The Medical Social Worker is primarily responsible in identifying the related social needs of the patients and providing the services to meet these needs. The Medical Social Worker deals with the patient’s attitudes and reactions to illness as they affect his capacity to make positive use of medical care.
Essential Job Functions/Responsibilities
- Assesses the psychosocial status of patients related to the patient’s illness and environment.
- Identifies those psychosocial needs that may affect the patient’s ability to freely utilize medical treatment plan
- Carries out social evaluations and plans intervention based on evaluation findings.
- Maintains clinical records on all patients referred to social work.
- Provides information and referral services for Agency patients and families/caregivers regarding practical and environmental needs.
- Acts as liaison between patient, family and community resources.
- Makes direct referrals to community agencies when appropriate.
- Placement in other facilities as necessary (i.e., skilled nursing facilities, board and care.)
- Maintains collaborative relationships with agency personnel to support patient care.
- Maintains and develops contracts with public and private agencies as resources for patient and agency personnel.
- Participates in the development of the total plan of care and case conferences as required.
- Provides in-service and consultation to staff.
- Assists physician and other team members in understanding significant social and emotional factors related to health problems.
- Participates in discharge planning.
- Acts as representative of the Agency in various settings to facilitate cooperation and communication between Agency and community.
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