Social Worker

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Location: Lynn, MA
Job ID: 156236-1A
Date Posted: Aug 1, 2019
Category: Clinical Professional

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Job Description

Welcome To

Lahey Health is a vibrant and growing health care system, recognized as a trailblazer in medicine and a standard bearer in patient experience. It includes an award-winning academic medical center, a superb constellation of community hospitals, home care services, rehabilitation facilities and more.

We are committed to attracting, developing and retaining top talent in a market long recognized and revered as a global leader in health. With a team approach to care, we encourage learning and growth at all levels, and we offer competitive salaries and benefits. We adhere to the principles of a just and fair work environment for all colleagues, where respect is foundational and performance is rewarded.

About the Job

Assumes responsibility for the planning and delivery of safe and therapeutic treatment to all patients. Assures efficient patient utilization of continuum resources through close communication and collaboration with the patient, primary treatment team, insurers, and community and family support systems. In collaboration with the treatment team, plans appropriate individual and group treatment plans to meet the ongoing needs of assigned patients.

Scheduled Hours

Per diem, hours scheduled as needed

About Us

The Lahey Model of Care—right care, right time, right place—is exactly what patients, providers and payers need and deserve. Identifying and delivering on this convergence of interests has positioned Lahey Health for further growth. Our model ensures care is highly coordinated and locally delivered, with lower costs and exceptional quality.

Lahey Health is a robust, regional system including a teaching hospital, community hospitals, primary care providers, specialists, behavioral and home health services, skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities, and senior care resources throughout northeastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. The system has a global presence with programs in Canada, Jordan and Bermuda.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans.


Essential Functions/Key Responsibilities:

1. Is expected to support the hospital in such a manner that there is a strong and positive commitment to quality patient care.

2. Advocate for patient needs by conducting ongoing psychosocial needs assessments and communicating these needs to the treatment team.

3. Plan and implement appropriate inpatient disposition in collaboration with the treatment team.

4. Effectively identify patient, family, institutional and community barriers to discharge or transitions in treatment. Coordinate referrals and facilitate transitions in treatment while addressing the barriers identified.

5. Maintain appropriate records and consistently complete paperwork requirements.

6. Coordinate the development and formulation of psychosocial and case management needs assessments.

7. Facilitate and/or provide direct clinical therapeutic interventions to prevent relapse and ensure continuity of care.

8. Provide information/education to patients and their families/significant others regarding illness, recovery and treatment options.

9. Work collaboratively and professionally with the treatment team in maintaining a collaborative relationship with the outside providers and the reimbursement team to optimize the provision of high quality patient care.

10. Attend clinical department meetings that will have a positive impact on patient care.

11. Attend all appropriate administrative meetings that support the mission of the hospital.

12. Support and implement administrative decisions.

13. Utilize and provide supervision in a positive and thoughtful manner to enhance professional improvement and development.

14. Maintain a solid understanding of hospital policies and protocols, and practices within those policies and protocols.

15. Participate in ongoing quality improvement studies that will have positive patient care outcomes.

16. Maintain solid understanding of and follow regulatory agencies’ expectations and guidelines (i.e. DMH, DPH, JCAHO, Payers, etc.).

17. Maintain yearly/biyearly requirements of CPR, Risk Management and Aggression Management.

18. Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Master's of Social Work (MSW) required
  • License eligible
  • Previous clinical leadership experience or demonstrated clinical leadership skills with theoretical as well as practical knowledge of the clinical area.
  • Exhibits ability to be competent in the following areas:

1) Individual case management and knowledge of managed care
2) De-escalation/restraint management techniques
3) Motivational Interviewing and short-term treatment techniques
4) Strong ability to assess and evaluate patient needs and develop treatment plans to address the identified needs.
5) Strong organizational skills
6) Ability to be flexible in a fast-paced work environment
7) Brief family interventions as required

  • Demonstrates leadership qualities with adaptive abilities and strong interpersonal relations skills. Possess management skills and the ability to effectively supervise employees. Ability to use sound administrative practices. Work cooperatively and effectively with others and ability to adapt to changes in the workplace.
  • Must be fluent in English (verbal and written).