Social Worker I, Acute Care (Surgical/General Medicine/Palliative/Geriatrics) - Langley Memorial Hospital

City Langley
Job ID 2023-41981
Health Science Professionals (Allied Health) - Social Work / Counselling / Education
Posting Date
3 months ago(3/9/2023 11:02 AM)
Employment Type
Relief Part Time
Scheduled Start & Stop Times
Rotating 0830-1945
Days Off
Social Work
Salary at Time of Posting
$39.14 - $48.88 / hour

Why Fraser Health?

Fraser Health is responsible for the delivery of hospital and community-based health services from Burnaby to Fraser Canyon on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the Coast Salish and Nlaka’pamux Nations, and is home to six Métis Chartered Communities.


Our team of 43,000 staff, medical staff and volunteers is dedicated to serving our patients, families and communities to deliver on our vision: Better health, best in health care. Learn more.


We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Relief Part Time – Social Worker I, Acute Care (Surgical/General Medicine/Palliative/Geriatrics) to join our team at Langley Memorial Hospital located in Langley, B.C. This position is available until June 17, 2023 or Return of Incumbent. We hire great people for outstanding jobs and need your help to expand the ability to deliver prompt and professional service.


Come work with us!


Fraser Health is proudly recognized as a BC Top Employer. Joining our team offers you opportunities to work in a rapidly growing organization with health professionals who are excellent in their respective fields, career growth and advancement, a competitive compensation package (including four weeks of vacation to start, comprehensive health benefits, and pension plan), and the rewarding opportunity to make a difference every single day in health care.


Effective October 26, 2021 all staff for all positions across health care in British Columbia are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (have received a full series of a World Health Organization “WHO” approved vaccine against infection by SARS-COV-2, or a combination of approved WHO vaccines). Please note this applies to all postings, and there are no exceptions.


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Detailed Overview

Reporting to the Program Manager, with accountability for clinical Social Work Practice to the Professional Practice Chief of Social Work, provides therapeutic clinical counselling services to patients and families in the assigned clinical area within Acute Care including the surgical, general medicine, palliative and geriatric programs. Conducts social work assessments of patients and families using a variety of modalities and in accordance with professional standards and clinical policies and practices and provides consultation to patient, families and healthcare professionals. Provides leadership within the interdisciplinary team in care planning for the effective utilization of patient resources and participates as a member of local committees and planning bodies to identify areas for improved efficiency and effectiveness in service delivery to enhance patient care services and reduce gaps in the community. Participates in in-services, presentations, psycho-educational and support groups, and provides education to patients/family/interdisciplinary team as needed regarding Social Work practice.


  1. Provides direct social work services to patients and families in the assigned clinical area within Acute Care by methods such as exploring the emotional response to identify problems, personal concerns and treatment objectives and facilitating change in coping style, behaviour, attitude and feelings as it relates to the illness and other system issues. Participates with patient, families, and community supports and interdisciplinary treatment teams to coordinate services, manage cases and facilitate meetings.
  2. Conducts psychosocial assessments of patients and families by methods such as interviewing the patient and/or family, obtaining relevant information, gathering social data regarding the patient and/or family and interpreting the data using a variety of modalities and in accordance with professional standards and clinical policies and practices.
  3. Provides consultation to patients, families and healthcare professionals on issues related to high risk factors, recovery and current community practice relevant to the assigned clinical area in the fields of adaptation to illness and disability, trauma and bereavement, critical incident stress management, protection of vulnerable adults, chemical dependency and community living and support services.
  4. Maintains patient records by methods such as documenting patient assessments, charting patient information, preparing progress notes and reports in accordance with established standards, policies and procedures to meet regulatory requirements and documenting for future reference.
  5. Provides leadership in the discharge planning process, by methods such as interviewing the patient and/or family to assess and determine care plan and type of service required and articulating analysis and decision to members of the interdisciplinary team. Arranges family meetings to assist in developing and coordinating care plan and community services for patients requiring facility placement and/or home support and collaborates with hospital and community services to determine alternate level of care and the effective utilization of patient resources.
  6. Communicates with community health and social agencies including government Ministries, Continuing Care personnel and family physicians by performing duties such as collaborating in the assessment and management of individuals at risk, making referrals to appropriate resources when longer term treatment or follow-up is required and exchanging relevant information.
  7. Acts as a resource to patients and their families by performing duties such as providing information for patients and families regarding community resources and access to these resources, suggesting contacts to facilitate optimal planning, arranging referrals and facilitating the development of community resources to support the health of families.
  8. Participates as a member of local committees and planning bodies by methods such as engaging in program/practice evaluation, identifying opportunities for change, assessing available resources, initiating solutions, analyzing outcomes and identifying areas for improved efficiency and effectiveness in service delivery to enhance patient care services and reduce service gaps in the community.
  9. Maintains a variety of records such as workload statistics by methods such as recording information into approved formats, collating data, preparing reports and recommending an action plan to the Program Manager/Professional Practice Chief as required.
  10. Attends and/or leads meetings, in-services, develops/coordinates psycho-educational and support groups
  11. Participates in research activities and program planning and development relevant to the needs of the patient, families, hospital and community in collaboration with the interdisciplinary team by methods such as identifying current trends/gaps in service, conducting literature searches, administering surveys and collecting research data for further analysis. Ensures that clinical practices and protocols are consistent with research findings.
  12. Maintains development in the Social Work profession by methods such as reviewing literature in the assigned clinical specialty area, consulting with clinical and community experts within the field, evaluating clinical practice and participating in professional development activities in order to improve care through new practices.
  13. Performs other related duties as assigned.


Education and Experience

Bachelors Degree of Social Work from an accredited school of Social Work, plus one years recent, related experience in a hospital setting and/or public agency. Current full registration with the BC College of Social Workers.

Skills and Abilities

  • Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of emotional and mental health issues related to illness and injury, and patient/family cultural dynamics.
  • Basic counselling skills including crisis counselling, brief therapeutic interventions and loss and grief applicable to families, young adults and seniors.
  • Ability to provide consultation to patients, families and healthcare professionals.
  • Ability to develop, coordinate and deliver in-services, presentations, and support groups.
  • Ability to provide leadership to the interdisciplinary team in care planning for the effective utilization of patient resources.
  • Ability to make effective referrals, reflecting in-depth knowledge of community resources and strong collaborative skills in working with community health and social agency personnel.
  • Knowledge of community, social, health and welfare programs, Acts/Policies.
  • Ability to work effectively with others, including working effectively in a multicultural environment, independently, as part of an interdisciplinary team understanding the frameworks of other disciplines.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with patients, families, staff and community agency personnel.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and prioritize workload in a complex environment.
  • Ability to operate related equipment.
  • Physical ability, emotional stability, and flexibility to carry out the duties of the position.


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