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Job SummaryThe incumbent has the responsibility for assisting transplant candidates and families in overcoming psychological and financial obstacles.
Work involves the study, evaluation and interpretation of psychological, social, economic and environmental background of potential transplant patients for use in the preparation of plans for their treatment and easing of financial and social burdens as needed.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Conducts psychosocial assessment of potential transplant candidates.
- Makes recommendations regarding candidate’s fitness and emotional readiness for transplant based on psychosocial assessment.
- Provides expert advice to the transplant team regarding behavioural issues involved in transplants.
- Provides counselling and emotional support as well as crisis intervention when appropriate to transplant patients and families.
- Assesses needs of transplant patients who have difficulty in affording medication and renders such assistance financial or otherwise.
- Interviews individual patients and members of their families in the diagnosis and evaluation of personal problems, encourages patients to talk about problems; and discusses with patients plans for their medical care and adjustment.
- Interprets for the medical/nursing staff, the economic, environmental and personal factors of the patient’s condition for the purpose of diagnosis and developing a treatment plan appropriate to the patient’s needs and that of the families.
- Provides crisis and trauma intervention, grief counselling, discharge planning and evaluation in relation to transplantation and related issues.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- Working knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of Organ Transplantation.
- Considerable knowledge of evaluating mental, emotional and physical status of patients.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
- Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office Suite.
- Ability to see and read information, labels, monitors and identify supplies
- Ability to help patients and their families understand cope with and treat their condition.
- Ability to support patients in adhering to treatment plans and medical recommendations
- Ability to provide bereavement counselling services to families
- Ability to understand various medical conditions and terminology
- Ability to make decisions within approved policy frameworks.
- Ability to exercise tact and diplomacy in the performance of duties.
- Ability to observe and maintain confidentiality in the performance of duties.
- Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
- Ability to earn trust and exercise empathy with patients and their families
- Ability to prepare comprehensive reports
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, and other key stakeholders within the medical, financial, transportation and associated communities
MINIMUM EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:
- Training as evidenced by the possession of a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from an accredited University
- Minimum of two (2) years’ experience as well as evidence of two hundred (200) hours successfully completed in medical social work.
- Evidence of current registration with the Medical/Psychiatric Social Workers’ Board.
We thank all applicants for their interest. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and experience required for the positions will be contacted.