Lead Social Worker

Silver Spring, Maryland
Oct 04, 2017
Feb 28, 2018
Full Time
Position Purpose:Job Description Details:

General Summary:

The Lead Clinical Social Worker provides social work clinical and supervisory support to the Care Management Department social workers and directs the Maternal Child Health (MCH) services (clinic, labor and delivery, high risk pregnancy unit, post-partum unit, neonatal intensive care unit and pediatric unit) social work programs in support of patient safety and in compliance with Maryland Statute and Social Work practice guidelines.  As such, the incumbent implements, reviews and revises policies and practices related to

The Lead Clinical Social Worker provides social work clinical individual and group supervision to Care Management department licensed graduate social workers (LGSW) and licensed clinical social workers (LCSW) in compliance with Maryland Board of Social Worker Examiners (MBSOWE) requirements. 

The Lead Clinical Social Work is a professional person responsible for coordination and direction of discharge planning, social services, and care coordination throughout the hospital and with outside agencies. Social Workers assure that social services, discharge planning, care coordination needs of patients and their families are met in a patient-centered, effective and efficient manner.

The Lead Clinical Social Worker provides the following to all age groups of patients treated at Holy Cross who are referred or request services:

  • Complex discharge planning
  • Psychosocial assessments on patients with identified needs.
  • Supportive counseling services for patients and families.
  • Referral of patients to community agencies/resources.
  • Support/assistance to hospital staff regarding the reporting of child abuse/neglect or the abuse/neglect/exploitation of vulnerable adults
  • Supports the Mission of Trinity Health and Holy Cross Hospital. 

Minimum Licensure/Certification Required (if applicable):

  • Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical (LCSW-C) in the state of Maryland
  • Certified as a clinical supervisor in the state of Maryland

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:

  • Masters Degree in social work.
  • Three or more years hospital social work experience or protective services experience
  • Three or more years MCH social work experience
  • Registered supervisor, providing supervision to licensed social workers.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with all age groups of patients.
  • Able to communicate effectively, demonstrating good audio and visual acuity.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and manage time effectively.

Working Conditions:

Physical Requirements: Light work. Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. If the use of arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for sedentary work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated for light work.

Visual Acuity: The worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; visual inspection involving small defects, small parts, and/or operation of machines (including inspection); using measurement devices; and/or assembly or fabrication parts at distances close to the eyes.

Environmental Conditions: None. The worker is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions (such as in typical office or administrative work.)

Reporting Relationship:

Reports to and is evaluated by the Operations and Continuum of Care Manager. The incumbent performs independently within established policy and with minimal supervision.  The incumbent consults as needed with the Director and/or Department Managers, especially in cases requiring policy and/or procedural decisions.

Holy Cross Health is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer.

Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran (M/F/D/V) status.

Trinity Health's Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Trinity Health employs more than 120,000 colleagues at dozens of hospitals and hundreds of health centers in 21 states. Because we serve diverse populations, our colleagues are trained to recognize the cultural beliefs, values, traditions, language preferences, and health practices of the communities that we serve and to apply that knowledge to produce positive health outcomes. We also recognize that each of us has a different way of thinking and perceiving our world and that these differences often lead to innovative solutions.

Trinity Health's dedication to diversity includes a unified workforce (through training and education, recruitment, retention and development), commitment and accountability, communication, community partnerships, and supplier diversity.

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