The Senior Social Worker works for the Central Virginia VA Health Care System's Hospital and Clinics in Richmond, Virginia. The Senior Social Worker is part of Social Work Service, and is assigned to the Palliative Consult Team under Geriatrics & Extended Care. The primary purpose of this position is to provide clinical social work services to patients as a part of the Palliative Care Consult Team and serve a patient population with highly complex health and mental health problems. The senior social worker is assigned administrative responsibility for clinical program development related to Palliative Care, including coordination of palliative care consults and hospice referrals, and is accountable for clinical program effectiveness and modification of service patterns. The senior social worker fulfills leadership roles on committees as assigned. Major duties include: Performs specialized treatment of complex physical and mental illness for patients with advanced stage illness or serious illness; Serves on Interdisciplinary Teams, working with patients dealing with end of life issues, terminal or chronic illness and diagnoses; Provides a consultative service to areas of the health care system seeking input from palliative care specialists; Provides counseling and assistance with Advance Directives for Healthcare and end of life planning; Provides education, referrals and/or coordinates required assistance and palliative care services within the VA or in the community; Makes psychosocial and psychiatric diagnoses within approved clinical privileges and scope of practice; Adheres to required documentation standards and procedures; Provides advanced level case management interventions; Provides individualized care coordination and discharge planning; Provides bereavement counseling and support services; Participates in survey accreditation(s) ensuring standards are adhered to within their social work practice, unit/service, and at the facility level; Develops and implements methods for measuring effectiveness of social work practice and services in the Palliative Care specialty area; Performs other duties within scope of practice as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; 8:00am - 4:30pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.