*** SELECTED CANDIDATES WILL BE PLACED ON A TEMPORARY APPOINTMENT NOT TO EXCEED ONE (1) YEAR *** This Senior Social Worker position is assigned to the James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH) system, Tampa FL, under Social Work Service, and is assigned to the Whole Health Service program. This position provides clinical, education, training, and administrative services to veterans and staff in the Whole Health Service. James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital and Clinics (JAHVH) in Tampa, Florida, is a Level I-A tertiary medical center with general medicine, surgical, psychiatric, rehabilitation, spinal cord injury, nursing home care beds, spinal cord injury/disorders center, and a polytrauma treatment facility. In addition to the Primary Care Annex, it also encompasses six community-based outpatient clinics located in New Port Richey, South Hillsborough, Brooksville, Lakeland, Lecanto, and Zephyrhills. The hospital has social work academic affiliations with three universities - Florida State University, University of South Florida and St. Leo University. The senior social worker may be assigned administrative responsibility for clinical program development and is accountable for clinical program effectiveness and modification of service patterns. Assignments include clinical settings where they have limited access to onsite supervision such as CBOCs or satellite outpatient clinics. The senior social worker collaborates with the other members of the treatment team in the provision of comprehensive health care services to Veterans, ensures equity of access, service, and benefits to this population, ensures the care provided is of the highest quality. The senior social worker provides leadership, direction, orientation, coaching, in-service training, staff development, and continuing education programs for assigned social work staff. They serve on committees, work groups, and task forces at the facility, VISN and national level, or in the community as deemed appropriate by the supervisor, Social Work Executive or Chief of Social Work Services. This assignment is to be relatively few in number based on the size of the facility/service and applying sound position management. This assignment must represent substantial additional responsibility over and above that required at the full performance grade level and cannot be used as the full performance level of this occupation. Duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following: Adheres to Service Line Agreements, (SLA) Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for documentation. Adhere to approved templates and required standards for documentation as outlined by accrediting bodies such as Joint Commission, CARF, and/or revenue sources providing funding to VHA. Provide documentation sufficient to meet the needs of various interdisciplinary teams engaged in the discharge planning process both within the facility and for potential placement and/or aftercare programs/facilities. Adheres to SLA, SOP, and directives for clinical contact with patients, families, and collateral providers over the course of treatment, which includes pre-admission, program participation, and post discharge follow up. Provides individualize care coordination and discharge planning highlighting patients strengths, needs, abilities, and preferences within patient interaction, Interdisciplinary Team (IDT) meetings, along with family and collateral contacts. Advise supervisor and IDT on identified treatment goals, priorities, and disposition options and progress. Ensuring patients have access to care via completion of required documents, 1010s, Advanced Directive, and other forms that assist with access to care within the VA or the community. Participate in survey accreditation(s) ensuring standards are adhered to within their social work practice, unit/service and at the facility level as well (i.e. infection control and safety). Participate in continuous survey readiness through ensuring reports, PI projects, and other documentation required for accreditation are current and up to date. Participate in all assigned supervisory meetings to include individual, team huddles, and will participate in, both social work and matrix, staff meetings. Participate on all assigned committees, work groups within or external to the facility. Supervisory approval is required prior to working with a committee within or external to the facility. (See business compliance regarding non-VHA committee participation). Participate in coverage for social work services on the assigned unit/service, and when needed for other social work teams inpatient and outpatient as needed. Maintain a social work license. Have and maintain a valid driver's license and have the ability to independently operate a government-owned motor vehicle for occasional travel. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7:30 am - 4:00 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.