Continuing Care Manager - Social Worker (FT), Jack Byrne Center for Palliative and Hospice Care - Days

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Allied Health
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1900010E Requisition #

The well-established Palliative Care Team at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center continues to expand and is seeking another Social Worker to join our interdisciplinary team of Social Workers, Nurses, Chaplains, Volunteers, Healing Arts, Nurse Practitioners and Physicians. We are looking for a Clinical Social Worker to be fully embedded in our palliative care program, providing counseling to patients and families and supporting the interdisciplinary team. This role requires assessment of individual and family dynamics in an inpatient hospital/hospice setting with patients and families experiencing serious illness, the ability to quickly determine and articulate psychological aspects of the illness experience and their impact on coping, and the ability to participate in the coproduction of medical care. Must have capacity and enthusiasm for close collaboration with a mature and high-functioning clinical team.


The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience in the following areas (please see the job description below for additional job duties):

    • Identifying high risk patients requiring on-going coordination of care
    • Performing a comprehensive patient/family assessment
    • Developing a comprehensive treatment plan that will span the continuum of psychosocial issues
    • Implementing a plan of care to provide continuing support and coordination for patient/family with multiple complex system needs
    • Utilizing innovative strategies to advocate for patient needs, Negotiating complex systems to remove barriers and limitations in accessing health care in regards to psychological, social and environmental areas.
    • Identifying gaps in the care continuum and working with the community and provider networks to expand access to needed psychological, social and environmental services.
    • Participating in the development, maintenance, and coordination of an interdisciplinary care delivery system specific to individual patient and family needs and promotes effective resource utilization.
    • Contributing to educational programs within the section and to educational initiatives for other healthcare teams at the medical center and in the region.
    • Contributing to the development and delivery of community programs designed to support caregivers and families in bereavement. 


Job Description:


Facilitates the management of illness, striving to achieve measured advancements in the patient's health status.

 

1. Manages and coordinates interdisciplinary care of defined populations through the care continuum from wellness through end of life from a psychological, social and environmental perspective.
2. Identifies high risk patients requiring on-going coordination of care; performs a comprehensive patient/family assessment, develops a comprehensive treatment plan that will span the continuum of psychosocial issues, implements a plan of care to provide continuing support and coordination for patient/family with multiple complex system needs, manages benefits and negotiates continuing care services for enrollees in various health insurance plans, etc.
3. Utilizes innovative strategies to advocate for patient needs and negotiates complex systems to remove barriers and limitations in accessing health care in regards to psychological, social and environmental areas.
4. Monitors the patient’s transition across and within care settings (e.g., home, clinic, skilled nursing facility, rehabilitation, hospital, etc.).
5. Shares assessment and psychological, social and environmental care plan data with patient/family consent as the patient moves through different care settings.
6. Identifies gaps in the care continuum and work with the community and provider networks to expand access to needed psychological, social and environmental services.
7. Participates in the development of disease management strategies and identifies the appropriate measures for the evaluation of outcomes.
8. Participates in the development, maintenance, and coordination of an interdisciplinary care delivery system specific to individual patient needs and promotes effective resource utilization.
9. Collects and evaluates data/outcomes, including, but not limited to, patient satisfaction, health and functional status, and resource utilization.
10. Performs other duties as required or assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:


  •      Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) with 5 years of clinical experience required.
  •      Critical thinking skills, strong leadership and communication abilities, the ability to be a self-starter, negotiate, and handle conflict resolution.
  •      Understanding and comfort using computers.
  •      Collaborative team player, use of systems approach in planning, problem solving and decision making, creativity, innovation, risk-taking, autonomy, flexibility, receptiveness to change and a commitment to professional growth.
  •       Certified or eligible for certification for ACHP-SW (https://www.socialworkers.org/Careers/Credentials-Certifications/Apply-for-NASW-Social-Work-Credentials/Advanced-Certified-Hospice-and-Palliative-Social-Worker). 
  •       Prior work in an interdisciplinary team.


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