Primary responsibility is to apply clinical knowledge and experience to the identification of patients with psychosocial and / or discharge planning needs in order to ease the patient's transition into the next level of care or return to the home. Conducts a comprehensive psychosocial assessment to identify social and practical environmental problems which are interfering with the patient's health and well being. Provides social work intervention to assure that services and counseling are provided as indicated by the assessment. Insures that the after care needs of the patient are met.
The ideal candidate will have the ability to communicate with people in stressful situations, within small groups, and with other medical professionals. High degree of problem solving required. Ability to judge each situation independently and direct appropriately.
Conducts and documents assessments, including High Risk Screens, of the patient within the guidelines and time frame indicated in departmental policy.
Demonstrates knowledge and awareness of the psychosocial needs of patients and families such as adjustment to illness, disease impact, loss and bereavement, health care decision making, education, problem solving and planning.
Develops a plan and utilizes appropriate interventions to assist the patient/family address the identified psychosocial needs. Continues ongoing assessment according to patient needs/status and per policy.
Coordinates discharge planning and other services with the Case Manager and other members of the health care team to assure appropriate and continuous care is provided to the patient upon discharge from acute care.
Based upon an assessment of the patient/family system, assures appropriate referrals and resources are obtained and coordinated to provide continuous care, maximize functional capacity and preserve the patient's independence.
Verbalizes knowledge and demonstrates consistent use and compliance with written protocols.
Utilization Management. Demonstrates a working knowledge of intensity of service and severity of illness, admission, discharge criteria. Identifies delays in service/processes that impact length of stay, avoidable days, and other level of service issues.
Financial Assistance. Maintains knowledge base regarding available Financial Assistance Programs. Provides information and referral to patients and families to assist with making application to appropriate programs.
Qualifications Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor's Degree in Social Work (B.S.W.)
One year of recent experience in the provision of social work in a medical setting. Five years as a BSW.
Master's Degree in Social Work (M.S.W.)
Social Work Licensure (L.C.S.W.)
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