Social Worker Palliative Care LICSW

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Location: Burlington, MA
Job ID: 169665-1A
Date Posted: Apr 19, 2022
Category: Clinical Professional

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Welcome to Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, part of Beth Israel Lahey Health. Lahey Hospital & Medical Center is a world-renowned tertiary medical center known for its innovative technology, pioneering medical treatment and leading-edge research. A teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine, the hospital provides quality health care in virtually every specialty and subspecialty, from primary care to cancer diagnosis and treatment to kidney and liver transplantation. It is a national leader in a number of health care areas, including stroke, weight management and lung screenings, among many others. Lahey also helps to advance medicine through research and the education of tomorrow's health care leaders.

About the Job


The Inpatient Palliative Care Medical Social Worker is an integral member of the palliative care team at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, who addresses psychological and social needs to support patients with serious illness, and their families within the inpatient acute care setting. The Palliative Social Worker provides clinical and comprehensive evidence based psychosocial care including: completing psychosocial assessments which drive treatment plan/interventions, Facilitates effective communication between patient/family and the multidisciplinary team, mitigates family dynamics and mediate conflicts, providing supportive and/or grief counseling, assisting with patient/family advocacy and care coordination, facilitating referrals to community providers, provides patient/family psychoeducation regarding coping with illness, normalization of stress, and palliative care options such as hospice services.  He/she will collaborate with appropriate clinical staff regarding patient and family centered discharge planning, and engage families in emergency and advance care planning conversations. In addition, the Palliative Care Social Worker will facilitate or co-facilitate family meetings along w/other members of the palliative care team or multi-disciplinary team often around goals of care. The social worker will provide consultation and education to staff regarding social work practice, palliative care and end of life issues. There may be some potential for working with ambulatory population.


Minimum Qualifications:

Education:  MSW from an accredited school of social work with a concentration in health care

Licensure, Certification, Registration:  Currently licensed at the LICSW level by the Massachusetts Board of Licensure for Social Work. 

 Skills, Knowledge & Abilities:         In the absence of any of these skills, demonstrates the ability to be thoroughly trained to meet organizational standards. Excellent communication skills both oral and written, ability to negotiate in health care systems.  Basic knowledge of Quality Improvement techniques.


Experience in providing social work services preferably in an acute care setting or other health care environment. Applicants must have prior experience working in palliative care or hospice setting. Advanced certification in hospice and palliative care social work a plus.

  • Experience providing short term counseling and crisis intervention
  • Experience in running therapy and psycho educational groups.



40 Hours / Day

About Us

Beth Israel Lahey Health is dedicated to improving health and wellness and making a difference in the lives of our patients, their families and all members of the communities we serve.  Formed in March 2019, Beth Israel Lahey Health is a patient-centered, integrated care delivery system providing a continuum of services spanning academic, tertiary and community hospitals, dedicated orthopedic and psychiatric hospitals, primary and specialty care, community acute care, ambulatory care, behavioral services and home health.  Beth Israel Lahey Health Performance Network is a unified joint contracting and population health management organization, jointly governed by participating physicians and hospitals.

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