Most of the time, rehabilitation managers work for public or private hospitals. However, they may work for rehabilitation clinics, or they may manage their own business. Rehabilitation managers must be licensed in occupational therapy (OT) or physical therapy (PO). Rehabilitation managers are responsible for program staffing, clinical programs, and program development. Rehabilitation managers must follow their companies’ procedures, policies, and guidelines when treating their patients. They must also follow government regulations relevant to occupational therapy and physical therapy services.
Most employers require that rehabilitation managers possess a bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree in occupational therapy or physical therapy. Having a PhD in either OT or PO is a plus. They must have relevant state licenses. They must have significant work experience in rehabilitation services. They must have prior experience in managing people, unless they are promoted from within the organization. They must have a good bedside manner. They must have excellent oral and written communication skills.
They must conduct performance evaluations in a timely manner. They must be able to build strong teamwork. They must collaborate with their patients’ physicians. They must create and manage progress logs related to all patients. They must be able to use personal computers and relevant software. They must keep themselves up to date with various new techniques related to occupational therapy or physical therapy. They must read professional journals relevant to their job. They may have to attend various workshops or conferences.
Rehabilitation Manager Tasks
Manage the selection, training and development of staff.
Oversee day-to-day operational and clinical activities of the rehabilitation department.
Monitor budget and utilize operational resources, stay abreast of new therapy approaches.
As a clinician, supervise staff and give technical direction with evaluation and treatment of patients.