Community Social Worker

Calgary Foothills Primary Care Network - Calgary, AB (7 months ago)

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Reporting to the Health Home Community Program Manager, the community social worker will work collaboratively with patients, physician(s) and other health care providers to connect patients to resources that will help them meet their basics needs such as food, clothing, housing, medication, transportation and social integration. The community social worker is an integral member of the primary care network team and will be dedicated to support the health home community needs of families within Calgary Foothills Primary Care Network. The health home community initiative is designed to support health homes in a given geographical neighbourhood, by providing the necessary layering of social and health supports as deemed a priority within that community.
FTE: 0.8, permanent

Reporting to the Health Home Community Program Manager, the community social worker will work collaboratively with patients, physician(s) and other health care providers to connect patients to resources that will help them meet their basics needs such as food, clothing, housing, medication, transportation and social integration. The community social worker is an integral member of the primary care network team and will be dedicated to support the health home community needs of families within Calgary Foothills Primary Care Network. The health home community initiative is designed to support health homes in a given geographical neighbourhood, by providing the necessary layering of social and health supports as deemed a priority within that community.

Responsibilities
Key aspects of the position may include, but are not limited to:

Clinical

Provides initial screening by gathering and documenting patient information
Connects the patient and family to identified resources that they need to address immediate needs and then assists them to be self-reliant in the future
Liaises with and refers patients to appropriate government and community agencies
Assists the patient to complete necessary forms to access programs or resources
Acts as an advocate for the patient and their family
Completes required documentation, reports and statistic associated with case load
Participates in case conferences and interdisciplinary team meetings
Acts as a resource for families, community professionals, and other members of the care team
Establish communication links to support seamless care activities between the health homes and other community agencies such as Family and Community Social Services, Carya, Alberta Health Services
Explores community development potentials with other social services partners
May see patients in an individual or group appointment in a variety of locations (health home community, health home)
Professional

Acts within scope of practice and uses best practice processes
Responsible for maintaining continuing competencies through ongoing professional development
Facilitates ongoing change by acting as a positive role model /change agent to all staff
General

Implements and actively promotes a collaborative multidisciplinary approach to patient care within the primary health care model
Proactively builds healthy relationships with patients, families, colleagues, and community contacts
Participates in quality improvement and evaluation activities
Works with a diverse population clientele in primary care
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Demonstrated clinical expertise and competence in dealing with health care issues
Possess a strong awareness of community resources and referral process and requirements
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Ability to work well in a within a varied interdisciplinary team
Ability to work independently
Must demonstrate initiative and sound judgment
Must demonstrate flexibility and an ability to provide service within a continually changing health care environment
Good computer skills are required
Fluency in a second language considered an asset
Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree in the field of Social Work
Registration with the Alberta College of Social Workers
Experience working in a healthcare organization is an asset
Must possess a valid driver’s license and have access to a vehicle
If your background matches the qualifications listed above and are looking for an opportunity with a dynamic organization that is making a difference in the community, please submit your resume and cover letter in confidence to careers@cfpcn.ca.

Please submit cover letter and resume in one document

Please note that only candidates considered for an interview will be contacted.