Summary - Palliative Care Social Worker (LCSW) Provides psychosocial support to palliative care service patients. Assists in discharge planning, culturally competent psychosocial evaluations, and transitions of care for palliative care service patients.This is an exciting and unique position working with oncology patients on both the Inpatient and Outpatient side of care.
This position applies specialized clinical knowledge and advanced clinical skills in the areas of assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental, emotional and behavioral disorders, conditions and addictions
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· Performs/documents psychosocial assessment on the Palliative Care team patients.
· Collaborates and serves as a resource for social worker team members working with care service patients on other units in the hospital.
· Collaborates and assists the palliative care team in patient-family meetings for goal setting and care planning.
· Participates in the discharge planning process of palliative care service patients.
· Coordinates educational and outreach services relevant to the social service -palliative care interface.
· Participates and provides input in palliative care quality improvement initiatives.
· Provides liaison functions between the palliative care team and hospital care coordination and social service departments.
· Provides liaison function between palliative care team and community hospice, home care agencies, long-term care facilities and other community services and resources.
· Attends weekday palliative care team "rounds," weekday Hospitalist-Oncology-Palliative Care multidisciplinary team rounds, weekly Tuesday Conferences (includes Palliative Care Committee meetings), monthly Palliative Care Joint Commission meetings, and monthly palliative care business meetings.
· Is committed to following the National Quality Forum's Preferred Practices for Palliative Care and the National Consensus Project Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care, and the Joint Commission standards through the Advanced Certification Program in Palliative Care.
· Seek professional memberships (eg, NASW and NHPCO's National Council of Hospice and Palliative Professionals (NCHPP)).
Practice within the scope of the Values and Ethics of Social Work Practice outlined by the NASW
· Masters Degree in Social Work
· Minimum two years clinical experience in hospital, long term care or hospice setting.
· Licensed Social Worker
· Committed to work towards the Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Social Worker ( ACHP-SW ) within two years and meeting educational and state requirements to maintain certification.
· Palliative Certification Preferred
· Palliative Care Experience
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