The Christ Hospital Health Network Social Worker - Ambulatory - Infectious Disease - Liberty in CINCINNATI, Ohio

Shift: Days, Full Time - Temporary

Job Overview: To provide services to The Christ Hospital Patients and families by assessing psycho-social needs and implementing a plan of care to assure continuity of the patient’s care. Provides psychosocial interventions, advocacy and linkage with community resources.

The Social Worker may perform the following duties:

Plan Development/Implementation

  • Develop a plan of intervention, which is integrated with the interdisciplinary treatment team to establish continuum of care in congruence with ethical and legal considerations.

  • Implements plan of care:

  • Provide psycho-social counseling and other therapeutic interventions for patient/family.

  • Provides education and crisis management for patient and family.

  • Facilitate healthcare decision making.

  • Provide psychosocial intervention for; neglect/abuse, adjustment to illness, bereavement, non-compliance and other psychosocial barriers to diagnosis and treatment and compliance.

  • Provide referral and linkage to health care and community resources.

  • Advocate, mediate and negotiate a cohesive plan for maintaining or improving social supports and patient safety.

  • Develop, monitor, evaluate effectiveness of, and modify care plan as needed.

  • Assist with the development of behavioral health brief intervention model in the primary care setting

  • Use technology to facilitate scheduled and on demand consultations with providers and patients .


  • Provide clear, concise, objective written communication about the psychosocial assessment, treatment plan, progress of social work intervention and outcomes in compliance with regulatory and department standards.

  • Document interventions in a timely manner.

  • Assist with the development of reporting metrics to monitor effectiveness of interventions


  • Assess the psycho-social needs of patients to:

  • Identify psycho-social barriers to treatment.

  • Identify psychosocial impacts of illness/hospitalization on the patient and family.

  • Identify chemical dependency and/or mental illness.

  • Identify patient/family/community support systems.

  • Identify age related/developmental issues.

  • Identify patient/family environmental risk factors (abuse, homelessness, domestic violence, etc.)


  • Collaborate with interdisciplinary team to enhance quality of care and efficiency.

  • Maintain a positive working relationship with healthcare team and community agencies and services.

  • Participate in interdisciplinary patient care rounds, care conferences and family conferences.

  • Assist interdisciplinary team in understanding significant social and emotional factors related to illness.

  • Identify barriers in service delivery systems and advocate for change.

  • Provide education to interdisciplinary team members

  • Evaluate patient outcomes and participate in process improvement.

    Contributions To

  • Assist in departmental planning, serve on committees and task forces and assume responsibility for delegated projects.

  • Provide mandatory and/or voluntary cross coverage when needed.

  • Participate in orientation of new staff.

  • Generate and support ideas to improve service delivery.

  • Identify complex clinical cases and seeks supervision when appropriate

Education: Masters Degree in Social Work (MSW) required. LSW required, LISW preferred. State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker

Experience: Five years of hospital experience Preferred or Related Health Care Agency, Nursing home, Hospice, Inpatient Social Work, Council on Aging, Cincinnati Area senior services. Experience in behavioral health preferred.