Certified Hand Therapist - Full Time - Days- Outpatient - Pin Oak Location

Location: Houston Methodist Hospital
6565 Fannin St
Houston, TX 77030
Job Ref:
Talent Area:
Occupational Therapy
Job Shift:
1st - Day
Job Type:
Posted Date:
Dec. 29, 2022

At Houston Methodist, the Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) is responsible for evaluating and developing the therapy plan of care for a broad range of hand and upper extremity diagnoses and acuities. As an experienced Therapist, provides education to hand and upper extremity patients, patient's family members, and/or caregivers and collaborates with other health care professionals as needed for problem resolution and/or achievement of identified patient specific goals. As a member of the direct patient care team, provides patient care directly and through delegation to Occupational or Physical Therapist Assistants (PTA) and Technicians. Has responsibility for patient care delivered by assigned OTAs or PTAs and Technicians, delivering exceptional patient care with adherence to safety standards and guidelines to ensure optimal patient safety, customer service, and optimum patient outcomes. Serves as preceptor, mentor and resource to less experienced hand and upper extremity staff to include other Occupational or Physical Therapists, assistants and technicians, and may act as a clinical instructor to OT or PT and OTA or PTA students, Residents, and Fellows.


Job responsibilities labeled EF capture those duties that are essential functions of the job.

PEOPLE - 20 %

  1. Promotes a positive work environment and contributes to a dynamic, team focused work unit that actively helps one another to achieve optimal department results. Collaborates with all members of the hand and upper extremity patient care team by actively communicating and reporting pertinent patient care information and data in a comprehensive manner. (EF)
  2. Serves as preceptor, mentor and resource to less experienced hand therapists (occupational or physical therapists), helping to advance their professional practice at HM. (EF)
  3. Teaches and provides guidance to Occupational or Physical Therapist Assistants, Technicians, and support staff. Assists with precepting students in clinical rotations and occupational or physical therapist residency or fellowship programs. May also serve as a clinical instructor. (EF)

SERVICE - 20 %

  1. Performs complete and comprehensive evaluation of patients across a broad range of hand and upper extremity diagnosis and acuities to identify patient's level of function and to determine the treatment plan. Develops the plan of care based on evaluation findings, implementing the hand and upper extremity treatment plan. (EF)
  2. Provides education to patients, patient's family members, and/or caregivers. Serves as resource to colleagues in teaching best therapy practice in hand and upper extremity rehabilitation. (EF)
  3. Collaborates and communicates with the healthcare team modifications to patient's treatment plan, progress, and discharge planning for achievement of identified patient specific goals. (EF)


  1. Assesses hand and upper extremity patients regularly, monitoring progress towards treatment goals, modifying goals, plan or program as indicated. Recognizes complications/limitations associated with certain procedures and proactively addresses such for optimum outcomes. Collaborates and communicates with the healthcare team modifications to patient's treatment plan, progress, and discharge planning. (EF)
  2. Proactively identifies opportunities for corrective action and process improvement providing recommendations, and contributes to meeting departmental and hospital targets for quality and safety. (EF)
  3. Provides oversight of patient care provided by OTAs or PTA's and Technicians, ensuring quality outcomes and the safety of the patient, adjusting activities as applicable. (EF)

FINANCE - 20 %

  1. Uses resources efficiently to maximize utilization of time and equipment. Meets labor standards by effectively managing established patient load assignments. (EF)
  2. Maintains accurate and complete documentation of patient education and procedures performed in a timely manner in the patient record. Enters charges for services provided as applicable. (EF)


  1. Actively participates in departmental projects. Participates in HM related and approved hospital/community teaching opportunities, community services and/or functions. (EF)
  2. Assists higher level OTs or PTs with program development and/or clinical competencies.
  3. Seeks opportunities to advance and/or expand learning beyond basic competencies with a focus on continual development as a Certified Hand Therapist.

This job description is not intended to be all inclusive; the employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job duties as assigned. Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.



  • Graduate of education program approved by the credentialing body for the required credential(s) indicated below in the Certificates, Licenses and Registrations section.


  • Completion of HM or comparable Occupational or Physical Therapy Residency program, or 3 years of experience as a Physical or Occupational Therapist.


  • Texas Physical or Occupational Therapist License or eligible for temporary Texas Physical or Occupational Therapist License- must obtain licensure within 90 days of employment
  • American Heart Association BLS
  • Hand Therapy Certification through Hand Therapy Credentialing Commission (HTCC)


  • Demonstrates the skills and competencies necessary to safely perform the assigned job, determined through on-going skills, competency assessments, and performance evaluations.
  • Sufficient proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the English language necessary to perform the essential functions of this job, especially with regard to activities impacting patient or employee safety or security.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with patients, physicians, family members and co-workers in a manner consistent with a customer service focus and application of positive language principles.
  • Demonstrates increasing expertise in treatments provided and/or for hand and upper extremity patient population.
  • Ability to work independently, capable of handling challenging/difficult therapy procedures and patient care situations; demonstrates sound judgment and executes above average clinical skills.
  • Exhibits strong interpersonal, teamwork and leadership skills with all levels of the healthcare team and assures delivery of excellent customer service to all patients, visitors, physicians and co-workers.
  • Possesses proficient computer knowledge; operates multiple computer systems and standard Rehabilitation equipment.
  • Demonstrate professional and technical competence in the selection, evaluation, utilization of treatment plans.


Work AttireYes/No
Business professionalNo
Other (dept approved)Yes


On-Call* No (for Non-Exempt or Exempt jobs)

*Note that employees may be required to be on-call during emergencies (ie. Disaster, Severe Weather Event, etc) regardless of selection above.


May require travel withinYes
Houston Metropolitan area 


May require travel outsideNo
of Houston Metropolitan area 

**Travel specifications may vary by department.

Please note any other special considerations to this job: __________________________

Company Profile:

Since its founding in 1919, Houston Methodist Hospital has earned worldwide recognition. Houston Methodist Hospital is affiliated with the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and New York-Presbyterian Hospital, one of the nation’s leading centers for medical education and research. In 2022, U.S. News & World Report named Houston Methodist Hospital to its prestigious Honor Roll for the sixth time. Also, in this year’s rankings, Houston Methodist Hospital was named the No. 1 hospital in Texas for the 11th year in a row. Houston Methodist Hospital directs millions of research dollars into patient care and offers the latest innovations in medical, surgical and diagnostic techniques. With 946 operating beds, 85 operating rooms and nearly 8,500 employees, Houston Methodist Hospital offers complete care for patients from around the world.

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