Job Posting: The Clinical Social Worker, LCSW, will be responsible for identifying and intervening with Tower Hematology Oncology and other Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute outpatients who have psychosocial needs. The Clinical Social Worker is responsible for developing patient care goals and treatment plans as agreed upon by the patient's care team regarding psychosocial issues, and in agreement with the Cedars-Sinai Oncology Enterprise Supportive Care Services Social Work Care Model. The position requires experience and facility brief therapy interventions, counseling, problem-solving and conflict resolution, patient and family management, transdisciplinary collaboration, biopsychosocial assessments, navigation, education, advocacy, and community resource linkages. Essential Job Duties:
Independently identify all new patients for the oncology care teams supported by this position at Tower Hematology and introduce them to the Supportive Care Services Department. Specifically, identify yourself as their outpatient social worker and introduce them to the supportive care services available to them and their family, friends or caregivers.
Monitor and manage psychosocial distress screening for each assigned oncologic practice and respond to patient's who screen positive for psychosocial needs.
Respond in a timely manner to referrals initiated by various members of the medical oncology care and supportive care services teams.
Assess the psychological, physical and environmental factors impacting adult and pediatric cancer patients, and their families/Provide brief behavioral interventions to cancer patients and their families throughout the trajectory of the patient's cancer illness.
Connect patients with appropriate resources including financial-aid/cancer-specific grants, transportation services, home health options, community cancer wellness programs, insurance providers, hospices, etc.
Participate in and manage the proper reporting of suspected abuse/neglect and other government-related reporting such as Child Protective Services, Adult Protective Services, Office of the Public Guardian, Long-Term Care Ombudsman, Community Care Licensing, and law enforcement.
Advocate for patient rights and self-determination in the medical system.
Discuss palliative care, hospice care, and advance care planning with patients and participate in documenting the patient's wishes in their electronic medical records.
Complete comprehensive documentation, in the patient's electronic medical record, consistent with legal and organizational requirements.
Evaluate caseload daily and assess achievement of short and long term patient goals; modify goals with providers and the care team based upon patient outcomes; compile and present statistics and reports relating to patient outcomes.
Provide follow-up and outcome communication to the referral source (i.e., oncologist, supportive care services colleague, family, home health personnel, community social worker, health plan, etc.).
Collaborate with the transdisciplinary treatment team of physicians (psychiatry/cancer rehabilitation and survivorship/supportive care medicine), nurses, social workers, registered dieticians, chaplains, and medical staff to ensure integration of care.
As needed may also support other affiliated entities within the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute.
Attend weekly inter/multidisciplinary team meetings, as well as others as assigned.
Perform other relevant duties in the scope of social work as assigned.
Masters in Social Work from an accredited school of social work. License/Certification/Registration Requirements:
Active Registration (ACSW) with the State of California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
Maintain active registration with appropriate state agency and remain in good standing. Experience:
2-3 years clinical social work experience, including a minimum of one-year experience in a healthcare setting.
Experience with oncology or other complex illnesses care preferred.
Certification as a Hospice and Palliative Social Worker preferred. Competencies:
Possess excellent assessment skills and ability to implement brief behavioral interventions.
Excellent writing and communication skills.
Ability to exercise objectivity and good judgment relating to difficult and emotionally charged situations and the ability to interface effectively with patients, families, providers, management, and employees of the organization as well as facilities and agencies in the community, all while maintaining appropriate boundaries.
Experience and demonstrated skill in working with a transdisciplinary team.
Bilingual preferred. Physical Demands:
Normal physical requirements for routine administrative responsibilities carried out at a desk.
Ability to move between care sites and within a clinic and across clinics.
Providing healthcare for more than 100 years, Cedars-Sinai has evolved into one of the most dynamic and highly renowned medical centers in the world. Along with caring for patients, Cedars-Sinai is a hub for biomedical research and a training center for future physicians and other healthcare professionals. This attracts exceptional talent to Cedars-Sinai, including world-renowned physician-scientists who seek a place where they can both conduct research and see patients--the ideal formula for discovery and its translation into cures. Our patients benefit from access to doctors at the top of their fields, and our researchers have an ideal community in which to study the impact of healthcare challenges, and reflect that knowledge in their research. The greater Los Angeles area in which Cedars-Sinai resides possesses unparalleled cultural and ethnic diversity which offers outstanding opportunities for translational and clinical research and a dynamic environment for medical education.Although community based, Cedars-Sinai is a major teaching hospital affiliated with the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Cedars-Sinai has highly comp...etitive graduate medical education programs in more than 50 specialty and subspecialty areas, a graduate program in biomedical sciences and translational medicine, a clinical scholars program directed towards junior physicians with aspirations to become clinical scientists, and post graduate training opportunities.There are more than 250 full-time faculty members at Cedars-Sinai. The voluntary medical staff, comprised of more than 2,200 specialty board-certified or board-qualified physicians, represent all of the specialties and subspecialties and collaborate with full-time medical staff in the teaching responsibilities of the graduate medical education programs.