The Iowa City VA Health Care System is recruiting for one (1) full-time Senior Social Worker for the Patient Care Service Line. The GS-12 Caregiver Support Program Social Worker serves as a Senior Social Worker in the Caregiver Support Program (CSP) whose primary role is to support the provision of comprehensive healthcare services to Veterans and caregivers. The primary purpose of the work is to ensure equity of access, service and benefits to this population and that care provided is of the highest quality. The incumbent must be a skilled communicator capable of developing positive, effective relationships with Veterans, caregivers, local, state and federal agencies, as well as non-governmental organizations. This includes implementing education, wellness, and support groups. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Utilizes advanced practice skills and judgment in the provision of services provided to caregivers enrolled in program. Knows and understands services and benefits available for caregivers from both federal, state and private sector resources and statutes, regulations and policies that govern the program. Stays abreast of current legislation directed at assisting caregivers to continue to provide caregiving in an environment that is safe for both themselves and the Veteran. Complies with Iowa City VAHCS and CSP documentation requirements, including standards for timely completion of notes, use of required documentation templates and risk assessment protocols. Assists with clinical program development, effectiveness and modification of service patterns. The incumbent utilizes outcome evaluations to improve treatment services and to design system changes. Uses sound judgment in the interpretation of trends and patterns; application of regulation, policy, guidelines; and recommendation of program enhancements. Leads and organizes practice and process evaluation to assure continuity and peer accountability. Conducts peer review and other assigned audits. Completes all reports, data and maintains reporting requirements with outcomes related to the CSP. Provides leadership, direction, orientation, coaching, in-service training, staff development and continuing education programs. Serves on committees, work groups and task forces at facility, VISN and national level or in community which support caregiver issues and needs. Collaborates with and contributes knowledge to a community of practice with the CSP and profession. Assists with coordination of events and programs for annual National Family Caregivers Month every November, CSP Summit and other CSP supported activities. Maintains a knowledge base of current theory and treatment modalities by reading professional journals, attending conferences, clinic seminars and teleconferences, and materials distributed through VA and private sector sources. Participates in CSP conference calls and other relevant conference calls and/or meetings as assigned. Keeps supervisor apprised of problems and recommended solutions encountered in area of responsibility. Conducts caregiver and family clinical interventions to facilitate the identification of caregiver stress, psychiatric illness, emotional distress and social needs as treatment issues. Professional judgment, including the knowledge of normal and abnormal behavior, is an inherent competency applied in daily interactions with caregivers and the Veterans they care for. The incumbent has the ability to incorporate complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment provided within approved scope of practice. Provides evidence based individual, group and/or family counseling or psychotherapy and/or case management. Provides referrals to VA medical and mental health treatment and to other VA services including VA benefits, community-based social services and other non-VA entitlement programs. If appropriate, he/she provides referrals or consults, or in some cases facilitates direct admission of a Veteran to other VA programs including but not limited to the Community Residential Care Program, Respite Program, Community Health Care Coordination Program, Hospice, Home Based Primary Care, Telehealth and the Community Nursing Home Program. Serves as a consultant for navigating the complex processes caregivers, Veterans, and families encounter when interacting with government and community agencies. Collaborate with and serve as a consultant for the VA Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT), mental health, and geriatric primary care clinicians to provide Veteran and staff education on caregiver issues. Coordination will include hands-on support group work involvement, and training of patient aligned care team clinical social work staff in the development and facilitation of such groups. PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 598302100
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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.