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Social Worker

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Hiring Organization Houston Methodist Hospital
Post Name Social Worker
Industry Government
Employment Type Full Time
Location Houston, Texas, United States 77030


At Houston Methodist, the Social Worker II (SW II) position comprehensively provides compassionate, clinical social work, psychosocial assessments, diagnosis and treatments, and complex discharge planning to patients and their families of a targeted patient population on a designated unit(s).

In collaboration with physicians and the interprofessional health care team, this position sensitizes other health care providers to the social and emotional aspects of a patient’s illness to collaboratively facilitate efficient quality care and achievement of desired treatment outcomes and affect positive patient and family outcomes.

This position uses case management skills to help patients and their families address and resolve the social, financial, and psychological problems related to their health condition. The SW II position holds joint accountability with a case manager, assuring that psychosocial and continuing care issues are addressed.

And treated as needed across the continuum of care and has responsibility for a unit or departmental social work program development. This position serves as a hospital-wide, service-line leader for psychosocial-related issues, complex discharge planning activities, and population disease management.



Job responsibilities labeled EF capture those duties that are essential functions of the job.

PEOPLE – 15%

  • Role models communicate in an active, positive, and effective manner to all healthcare team members and report pertinent patient care and family data in a comprehensive and unbiased manner, listen and respond to the ideas of others. Uses therapeutic communication to establish a relationship with patients and families and communicates the discharge plan, facilitating transitions and hand-offs. Supports patients and families in clinical or ethical issues. (EF)
  • Provides staff education specific to patient populations and departmental processes. Functions as a preceptor and mentor to new employees. Identifies opportunities for professional growth of self and peers. (EF)
  • Serves as a hospital/post-acute-based leader for comprehensive case management activities including assessing high-risk patients and leading teams to identify at-risk patients, participating in daily Care Coordination rounds, and identifying and leading resolution to barriers of efficient patient throughput. Completes a full assessment based on the social work assessment, leading and addressing solutions of social determinants which is accomplished by patient/family interview, review of the medical record including previous episodes of care, H&P, lab and other test results/findings, plan of care, physician orders, nursing and progress notes. Uses advanced knowledge and clinical expertise and screening tools to identify the need for case management and/or social work intervention. (EF)
  • Addresses and manages conflict associated with a comprehensive psychosocial treatment plan utilizing appropriate clinical social work diagnoses, treatments, and interventions, including crisis intervention, brief individual, marital, and family therapies, and patient, family, and caregiver groups. Maintains ownership of the psychosocial component, assessments, diagnosis, and treatment, of the discharge planning process on assigned units. Assists with screening, identification, diagnosis, management, and treatment of victims of abuse, neglect, and domestic violence and of mental health and/or substance abuse problems in patients and family members. (EF)
  • Establishes mutual educational goals with patient and family, providing appropriate resources, and incorporating planning for care after discharge. Provides education to physicians and other interprofessional health care team members on mutually identified goals of care and uses knowledge of levels of care, working with patient and family, to ensure discharge disposition is the appropriate level and facilitates transfers. (EF)
  • Uses knowledge for different levels of care, working with patient and family, to ensure discharge disposition is to the appropriate level and facilitates transfers, Provides brief, goal-directed counseling services to assist patients/families to cope more effectively with the transition. (EF)
  • Consistently documents to reflect completed patient screening/assessment and reassessment upon admission and concurrently as needed. Modifies care based on continuous evaluation of the patient’s condition, demonstrates problem-solving and critical thinking, and makes decisions using an evidence-based analytical approach. Considers variables that impact treatment plans including diagnosis of emotional, social, and environmental strengths and problems related to their illness, treatment, and/or life situation. (EF)
  • Consistently reviews the total picture of the patient for opportunities for care facilitation and needs for discharge planning. Works with a case manager for routine discharge and anticipates/prevents and manages/elevates emergent situations with specific focus given to discharge plan and elimination of psychosocial barriers. (EF)
  • Collaborates with staff from the interprofessional health care team concerning safety data to improve outcomes and the safe transition of care through effective patient handoffs. (EF)
  • Completes timely and thorough assessment of all unfunded patients to identify community resources required for the effective transition by demonstrating an effective community resource knowledge base and judgment/ability to effectively select and coordinate available resources, including referrals to regulatory agencies, i.e. CPS/APS. (EF)
  • Identifies, obtains, and utilizes alternative resources to fill gaps in established community resources. (EF)
  • Guides discharge planning activities for assigned patients and collaborate with the case managers and other members of the interprofessional health care team, as well as patient and family by intervening and coordinating cost-effective, complex discharge planning outcomes and decreased length of stay. (EF)
  • Provides education to hospital physicians, nurses, and other healthcare providers on community resources and psychosocial impact on care needs. (EF)
  • Identifies areas for improvement based on an understanding of evidence-based practice literature. Completes and updates the individual development plan (IDP) on an ongoing basis. (EF)
  • Identifies, initiates, and leads evidence-based practice/performance improvement projects based on observations by offering solutions and participating in unit projects and activities. (EF)
This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive; the employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job duties as assigned. Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.



  • Master’s Degree in Social Work from an accredited University (MSW)


  • Three (3) years of social services experience in a healthcare setting


  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)


  • Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) license in the State of Texas


  • Nationally recognized social work or case management certification


  • Demonstrates the skills and competencies necessary to safely perform the assigned job, determined through ongoing skills, competency assessments, and performance evaluations
  • Sufficient proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the English language necessary to perform the essential functions of this job, especially with regard to activities impacting patient or employee safety or security
  • Ability to effectively communicate with patients, physicians, family members, and co-workers in a manner consistent with a customer service focus and application of positive language principles
  • Knowledge of community resources and health care financing and payer issues, and eligibility for state, local, and federal programs
  • Maintains individual competencies around critical Social Work functions including; payor rules and regulations, psycho-social assessments, and discharge planning methods
  • Ability to work independently and exercise sound judgment in interactions with physicians, payors, patients, and their families
  • Well-versed in computer skills of the entire Microsoft Office Suite (Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word)
  • Critical thinking, collaboration, negotiation, and mediation skills
  • Time management and prioritization skills
  • Adherence to the clinical practice standards set forth by NASW practice standards for healthcare settings and more specifically in hospitals and medical centers
  • Maintains level of professional contributions as defined in the Career Path program

Company Profile:

As one of the nation’s leading hospitals and academic medical centers, Houston Methodist has brought together some of the nation’s leading experts in multiple specialties to serve our patients. Houston Methodist Specialty Physician Group employs over 800 physicians at more than 150 locations across Houston.

Our specialists are at the forefront of research, developing leading-edge technologies and treatments, and teaching the medical pioneers of tomorrow. The combination of clinical service, research, and academics ensure patients have access to the latest treatments and technologies while providing the best comprehensive patient care.

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