Palliative Care Social Worker
UC Davis Medical Center
Sacramento, CA, United States
UC Davis Medical Center
Palliative Care Social Worker
Salary Range: $46.02 - $67.73 Hourly
The primary responsibilities for this position consist of providing a full range of evidence-based social work services that are patient-centered and guided by the patient’s diagnostic condition(s), cognitive, psychological, and emotional functioning, communication and learning capabilities, physical abilities, support system, living environment, and social determinants of health. Social work services include, but are not limited to, the following: biopsychosocial assessments, crisis interventions, psychiatric diagnostic evaluations informed by the current DSM, suicide risk and safety planning, supportive counseling, grief counseling, abuse/neglect mandated reporting, supporting victims of violence and/or human trafficking, symptom reduction, harm reduction, identification of unknown patients, locating next of kin, education and support to patients and families around issues related to adaptation to the patient’s diagnosis, illness, treatment and/or life situation, and facilitating linkage to vital community based resources for patients and families who are experiencing significant emotional, social, environmental, or financial stress due to hospitalization, acute, chronic, or terminal illness and/or who need help in meeting their continuing care needs.
The LCSW works variable hours, which include occasional overtime, flexible hours, weekend and holiday shifts, to meet the operational needs of the department. The LCSW must adhere to policies and procedures and adapt easily to changes to workflow, work standards, work practices and work assignments as a result of advancements in technology, healthcare coverage changes, new/revised regulatory requirements, and new social work practice standards and programs. The LCSW may be asked to participate in special projects and collect data to improve the quality of services delivered to patients. The LCSW will participate in peer review and individual supervision. The supervisor and manager have total responsibility for work assigned, work schedules, performance evaluations, corrective action, promotion and dismissal.
• Masters Degree in Social Work from an accredited School of Social Work
• California Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
• Valid California Board of Behavioral Sciences License Clinical Social Worker license without restrictions.
• Basic computer skills.
• Ability to read, write, speak, and understand the English language.
• Ability to utilize medical terminology appropriately.
• Ability to remain calm under pressure.
• Commitment to excellence in patient care.
• Excellent skills in written and verbal communications to collaborate productively in a team environment and to convey complex clinical information in a clear, concise manner.
• Demonstrates accountability and professionalism.
• Ability to organize a variety of concurrent activities, set realistic goals and objectives, plan and meet deadlines without compromising quality.
• Adapts to change in a positive, professional and productive manner.
• Ability to successfully manage conflict and possess strong advocacy skills.
• Knowledge of legal implications in clinical practice and documentation.
• Knowledge and understanding of individual, child, and family development, human behavior and communication, the influence of culture and values in social work practice, psychotherapy, case management, and the relationship between social work practice and medicine.
• Knowledge of child abuse, elder abuse, and domestic violence reporting requirements, and other significant legislation and laws regulating social work practice, e.g., Tarasoff, patient confidentiality, etc.
• Ability to make appropriate interventions based on law and professional ethics.
• Ability to provide consultation, interpret clinical findings and diagnosis, make recommendations regarding treatment, care and disposition.
• Experience within an acute medical hospital, mental health setting and/or health care clinic.
• Ability to use clinical supervision to enhance professional growth and examine clinical work.
• Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
• Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills to manage multiple levels of information and responsibilities, and to quickly assess complex problems to develop potential solutions.
• Skills, knowledge and ability to complete psychiatric and psychosocial assessments for pediatric/adult/geriatric populations.
• Knowledge of suicidal behavior, the ability to assess lethality, and the ability to develop appropriate safety plans with the patient and provide recommendations for follow-up care to the patient and interdisciplinary team.
• Knowledge of legal requirements and guidelines for providing psychiatric services including the appropriate use of 5l50 application.
• Knowledge of and ability to effectively use current DSM manual.
• Ability to assess adjustment to illness and coping, as well as provide brief counseling for individual/family and/or group.
• Skills, knowledge and ability working with death/dying/bereavement issues.
• Preferred specialty social work certification from accredited organization such as the NASW, ACMA, etc.
• This position may be subject to a criminal background investigation, drug screen, Live Scan fingerprinting, medical evaluation clearance, and functional capacity assessment.
• The University of California has implemented a SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program SARS-CoV-2 Vaccination Policy (ucop.edu) covering all employees. To be compliant with the policy, employees must submit proof of vaccination or a University-approved exception or deferral.
To view full job description and submit an on-line application visit UC Davis Career Opportunities at:
Job ID #35473
The University of California, Davis is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer