The Social Worker will be assigned to the Community Living Center (CLC) at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center (CNVAMC). Clinical services include but are not limited to: providing inpatient and outpatient services and treatment for patients in the CLC. The Social Worker will adhere to national directives, handbooks, medical center policies, and service policies related to the duty assignment. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Education: Have a master's degree in social work (MSW) 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. Verification of the degree can be made by going to the CSWE website (www.cswe.org) to verify if that social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a master of social work. Licensure: Persons hired or reassigned to social worker positions in the GS-185 series in VHA must be licensed or certified by a state to independently practice social work at the master's degree levels. English Language Proficiency: Social workers must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j. May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Preferred Experience: Must be licensed to practice independently at the State Level. Demonstrates knowledge and experience providing clinical and psychosocial services to patients and family in community based settings. Knowledge of discharge planning and Interdisciplinary treatment team collaboration/participation. Grade Determinations: Appointment to the GS-11 full performance level requires completion of a minimum of one year of post-MSW degree experience in the field of health care social work-related settings, (VA or non-VA experience) and licensure or certification in a state at the independent practice level. 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. In addition, to the experience above, candidates must demonstrate all of the following KSAs below. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 1. Knowledge of community resources, how to make appropriate referrals to community and other governmental agencies for services, and ability to coordinate services. 2. 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. 3. 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. 4. 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. 5. 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. References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II Appendix G39 https://vaww.va.gov/ohrm/Directives-Handbooks/Documents/5005.pdf The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is the GS-11. Physical Requirements: Extended periods of standing, bending and carrying light items such as books, medical records and paper is required. Walking long distance throughout the medical center, or units and between divisions is required. Conducting patient encounters in a community setting or in the patient's home environment may be required. Position often places the incumbent in a position of stress. Due to the nature of the work, the incumbent may come in contact with Veteran patients who are confused, intoxicated or have a contagious condition. Ability to drive a car and have a valid state license is required. Exposure to dangerous situations in the community from traffic accidents to crime is also possible. ["Major duties include, but are not limited to the following: The Social Worker will practice in the Community Living Center (CLC) at the Uptown Division providing social work services and facilitating discharge planning through collaboration with Veterans and their families as well as the interdisciplinary treatment team members when Veterans are identified as needing continued skilled care and/or supportive level of care than what can be provided in the Community Living Center. Covers social work needs for Veterans admitted to the Acute Medical Rehab unit. Incumbent must be able to coordinate and participate in treatment plan development. Incumbent must have knowledge of the process for accessing and/or coordinating community-based services, including information and referral for additional services from other VA programs, Non-VA, State and community programs. The Social Worker independently provides comprehensive psychosocial services, case management services, develops treatment plans in collaboration with the Veteran/family and with the interdisciplinary treatment team. Must independently completes admission, quarterly and annual psychosocial assessments to determine the psychosocial functioning and needs of Veterans and/or their families. This will also include annual Advance Directive discussion reviews per VAMC requirements. Thoroughly documents and maintains clinical case management to include goals of care, psychosocial barriers, referrals and resources that best meet the needs of the Veteran at the optimal level. Must possess a working knowledge and experience in use of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities, and treatment procedures, including acute, chronic and traumatic illnesses, common medications and their effects/side effects, and medical terminology. Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned by the assigned Supervisor and/or Social Work Chief as needed for the benefit of the veteran, family, and quality of services provided. Additionally, the incumbent may be relocated to another office, or building, to include Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC), to support the mission of the medical center. The individual may be required to work an irregular tour of duty, to include weekends, depending on the needs of the service and medical center. The individual will participate in the medical center's social work on-call rotation, as required. Social work on-call coverage is between 4:30 p.m. and 8:00 a.m., to include weekends and holidays. Work Schedule: Monday to Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.