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1 Date: June 2015 Job Title : Social Worker - Inpatient Team Department : Medicine & Health of Older People, Surgical & Ambulatory Location : North Shore and Waitakere Reporting To : 1. Allied Health Team Leader 2. Social Work Professional Clinical Leader for professional issues Direct Reports : Nil Functional Relationships with : Internal Allied Health Team Leader Inpatient Professional Clinical Leader, Social Work Needs Assessment & Service Coordination (NASC) Emergency Department & Assessment and Diagnostic Unit staff (ED & ADU) Community Staff Allied Health and Nursing Professionals Social Work Teams He Kamaka Waiora Asian Support Services Tautai Fakataha (Pacific Support Team) Waitemata DHB Family Violence Prevention Co-Coordinator Waitemata DHB Child Protection Co-Coordinator Older Adult and Vulnerable Adult Abuse Prevention Co-ordinator External Taikura Trust Other DHB staff Community Support Agencies Statutory agencies Purpose of the Role : To provide a professional social work service for the patients of the Medicine & Health of Older People and Surgical & Ambulatory Services in accordance with the policies of Waitemata District Health Board, New Zealand Social Work Registration Board (NZSWRB ) Code of Conduct and the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Work (ANZASW) Standards of Practice. To provide cover across the Inpatient Service (NSH & WTH) and into the Community setting as required. To have a collaborative and functional working relationship with the ED/ADU, Inpatient and Community Services staff and management Waitemata District Health Board -JOB DESCRIPTION - Page 1

2 Our Purpose, Values and Standards At the heart of Waitemata DHB is our promise of better care for everyone. This promise statement is the articulation of our three-fold purpose to: 1. promote wellness, 2. prevent, cure and ameliorate ill health and 3. relieve the suffering of those entrusted to our care. At the heart of our values is the need for all of us to reflect on the intrinsic dignity of every single person that enters our care. It is a privilege to be able to care for patients, whānau and our community, a privilege that is sometimes overlooked in our day to day work. Our standards and behaviours serve as a reminder to us all about how we are with our patients and with each other. Receive and process referrals for social work intervention. Undertake and complete Psychosocial assessments with patients and their families/whanau. The assessment would note the patient s relationship to the physical, social, emotional and spiritual dimensions of their lives. It would include supportive factors and risks for the patient in their current situation and on discharge. It would also note other concerns impacting upon patients/clients and their families/whanau. Referrals are received, recorded and responded to as early as possible. Assessments are accurate, meaningful and achieved in the context of health services timeframes Waitemata District Health Board -JOB DESCRIPTION - Page 2

3 Contribute to the provision of Social Work services during weekends and Public Holidays. All social work practice is ethical and of a high quality standard. Provide social work interventions to attend to risks or challenges, identified through the psychosocial assessment process, with the patient or their families/whanau. Consultation with and referral to other interdisciplinary team members, community health professionals and other appropriate community agencies. To work as a key member of the interdisciplinary team to facilitate appropriate care and support of patients/clients and their families. Attend and contribute to family meetings for patients/clients and their families. Maintain effective collegial relationships with NASC and other disciplines as a team member involved in the management of the health of patients/clients Ensure that patients and/or families/whanau identifying as Maori are offered the services of He Kamaka Waiora Clients and their families from different ethnic and/or cultural backgrounds are offered appropriate cultural services. Maintain an up to date knowledge of networks, services and other resources available and beneficial to the client/patient and/or their family/whanau. Participate in clinical, management and other meetings relevant to the delivery of social work services. Contribute to group work for specific rehabilitation groups as required. Maintain such clinical, administrative and statistical records of social work interventions and outcomes as are required. Participation in weekend and public holiday rosters. The social worker is registered and adheres to the ethics and standards of Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers and the New Zealand Social Work Registration Board Code of Conduct. Interventions are timely, appropriate, strengthbased and in accordance with ANZASW Standards of Practice and the Social Work Registration Board s Code of Conduct. Patients receive services, and referral to external agencies as indicated to meet assessed needs in a timely way that ensures continuum of care. Interventions are based on a social work care plan and the client goals using clinical reasoning. Interventions are evaluated regularly and discussed at social work and interdisciplinary meetings. Patients/clients and their families are fully supported to make informed choices regarding their discharge and ongoing care needs. Social work contributes fully with other clinicians in the care of patients/ clients. Consultation with other interdisciplinary team members occurs. Maori have access to and can receive interventions from Maori cultural services Other cultural and/or ethnic groups have access to and can receive interventions from their specific cultural services. Social work knowledge and practice is current and appropriate to the needs of the patients/clients and/or their families/whanau. Participation is active, timely and contributes to the overall care of patients/clients. The skills and knowledge of social work contributes to group work. Records are accurate, timely and maintained to the required standard in accordance with Waitemata DHB Documentation policies and protocols. Waitemata District Health Board -JOB DESCRIPTION - Page 3

4 Performance development reviews are carried out annually to maintain, reflect upon and continuously develop clinical practice and professional ability. Quality of service Participate fully as a member of the social work and multidisciplinary teams, undertake continued professional development and contribute to the ongoing development of social work services. Participate and contribute to research or student placements as appropriate in order to advance Waitemata DHB Social Work Professional Development Strategy Documentation accurately demonstrates interventions, progress and discharge Discharges are timely and appropriate. Supervision is undertaken on a regular basis adhering to Waitemata DHB policies Partakes in annual review following the performance development guidelines Attends training to update and learn new skills. Takes responsibility for own learning by recognising training and skill needs and attending in-service training on an ongoing basis. Participates in peer review. Participation in multidisciplinary meetings and case conferences. Member of the multidisciplinary team. Networks with other social workers within the service and externally. Assists with the orientation of staff and with the training and education of social work students as required. Participates in the implementation of service developments. Education to Waitemata DHB and external groups occurs in consultation with Allied Health Team Leader and Social Work Professional Clinical Leader. Criteria for admission to service are followed. Relevant contributions are made and are consistent with the development social work services in Waitemata District Health Board, in accordance with ANZASW and NZSWRB Practice Standards and Code of Conduct.. Contribution and participation is as required by the Professional Clinical Leader Social Work Statutory & Treaty of Waitangi obligations Ensures the professional and political integrity of Waitemata DHB by carrying out all functions in compliance of the Treaty of Waitangi and by demonstrating a serious commitment to keeping the treaty alive. Shows sensitivity to cultural complexity in the workforce and patient population To recognise Individual Responsibility Company health and safety policies are read and Waitemata District Health Board -JOB DESCRIPTION - Page 4

5 for Workplace Health and Safety under the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 understood and relevant procedures applied to their own work activities Workplace hazards are identified and reported, including self management of hazards where appropriate Can identify health and safety representative for area VERIFICATION: Employee: Manager: Date: Review Date: Note: This job description forms part of an individual s contract of employment with WDHB and must be attached to that contract. Waitemata District Health Board -JOB DESCRIPTION - Page 5

6 PERSON SPECIFICATION POSITION TITLE: Social Worker, Medicine & Health of Older People Surgical & Ambulatory Services Minimum Preferred Qualification Experience Skills/Knowledge/Behaviour Social Work Degree Membership of ANZASW Provisional Registration with SWRB Experience of working with Maori patients/clients and families/whanau Experience of work with cultural groups other than Maori or Tai Iwi. Some relevant social work experience with individuals and family/whanau. Experience of professional supervision Demonstrated commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi. Ability to form professional relationships with clients, colleagues and clinical staff. Knowledge of and involvement with Community Support Agencies. Demonstrated commitment to selfdevelopment. Self-motivated 4 year Degree in Social Work Full Registration Current Annual Practising Certificate ANZASW Membership Social work experience within acute hospital settings, including trauma. Social work experience of working with Maori and other cultural groups Experience with patients and their families/support systems Counselling skills, particularly grief, loss and chronic illness Positive contribution to working in a multi-disciplinary team environment. Commitment to on-going professional supervision Experience of working with Maori including working with Iwi organisations. Ability to facilitate family meetings and groups Excellent communication facilitation and presentation skills. Proactive participation in ongoing professional development. Waitemata District Health Board -JOB DESCRIPTION - Page 6

7 Competent written and oral communication skills. Computer literate. Demonstrates commitment to ongoing training and regular supervision. Excellent written, oral and IT communication skills Practices autonomously, within a supervision framework and demonstrates reflective practice. Ability to work with appropriate levels of supervision Personal Qualities Resilience and flexibility Professional attitude and standards Ability to be self-reflective Non-judgmental A positive contributing team member Commitment to culturally safe practice. Clear personal and professional boundaries Enthusiasm for chosen field of work and practice Willingness to explore new concepts Waitemata District Health Board -JOB DESCRIPTION - Page 7

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