Social Work Practitioner

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Permanent Staff (SHRA)

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Position Title:

Social Work Practitioner - Journey

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Social Work Practitioner

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Budgeted Hiring Range:

$31,200 - $55,000

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Full-time/Part-time Permanent/Time-Limited:

Full-Time Time-Limited

If time-limited, estimated duration of appointment:

1-year time limited

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Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm

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Position Location:

Chapel Hill, NC

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Department Description:

The Division of Hematology/Oncology provides medical care to the people of North Carolina; serves as a referral center for patients from throughout the United States and worldwide; educates medical school undergraduates, residents and fellows in the subspecialties of Hematology and Oncology; and advances scholarly research and laboratory and clinical investigations in the health sciences. The activities of the Division are diverse and complex, with an annual budget of over $15 million and a staff of approximately 90 (approximately 55 in 2005). The patient care activities are broad in scope. Long-term care requires interaction of all members of the health care team. Care is provided in seven outpatient clinics (breast, lung, leukemia/lymphoma, bone marrow transplant, prostate, sickle cell and thrombosis/hemostasis clinics), in the hospital bone marrow transplant unit and two inpatient services. The Division provides a significant patient referral base to the Departments of Surgery, Pharmacy and Radiology. The revenue stream generated by new patients brought into the UNC Health Care system by this Division is an important source of support for these organizations.

Research activities, include long-term clinical treatment trials as well as basic research, and encompass several geographically separate laboratories. Research is funded by federal agencies and by pharmaceutical and research companies covering a wide range of areas related to cancer treatment and epidemiology.
The Division’s purpose is to integrate activity in patient care, basic and clinical research, and educational programs among participating elements to address evolving issues in science and medicine.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Position Description:

The social work practitioner will act as a primary resource to patients and their families in the sickle cell disease comprehensive clinic and to the Blood Research Center. Responsibilities will include: psychosocial/needs assessments, supportive counseling, health education, resource referral, assistance with educational, employment or insurance problems, loss and grief work.

As a primary resource to the medical team, the social worker will demonstrate candid and supportive communication, identify obstacles to optimal patient care (e.g., institutional rules, communication or personality styles, social circumstances, etc.), and facilitate effective problem solving and conflict resolution. The social worker will be a bridge to community-based organizations serving persons diagnosed with sickle cell disease and their families and advocate for best practice.

The role of the medical social worker is one of advocacy and liaison among patient, family, hospital and community. Here, remote assessments of patient reported outcomes and mental health will be emphasized, as we seek to develop a collaborative care model with more remotely based patients, families, and practitioners. Helping the patient understand and adjust to hospital procedures, interpreting and explaining medical plans, providing the opportunity for ventilation of feelings, assisting the family with financial planning, are tasks faced by this member of the health care team. Facilitating communication among the patient, his family, and the health care professionals involved is a constant focal point of the social worker’s treatment plan. Recognizing the strengths which lie within the family system and encouraging the use of these assets by all members of the health care team is the unique contribution of the medical social worker.

This position has duties and responsibilities relative to direct patient care. Receiving and maintaining credentialing/appointment as an independent Allied Health Professional at UNC Hospitals will be part of this position. Licensure and reappointment are maintained per continuing education and other requirements every two years.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree in a Human Services discipline with coursework related to the area of assignment. Some positions may require certification to practice as a certified or licensed Clinical Social Worker as required by the North Carolina Social Work Certification Board.

Essential Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

Licensure by the North Carolina Social Work Certification Board as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).

Preferred Qualifications:

Knowledge of chronic medical conditions and impact across the lifespan.

Required Licenses/Certifications:

Licensure by the North Carolina Social Work Certification Board as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

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Posted: 4/7/2021
Application Due: 4/14/2021
Work Type: Full Time