VACANCY – SOCIAL WORKER

PURPOSE

To co-ordinate and provide psychosocial services to patient, families and significant others who are referred to the organisation, as an integral member of the interdisciplinary team.

KEY PERFORMANCE AREAS

  • Provide psychosocial services to Patients, Families and significant others
  • Attend, participate and represent the psychosocial department at all relevant meetings
  • Network and advocate on behalf of clients and their families
  • Participate in training activities to widen the reach of Psychosocial Palliative Care
  • Comply with administration tasks to meet organisational and legal requirements
  • Submit statistical data and information to support the organisation’s MER plan

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide in-depth Counselling for individuals, couples, and families.
  • Work with individuals, families and carers diagnosed with a life-threatening illness who are in need emotional, social or spiritual support.
  • Assist and link clients to community resources when needed.
  • Assess and evaluate patients’ emotional, social, practical and financial needs in collaboration with an interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary team, which requires the ability to analyse, interpret and explore options.
  • Develop and review psychosocial care plan which reflects the needs of the patient and their families/carers.
  • Understand and respond to ethnic, cultural and religious influences on the patient and family.
  • Provide psychosocial palliative care training to internal and external service providers and organizations.
  • Facilitate Community Education Workshops on topics such as Loss, Grief and Bereavement.
  • Plan for discharge of a patient, including the co-ordination and continuity of care when required.
  • Facilitate advance care planning and caregiver support.
  • Provide Crisis intervention when needed.
  • Facilitate conflict mediation and family meetings.
  • Assist and share information on legal matters, finances, and grant applications.
  • Participate at interdisciplinary team meetings, care planning, and ethics consultations on behalf of the Psycho-social team.
  • Comply with legal, professional standards for documentation and maintain records used within the service, including the use of IT systems.
  • Advocate on behalf of the patient and family.
  • Address safety issues pertaining to the environment and concerns about potential abuse and neglect.

QUALIFICATIONS/EXPERIENCE

  • BA Social Worker
  • 2-5+ years’ experience as a social worker
  • Experience in a Hospice environment would be an advantage

SKILLS/KNOWLEDGE/COMPETENCIES

  • Good communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Application of knowledge and skills
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Strong planning and organisational ability
  • Client focused
  • Self-reliant
  • Compassionate
  • Positive attitude
  • Team player
  • Work with minimum supervision

Should you wish to apply for this vacancy, please include a motivation letter and completed job application form.  Applications must be forwarded to Human Resources for attention: Mandisa Sindana msindana@hospicewits.co.za , by close of business 3rd February 2021

Application Form