The Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) Social Worker participates in the Primary Care Clinic at the VA Medical Center and at Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC). The PACT is a comprehensive team which delivers primary ca-a to Veteran patients in a longitudinal rather than episodic fashion and which has as its focus: prevention health promotion, coordination, and chronic disease management. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 12/30/2022. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship. Education. Possess a master's degree in social work from a school of social work fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Graduates of schools of social work that are in candidacy status do not meet this requirement until the school of social work is fully accredited. A doctoral degree in social work may not be substituted for the master's degree in social work. For grades below or at the full performance level, VHA social workers who are not licensed or certified at the time of appointment must become licensed or certified at the independent master's level within 3 years of their appointment as a social worker. Licensure. Possess a full and unrestricted license or certification by a state to independently practice social work at the master's degree level. English Language Proficiency. Social workers must be proficient in spoken and written English. Preferred Experience: 1 year post-MSW experience in a medical social work setting Grade Determinations: GS-9: Basic requirements as described above. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: Ability to work with Veterans and family members from various socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic, educational, and other diversified backgrounds utilizing counseling skills. Ability to assess the psychosocial functioning and needs of Veterans and their family members, and to formulate and implement a treatment plan, identifying the Veterans problems, strengths, weaknesses, coping skills, and assistance needed. Ability to implement treatment modalities in working with individuals, families, and groups to achieve treatment goals. This requires judgment and skill in utilizing supportive, problem solving, or crisis intervention techniques. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and communicate with clients, staff, and representatives of community agencies. Fundamental knowledge of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities, and treatment procedures. This includes acute, chronic, and traumatic illnesses/injuries; common medications and their effects/side effects; and medical terminology. GS-11: Completion of a minimum of 1 year of post-MSW degree experience in the field of health care social work (VA or non-VA experience); OR, a doctoral degree in social work from a school of social work may be substituted for the required 1 year of professional social work experience in a clinical setting. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: Knowledge of community resources, how to make appropriate referrals to community and other governmental agencies for services, and ability to coordinate services. Skill in independently conducting psychosocial assessments and treatment interventions to a wide variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, educational and other diversified backgrounds. Knowledge of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities and treatment procedures (i.e. acute, chronic and traumatic illnesses/injuries, common medications and their effects/side effects, and medical terminology) to formulate a treatment plan. Skill in independently implementing different treatment modalities in working with individuals, families, and groups who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical, and social problems to achieve treatment goals. Ability to provide consultation services to new social workers, social work graduate students, and other staff about the psychosocial needs of patients and the impact of psychosocial problems on health care and compliance with treatment. References: VA Handbook 5005, Appendix G39. Social Worker Qualification Standard, GS-185. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-9 to GS-11. Physical Requirements: Must be in overall good health, able to sit at a desk working at a computer, engage in light to moderate physical activity including sitting, walking, bending, and carrying supplies. Social Worker must be able to perform primarily light and sedentary duties with occasionally moderate physical demands, exercise patience, and control emotions, with reasonable accommodation, if necessary, without endangering the health and safety of the social worker or others. Position requires walking throughout the clinic and/or Medical Center, standing for extended periods of time, and involves sitting at a computer and in counsel and consultation with Veterans and interdisciplinary teams. Position will require considerable travel into the community to meet with community agencies and partners who provide assistance and support to the HUD-VASH Program and its Veterans. This position also requires close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; and repetitive motions of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers. ["Screening/Assessment-The Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) Social Worker will conduct psychosocial assessments in collaboration with the interdisciplinary treatment team, the Veteran patient, family members and significant others; interviewing Veterans and family members/significant others and writing the psychosocial assessment. The goal of the assessment is to highlight the Veteran's strengths, limitations, and internal/external supports and service needs to optimize the Veteran's functional status. The Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) Social Worker demonstrates an understanding of the range of treatment and possesses skills needed for all adult patients including geriatric patients and is able to address issues related to their physical limitations, psychological needs and age-associated illnesses and conditions. Tt-e Social Worker must have an unders1anding of the problems of advancing age and respect for the diversification of the aging Veteran population being sensitive to human growth and development, age-appropriate needs and concerns of the geriatric Veteran and be able to provide current and advanced techniques to the treatment of the is Veteran population. It is the responsibility of the Social Worker, working within the interdisciplinary treatment team to develop a treatment plan with the Veteran, based on this assessment. Participation in the Patient aligned care Team (PACT) -The Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) Social Worker participates as a medical Social Worker with the PACT. The Primary Care PACT is a comprehensive team which delivers primary care to Veteran patients in a longitudinal rather than episodic fashion and which has as its focus: prevention health promotion, coordination, and chronic disease management. The Social Worker in this Veteran centric approach often functions as a care coordinator with a panel of Veterans to ensure that health care provided meets the patient's needs, as defined by the Veteran. The Social Worker is uniquely prepared for their role by virtue of their education, training, and experience which prepares them to understand the person-in-situation and influences that family and community have in impacting the health-care needs of Veterans. Community Liaison and Resource Usage- The Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) Social Worker is responsible for using the current Social Work resource file of VA and community social service programs and enhancing the content to the benefit of Veterans. The Social Worker will serve as a liaison with community agencies, assist Veterans with referrals for services from community and government agencies, and help coordinate these services. The Social Worker is capable of running groups at the offsite location to provide caregiver support, group therapy for different psychosocial difficulties, loss and bereavement, and group support for Veterans and/or families. Supportive Counseling- The Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) Social Worker will provide Veterans and their caregivers with brief supportive counseling. The purpose of such counseling is to deal with the psychosocial impact of coping with new diagnoses, chronic/disabling illness, onset of a catastrophic illness, bereavement/loss. The Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) Social Worker willingly accepts additional duties and special assignments that are necessary to meet program goals or customer needs. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm\nTelework: Yes\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: 551687-O, 551688-O\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.