Participation in the interdisciplinary palliative care services team and provision of direct patient care, including counseling and psychotherapy and appropriate related services to the patient and facilitation of formal and informal meetings regarding patient and family communication and decision making. Participation in the development and review of appropriate protocols and processes that support appropriate referral and consistent care. Participation in developing and implementing appropriate measures of patient care quality and satisfaction. Develops educational agenda for residents, students, and nurses.
3-5 years of hospital social work or a palliative based internship
Experience with quality improvement methodology preferred
Demonstrated evident of experience in palliative care settings, such as hospice
LCSW or LGSW required.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Ability to comprehend and follow the policies and procedures for MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center.
Ability to read, write and speak or communicate in English to successfully accomplish the essential duties of the position.
Ability to demonstrate ethical behavior that supports the hospital's mission, values and commitment to compliance with all federal, state and regulatory laws. Inspires trust and exhibits honesty and integrity within the scope of daily activities.
Exhibits professionalism, courtesy and excellent customer service, while interacting with patients, guests and co-workers.
Ability to work effectively with people from a variety of culturally diverse backgrounds.
Ability to maintain patient confidentiality.
Ability to provide critical psycho-social support to palliative care patients through the palliative care services consult team.
Uses their professional background and skills to assist the team and facilitate patient-family meetings and assists team, attending physicians, staff, and patient and family in the clarification of the goals of care and the plan of care.
Assist the Palliative Care Team in ensuring excellent patient care services, coordinating educational and outreach services, leading quality improvement initiatives, and linking team efforts ith other hospital departments and with outpatient and community services.
Coordinates team efforts with appropriate hospital support departments to ensure smooth discharge planning and clear follow-up post discharge; may assist in the development of creative community or system care options for patients.
Serves as a liaison with the hospital hospice and other community hospices, home health, and nursing homes to ensure care coordination and appropriate assignments and resource allocation to meet patient needs throughout the continuum of care.
Education for physicians, residents, nursing, case manager, social worker, and ancillary staff.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Daily availability for the physician group and for social work support to the consult team.
Daily attendance at interdisciplinary team meetings to review active cases, weekly educational conferences and rounding in specific clinical areas, as determined by the palliative physician.
Development delivery of appropriate educational initiatives within the hospital or in other settings.
Ad hoc activities to support educational and outreach goals of the palliative care services
Participates in research/educational activities for the Department of Medicine/Surgery students, residents, fellows; Department of Nursing, Case Management and Social Work Departments.
Supervision of social work student interns who will be evaluating palliative care patients, if applicable.
Development and coordination of bereavement program at the hospital, and coordination with the hospice.
Participation in institution-wide education efforts as noted.
Participation in ongoing research and quality improvement projects.
Participation in daily collection of metrics for outcome data.
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.