This position is located at the VAMC, Coatesville, PA and reports to the Chief, Domiciliary Care Program (Dom or DRRTP) and the ACOS, Mental Health under the Chief of Staff. The primary purpose of this position is to serve as the Assistant Chief, Dom and to make available support to the Dom Chief in all aspects of the clinical care and support services provided to veterans undergoing treatment in the various units of Domiciliary Care. A. Program Management Determining development of Domiciliary Care Program Goals and plans for the attainment of these goals. Identifying program resource requirements, ensuring appropriate acquisition and allocation of essential resources and accounts for the effective utilization of all available resources in support of program activities. Identifying and effecting changes in the organizational structure of Domiciliary programs essential to ensuring confluence with anticipated changes in the treatment needs of the patient population. Considering from an informed perspective, a broad spectrum of factors when making programmatic decisions (or recommendations to top management) including public relations. Congressional relations, labor-management relations, public policy positions affecting other VA or non-VA organizations/activities, economic impact and other similar considerations. Ensures effective integration of program efforts/activities with other medical center operations and with community based agencies and activities. B. Staff Supervision Planning work to be accomplished, setting priorities and establishing schedules for accomplishment of work assigned. Assisting in interviewing and selecting candidates for all domiciliary staff positions and assisting in initiating actions for appointment, promotion and reassignment. Providing feedback to assist in evaluating professional level team members assigned to the Domiciliary's various programs. Evaluation is consistent with the requirements of Title 5, Title 38 and Hybrid Title 38. Developing program specific performance standards for all levels of staff in the various programs. C. Clinical Leadership Advising top management in the development of plans for the ongoing provision of domiciliary care services and programs. Actively participating, as needed, in the provision of clinical care services. Ensuring that behavioral counseling services are available to individual patients Resolving work related interdisciplinary treatment concerns and problems of a complex clinical nature. D. Program Development Maintaining awareness of local and system-wide trends in patient care demands, health care technology and the ever growing body of knowledge drawn from the published results of clinical research. Identifying necessary changes in therapeutic program mix and the potential impact of such changes on domiciliary program staffing patterns. Ensures close collaboration with other VAMC work groups/programs that may affect or be affected by domiciliary program development activities. Identifies current and projected resource requirements, preparing and justifying requests for essential additional resources. Ensuring appropriate staff participation in professional training essential to the maintenance and expansion of clinical expertise necessary to the development of new therapeutic programs. In the case of assigned Title 38 personnel, supports coordination of necessary training. E. Education and Research Developing and managing in-service training and career development programs for domiciliary staff members. Providing consultation and training to newly appointed Assistant Chiefs on a system-wide basis. Providing education and training to other VAMC work units and staff requiring knowledge of domiciliary program operations, as needed. Directing the ongoing research and data gathering of the Domiciliary Care for Homeless Veterans program and coordinating local research activities with the North East Program Evaluation Center (NEPEC). F. Program Evaluation Assuring effective program participation in VAMC quality assurance and utilization review programs in coordination with JCAH and CARF requirements and coordinating with overall Medical Center QA/UR activities. Initiating actions essential to the elimination of program deficiencies identified during evaluative processes. Directing the activities of the Domiciliary quality improvement efforts. In addition, the incumbent assists the Domiciliary Chief in improving quality of patient care in the Domiciliary setting. G. Management Support Activities In the absence of the Domiciliary Chief serves as high level liaison with: local, state, and national officials community based special interest groups. Community based agencies and other health care providers Representatives of affiliated medical schools Preparing for the Medical Center Director's signature, congressional and other controlled correspondence including responses to IG, GAO, and other audit recommendations. Representing the medical Center Director and/or the VACO Chief, Domiciliary at local regional or national meetings and educational conferences in the absence of the Chief. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.