MSW/LCSW Social Worker - Full-Time - Oncology Out-Patient - Simmon Cancer Center
421005 - OT-Lab Day
 Dallas, TX

Job Summary

New exciting position for experienced social work clinician to provide an innovative health coaching intervention with head and neck cancer patients. This position is a unique opportunity to be part of a clinical project that involves both clinical care and research.

Experience and Education

Preferred education is a Masters degree in social work or appropriate field with license (LCSW); and experience in a large multi-specialty system. Experience working with individuals with head and neck cancer is desirable.

Job Duties

  • Acts as a liaison between the patient, their family and the clinical and research teams for new project on head and neck cancer
  • Conducts assessments of patient, and family members when needed, to evaluate psychosocial issues that can impact patient quality of life and outcomes
  • Implements an individualized patient plan for patients seeking treatment
  • Identifies patients’ understanding of medical care/outcomes and provides appropriate education and resources to address needs
  • Conducts health coaching with patients using evidence-based interventions
  • Coordinates patient care with other members of the inter-disciplinary treatment team
  • Follows up with patients to make sure needs are being met and assists with connections to needed resources
  • Maintains appropriate and timely documentation of interactions with patients and families according to study and institutional guidelines
  • Orients patients and/or family members to head and neck oncology and assists with engaging patient and family in care
  • Serves as patient and/or family advocate as appropriate
  • Promotes teamwork and multidisciplinary care concepts to patients, staff, and faculty regarding the research project
  • Collects and enters data into study database according to study guidelines
  • Duties performed may include one or more of the following core functions: (a) Directly interacting with or caring for patients; (b) Directly interacting with or caring for human-subjects research participants; (c) Regularly maintaining, modifying, releasing or similarly affecting patient records (including patient financial records); or (d) Regularly maintaining, modifying, releasing or similarly affecting human-subjects research records.

Experience and Education

  • Masters degree in social work.
  • Two (2) years experience is required.

Job Duties

  • Assists in development and implementation of Case Management. Provides expertise in area of social work as it pertains to management of patient.
  • Assists in coordination of client care through formulation of appropriate plan of care via accurate assessment of patient's social, financial and insurance situation.
  • Develops short and long term plans to facilitate patient care and discharge.
  • Utilizes crisis intervention and problem solving skills to facilitate and enhance patient and family's ability to meet acute and ongoing medical and psychosocial needs.
  • Networks with community agencies to assure appropriate client access.
  • Maintains documentation and meets department and Zale Lipshy University Hospital documentation standards.
  • Identifies cases with ethical and legal considerations and makes referrals. Confers with supervisor.
  • Communicates with other health care providers, patients, families, other hospital personnel, and visitors. Demonstrates effective communication with adolescents, adults and older adults.
  • Maintains system for tracking placement of patients after discharge on monthly basis.
  • Has knowledge of Department and Unit Performance Improvement program and is aware of expected participation. Identifies need for professional growth and seeks development opportunities.
  • Provides education to staff, patients and community resource affiliates.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


This position is security-sensitive and subject to Texas Education Code 51.215, which authorizes UT Southwestern to obtain criminal history record information.

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