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Social Worker, Outpatient Palliative Care

Company: Alameda Health System
Location: Oakland
Posted on: February 15, 2019

Job Description:

SUMMARY: Provides psychosocial interventions with the highest integrity related to cultural appropriateness and developmental stage along the continuum of illness. Interventions may include: supportive counseling, psychoeducation, anticipatory guidance, advocacy, facilitation of family meetings, coordination of social services, linkage to community resources, and non-pharmaceutical pain and symptom management. DUTIES & ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:NOTE:The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification, however, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Not all duties listed are necessarily performed by each individual in the classification.

  • Assists the palliative care team to facilitate patient-family meetings to understand and address the patient-family needs and develop relevant goals and care planning.
  • Attends Palliative Care team meetings to review active cases.
  • Attends team meetings for the operational and administrative functions of the palliative care service.
  • Provides consult recommendations for discharge planning.
  • Provides recommendations to the discharge planning process and post acute placement of patients requiring support.
  • Coordinates social work services for the palliative care service across hospital settings.
  • Manages IDT patient plan of care for palliative care clinic.
  • Provides strengths-based, person and family centered, comprehensive psychosocial assessment.
  • Reinforces patient and family personhood and coping as they negotiate complicated and often prolonged hospitalizations.
  • Assesses risk and intervenes clinically to identify potential for complicated grief and explores anticipatory bereavement related to possible death and multiple aspects of loss and adaptation along the continuum of illness.
  • Provides clinical guidance and consultation to interdisciplinary primary teams, including social workers and case managers, prompting continuity of care and primary palliative care, as well as safe and comprehensive care coordination and discharge planning as indicated.
  • Assesses team coping with challenging clinical cases for palliative clinic.
  • Provides guidance and debriefing as necessary. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Preferred Experience: Hospice or palliative care. Required Education: Licensed Social Work. Required Experience: Two years clinical experience in hospital or outpatient setting, long-term care or hospice setting.

    Keywords: Alameda Health System, Oakland , Social Worker, Outpatient Palliative Care, Healthcare , Oakland, California

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