Job Description

Location: St. Elizabeth's Medical Center
Posted Date: 11/15/2019
COTA-GPU/Adult-Psych, Per Diem, Varied Day Shifts, Weekends As Needed, Holidays As Needed

I. Position Function: the Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, under the direct supervision of the OTR/L Supervisor, assists with the occupational therapy, screening, assessment treatment of patients in individual and group settings. The COTA will also assist with daily responsibilities of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program.

II. Job Relationships:


A. Involves other departments in project planning and implementation.

B.Supports others in the department and provides help and assistance when possible.

C. Regularly attends and participates in team and/or departmental meetings and activities.

D. Keeps others in the department informed of relevant information.

E. Regularly offers and requests constructive feedback and coaching.

F. Established and maintains effective working relations.

2. SERVICE EXCELLENCE (both internal and external)

A. Welcomes patients/customers/employees in a warm, friendly manner.

B. Actively listens and constructively responds to questions and concerns in a timely manner.

C. Ensures that the dignity of the patient/customer/employee is maintained at all times.

D. Abides by and upholds the hospital's service excellence standards.

E. Respects the diversity of the patient/customer/employee population.

F. Demonstrates safe and effective use of equipment.

G. Maintains professional, cooperative, workable rapport with peers, volunteers, patients, families.

H. Participates in Continuous Quality Improvement activities.

III. Authority:

IV. A. Responsibilities/Essential Functions:

1.) "Provides superior customer service to internal and external clients, customers,

and patients as referenced in the Service Excellence Standards."

2). Maintains proper, accurate and timely records of treatment, progress and discharge summaries’.

3). Plans and directs groups in the patient milieu as directed by Supervisor. Plans 1:1 interventional activity to meet the need as directed by Supervisor.

4). Participates in team meeting as scheduled on the unit.

5). Communicates with medical staff and other disciplines as appropriate.

6). Assists with the assessment of the quality and appropriateness of care in accordance with Hospital Performance

Improvement plan.

7). Assists in gathering data to be used in assessments under the direction of OTR/L.

8). Complete daily charges identified in department policy and procedure manual.

9). Expands qualifications by participating in advancement through own professional development organization, educational opportunities offered by the hospital or instruction for other educational program.

10). Demonstrates knowledge of patient diagnosis, precaution and medications for treatment though consultation of medical records and communication with other team members.

11). Engages in problem solving process in familiar and unfamiliar situations seeking Supervisor's support appropriately.

12). Adjusts to fluctuating needs of patients, families, the Department and hospital.

13). Plans and organizes treatment for adult acute psychiatric population with varying diagnosis.

B. Responsibilities/Non-Essential Functions:

V. Reporting Requirements:

VI. Accountability:

Accountable to the OTR/L Supervisor, Psychiatry Administration.

VII. Qualifications:

Minimum Education:

Graduate from an accredited certified occupational therapy program.

Minimum Experience:

Minimum of 1 year of experience in psychiatric occupational therapy setting.

Minimum skills/abilities:

Must be certified in CPR or become certified in CPR within one year of employment.


Must be registered and eligible in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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