Kaiser Permanente Medical Social Worker III/LCSW in Lancaster, California

The Medical Social Worker III provides assessments, coordination, & implementation/evaluation of professional social srvs to patients & their families in order to aid them in coping with social, emotional, & economic difficulties related tomedical problems or which predispose to illness.

Essential Functions: - Upholds KP's Policies & Procedures, Principles of Responsibilities, & applicable state, federal & local laws. - QUALITY OF CLINICAL SRVS: The Medical Social Worker III provides quality srvs by assessing patient/family system needs then developing & implementing treatment plans in accordance w/departmental & medical center policies. Quality of clinical srvs is indicated by QM findings, documentation review, case presentations, staff & patient feedback & supervisory discussions. - Performs a bio-psychosocial assessment interview w/patient, family, &/or significant other according to Dept policy & standards. - Provides appropriate crisis intervention/treatment to adults, children & families in emergent situations including assessment, counseling, info/referral & providing consultation to physicians & healthcare team. - Provides a professional interpretation of patient's condition (i.e., situation, affect, behavior & verbal content) & recommends appropriate psycho-social intervention(s) &/or treatment plan. - Develops culturally sensitive assessment that reflects Dept standards & includes: reason for referral; source of referral; informant name; physical/medical issues; interpersonal & social relations; emotional/psychiatric/adjustment; issues including depression; role performance/social transition; community planning/resources/social transition; legal/protective issues (as indicated). - Provides appropriate counseling srvs to patient &/or family based on clinical assessment & consistent w/patient's on-going medical condition/needs. - Performs relevant patient & family advocacy srvs w/in KP & the community. - Provides patient education on subjects related to psycho-social adjustments to medical illness, individually, in classes or groups. - The Medical Social Worker III takes responsibility for implementation of social work knowledge & values, standards of practice & enhancement of professional skills as demonstrated by documentation reviews, case presentations, staff & patient feedback, supervisory discussions, & attendance at conferences/classes. - Assessment demonstrates ability to interpret the social, emotional & behavioral problems/elements as they related to patient's medical condition & treatment. - Knowledge of availability of KP & community resources consistent w/treatment goals. - Utilizes professional knowledge in facilitating staff & other meetings. - Demonstrates knowledge of & observes Dept polices & procedures. - Utilizes formal & informal education opportunities to increase professional knowledge base as demonstrated by attendance at appropriate & approved programs/workshops/in-srvs/etc. - Demonstrates the integration of clinical social work theory into practice by appropriately utilizing clinical knowledge of bio-psychosocial development stages, personality development, human behavior, etc., to formulate assessment, direct treatment, & provide consultation & education to other team members. - NEONATES: Substance Abuse, Parent/Infant Bonding, Family Relationships, Safety, Developmental Milestones, Parental Coping/Acceptance, Birth/death. - PEDIATRICS: Child Abuse/Neglect Reporting, Substance Abuse, Safety, Legal, Parent/Guardian/Child Relationships, Developmental Milestones, Family Relationships, Peer Group, School/Academic Performance. - ADOLESCENT: Abuse/Neglect Reporting, Substance Abuse, Developmental Milestones, Family Relationships, Peer Group Relationships, Sexuality, Education. - ADULT: Abuse/Neglect Reporting, Substance Abuse, Adequacy of Self-Care, Developmental Milestones, Sexuality, Family Responsibilities. - GERIATRIC: Elder Abuse/Neglect Reporting, Substance Abuse, Adequacy Of Self Care, Support System, Developmental Milestones, Mental Status/Competency, Mortality. - The above statements are intended to describe the general nature & the level of work being performed by the individuals assigned to this position & as such are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties & skills required of personnel so classified. - INTERDICIPLINARY FUNCTIONS: Functions as an effective team member, consultant, & liaison to medical, nursing, ancillary staff, & to community agencies. This is measured by staff feedback, observation by supervisor, QM evaluations, & written communications. - Demonstrates an interdisciplinary approach, competent follow-up & communication of accurate info to team members. - Assumes responsibility for patient, staff & system problems as indicated by requests for involvement. - Demonstrates awareness of the Dept's mission, scope & vision in the context of the Medical Center's structure. - As measured by established standards, maintains good rapport w/A. Peers & colleagues, Community, Physicians, Other health care team members. Educates physicians & staff regarding the role of the social worker & the importance of addressing biopsychosocial issues for quality patient care & srvs. - PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT: Demonstrates professional behavior & interventions are consistent w/departmental policies & procedures, JCAHO, Title22, & NCQA legal mandates, professional standards, NASW, ABECSW, & other Medical Center Guidelines. - Utilizes supervision & consultation appropriately as indicated by regular attendance at supervisory/consultation sessions, identifying & discussing problem cases/situation w/supervisor & seeking consultation w/peers. - Contributes & shares community resource w/colleagues. - Represents the Dept in appropriate medical center &/or community committees. - Identifies improvement opportunities for the Dept or work area & communicates ideas to supervisor. - Participates in Quality Management activities based on member needs, organizational goals, & professional standards. - Identifies & participates in the solution to system problems. - Attends & occasionally facilitates staff/education meetings. - Avoids unscheduled absences, arrives at work at scheduled times & takes action to avoid recurring absences. - Plans & submits elected time off in advance. - Exhibits standards of professional behavior in compliance w/Regional Quality of Srv Guidelines. - Maintains confidentiality regarding patient &/or family issues in accordance w/the Medical Center policy & professionals standards. - Demonstrates knowledge of & complies w/Fire & Safety, Disaster, Universal Precautions & Infectious Disease policy & procedures. - Works in a self-directed manner as demonstrated by requesting assistance when clinical case or situation is beyond experience or abilities. - May provide mentorship &/or clinical supervision for SW II, new worker or graduate student. - PRODUCTIVITY: Maintains patient access, & meets established standards for effectiveness & efficiency. Prioritizes, plans & organizes workload need w/in assigned hours. - Case finds & screens high-risk patients according to Dept protocol. - Spends at least 70% of time in direct srv activity. - Responds to referrals w/departmentally delineated time frames. - Completes & submits statistics in accordance w/departmental policies & procedures. - Documents interventions in appropriate formats, legibly & w/in Dept time frames. - Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature & the level of work being preformed by the individuals assigned to this position & as such are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties & skills required of personnel so classified.

Qualifications: Basic Qualifications: Experience - Minimum one (1) year of experience working as a MSW in medical acute care seting or as part of a medical team. MSW internships will be considered as part of experience. Education - Master's degree in social work issued by a school accredited by the Counsel of Social Work Education. License, Certification, Registration - Current and valid license as a Clinical Social Worker issued by the State of California Board of Behavior Science Examiners.

  • Following language applies to Home Health, Hospice and Palliative positions only:
  • Current CA Driver's License, clear driving record for the past two (2) years and proof of automobile insurance as required by law.
  • One (1) year post Masters experience in Medical Social Work required.
  • BLS card required.

Additional Requirements: - N/A.

Preferred Qualifications: - N/A.

Notes: - May require coverage/travel to other Medical Office Buildings within Antelope Valley.

COMPANY Kaiser PermanenteTITLE Medical Social Worker III/LCSWLOCATION Lancaster, CAREQNUMBER 462980

External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with Federal, state and local laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran, or disability status.