Job Title: Social Worker, Primary Care
Work Site: Vancouver Oakridge Primary Care Network (PCN) - Vancouver, BC
Status: Regular Full Time
Start Date: As soon as possible
Salary: $36.27 - $45.25 per hour
0830 - 1630
Days off: Saturday, Sunday, and statutory holidays
Come work as a Social Worker with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH)!
Vancouver Coastal Health is looking for a Social Worker to join the Vancouver Oakridge Primary Care Network team in Vancouver, BC. Apply today to join our team!
As a Primary Care Social Worker with VCH you will:
Assess, plan, implement and evaluate social work care for patients/clients and caregiver(s).
Develop and maintain partnerships with the Primary Care Provider in accordance with the local PCN care delivery model as co-designed by the PCN Partners (local Division of Family Practice, VCH Community of Care and First Nations Partners).
Care for patients/clients and caregiver(s), who are experiencing health and/or social challenges.
Provide direct care activities such as bio-psycho-social-spiritual assessments, short term counselling and related behavioural health supports, establishing therapeutic relationships and coordinating individualized goal-oriented treatment.
Provide continuity of care by liaising with team members, coordinating ongoing care, supporting transitions and navigating services.
About Primary Care Networks (PCN)
Primary Care Networks (PCN) will be the backbone of the provincial Primary Health-Care Strategy. This new model of care includes a multi-disciplinary team of nurses, pharmacists and allied health professionals, working alongside and supporting family physicians, nurse practitioners at primary care offices, Primary Care Community Health Centres, Urgent and Primary Care centres, and services delivered by not-for-profit community health partners. PCNs are expected to provide patients and primary care providers with strong, effective links to hospitals and diagnostic service providers.
Team members involved in the patient’s care will work closely together, so that they can get a full picture of the health care needs. Under the new structure, patients will be able to more quickly and easily access a full range of health care options, have the ability to have a regular family physician or nurse practitioner and access to more health team members.
Adopting team based care approach in Primary Care Networks aims to increase patients' access to primary care services, strengthen the ability of existing physicians to expand - or remain in - their practice, and broaden the set of specific skills and expertise available to patients as they are receiving care. And it will ensure that the systems and tools required to make that care function are in place, and are well supported in the patient’s journey to better health.
Education & Experience
Master’s Degree in Social Work from an accredited School of Social Work.
Two (2) years recent, related clinical experience relevant to the designated clinical area or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
Current full registration with the British Columbia College of Social Workers.
Valid BC Drivers Licence and access to a vehicle.
Knowledge & Abilities
Demonstrated knowledge of other health care disciplines and their role in patient/client care.
Demonstrated ability in managing a variety of situations and responsibilities requiring initiative, creativity and professional judgment.
Demonstrated knowledge of the principles and practices of a patient/client and family centred recovery model in mental illness.
Demonstrated ability to conduct comprehensive risk assessments.
Demonstrated understanding of health care ethics and ability to incorporate ethical decision making in practice.
Demonstrated knowledge to assess patient/clients at risk and knowledge of appropriate legislation acts; e.g. Health Care Consent Act, Mental Health Act, Adult Guardianship Act, Continuing Care Act,
Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act as it relates to the rights and obligations of patients/patient/clients and staff.
Demonstrated ability to provide competent and culturally safe care in a variety of settings and with diverse populations
Demonstrated ability to promote Indigenous Cultural Safety.
Demonstrated knowledge and experience in Trauma Informed Practice, Harm Reduction and Recovery Oriented care.
Demonstrated knowledge of mental health & substance use treatments.
Demonstrated knowledge of other facilities and community resources.
Demonstrated ability to conduct mental status exams and suicide risk assessments.
Demonstrates knowledge of ability to provide care planning, supportive counseling, crisis intervention, and care coordination.
Demonstrated ability to recognize when referral to another health care professional is required
Demonstrated ability to support seamless transition in care.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively.
Demonstrated ability to establish workload priorities.
Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
Demonstrated ability to problem solve, use critical thinking skills, and deal effectively with conflict situations.
Demonstrated computer skills including the ability to effectively use a computerized patient/patient/client care information documentation system.
Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.
The hours of work including days off and work area may be subject to change consistent with operational requirements and the provision of the Collective Agreement and applicable statutes.
Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for this posting.
***Employees of VCH must apply via the Internal Application Process. Refer to the https://my.vch.ca/working-here/job-postings site for How to Apply instructions. Current VCH employees who apply to this posting using this external site will be considered as an external candidate. Seniority will not apply.***
Thank you for your interest in Vancouver Coastal Health.