Lead Social Worker MSW
Company: MyMichigan Health
Posted on: January 24, 2023
Summary Responsible for the delivery of social work services
inclusive of all patient populations across the continuum of care
for MyMichigan Health System. Services will be in collaboration
with other members of the health care team. The social worker is
responsible for assessing the patient's psycho-social-spiritual
needs, educating and counseling, along with planning, coordinating
and implementing care across the continuum while contributing to
patient outcomes and length of stay. Communicates teamwork, caring,
and compassion with all internal and external health care team
- (35%)* Provide social work intervention as it relates to
hospitalization including crisis management, health care
decision-making, illness adjustment, ethical/legal concerns,
discharge planning and transitional care needs, child or elder
abuse, domestic violence, competency, financial problems,
compliance issues, as well as other psychosocial barriers to
maximizing health status.
- (35%)* Work with the health care team, patient, family and/or
significant others to continually transition the patient to the
appropriate level/place of care. Advocate, mediate and negotiate,
with an emphasis on self-determination for the patient system, to
formulate a cohesive plan for maintaining the patient's health
status, improving social supports, and moving the patient safely
into less restrictive, less costly levels of care according to
- (15%)* Collaborate with the patient's physician in
competency/capacity determinations, obtaining legal guardianship,
involuntary psychiatric admission, adoptions, ethical concerns,
etc. Complete and disseminate all necessary legal and clinical
documentation as needed for resolution.
- (15%)* Audit the work of the social work staff. Provide
clinical supervision to the social work staff (includes sharing
audit/coaching documentation with the manager). Assist with annual
performance evaluations for social work staff.
OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Complete and document a standard social work
psycho-social-spiritual assessment to:
Eliminate barriers to treatment Increase patient/family
satisfaction Improve appropriate utilization of resources.
Actively participate in care coordination efforts to successfully
identify high-risk factors and respond appropriately so that key
information, next steps and avoidable days are captured and
Is able to co-lead, with case manager partner, daily care
Facilitate extended care placements and other facility transfers in
coordination with the health care team.
Facilitate complex home care arrangements in collaboration with the
health care team.
Serve as the lead in obtaining financial and other resources for
patients and families in need.
Identify the need for and conduct family meetings, with or without
the physician, that result in understanding, comfort,
decision-making, and other important outcomes.
Consciously integrate relevant theories of family dynamics, crisis
intervention, strengths-based, solution-focused, and the meaning of
illness into everyday casework.
Summarize a patient and family situation concisely, with helpful
guidance to non-social work staff members about recommendations for
actions to be taken and barriers to discharge.
Identify the contributions of key professionals to patient outcomes
and length of stay.
Identify and provide for learning needs of patients, families, and
health care team.
Participate in the department's performance improvement/Continuous
Quality Improvement (CQI) processes.
Attend and actively participate in staff meetings; maintain
positive working relationships with team and knowledge about
community agencies and services.
Maintain timely, clear and concise documentation; compile monthly
statistics, and write reports as requested.
Participate in supervision and evaluation of Bachelor of Social
Work (BSW) and/or MSW degree candidates as directed by department
Assume responsibility for professional development and educational
requirements for maintenance of professional licensure.
Contribute to the development of and adhere to departmental and
medical center policies and procedures to maintain a safe
environment of care.
Provide for the age-specific needs of the populations served.
All other duties as assigned.
EXPERIENCE, TRAINING AND SKILLS
Training and experience, and/or demonstrated competency in casework
principles, including diagnosis, assessment, crisis intervention,
treatment and transition planning; techniques in individual, family
and group therapy; awareness of community resources, public
assistance and entitlement programs, ensuring transition to
appropriate levels of care; and issues relating to age and stage of
development, special needs and cultural patterns of the patient
populations being served.
Knowledge of medical social work practices, processes and
procedures as normally acquired through three years' experience
working in a hospital (preferred), social agency or community
organization dealing with physical and/or mental health and/or
Interpersonal skills needed to communicate successfully with
individuals and groups and interact with people at all levels to
communicate ideas and concepts in a clear and understandable
Adherence to the National Association of Social Workers' Code of
MyMichigan Health is a technology driven organization and employees
need to demonstrate competency in Microsoft Windows.
An employee may be required to participate in further learning
opportunities offered by MyMichigan Health.
Membership in at least one professional organization (i.e. NASW,
SSWLHC-MI Chapter, national SSWLHC, etc.) preferred.
PHYSICAL/MENTAL REQUIREMENTS AND TYPICAL WORKING CONDITIONS
Exposure to stressful situations, including those involving public
contact, as well as, trauma, grief and death. Able to wear personal
protective equipment that includes latex materials or appropriate
substitute if required for your position. Is able to move freely
about facility with or without an assisted device and must be able
to perform the functions of the job as outlined in the job
description. Overall vision and hearing is necessary with or
without assisted device(s). Frequently required to sit/stand/walk
for long periods of time. May require frequent postural changes
such as stooping, kneeling or crouching. Some exposure to blood
borne pathogens and other potentially infectious material. Must
follow MyMichigan Health blood borne pathogen and TB testing as
required. Ability to handle multiple tasks, get along with others,
work independently, regular and predictable attendance and ability
to stay awake. Overall dexterity is required including handling,
reaching, grasping, fingering and feeling. May require repetition
of these movements on a regular to frequent basis. Physical Demand
Level: Sedentary. Must be able to occasionally (0-33% of the
workday) lift or carry 0-10 lbs.
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