwich outpatient clinic who has a passion for patient centered care. This is a great opportunity to work with a diverse population, in one of our largest offices, that offers a wonderful team atmosphere with experienced clinicians (PT/OT/SLP) and some of the best physicians, nurses and physician assistants in New England! 

Being located in the same building as many of the referring providers allow for excellent interaction regarding patient care. The caseload can consist of a wide range of orthopedic cases and specialties: neuro, vestibular, sports medicine, musculoskeletal disorders, osteoporosis, work injury rehab, pain mgmt and more!

Position Description

The Physical Therapist (PT) administers medically prescribed Physical Therapy treatments to patients. The Physical Therapist (PT) independently evaluates patient’s level of function, determines treatment strategies, and delivers and/or delegates Physical Therapy services that identify, prevent, remediate, and rehabilitate acute or prolonged physical dysfunction or pain.

This role encompasses evaluation skills and techniques, analysis of patients, and therapeutic application of physical and chemical agents, prescription of exercise and other procedures to maximize the patient's functional independence. 


·         Upon Physician referral, the Physical Therapist (PT) performs thorough examination and evaluation of patient’s level of function, including evaluations for strength, movement, motor control, joint mobility, soft tissue integrity, pain, balance, coordination, posture, cardiopulmonary function by assessing and monitoring vitals, endurance, gait and functional abilities in activities of daily living

·         Establishes measurable goals with the patient/family based on appropriate patient care protocols and critical paths in order to meet patient needs.

·         Implements, delivers and delegates patient care by utilizing appropriate interventions and clinical decision making including but not limited to modalities such as heat, cold, light, water, sound, electricity, mobilization and therapeutic exercise.

·         Provides patient and caregiver education regarding treatment, precautions, and equipment use

·         Participates in patient transition planning and/or patient discharge planning including recommendations to community resources to meet patient needs throughout the continuum of care. Help to coordinate patient care with other care providers such as MDs, Rehab Therapists, Nurses, Social Workers, and other community resources as related to care transition planning.

·         Delegates patient care tasks and provide clinical supervision for Physical Therapist students, Rehabilitation Aides and Physical Therapist Assistants.


  • ·         Bachelors, Masters or Doctoral Degree in Physical Therapy from an accredited program by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).
  • ·         Open to new graduates
  • ·         Previous experience as a Physical Therapist in an acute care setting preferred
  • ·         Current State of CT Physical Therapy license required or active temporary license at time of hire

Knowledge, Skills and Ability Requirements 

·         Works efficiently and organizes time appropriately. Ability to prioritize daily work assignments.

·         Ability to read and understand oral and written instructions, and effectively communicate information.

·         Basic computer skills (including opening/reading email, text messaging, basic internet use). Proficient skills in windows-based software (including word processing, database, spreadsheet and presentation programs). Experience with electronic medical records preferred.

·         Working knowledge of State Practice Act and Federal Medicaid and Medicare regulations.

·         Excellent interpersonal skills and team player

·         Demonstrates competence, including knowledge and behaviors, to meet age-specific patients’ needs

·         Maintains infection control policies related to patient care

·         Ability to exercise independent judgement

·         Able to adapt to a changing environment

Problem Solving and Decision Making

·         Ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with the entire patient care team

·         Requires the ability to exercise discretion and use good judgment to perform duties promptly and consistently with little direction.

·         Ability to maintain confidentiality at all times.

·         Requires high level of analytical ability in order to gather and interpret information from various sources.

·         Able to take appropriate actions in response to changes, circumstances ability concerning the daily activities of the position.

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