A lead physical therapist position involves overseeing the delivery of care to patients and families in the therapist's hospital or medical center. The lead physical therapist monitors the quality of care patients receive, instructs the caregivers and family members, and helps develop a strategy and routine for the patients that includes final discharge from the care center. The lead physical therapist works closely with the medical staff, including advising (and sometimes supervising) different doctors, staff members, employees, volunteers, and other relevant caregivers the patients interact with in their care. Work hours vary depending on the needs of the medical care center; while nights and weekends are typically "off hours," it is expected that the lead therapist is available to staff during these times.
Lead Physical Therapist (PT) Tasks
Discharge patient from physical therapy when projected outcomes have been attained and provide for follow-up care or referrals.
Administer manual exercises, massage or traction to help relieve pain, increase patient strength or decrease or prevent deformity.
Record prognosis, treatment, response and progress in patient's chart or computer database.
As a clinician, lead staff and give technical direction with evaluations and treatment of patients.