Occupational Therapist

Reporting directly to the Clinical Coordinator or Clinical Manager within the program specific area the Occupational Therapist completes comprehensive examinations to determine body structure and function level impairments and resultant activity limitations and participation restrictions. Based on the findings from the examination the therapist completes an evaluation and establishes diagnosis prognosis and an individualized plan of care. The Occupational Therapist implements treatment interventions defined by the plan and performs ongoing evaluation throughout the duration of the episode of care. Demonstrates age-specific competency in caring for individuals across the age-span which may include neonates/infants pediatrics adult and geriatric populations. Uses patient/caregiver centered focus and applying evidence-based practice in the clinical care to individuals from diverse language ethnic cultural and socio-economic backgrounds as well as to individuals who have multiple disabilities. The Occupational Therapist works with the patient to achieve the highest possible level of function to allow participation across community based settings. Provisions of service are in accordance with the state laws and regulations and standards as set forth by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).



Exhibits effective and professional verbal and non-verbal communication skills in accordance with Rhode Island Hospital�s Customer Service standards. Communicates clearly respectfully and honestly with patients families caregivers and colleagues. Works collaboratively within the academic medical center and more broadly with community-based healthcare providers. Proactively provides written and verbal communication and recommendations to physicians nurses case managers and other personnel involved in the patient�s care.

Adjusts communication and response to the level of understanding of the listener.

Clinical Responsibilities

Consistently applies the basic concepts of evidence-based practice to all aspects of clinical care. Completes all necessary clinical competencies as assigned by program specific leadership. Seeks additional knowledge when necessary to assure safe and effective treatment of all patients and to provide family/caregivers with clear and accurate education.

Performs examinations an evaluation of patients establishes diagnosis prognosis and individualized plan of care implements treatment intervention based on the plan of care and observes precautions indications and contraindications for all treatment procedures. Regularly evaluates patient�s progress and revises goals and plan of care accordingly. Clinical approach emphasizes patient/caregiver education that includes thorough and effective discharge planning.

Completes accurate and timely clinical documentation and charges in full compliance with hospital professional and regulatory standards that demonstrates eligibility/medical necessity of services.

Measures outcomes of treatment and conducts continuous evaluations of the effectiveness of practices and programs to improve and maintain quality of services. Maintains documentation of Performance Improvement/Quality practices and programs.

Provides occupational therapy consultation to physicians rehabilitation personnel and other professionals to direct care and coordinate patient�s plan of care.

Professional Standards

Demonstrates ability to flex schedule based on program and/or patient family caregiver need. Determine priorities according to patient care needs. Meets productivity standards as determined by the department. Engages in program specific quality improvement initiatives striving for professional excellence. Enhances professional expertise through ongoing appropriate educational activities. Participates in weekend and holiday rotation per program requirements. Practices in a manner that supports and promotes teamwork.

Provides training and instruction to appropriate members of the department related to clinical area of focus or interest. Provides education to other hospital departments/personnel students of all levels and outside agencies/schools.

Meets job requirements under challenging situations and time constraints.

Fulfills the RIH/HCH service pledge to transform the patient experience by applying the principles of communication care and compassion into practice.

Completes mandatory departmental and hospital trainings as assigned by Clinical Manager.

Participates in community-based and professional events. Seeks educational opportunities to improve own performance.

Demonstrates behavior which follows the AOTA Code of Ethics in all aspects of clinical work and staff relationships.


Other information:

Occupational Therapist

Bachelor�s degree in Occupational Therapy a minimum; Master of Science or Doctor of Occupational Therapy preferred.

State License issued by Rhode Island Department of Health.


New Graduates considered; clinical experience in program specific settings preferred.

Other relevant experience considered.


Supervisory responsibility for to Occupational Therapy Assistants students Rehabilitation Aides and volunteers.

Communicates routinely with occupational therapy assistants to monitor patient progress/status reassess needs and make changes to treatment plans per the state of Rhode Island Physical Therapy practice act.

Fit for duty as documented by OSHA standards and program specific needs.


Lifespan is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race color religion sex national origin age ethnicity sexual orientation ancestry genetics gender identity or expression disability protected veteran or marital status.   Lifespan is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.


Location: Rhode Island Hospital USA:RI:Providence


Work Type: Full Time


Shift: 1


Union: Non-Union