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University of Rochester Social Worker (S) - 228171 in Rochester, New York

Social Worker (S) Job ID 228171

Location Strong Memorial Hospital Full/Part Time Full-Time Favorite Job Regular/Temporary Regular Opening

Full Time 40 hours Grade 053 Psychiatry SMH Social Work

This is a 6-month over-hire position


This is a 6-month over-hire position









Description of Patient Population:

Pediatric(s) Adolescent(s)

X Adult(s) 18 and above

X Geriatric(s) 65 and above


The social worker who occupies this position provides social work services to patients and their families admitted 3-9200. The social worker is responsible for covering a census of up to 11 patients/beds with support of the social work assistant. As a member of the interdisciplinary team, the social worker participates in the development and implementation of the patient’s treatment and discharge plan. The social worker is responsible for providing psychosocial and family assessments, and for the overall coordination of the discharge planning process for patients hospitalized on the unit. The social worker provides individual, family, or group treatment that will contribute to the implementation of a comprehensive discharge plan. The social worker also provides social work treatment in response to patient/family psychosocial problems which may impede care and/or discharge. The social worker develops interagency relationships and mobilizes community resources on behalf of the patients and/or their families.

A. Administrative (5%)

  1. Ensures that Hospital, Department, and Social Work Division policies and procedures are implemented with regard to patient care, discharge planning, and professional practice.

  2. May participates in the committee process of the Social Work Division and complies with Social Work Division and Departmental quality improvement and staff development activities.

  3. Participates in activities of the Social Work Division including timely completion of time reporting and other Hospital or Division forms; Hospital and Division mandatory inservice training programs and UHS reviews.

  4. Attends Social Work Division and Program Staff meetings, as required.

  5. Subscribes to the Departmental goal of creating a culturally competent environment by treating patient, families, trainees, and co-workers in a sensitive manner with appropriate attention to cultural differences.

  6. Participates in available cultural competence events and training appropriate to job duties.

B. Clinical (93%)

  1. Functions as a member of an interdisciplinary team and participates in patient rounding.

  2. Complete the psychosocial risk screen and document in eRecord within 24 hours of admission during usual business hours or by the first business day of an inpatient hospitalization. In addition to performing ongoing psychosocial risk assessments throughout the patient’s admission.

  3. Identifies and coordinates safe and timely discharge plan with treatment team, patients/families and ensures a comprehensive discharge plan.

  4. Provides individual, family and group interventions in response to identified psychosocial risks.

  5. Identifies contacts and coordinates with outpatient providers/agencies to facilitate continuity of care and discharge planning for the patient. Assesses agency involvement and mobilizes family and/or appropriate community resources to support the patient’s successful functioning post discharge.

  6. Provides education to patients and families related to internal and community resources and referrals, advocates and supports patients and their families in their efforts to interact with complex social service agencies involved in their care.

  7. Facilities patient’s access to needed financial resources and/or benefits to ensure payment mechanisms for hospitalization, outpatient treatment, medications and daily living needs upon discharge. Coordinates and collaborates with the identified utilization nurses if there are patient related insurance issues and/or need for transfer. Assists patients and families in dealing with the health system and finance office.

  8. Documents interventions, assessments, patient/family/agency meetings, and/or referrals, in patient’s electronic medical record in compliance with Division, Department and Hospital policy.

  9. Initiates and/or facilitates completion of protective referrals as indicated and ensures that the Division of Social work and Hospital policy and procedure is followed. Provides assistance to the team in the management and recording of child abuse cases. During normal business hours, the unit social worker serves as a consultant for all child abuse cases reported on the unit.

  10. Initiates and/or facilitate completion of Safety Plan with patient prior to discharge from the hospital, making sure that it is documented in electronic medical record.

  11. The social worker assigned to the Geriatric Psychiatry unit will receive additional training for placement of patients in Skilled Nursing Facilities.

C. Teaching (2%)

  1. The social worker is responsible for providing consultation and education to team members, residents, trainees, medical students and/or interns assigned to the unit regarding issues such as domestic violence, adult and child protective services, guardianship, community resources, psychosocial assessment, discharge planning, and family work.

  2. The social worker may also function as a field supervisor through the social work internship program for graduate and undergraduate social work students, as approved by social work supervisor.

D. Research (TBD)

The social worker may participate in social work and/or interdisciplinary research endeavors as determined by the social work supervisor, in consultation with the Social Work Clinical Manager in Psychiatry.


A. Supervision/Consultation

The social worker’s professional performance is supervised by a Social Work Division supervisor who is licensed by the State of New York (LMSW).

B. Accountability

  1. The social worker is accountable administratively and clinically to his/her social work supervisor (and through him/her to the Social Work Division Clinical Manager in Psychiatry) for provision of social work services, and adherence to Social Work policies, procedures, and standards of professional conduct. The social worker’s job performance must conform to the expectations set forth in the position description.

    1. The social worker is accountable to the Clinical Director of the unit for providing professional social work services in accordance with the policies and standards established by the Department of Psychiatry, the Social Work Division, and Strong Health.

C. Evaluation

Social work evaluations are conducted annually by the social worker’s supervisor, with commentary from the Clinical Director of the Unit. Annual salary and promotional recommendations are made by the social worker’s supervisor in consultation with appropriate Social Work Division personnel. Salary increases and professional promotional recommendations are subject to guidelines established by the Social Work Division, Strong Health and the University of Rochester.


The social worker who occupies this position must have a MSW from an accredited social work graduate program and must obtain a New York State license within 18 months of employment.


This position description is reviewed annually by the social worker and his/her supervisor. Position review provides opportunity for comment from the Adult Inpatient Psychiatry Leadership, and for updating, as needed. Similarly, if a new social worker is hired, a review and update of the position description should occur. The supervisor recommended position description changes, in consultation with Adult Inpatient Psychiatry Leadership. The Social Work Division Clinical Manager authorizes any position description modification for Psychiatry.

How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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