*Incentives Not Available* The Social Worker serves as program coordinator and is administratively responsible for a clinic program providing treatment to patients in the Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) program. The incumbent is the sole practitioner in this specialty at the facility and provides direct patient care services while managing daily operation of the program, develop policy and procedure for program operation, and prepare reports and statistics for facility, VISN, and national use. The SCI Coordinator facilitates efficient and appropriate delivery of care within the "Hub" (SCI Center at Seattle Division of the Puget Sound Health Care System) and "Spokes" (VA facilities where locally accessible primary care is provided) System of Care. The Social Worker practices at the advanced level and has specialized knowledge of practice typically related to a particular diagnosis or population. Incumbent should have at least 2 years in an area of specialized social work practice and must have an advanced practice license with at least 2 years' experience post advanced practice license issue. Duties, roles, and responsibilities include: Develop a system to identify SCI patients served by this facility, our Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs), and the community who belong in this special disability group. This may involve the use of the Spinal Cord Dysfunction (SCD) Registry, Patient Treatment File searches, Veterans Health Information System and Technology Architecture (VistA) Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS) records, SCD reports and/or Classification reports, Patient Data Exchange, Network Health Exchange, and contacts within the community. This developed system alerts the SCI Coordinator of admissions or outpatient appointments of Veterans receiving care anywhere within the facility for appropriate SCI consultation and potential referral to an SCI Center. Develop and implement information systems to track service activities including visits, referrals, inpatient days, patient demographics, equipment utilization and patient satisfaction. Develop, implement, and evaluate clinical guidelines and protocols to establish appropriate utilization of services. Serve as the point of contact for all inquiries regarding the SCI program. This may include stakeholders (e.g., Veterans, families, community hospitals and nursing homes, Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) and other Veterans Service Organizations), Spinal Cord Injury and Disorders Strategic Healthcare Group (SCI&D, SHG) and Congressional inquiries. Perform a wide range of services and provide technical assistance to state, local, and private agencies and universities. Technical assistance provided is based on monitoring activities, program reviews, and the development and analysis of information. Perform program analysis, development, review, research, design, and contact work as possible with various agencies (local, state, DOD, VISN, VACO, etc.). Responsible for key project activities related to planning, development, and implementation of the project component. A substantial portion of the workload directed by this position may be carried out at one or more locations that are physically removed from the main unit under conditions that make day-to-day supervision difficult to administer. Coordinate an annual comprehensive preventive health evaluation for each enrolled SCI patient at the SCI Center or at an appropriate SCI Outpatient Support Clinic. Responsible for management of the nationwide SCD Registry for the facility to include the entering, editing, compiling, analyzing, and updating of Registry data. Manage training for all staff involved with the Registry, including the facility Automated Data Processing Application Coordinator (ADPAC). Develop policy and procedures to ensure compliance with the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (The Joint Commission) and other accrediting bodies and regulatory standards as needed. Explore and analyze long term care placement options in the community, i.e., assisted living facilities, nursing homes, handicapped accessible housing, and states Veterans' homes. Identify unmet needs of the SCI population and work collaboratively with the VHA Office of Geriatrics and Extended Care and community agencies to develop and implement solutions. Manage and coordinate provision of the following services as appropriate: Activities of Daily Living (ADL); Personal Care Attendant (PCA); Nutritional Management; Prosthetic Appliances; Medical Supplies; Vocational Rehabilitation; Leisure and/or Avocational Interests; Peer Counseling for Families and/or Significant Others; Transportation and Finances; Home Evaluations; Housing Alternatives; and Identification, Development and Utilization of Community Resources. Maintain a current, productive network of referral resources to include substance abuse treatment, outpatient medical/psychiatric care, vocational rehabilitation, Operation Iraqi Freedom / Operation Enduring Freedom (OIF/OEF) points of contact such as Program Managers, Social Work and Nursing Case Managers, and Transition Patient Advocates (TPA) etc., and with Veterans Service Organizations, including the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA). Share expertise and provides consultation to professional staff throughout the facility on SCI related issues. Work Schedule: Mon - Fri 8AM to 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.