Sr Physical Therapist

Reporting directly to Clinical Manager and under the guidance of the Clinical Specialist or Clinical Coordinator of the respective section the Sr. Therapist level recognizes those therapists with advanced clinical skills and knowledge of current best practice. The Senior Therapist performs all the clinical duties of a Physical Therapist along with additional responsibilities. Provides support and educational guidance to entry level Physical Therapists. Assists with the implementation and coordination of department programs i.e. management of the student program quality and safety programs. Coordinates inpatient and/or outpatient operations as appropriate to ensure quality and timely service. The availability of Senior Therapist positions will reflect the needs or goals of the department.


Performs the clinical duties of a Physical Therapist as defined in the respective job description.

Acts as a general resource and support for all clinical staff within their respective service or program. The Senior Therapist may assist with the orientation of new staff; provide consultation second opinions and peer review to staff and students on a day-to-day basis; demonstrate expertise and teach selected assessment tools and treatment techniques; use combinations of treatment activities or develop innovative approaches to treatment to enhance patient and family outcomes; assume primary liaison responsibility with ambulatory clinic(s) or specialty area; share clinical knowledge with others; provide input on Physical Therapist and/or support staff performance appraisals as necessary and appropriate.

Provides clinical education which may include; pairing student affiliation students with appropriate therapist and acting as mentor in building the clinical student/Staff Therapist relationship; coordinating program or service specific learning opportunities including program rounding case reviews journal article reviews in-services and trainings and completing professional organization clinical instructor training as appropriate.

Performs additional duties within the specific program or service as determined by the Clinical Specialist Clinical Coordinator and/or Clinical Manager which may include; maintaining supplies and equipment for specific service/program area; assisting with the development of new programs or services; identifying system improvement needs and providing suggestions for improvements; implementing and monitoring program/service specific quality improvement efforts; participating in research/outcome measurement and assisting with program competency; assisting with ensuring staff obtain competency; identifying the need for additional staff competencies; managing human and material resources in a cost effective manner; utilizing unscheduled time to flex to other work areas for patient care needs; assisting leadership in emergency situations.

Exhibits effective and professional verbal and non-verbal communication in accordance with Rhode Island Hospital�s Customer Service Standards. Communicates clearly respectfully and honestly with patients and/or caregivers and colleagues. Adjusts communication and response to the level of understanding of the listener.

Works collaboratively within the academic medical center and more broadly with community-based healthcare providers. Proactively provides written and verbal communication with other personnel involved in the patient�s care.

Maintains current membership in a professional organization and/or specialty area.

Participates in National State and/or Local committees related to profession and/or specialty area. Participates in professional presentations/activities within the hospital and/or in the community.

Prepares for and actively participates in staff meetings seeks support and follows appropriate channels in solving complex communication conflicts consistently models effective delivery of both negative and positive feedback to co-workers including maintaining self-esteem effecting positive outcomes and supporting individual and team needs. Deals directly and constructively regarding staff conflicts. Provides and accepts feedback in a respectful and mature manner. Identifies situations in which ethical questions are present and follows up with appropriate leadership. Models behavior and assists staff in understanding appropriate personal/professional boundaries


Other information:

Bachelor�s degree in Physical Therapy from an accredited institution is required. A Masters in Science or Doctor of Physical Therapy is preferred. State license issued by the Rhode Island

Department of Health.

Must demonstrate via portfolio advanced competency beyond the Physical Therapist staff level which may include resume continuing education courses/CEUs presentations/educational activities publications research program development and awards/recognition. Additional education must include a minimum of 12 additional CEUs obtained through attendance in a classroom or conference style format.


Minimum of five years clinical experience as a licensed therapist with advanced clinical academic and professional currency in the specific therapy field and in specialty areas.


Must be fit for duty in accordance with OSHA standards and program specific needs. Work requires walking long periods of standing and the ability to bend twist grasp and demonstrate physical mobility designed for patients care plan.


No direct supervision. However pursuant to the state of Rhode Island Rules and Regulations for Licensing Physical Therapists a licensed physical therapist shall at all times be responsible for the supervision of physical therapist assistants supportive personnel and students to ensure the safety and welfare of patients. Provides consistent and thorough supervision to assistants aides therapists and volunteers including cosigning notes and reviewing patient treatment plans and goals


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