Join our award-winning team at UW Medical Center - Montlake. Among the top medical centers in the United States as rated by U.S. News & World Report 2019-2020 "America's Best Hospitals", UW Medical Center - Montlake prides itself on compassionate patient care as well as its pioneering medical advances. UW Medical Center - Montlake has again earned U.S. News & World Report’s No. 1 hospital ranking in Washington State and in the Seattle metropolitan area. It is the seventh consecutive year that UW Medical Center - Montlake has achieved both distinctions.
The University of Washington Medical Center has an outstanding opportunity for a part-time (50% FTE, 20 hours/week), day shift, MEDICAL SOCIAL WORKER 2.
This individual will serve as a member of the University of Washington Social Work and Care Coordination department, and the UWMC Palliative Care Consultation Service, providing clinical services to patients and their families, and support to providers and staff relating to loss and grief. This position works closely with UWMC-Montlake interdisciplinary teams and medical services, providing guidance in managing patients at significant junctures in their health care, and helping staff cope with emotional and systemic issues that relate to caring for patients and family members. As a clinical social worker for the Palliative Care Service, this position assists other social workers in current work with patients, or assumes primary responsibility for managing the palliative care psychosocial needs of the patient/family. This work can include facilitating legacy making, assessing needs for psychosocial and spiritual support, and providing education relating to loss and grief to patients, families and clinicians. This position functions as a leader and mentor within the organization on issues relating to Palliative Care, including assessing institutional needs for staff and provider “rituals” to enhance staff experience with loss and grief, and assisting in implementation of institutional improvements to current practices and policies. This position reports to the Assistant Administrator for administrative and supervisory support and to the Director of the Palliative Care Consult Service for specific program-related issues.
Utilizing medical record & consultation with interdisciplinary staff, conducts comprehensive psychosocial assessments with patients and families being referred to, or considered for, the PCCS.
Conducts & facilitates the PC consultation meeting with the treating medical team independently & in collaboration with other PCCS members.
Provides patient-centered care by treating patients and their support systems with respect and dignity, involving them in their care whenever possible and using patient/caregiver narratives (values and goals) to co-create the care plan.
Maintains positive working relationships within the dept. with the UWMC/AMC staff, and with community providers through effective oral and written communication.
Provides education to interdisciplinary staff, patients, families, groups and community on loss, grief and palliative care.
Serves as a leader within the organization on institutional issues that can affect staff management of loss and grief. This can include assessing needs for education, creating and formalizing rituals for enhanced staff support, and assisting with relevant policies and procedures.
Attends UWMC clinical rounds and meetings to serve as a resource for staff and to identify potential PC referrals.
Documents pertinent clinical activity and provides statistical data in a timely manner to meet professional standards, departmental and UWMC policies and regulatory requirements.
Facilitates collaboration and continuity of care with the PCCS at SCCA and other AMC sites.
Serves as a mentor to incoming social work staff, and other clinical members providing training and guidance as to the PCCS and the social work role, and serves as a Practicum Instructor for MSW interns.
Evaluates quality outcomes for the PCCS through participation in the development of quality indicators.
Other duties as assigned.
REQUIREMENTS A Master of Social Work Degree from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education AND two years of full-time professional social work experience in a health-care setting eligible to begin social work practicum instruction for the School of Social Work. OR Equivalent education/experience.
Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergraduate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.