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SIDRA4826 - Social Worker II

Department: Allied Health Div
Division: Support Services Dept
Contract Type: Full Time
Closing Date: 08-Dec-2019
Organizational Profile:

Sidra Medicine is a state of the art academic medical center that will function to the level of the highest international standards. Its clinical focus is on the specialty care of women and children.

Sidra’s Vision is: “Sidra Medicine will be a beacon of learning, discovery and exceptional care, ranked among the top medical centers in the world”.

Achieving this vision will encompass three essential activities:

World Class: Patient and Family Centered Care Health Education Biomedical Discovery

Department Profile:

The Allied Health Department is a diverse mix of professions and services working together to provide patients with the comprehensive care that they require. Allied Health will provide services to neonatal, pediatric and adolescent patients of all specialties, as well as obstetrical and gynecological patients.

The vision of the Department of Allied Health is to provide outstanding care, rehabilitation, and patient/ family support through the provision of high quality clinicians and services working in an interdisciplinary environment that integrates education, research, and innovation into its model of care.

Job Summary:

The Social Worker II provides family centered support services to women, children and families to cope with both acute and chronic illnesses. The Social Worker II is responsible for assessment of psycho-social functioning and capacities, counseling for care planning and decision making, social work treatment, including support through the diagnosis and treatment phases of care, and community resource planning and access. Social Worker II works collaboratively with many disciplines, programs, departments, and organizations in the accomplishment of these duties. The Social Worker II strives to provide evidence-based care by integrating research with practice. Promotes continuous improvement and helps to generate innovative ideas within social work practice. Maintains a commitment to life-long learning and creates, utilizes and/ or disseminates new knowledge to patients and their families, the public and other professionals internal/ external health professionals. The Social Worker II is responsible for ensuring that all duties are carried out to the highest possible standard. The Social Worker II participates in the provision of teaching and supervision of peers on wide range of subjects within the clinical field.

Key Roles & Responsibilities:
  • Conducts comprehensive psycho-social and family assessments by methods such as interviewing the woman/ child and family, obtaining relevant information, gathering social data regarding the child and family and formulation of assessment and plan of intervention, in accordance with professional practice standards and clinical policies
  • Supports the woman/ child and their family by understanding the nature and treatment of the presenting issues by providing education, short-term counseling and crisis intervention to families and other relevant caregivers
  • Provides comprehensive clinical counseling with individuals, families and groups by focusing on the child’s and family’s social, emotional and cultural needs, including adjustment to diagnosis and treatment decisions, loss of functioning and dealing with emotional and family crises in the context of evidence based care
  • Supports the woman/ child and their families by organizing and facilitating psycho-educational and counseling groups
  • Facilitates in complex discharge planning with the team, patient, family and community agencies by coordinating regular meetings to ensure psycho-social follow-up
  • Advocates for the child and their family or caregiver for resources within the hospital and the community by assessing the financial and other psycho-social needs and works in coordination with community resources to meet these needs
  • Provides total individualized patient care as assigned according to the core standards of patient care and established policies and evidence based practices
  • Assumes accountability for assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating psycho-social needs as well as discharge planning for each patient, assessing for current and potential problems
  • Contributes to decreasing the length of stay/ waiting time as per unit specific goal. Works in collaboration with Care Coordination to achieve goals
  • Documents all relevant information correctly, appropriately and in a timely manner
  • Identifies and alerts members of the medical team to changes in medical status of the patient
  • Identifies impairments and refer to other medical specialties when necessary
  • Liaises with the appropriate social services in the community and provides transfer/discharge information
  • Educates the patient/family and other members of the health care team regarding the social work services  plan
  • Provides expert consultation to patients/families, staff, community agencies, satellite centers, national and international centers and the media
  • Participates in community outreach activities e.g. school-based services, home care
  • Identifies social work research opportunities and participates in and/ or develop and promote research
  • Disseminates research and clinical findings through publications, presentations, seminars, etc.
  • Reports equipment failures, safety and security issues, and/or reduction of supply inventory to Social Work services Supervisor or designee
  • Act as an advocate by empowering  women/children and their families to make informed choices by providing them with information and support and directing to the relevant support services when appropriate
  • Promotes patient satisfaction as a team member by demonstration of extraordinary service
  • Utilizing a professional practice framework and evidence based care, identify improvements while minimizing risks creating care that is optimal for our patients and families
  • Promotes a safe environment and safe patient care by embracing a safety culture and identifying areas of risk to Social Work Services Supervisor. Complies with policies for personal and patient safety and for the prevention of healthcare associated infections
  • Contributes to the achievement of cost efficiency savings for the service. Maintains an awareness of resource utilization, exercising care in the ordering and use of staff, equipment and materials
  • Takes a lead role in service activities that contribute to excellence in outcomes, a positive patient experience and a healthy professional environment. Contributes to the achievement of clinical quality outcome indicators and patient satisfaction
  • Leads service based Performance Improvement activities and organizational committees as assigned. Contributes to special projects/ assignments linked to social work strategic priorities and professional practice model
  • Participates in the continued development, implementation, and evaluation of Sidra Policy and Procedures to align with international best practices
  • Liaises and works within an inter-professional practice model to ensure high quality, holistic, and safe family centered care
  • Promotes and shares knowledge via mentorship/ preceptorship programs in line with relevant research and evidence based practice
  • Takes a lead role in the development programs that seek to measure outcomes and quality, including audit and research studies, under guidance, support and direction of senior staff.
  • Actively participates in patient education programs
  • Develops and sustains (maintains) own knowledge, clinical skills (mandatory training) and professional (portfolio or profile) awareness and maintains a professional profile. Provides documented evidence of performance and maintenance of skills consistent with position
  • Participates in new staff/ student orientation aimed at developing competence and performance. Assists in maintaining a suitable learning environment and acts as a preceptor/ mentor in the supervision and teaching of Social Work students and new staff to develop their competence
  • Demonstrates trans-cultural principles in Social Work practice
  • Takes a lead role in the promotion and maintenance of effective communication and teamwork. Treats colleagues, patients, and visitors with dignity and respect at all times
  • Actively welcomes and provides support for new staff/ students to the unit. Contributes to the retention of all staff to meet the service specific turnover rate goal. Participates in retention activities
  • Maintains a professional demeanor at all times. Acts as a role model for junior staff
  • Upholds the organizational values at all times
  • Follows all Hospital related policies and procedures
  • Performs other related duties as assigned
  • Maintains confidentiality of women and children at all times
  • Adheres to Sidra’s standards as they appear in the Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest policies

In view of the evolving needs and opportunities within Sidra during this early operational phase, this position may be required to perform other duties as assigned and reporting relationships may vary.

Essential Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work
  • 5 years relevant clinical experience
  • Registration as Social Worker and Licensure in Country of Origin
  • Member of leading Social Work association in Country of Origin
  • Demonstrated thorough knowledge of Social Work principles and practices
  • Comprehensive knowledge of Social Work theory and practice
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct and document a comprehensive psycho-social assessment
  • Demonstrated ability to provide individual, family and group counseling
  • Knowledge of the psycho-social needs of children/ families with medical, disabilities, and/ or mental health conditions
  • Knowledge of child development theories
  • Knowledge of child protection issues and relevant legislation concerning children
  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability to work with mental health issues, including DSM, and mental health assessment of depression, suicide, and anxiety
  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability to work with grief and loss issues
  • Working knowledge of other health care disciplines and their role in client care
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and effectively in an inter-professional environment
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate both verbally and in writing, and to deal effectively with co-workers, physicians, other health care professionals, clients and their families, and external agencies
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, organize and prioritize work
  • Demonstrated ability to deal with and/ or guide others in resolution of conflict issues
  • Demonstrated ability to teach Social Work students and other team members both formally and informally
  • Ability to present at in-services within the hospital and community
  • Demonstrated problem solving abilities
  • Knowledge of community resources
  • Demonstrated ability to advocate for families as they navigate the health care system
  • Working knowledge of research processes and methodology
  • Demonstrated physical ability to perform the duties of the position
  • Basic computer literacy to operate a computerized patient care information system
  • Demonstrated ability to apply and integrate knowledge and skills into practice
  • Demonstrated ability to teach, assess and develop educational materials for staff and patients
  • Evidence of effective communication skills
  • Experience in organizing data and generating thorough, accurate, timely reports
  • Effective team member
  • Motivated and enthusiastic
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
Sidra’s Organizational Values:
  • Trust: Being competent; acting consistently, reliably and predictably; acting with honesty and integrity; respecting patient, employee and commercial confidentiality; delivering on commitments
  • Care: Acting with empathy, kindness and compassion; being humble; listening and responding; acting with cultural sensitivity; Caring for patients and staff
  • Teamwork: Sharing information and knowledge and learning from demonstrated expertise; being respectful, and thereby earning respect of others; acting with professionalism; leading and following; collaborating and being accessible
  • Transparency: Frequent and honest communication; open access to information for decision making; willingly acknowledge shortcomings; speaking up about concerns; publishing performance indicators
  • Innovation: Freedom to innovate; welcoming ideas and encouraging creativity; supporting talent; creating confidence; celebrating successes
  • Efficiency: Providing measurable value; using data to drive decision making; having and achieving clear goals; building processes that work; continuously improving outcomes in patient and family care
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