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Clinical Social Worker
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UCLA Health | Los Angeles, CA
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Job Description

Job Duties
Under supervision of Director, function as a team member of a Simms/Mann Center that provides comprehensive psychosocial care to patients with cancer and their families. Provide case-management, assess psychosocial needs, and provide individual, group and family counseling. Serve in patient advocate role for California End of Life Act as per UCLA policy. Identify patients, respond to referrals and meet the wide range of needs of outpatients. Provide referrals for economic, psychological, social, hospice and home health care as needed. Chart all contacts in a computer database file. Staff evening monthly lecture series. Update and screen the Center's computer-based resource referral network and website, select appropriate information, websites and library resources to be made accessible to patients. Attend medical clinics, identify patients and respond to comprehensive psychosocial needs. Participate in program development as required. Participate in training of interns and volunteers. Provide on-call service. Administer and utilize the screening tools to develop appropriate interventions. Work in a complex medical system and assist patients in navigating that system. Provide other related services that promote the Simm/Mann Center and improve the quality of life of the patient and family touched by cancer. Orient new patients (in person and on the phone), walk-in patients and other visitors to the Center's range of services, directing them toward the services that are the most appropriate to the patients' particular situations and needs. Develop a thorough familiarity with the Center's and community resources in order to help patients locate what they need. Participate in program evaluation and in determining the need for new services. Work with other oncology professionals to promote quality of life of patients. Conduct therapeutic support groups. Experience and knowledge working with medical patients in outpatient and/or inpatient medical environments with some exposure to oncology preferred. MSW degree and ability to travel to multiple oncology clinics owned by UCLA required

Job Qualifications
Master's degree in social work. Knowledge of psychosocial and other rehabilitation related problems that arise in individuals with cancer at all phases of their disease and treatments. Knowledge of the most common cancers (e.g. breast, colon, prostate, lung and gynecologic) and their treatments. Ability to formulate assessments of psychosocial needs of individuals with cancer with knowledge of the Cancer Rehabilitation Evaluation System and how to use it to develop interventions for women with cancer. Ability to put these skills to use. Skills and knowledge to deliver psychosocial interventions in a medical setting. Skills required to facilitate individual, group and family therapy interventions. Skill in using computer database software to maintain and update resource referral network, all patient tracking, rehabilitation needs using software such as FileMaker Pro as well as ability to use an Electronic Medical Record such as CareConnect with appropriate class work. Ability to identify referral sources and to provide referrals for economic, psychosocial and home health care programs. Knowledge and ability to function as a team member, working with other staff social workers and clinicians to develop patient groups, lectures and other programs. Skill in completing and entering patient notes, tracking forms and consultation notes at appropriate intervals into database. Ability to understand the mission of the Simms/Mann - UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology and to implement its objectives for the delivery of patient care. Ability to function as a team member. Ability to adapt to changing priorities including seeing patients at multiple sites, under various conditions, without a specific office. Ability to synthesize ideas to solve problems. Interpersonal skills to interact effectively with patients and medical staff including physicians and nurses to function as a team member. Ability to convey warmth and caring in interpersonal interactions with patients and other members of the team. Knowledge of IBM-compatible computers including facility with Windows and the Internet. Demonstrated ability in searching the Internet and in determining appropriateness of cancer-related information found on the Internet for patient use. Ability to provide clinical knowledge to less experienced clinicians including developing didactic trainings, evaluating students, field instructor accreditation.

About UCLA Health

For more than half a century, UCLA Health  has provided the best in healthcare and the latest in medical technology to thepeople of Los Angeles and throughout the world. Today we are one of the most comprehensive and advanced healthcare systems in existence. We are comprised of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, and the UCLA Medical Group, with offices throughout the region.

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center is consistently ranked by U.S.News & World Report as one of the top five hospitals in the nation and the best medical center in the western United States. The doctors, scientists and caregivers of UCLA are leaders in their fields. Every day, they perform pioneering work across an astounding range of disciplines, from organ transplantation and cardiac surgery to neurosurgery and cancer treatment. Year after year, our people have achieved medical breakthroughs and earned the highest industry honors. And we’re just getting started.

The dedicated professionals of UCLA Health are committed to healing humankind, one patient at a time, by improving health, alleviating suffering, and delivering acts of kindness on a daily basis.