This position requires the full understanding and active participation in fulfilling the mission of Long Beach Medical Center (LBMC). It is expected the employee demonstrate behavior consistent with our core values: Integrity, Accountability, Best Practices, Compassion and Synergy. The employee shall support LBMC strategic plan and participate in and advocate performance improvement/patient and employee safety activities. This position requires seven days a week including holidays (major and minor) “on call” coverage on a rotating basis as determined by the Social Work Services Director and/or designee and the needs of the department. In addition, this position requires your presence on the premises of the medical center during your assigned shift.
The Licensed Clinical Social Worker provides social work services to patients and families in all hospital areas specific to assignment. The Licensed Clinical Social Worker assists patients in addressing psycho-social issues they face as it relates to their acute or chronic illness and/or disability. The Licensed Clinical Social Worker is responsible for providing interventions to remove psycho-social barriers preventing safe and timely transition through the continuum of care. They skillfully advocate in empowering patients to maintain a level of control over their treatment and ensure selfdetermination. The professional licensure allows this individual to provide clinical and casework supervision under the Board of Behavioral Sciences to staff in accordance with the needs of the department. In addition, the Licensed Clinical Social Worker focuses on ensuring quality care while actively engaging in cost effective measures such as Performance Improvement Projects, LEAN activities and other hospital wide initiatives. Professional services include, but are not limited to: biopsychosocial assessment, brief treatment, crisis intervention, suicide risk assessments, homeless assessments, case consultation, patient education, discharge planning, resource management and clinical supervision of Associate Social Workers.
Essential Job Outcomes & Functions
1. Independently manages a specific caseload of patients as identified by the Social Work Service Department. Evaluates
and assesses to determine those social, emotional, financial and cultural factors of the patient’s life situation that may
contribute to the total diagnosis and treatment plan for the patient. Demonstrates a comprehensive and systematic
approach in providing a variety of therapeutic and intervention modalities to remove psychosocial barriers that prevent a
safe and timely transition through the continuum of care.
2. Provides leadership and healthcare team coordination to address protective service issues, life care decisions, and
advance directives. Actively manages a treatment plan to address complex psychosocial issues of high-risk patients.
Provides crisis intervention services to patients and families and the health care team.
3. Collaborates with the case manager and the healthcare team to provide education, resources, and referrals to patients,
families and caretaker. Ensures that psychosocial and socioeconomic needs are addressed in the treatment or discharge
plan. Facilitates coordination among health care professionals, services, and settings involved in the patient’s care,
with a focus on enhancing patient satisfaction through ensuring that the rights of the patient and family are respected and
maintained throughout the continuum of care.
4. Maintains professionalism and provides ongoing education to the healthcare team regarding the social workers role and
psychosocial issues as it relates to patient care.
5. Supervises assigned staff and provides weekly supervision to Social Worker, MSW’s, Social Work Interns and
volunteers. Participates in the development of efficient and effective practice standards and makes recommendations to
the department for superior delivery of service.
6. Educates, facilitates and coordinates with the patient, families, caretakers, and community agencies to ensure that
resources available to the patient are in place to prevent readmission to the hospital; ensuring effective and efficient
utilization of private, public, and philanthropic funds.
7. Responds to and completes psychosocial services in a timely and efficient manner, causing no avoidable delay in the
implementation of the treatment plan or in the anticipated discharge time or date. Manages complex biopsychosocial
cases to expedite patient and family follow through of treatment plan.
8. Ability to be at work and on time. It is required to be on the campus of the medical center to accommodate issues that
may arise out of a crisis and to support the medical team, peers and staff and their assignment to a specific area.
9. Is required to be on-call on a rotational basis as per the Department Director.