Spinal Cord Injury and Disorders (SCI/D/D) is one of six nationally recognized Veterans Health Administration (VHA) special disability programs. VHA facilities without SCI/D Centers appoint SCI/D program Coordinators to oversee access to care, referrals for treatment services and case management services for spinal cord injured Veterans. The SCI/D Coordinator is a master's prepared social worker with responsibility for managing the facility's SCI/D program and for coordinating SCI/D treatment services provided to Veterans. The SCI/D Coordinator facilitates efficient and appropriate delivery of care across episodes of care within the Orlando VA Medical Center. The incumbent is administratively responsible for the Orlando VA Spinal Cord Injury and Disorder (SCI/D) program. Duties may include, not limited to: Provide direct patient care services in the program area. Develops, implements and evaluates clinical guidelines and protocols to establish appropriate utilization of services and program's effectiveness. Develops policy and procedures to ensure compliance with The Joint Commission and other accrediting bodies and regulatory standards as needed. The incumbent is responsible for management of the nationwide Spinal Cord Injury Dysfunction (SCD) Registry for the facility to include the entering, editing, compiling, analyzing, and updating of Registry data. Coordinates and tracks patient services referred to the SCI/D Center such as Annual Evaluations. Manages the training for all staff involved with the Registry, including the facility ADPAC and Reviews the latest patches for the Registry. The incumbent has knowledge of program coordination and administration which includes consultation, negotiation and monitoring. Coordinates educational/ training seminar information and disseminates this information to Orlando VA staff. Identifies unmet needs of the SCI/D population and works collaboratively with community agencies, i.e. assisted living facilities, nursing homes, handicapped accessible housing and state's Veterans' homes. Performs analysis, development, and contact work as possible with various agencies (public, DOD, state, VA etc). The incumbent is an SCI/D program point- of -contact for the Orlando VA Community Living Center (CLC) and disseminates information from SCI/D Headquarters, the Tampa VA SCI/D Center and the Orlando VA SCI/D Clinic to CLC staff concerning best practice SCI/D care. The incumbent provides information to the CLC about local, VISN, and national SCI/D training. Independently completes psychosocial evaluation and assessment and periodic reassessments of each patient served, which provides a comprehensive social database to identify psychological, social, and vocational needs and the appropriate treatment and services to be provided. Develops and implements realistic and achievable social work treatment plans, as part of the interdisciplinary treatment team, that reflect an ability to effectively utilize a broad range of treatment modalities. The incumbent may provide individual, family and group counseling aimed at helping the Veteran and his family find practical solutions to complex problems. The incumbent explores and analyzes long term care placement options in the community, i.e. assisted living facilities, nursing homes, handicapped accessible housing, and state Veterans' homes. The incumbent makes home visits, per approval of supervisor, to assess the home environment when appropriate to ensure that services are provided that will enable the Veterans to live safely and independently. The incumbent evaluates his/her practice on an on-going basis through participation in professional peer review, case conferences, research studies, or other organized means. Is active in and accepts responsibility for the development and maintenance of professional standards of treatment. The incumbent establishes and maintains an ongoing education program for patients, students and staff to facilitate understanding of medical treatment, including clinical practice guidelines, long term care, psychosocial problems facing the SCI/D population, home care, psychosocial adjustment, and caregiver issues specific to SCI/D. The Social Worker will fulfill ethical responsibilities to Veterans, colleagues and VA in accordance with relevant disciplinary Code of Ethics, VHA Code of Ethics, and local Ethics policies, which includes but is not limited to compliance with all laws and regulations related to confidentiality and release of information, and protecting Veterans' personal identifying information. Incumbent practices independently, using professional judgment and expertise to make decisions about services and treatment provided to Veterans and their significant others/family members. Work Schedule: M-F, 8am-4:30pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.