Medical Social Worker Job Description

What is a Medical Social Worker?

A medical social worker is responsible for the areas of care management and assists patients and families in understanding patient conditions and treatments. They help patients and family members develop coping strategies, assess patient needs, assist in the development of treatment plans and provide emotional and mental assessments on the patient. Medical social workers also offer bereavement counseling, assist with patient discharge and handle the arrangement of in-home care services. Medical social workers may work in hospitals, hospices, long-term care facilities, nursing homes and assisted living centers.

A Masters degree of Social Work from a CSWE accredited program is required for medical social workers positions. Successful medical social workers are compassionate with strong verbal and written communication skills.

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Job Overview

Come work at Example Co., a leading firm in our industry in the metro area. We're pleased to have a 4.0 Glassdoor rating. We are looking to hire an experienced Medical Social Worker to help us keep growing. If you're hard-working and dedicated, Example Co. is an ideal place to get ahead. Apply today!

Responsibilities for Medical Social Worker

  • Cooperate with other professionals to evaluate patients' medical or physical condition and to assess client needs
  • Advocate for clients or patients to resolve crises
  • Collaborate with other professionals to assess client needs or plan treatments
  • investigate child abuse or neglect cases and take authorized protective action when necessary
  • Interview clients to gather information about their backgrounds, needs, or progress
  • Intervene in crisis situations to assist clients
  • Refer clients to community or social service programs
  • Refer individuals to educational or work programs

Qualifications for Medical Social Worker

  • Clinical Social Worker licensure required
  • Knowledge of medical terminology
  • Understanding the roles of the healthcare team
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills
  • Deep understanding the psychosocial aspects of illness and health
  • Experience of community facilities and resources for discharge planning
  • Superb written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong crisis intervention skills
  • Excellent short-term counseling skills

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