This position requires a skilled and experienced social worker to actively participate in the interdisciplinary Palliative Care team consultation service in both clinic and inpatient environments. This includes completing psychosocial assessments, providing direct psychosocial/counseling/care management interventionsand consulting with providers re: psychosocial issues and resource needs. Additionally, this role will attend and participate in formal and informal family meetings, participate in institution-wide palliative care education efforts, participate in the development and review of appropriate protocols and processes that support appropriate referrals to the Palliative Care team, participate in the development and implementation of appropriate measures of patient care quality and satisfaction and assist in ongoing research and quality improvement projects in the Palliative Care Department.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
1. Knowledge of crisis intervention and brief and long term therapy processes.
2. Knowledge of patient populations’ cultural, religious, ethnic, and social systems in interactions, care planning and education.
3. Knowledge of medical terms, abbreviations, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis and demonstrates this knowledge verbally and in writing.
4. Skill in navigating and documenting within a medical record system.
5. Skill in providing care appropriate to the age of the patients served within the unit.
6. Skill in establishing a treatment alliance and engaging the client system in goal setting and prioritizing.
7. Ability to manage the professional relationship including termination.
8. Ability to respond to trauma or psychiatric emergency.
Master’s Degree in Social Work from a CSWE accredited college or university required.
Two years of full time post Master’s Degree social work practice under the supervision of a licensed or equivalently qualified social worker or other DORA approved professional required. Experience in hospice and/or palliative care is preferred.
Bilingual English/Spanish preferred.
Certificates, Licenses and Registration:
1. Licensed Clinical Social Worker/State of Colorado or Licensed Social Worker/State of Colorado required.
2. Current basic Life Support for Health Care Provider Certification/CPR from the American Heart Association or Red Cross required.
Denver Health is an integrated, efficient, high-quality academic health care system that is considered a model for the nation. The Denver Health system includes the Rocky Mountain Regional Level I Trauma Center, a 525-bed acute care medical center, Denver’s 911 emergency medical response system, 8 family health centers, 15 school-based health centers, the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center, the Denver Public Health Department, an HMO, and The Denver Health Foundation.
As Colorado’s primary safety net institution, Denver Health is a mission-driven organization that has provided more than $3.3 billion in care for the uninsured in the last ten years. Denver Health is a leader in performance and quality improvements and remains financially secure, in part, due to its nationally recognized implementation of lean principles in healthcare. Denver Health is a major resource to the community, serving approximately 185,000 individuals and 67,000 children a year.
Located just south of downtown Denver, Denver Health is just minutes away from many of the cultural and recreational activities Denver has to offer.
We strongly support diversity in the workforce and Denver Health is an equal opportunity employer (EOE).