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Cancer Institute Clinical Social Worker Coordinator

Washington, Washington DC
Job Type
1 Aug 2022
Job Summary
  • Provides direct patient care and coordinates activities of Cancer Institute Clinical Social Workers and interns. Assigns duties, and organizes activities of social work staff in providing counseling and case management services. Provides consultation services and direct clinical interventions to a number of specialty services. Oversees routine operational tasks and the implementation of program development tasks.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Education/Training
    • Master's degree in Social Work is required.
  • Experience
    • Approximately two to three years of progressively more responsible job related experience.
  • On The Job Experience
    • Approximately six to twelve months to gain familiarity with the Hospital environment, department routines and procedures, and the full range of job duties.
  • License/Certification/Registration
    • District of Columbia Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) is required.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
  • PROBLEM SOLVING: Job requires a high level of problem-solving due to the complexity of the situations encountered.
  • INTERNAL CONTACTS: Internal contacts necessary to effectively advise, consult or counsel others to gain cooperation and acceptance of ideas or actions.
  • INDEPENDENT JUDGEMENT: Work assignments are generally received in the form of results expected, due dates, and general approach to be taken.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
  • Assists staff through individual and group supervision in analyzing case problems and in improving their diagnostic skills.
  • Interviews patients regarding medical problems, physical and mental impairments, family history, finances, etc., to determine the nature and degree of difficulties and the most appropriate treatment plan.
  • Counsels patients individually or in groups on a planned basis and in emergencies.
  • Trains and supervises up to 5 graduate-level interns doing their practicum in the hospital.
  • Schedules and assigns work, ensuring adequate staff coverage.
  • Represents Clinical Social Work program in community or in interdepartmental activities.
  • Compiles records and documents all assessments, recommendations and treatment planning activities for medical record.
  • Monitors and evaluates program activities of the team, ensuring quality assurance and up-to-date forms and documentation.
  • Prepares statistical reports on extent, nature, and value of services.
  • Develops care plan including identifying and recommending referrals to appropriate service providers and community-based organizations. Assists with facilitating access to services in an empoweringway that promotes client control and learning. Participates in continuity of care between inpatient and outpatient to provide appropriate referral, support and liaison for patients and families. Assists patients by alleviating barriers to care.
  • Monitors day to day activities, ensures program forms are up-to-date, evaluates processes of and makes necessary changes based on this assessment and program needs.
  • Develops, evaluates and conducts outpatient intake screening and follow-up interviews with all referred and/or assigned client and/or family members at WCI or over the telephone to evaluate patients, family, and caregivers psychosocial needs (medical, emotional, financial, environmental, etc).
  • Provides patient navigation services, by facilitating resources and processing applications for various patient assistance programs, including but not limited to financial, Medicaid enrollment, needy sick fund, free medication, transportation, social security benefits, disability benefits and insurance coverage.
  • Maintains clear, accurate, and up-to-date documentation (monthly statistical reports, assessments, care plans, progress reporting, contacts, referrals, productivity) on all outpatient clients in an ethical and confidential manner. Documents all activities associated with oversight of each patient and all services being provided. Must meet documentation requirement of the WCI and the District of Columbia. This includes but is not limited to: completion of the comprehensive intake assessment; development of the comprehensive intervention plan utilizing interdisciplinary team members, client, family members and/or legal guardian; ensuring the proper implementation of services and all other activities to the efficient care of the patient.
  • Refers to interdisciplinary team at WCI as appropriate, including but not limited to, palliative care, nutrition, psychosocial counseling, spiritual care, home care, hospice, durable medical equipment, etc.
  • Communicates and works in conjunction with key staff members such as nurse care coordinators, the palliative care team and community agencies to identify resources, coordinate care for patients and reduce duplication of services.
About MedStar Health
MedStar Health is dedicated to providing the highest quality care for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. Our 30,000 associates and 5,400 affiliated physicians work in a variety of settings across our health system, including 10 hospitals and more than 300 community-based locations, the largest visiting nurse association in the region, and highly respected institutes dedicated to research and innovation. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University for more than 20 years, MedStar is dedicated not only to teaching the next generation of doctors, but also to the continuing education and professional development of our whole team. MedStar Health offers diverse opportunities for career advancement and personal fulfillment.
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  • Job Reference: 673803206-2
  • Date Posted: 1 August 2022
  • Recruiter: MedStar Health
  • Location: Washington, Washington DC
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Healthcare & Medical
  • Job Type: Permanent