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The transplant social worker provides comprehensive social work services to patients and Families through all phases of transplant—from date of initial referral through transplant Hospitalization and for the duration of the post-transplant period. As a member of a Transplant team, the social worker provides patient education and emotional support, is responsible for referrals to community agencies, coordinates patient care with other team members, and assists with concrete services. The provision of these services in the United States is mandated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for Medicare-approved transplant centers. Key Accountabilities
A psychosocial assessment is completed on each patient referred for organ transplant. This assessment is conducted to assist the transplant team in determining a patient’s psychological and social readiness for the demands and stresses associated with transplant surgery, recovery, and rehabilitation. The psychosocial assessment includes a structured, comprehensive, evidence-based assessment of the patient’s overall global quality of life including, but not limited to, their physical, behavioral, psychological, social and spiritual functioning. The psychosocial evaluation contributes to the overall transplant evaluation and helps establish specific patient care plans to maximize optimal recovery and rehabilitation and to ensure the best possible transplant outcome, while reducing the impact of known psychosocial risk factors. A psychosocial assessment is also required for patients being considered for re-transplantation.
Meet with patient/family on a regular basis to assess mood and provide emotional support. Offer supportive counseling to help patient/family cope with the waiting period, Provide concrete services such as assistance with housing, transportation, substance abuse, mental health and immigration issues.. Assess financial stability and offer resources/ referrals when necessary. Working with the Living Donation Team, to make sure the patient is not coerced or pressured in any way to donate and is of their own free will. To make sure patient is a suitable donor who will be able to handle all the stress of going through donation. Refer and collaborate with psychologists when clinically indicated.
Provide ongoing assistance with relocation housing needs, transportation, maintaining medical insurance, obtaining medications and support for the caregiver. Follow patient for psychosocial/mental health issues related to post-transplant adjustment (i.e. depression, marital or family issues, ETOH/substance abuse, and changes in family dynamics, concerns regarding rejection or body image). Facilitate referrals as needed.
Education, Licensure & Certification: • Master’s degree from a graduate school of social work accredited by the Council on Social Work Education LMSW required, LCSW preferred • Maintain professional licensure available to social work healthcare practitioners in the Practice locale. • Certified Clinical Transplant Social Worker (CCTSW) credential is required within 3 years of joining Transplant Team Knowledge: • Physical and emotional impact of illness on patient and patient’s family support System • Departmental and hospital policies and procedures Skills: • Excellent interpersonal and written communication • Current clinical assessment skills • Ability to act in an autonomous, self-directed manner Experience: • A minimum of two years of social work experience in a hospital or health care setting • Transplant experience is preferred. Other Duties: • Participation in transplant team care conference and selection committee meetings • Active participation in transplant-related and social work professional organizations (i.e. OPO, NASW, STSW) • Professional presentations and/or research project
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