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Providence Health & Services Lead Oncology Social Worker (LCSW) - Franz Oncology Hematology in Portland, Oregon


Providence is calling a Lead Oncology Social Worker (LCSW) - Franz Oncology Hematology outpatient clinic (0.9 FTE, Days) at Providence Portland Medical Center in Portland , OR

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We are seeking a Lead Social Worker (LCSW) - Franz Oncology Hematology Clinic that will provide leadership for our clinic oncology social work team. Ensures that clinical standards and regulatory requirements are met, promotes service excellence and effective and efficient use of personnel and material resources, and positively represents the service internally within the organization and externally in the community. Ensures that services are maintained in accordance with the mission, goals and objectives, policies and procedures of the Providence health system and the department. Clinical responsibilities are commensurate with Lead responsibilities. This position also provides direct clinical care as part of our interdisciplinary oncology palliative care team.

The Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) independently provides comprehensive biopsychosocial/spiritual assessment, diagnosis and/or treatment/interventions/advocacy of patients and their support systems. The LCSW incorporates concepts and theories associated with life span development, neurobiology, and behavioral change. The LCSW will collaborate with patient and support system to develop and implement evidence-informed person-centered care plans across the care continuum in collaboration with the Inter-Disciplinary Team (IDT). The LCSW shall perform duties in a manner that respects patient self-determination that reduces health disparities/barriers to care, and adheres to the NASW code of ethics, Standards of Practice (SOP), and mission.

In this position you will have the following responsibilities:

  • Act in the capacity of an operational Lead Clinical Social Worker as needed in designated departments. This would include onboarding duties related to new Social Worker caregivers within the department. Provides input to department leadership in relation to hiring and performance planning and development:

  • Provide mentoring/coaching and clinical consultation as required.

  • May also coordinate scheduling and work assignments, and coverage.

  • Promote effective and efficient use of personnel and material resources by collaborating with the Department Manager to:

  • Give input to maintain productivity and care quality and excellence standards

  • Identify resource needs to overcome barriers to effectiveness and efficiency

  • Give input on strategic and fiscal goals and plans for the department

  • Contribute to program development and policy documentation that supports projects both within the department and on inter-disciplinary teams as the Social Worker representative.

  • May assist in coordination of staffing schedule, and assign daily clinical tasks to assigned staff in order to maintain productivity and care quality standards of the department.

  • Coordinate and direct the quality care given to patients.

  • Maintain and strengthen working relationships internal within Providence and with community partners

  • Assessment:

  • Independently provides strength based comprehensive biopsychosocial, emotional, spiritual, and cultural assessments

  • Assess for and recognize social determinants for wellness and recovery

  • Conduct ongoing assessment of patients appropriate to age and cultural background in accordance with patient directed goals

  • May include advance care and end of life discussion as appropriate to setting

  • Intervention:

  • In the context of a clinical relationship, provides social work interventions to support and empower patients and their family/support systems to effectively cope with the impact of medical and/or mental health conditions, optimize functioning and improve overall well-being

  • Formulate, implements, and monitors a social work plan of care that supports and identifies therapeutic solutions or adjustments to medical, social, emotional and financial problems which may impact health or well-being

  • Care plans are patient-centered, strength-based, and culturally-relevant

  • Utilize counseling, motivational interviewing, crisis intervention, education, case management, etc. as appropriate and required to the clinical setting

  • Diagnosis:

  • As appropriate and required to the clinical setting, perform diagnostic evaluation of psychiatric and substance use disorders

  • Establish a diagnosis based upon DSM and ICD diagnostic criteria.

  • Treatment:

  • Incorporate evidence based theories and methods, provide specialized clinical treatment services as appropriate and required to the clinical setting

  • Utilize the Professional Edition: Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) for psychiatric and substance use disorders to resolve and/or reduce signs and symptoms of diagnosis as appropriate and required to the clinical setting.

  • Palliative Care Skills: Facilitation of advance care planning, goals of care conversations, counseling skills in no-pharmacologic pain management.

  • Case Management:

  • Provide effective case management including triaging patient needs, adapting approaches to meet additional needs, and collaborating with internal and external resources as appropriate

  • Coordination of Care:

  • Create strength-based, collaborative care planning with the patient and their family/support systems

  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with various departments, community health, social service agencies, payors and other partners

  • Advocate for support appropriate to the age, biopsychosocial needs, cultural, spiritual, and health literacy of the patient

  • Identify barriers to continuing care and planning of next level of care. Functions within the existing care team model. Collaborates with the inter/multi-disciplinary team facilitating care conferences for complex patient care coordination.

  • Documentation:

  • Maintain timely, written documentation as well as verbal hand-offs within professional standards and in accordance with department policies and procedures

  • Submit relevant ICD/CPT and DSM codes for reimbursement as appropriate and required to the clinical setting.

  • Advocacy:

  • Act as an advocate for the needs and interests of the patient and their family/support system by supporting self-determination and autonomy

  • Advocates for navigation of complex healthcare systems, various payers, community services, education, system changes, etc

  • Adheres to mandatory reporting of abuse, neglect, and/or exploitation.

  • Communication:

  • Provide clear and concise communication through consultation, education, facilitation and team organization to patients and their family/support system

  • Collaborate with internal and external partners, and patient caregivers to enhance provision of care and services in care settings across the continuum

  • Communicate changes in patient condition or goals of care related to medical, mental, social, spiritual, environmental, and eligibility factors to the inter/multidisciplinary team

  • Contribute to and updates the inter/multidisciplinary care plan

  • Perform duties in a manner that adheres to social work professional standards and code of ethics and in compliance with regulatory bodies; NASW (National Assoc. Social Workers), TJC (The Joint Commission), etc. Protects confidentiality and establishes professional boundaries

  • Maintain a constant awareness of safety and legal aspects of the position. Educates and communicates with the inter/multi-disciplinary team


Required qualifications for this position includes:

  • Master's Degree in Social Work; from a CSWE Accredited School of Social Work

  • LCSW with the state of Oregon

  • Five (5) years of Relevant Social Work experience. May include post MSW CSWA experience

Preferred qualifications for this position include:

  • Experience as a Lead or in a supervisory role

  • Experience in Palliative care and oncology social work

  • Certified Oncology Social Worker (OSW-C)

  • Certified Advanced Hospice Palliative Social Worker (AHPSW-C)

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Schedule: Full-time

Shift: Day

Job Category: Social Work

Location: Oregon-Portland

Req ID: 310370