Job opening: Social Worker (HBPC)
Salary: $57 118 - 89 835 per year
Published at: Aug 09 2023
Employment Type: Full-time
The incumbent will function as part of the interdisciplinary treatment team at the Dom VA Medical Center within the Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) program. The HBPC social worker provides and coordinates health care services to Veterans in a home environment, residential care setting or virtual video connect (VVC).
Develops an assessment of the veteran in collaboration with the HBPC interdisciplinary treatment team, the Veteran, family members and significant others
Assesses and provides social work services within the home care setting or WC
Demonstrates an understanding of the range of treatment and skills needed for all adult patients including geriatric patients related to their physical limitations, psychological needs and age associated illnesses and conditions
Responsible for working within the interdisciplinary treatment team, to develop a treatment plan with the Veteran based on this assessment
Responsible for developing the treatment plan and or discharge plan, and setting achievable treatment/discharge goals with the veteran/family
Attends treatment team meetings and assesses Veterans on a quarterly basis for social work input during team meetings in a comprehensive and timely manner
Collaborates with other service providers in reassessing the Veteran's needs
Responsible for educating the Veteran, family member and/or significant other of the available services and assisting them in establishing the appropriate referrals based on the Veteran's preference or that of his surrogate decision-maker
Responsible for using the current social work resource file of VA and community social service programs and enhancing the content to the benefit of Veterans
Maintains communication with the GEC Administration, VISN staff members and national information regarding the involved programs
Experienced in making rapid assessments and developing crisis management plans for admission to mental health inpatient programs
Processes alleged abuse cases according to policy
Provides education related to VA and community resources, entitlement, Advance Directives/Living Will and refers Veterans/families to the appropriate interdisciplinary team member for identified health education needs
Provides the Veterans and their caregivers with ongoing supportive counseling
Responsible for the coordination of the referral to services such as ADHC, hospice, respite and community nursing home care services in collaboration with the interdisciplinary treatment team members
Participates in the screening of Veterans to accurately determine the strengths and limitations of each Veteran being referred for care
Collaborates in the performance improvement processes and complies with performance measures as requires by the VA for specific population and/or program
Participates in activities that obtain feedback from clients and work to enhance services as needed
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm
Telework: Reg Telework 3+ Days Per Pay Period
Functional Statement #: 51381F
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Citizenship: Be a citizen of the United States.
Education: Have a master's degree in social work from a school of social work fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Graduates of schools of social work that are in candidacy status do not meet this requirement until the school of social work is fully accredited. A doctoral degree in social work may not be substituted for the master's degree in social work.
Licensure: Must be licensed or certified by a state to independently practice social work at the master's degree level.
English Language Proficiency: Must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. ? 7403(f).
Preferred Experience: At least one year of social work experience in primary care
GS-9 Social Worker
Experience, Education and Licensure: None beyond the basic requirements.
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. At the GS-9 level, candidates must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:(a) Ability to work with Veterans and family members from various socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic, educational, and other diversified backgrounds utilizing counseling skills.
(b) Ability to assess the psychosocial functioning and needs of Veterans and their family members, and to formulate and implement a treatment plan, identifying the Veterans problems, strengths, weaknesses, coping skills, and assistance needed.(c) Ability to implement treatment modalities in working with individuals, families, and groups to achieve treatment goals. This requires judgment and skill in utilizing supportive, problem solving, or crisis intervention techniques.
(d) Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and communicate with clients, staff, and representatives of community agencies.
(e) Fundamental knowledge of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities, and treatment procedures. This includes acute, chronic, and traumatic illnesses/injuries; common medications and their effects/side effects; and medical terminology.
GS-11 Social Worker
Specialized Experience: Appointment to the GS-11 grade level requires completion of a minimum of one year of post-MSW experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level in the field of health care or other social work-related settings.
Education: In addition to meeting basic requirements, a doctoral degree in social work from a school of social work may be substituted for the required one year of professional social work experience in a clinical setting.
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:(a) Knowledge of community resources, how to make appropriate referrals to community and other governmental agencies for services, and ability to coordinate services.
(b) Skill in independently conducting psychosocial assessments and treatment interventions to a wide variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, educational and other diversified backgrounds.
(c) Knowledge of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities and treatment procedures (i.e. acute, chronic and traumatic illnesses/injuries, common medications and their effects/side effects, and medical terminology) to formulate a treatment plan.
(d) Skill in independently implementing different treatment modalities in working with individuals, families, and groups who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical, and social problems to achieve treatment goals.
(e) Ability to provide consultation services to new social workers, social work graduate students, and other staff about the psychosocial needs of patients and the impact of psychosocial problems on health care and compliance with treatment.
GS-9 - Must become licensed or certified at the independent level within three years of appointment.
GS-11 - Must have a license or certification in a state at the independent practice level.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11.
References: VA Handbook 5005/120 Part II Appendix G39
A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/
. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
- Address Columbia VA Health Care System
6439 Garners Ferry Road
Columbia, SC 29209
- Name: Reginald Young
- Phone: 704-638-9000
- Email: [email protected]