2012 Philippine Standard Occupational Classification (PSOC)

PSOC Unit Groups under Minor Group 325

DescriptionCode

Dental Assistants and Therapists

Dental assistants and therapists provide basic dental care services for the prevention and treatment of diseases and disorders of the teeth and mouth, as per care plans and procedures established by a dentist or other oral health professional.

Their tasks include:

a) advising communities and individuals on dental hygiene, diet and other preventive measures to reduce potential risks to oral health;
b) conducting visual and physical examinations of patients' mouths, teeth and related structures to assess oral health status;
c) identifying cases of patients with poor oral health or oral disease requiring referral to a dentist or other health professional;
d) assisting dentists during complex dental procedures;
e) providing fluoride treatments, cleaning and removing deposits from teeth, preparing cavities and placing fillings, administering local anaesthesia, and performing other types of basic or routine clinical dental procedures;
f) preparing, cleaning and sterilizing dental instruments, equipment and materials used in the examination and treatment of patients;
g) getting patients ready for examination or treatment including explaining procedures and correct positioning;
h) taking impressions of the mouth and dental radiographs to support diagnosis and fitting of dental prosthetics.

Examples of occupations classified here:

Dental associate
Dental assistant
Dental therapist

Some related occupation classified elsewhere:

Dentist - 2261
Dental mechanic - 3214
Dental prosthetist - 3214
Dental technician - 3214
Dental aid - 5329
3251

Medical Records and Health Information Technicians

Medical records and health information technicians develop, maintain and implement health records processing, storage and retrieval systems in medical facilities and other health care settings to meet the legal professional, ethical and administrative records-keeping requirements of health services delivery.

Their tasks include:

a) planning, developing, maintaining and operating a variety of health record indexes and storage and retrieval systems to collect, classify, store and analyze information;
b) transcribing, compiling and processing patient medical records, admission and discharge documents, and other medical reports into records-keeping systems to provide data for patient monitoring and referral, epidemiological monitoring, research, billing, cost control and care improvement;
c) reviewing records for completeness, accuracy and compliance with regulations;
d) translating narrative descriptions and numeric information from medical records and other documents on health services delivery into codes associated with standard classification systems;
e) protecting the security of medical records to ensure that confidentiality is maintained and releasing information to authorized persons and agencies in accordance with regulations; and
f) supervising clerical and administrative workers involved in the maintenance of medical records.

Examples of occupations classified here:

Clinical coder
Disease registry technician
Health information clerk
Medical records analyst
Medical records clerk
Medical records unit supervisor
Medical records technician

Some related occupation classified elsewhere:

Data entry clerk - 4132
Filing clerk - 4132
Medical secretary - 3344
3252

Community Health Workers

Medical records and health information technicians develop, maintain and implement health records processing, storage and retrieval systems in medical facilities and other health care settings to meet the legal professional, ethical and administrative records-keeping requirements of health services delivery.

Their tasks include:

a) planning, developing, maintaining and operating a variety of health record indexes and storage and retrieval systems to collect, classify, store and analyze information;
b) transcribing, compiling and processing patient medical records, admission and discharge documents, and other medical reports into records-keeping systems to provide data for patient monitoring and referral, epidemiological monitoring, research, billing, cost control and care improvement;
c) reviewing records for completeness, accuracy and compliance with regulations;
d) translating narrative descriptions and numeric information from medical records and other documents on health services delivery into codes associated with standard classification systems;
e) protecting the security of medical records to ensure that confidentiality is maintained and releasing information to authorized persons and agencies in accordance with regulations; and
f) supervising clerical and administrative workers involved in the maintenance of medical records.

Examples of occupations classified here:

Clinical coder;
Disease registry technician;
Health information clerk;
Medical records analyst;
Medical records clerk;
Medical records unit supervisor;
Medical records technician

Some related occupation classified elsewhere:

Data entry clerk - 4132;
Filing clerk - 4132;
Medical secretary - 3344
3253

Dispensing Opticians

Dispensing opticians design, fit and dispense optical lenses based on a prescription from an ophthalmologist or optometrist for the correction of reduced visual acuity. They service corrective eyeglasses, contact lenses, low-vision aids and other optical devices.

Their tasks include:

a) examining and taking facial and eye measurements of clients for fitting of eyeglasses and other optical devices;
b) providing advice to clients with selection and maintenance of eyeglasses and frames, types of contact lenses and other optical devices for performance, safety, comfort and lifestyle;
c) interpreting optical prescriptions and preparing work order for optical laboratory for grinding and mounting of lenses in frames, preparation of contact lenses and other required work; and
d) verifying exactness of finished optical appliances and devices to the original prescription and fit of clients.

Examples of occupations classified here:

Contact lens optician;
Dispensing optician

Some related occupation classified elsewhere:

Ophthalmologist - 2212;
Ophthalmic optician - 2267;
Optometrist - 2267;
Orthoptist - 2267
3254

Physiotherapy Technicians and Assistants

Physiotherapy technicians and assistants provide physical therapeutic treatments to patients in circumstances where functional movement is threatened by injury, disease or impairment. Therapies are usually provided as per rehabilitative plans established by a physiotherapist or other health professional.

Their tasks include:

a) administering manual treatments such as massage therapy or pressure point therapy;
b) administering electrical modality treatments, ultrasound, and other physical therapies using specialized techniques and equipment, including infra-red lamps, wet compresses, and herbal and mineral therapies;
c) instructing, motivating, safeguarding and assisting patients as they practice physical exercises, relaxation techniques and functional activities;
d) conferring with physiotherapists or other health care providers to evaluate patient information for planning, modifying, and coordinating treatment;
e) monitoring and recording patients' progress during treatments, including measuring their range-of-joint motion and vital signs; and
f) fitting patients for orthopedic braces, prostheses, and other physical supportive devices such as crutches, and instructing patients in the use of such devices.

Examples of occupations classified here:

Acupressure therapist;
Electrotherapist;
Hydrotherapist;
Massage therapist;
Orthopedic technician;
Physical rehabilitation technician;
Physiotherapy assistant;
Physiotherapy technician;
Reflexologist;
Shiatsu therapist

Some related occupation classified elsewhere:

Physiotherapist - 2264;
Chiropractor - 3259;
Occupational therapist - 2269;
Podiatrist - 2269
3255

Medical Assistants

Medical assistants perform basic clinical and administrative tasks to support patient care under the direct supervision of a medical practitioner or other health professional.

Their tasks include:

a) interviewing patients and their families to obtain information on their health status and medical history;
b) assisting medical doctors and other health professionals to examine and treat patients, including measuring and recording vital signs, administering medications, and performing routine clinical procedures such as giving injections and removing sutures ;
c) getting patients ready for examination and treatment, including explaining procedures and showing them to examination rooms;
d) preparing and handling medical instruments and supplies, including sterilizing instruments and disposing of contaminated supplies in accordance with safety procedures;
e) collecting blood, tissue or other specimens, and preparing them for laboratory testing;
f) providing information to patients and families on health care topics including medications prescribed by a medical doctor or other health professional;
g) providing prescription and drug refill information to pharmacies;
h) maintaining cleanliness of patient waiting and examination rooms;
i) recording information on patients' medical history, diagnostic testing and treatment procedures and results, and other information in medical records-keeping systems; and
j) scheduling appointments with patients, and preparing documentation required for billing, reporting and insurance purposes.

Examples of occupations classified here:

Clinical assistant;
Medical assistant;
Ophthalmic assistant

Some related occupation classified elsewhere:

Clinical officer (paramedical) - 2240;
Dental assistant - 3251;
Medical imaging assistant - 5329;
Medical prosthetic technician - 3214;
Medical secretary - 3344;
Physiotherapy assistant - 3255
3256

Environmental and Occupational Health Inspectors and Associates

Environmental and occupational health inspectors and associates investigate the implementation of rules and regulations relating to environmental factors that may affect human health, safety in the workplace, and safety of processes for the production of goods and services. They may implement and evaluate programs to restore or improve safety and sanitary conditions under the supervision of a health professional.

Their tasks include:

a) advising employers’ and workers’ representatives on the implementation of government and other rules and regulations concerning occupational safety and the working environment;
b) inspecting places of work to ensure that the working environment, machinery and equipment conform to government and other rules, regulations and standards related to sanitation and/or occupational and environmental health and safety;
c) giving advice on environmental sanitary problems and techniques;
d) inspecting places of work and, by interviews, observations and other means, obtaining information about work practices and accidents to determine compliance with safety rules and regulations;
e) inspecting areas of production, processing, transport, handling, storage and sale of products to ensure conformity with government and other rules, regulations and standards;
f) advising enterprises and the general public on the implementation of government and other rules and regulations concerning hygiene, sanitation, purity and grading of primary products, food, drugs, cosmetics and similar goods;
g) inspecting establishments to ensure that they conform to government and other rules and regulations concerning emission of pollutants and disposal of dangerous wastes;
h) initiating action to maintain or improve hygiene and prevent pollution of water, air, food or soil;
i) promoting preventive and corrective measures such as control of disease carrying organisms and of harmful substances in the air, hygienic food handling, proper disposal of waste and cleaning of public places; and
j) estimating quantities and costs of materials and labor required for health, safety and sanitation remediation projects;

Examples of occupations classified here:

Environmental sanitation inspector
Food sanitation and safety inspector
Health inspector
Occupational health and safety inspector
Pollution inspector
Pollution control aide
Pollution control officer
Production inspector
Quality assurance/control inspector
Sanitarian
Sanitary inspector
Vehicles/pollution inspector
Zoning inspector

Some related occupation classified elsewhere:

Environmental health officer - 2263
Occupational health and safety adviser - 2263
Occupational hygienist - 2263
Radiation protection expert - 2263
3257

Ambulance Workers

Ambulance workers provide emergency health care to patients who are injured, sick, infirm, or otherwise physically or mentally impaired prior to and during transport to medical facilities.

Their tasks include:

a) assessing health status of persons involved in accidents, natural disasters and other emergency situations, and determining needs for immediate and specialized medical assistance;
b) performing medical procedures and administering drugs and other therapies according to protocol for emergency medical treatment, including resuscitating and defibrillating patients and operating life-support equipment;
c) monitoring changes in health status of patients during transport to and from medical, rehabilitation and other health care facilities;
d) providing information and training to community groups and essential service workers in first aid for initial care of an illness or injury;
e) attending and/or patrolling large-scale public gatherings and other events where health emergencies are more likely to occur; and
f) recording information on patients' conditions and treatments provided in medical records-keeping systems.

Examples of occupations classified here:

Ambulance officer
Ambulance paramedic
Emergency medical technician
Emergency paramedic

Some related occupation classified elsewhere:

Ambulance driver - 8322
Paramedical practitioner - 2240
3258

Health Associate Professionals Not Elsewhere Classified

This unit group covers health associate professionals not classified elsewhere in Sub-major group 32, Health associate professionals. For instance the group includes occupations such as chiropractor, osteopath and other health associate professionals.

Their tasks include:

a) interviewing and examining patients to obtain information on their health status and the nature and extent of injury, illness or other physical or mental health problem;
b) administering therapeutic care and treatment to patients, including the manual and physical chiropractic an osteopathic techniques;
c) monitoring patients' progress through treatment plans, and identifying signs and symptoms requiring referral to a medical doctor or other health professional;
d) recording information on patients' health status and responses to treatment in medical records-keeping systems; and
e) sharing information with other health care providers when required to ensure continuing and comprehensive care.

Examples of occupations classified here:

Accupuncture technician;
Artificial limb and brace maker;
Chiropractor;
Occupational therapy technician;
Osteopath
3259