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By the Bay Health

Inpatient Hospice Social Worker

San Francisco, CA
Posted 3 years ago

Be part of a inter-disciplinary team! We are looking for a Hospice Inpatient Social Worker to work in collaboration with the UCSF inpatient Palliative Care team. Their primary responsibilities are psychosocial assessment, crisis intervention, consultation, education, complex discharge planning, brief therapeutic interventions, community linkages and supportive services for identified patients, families and staff. The Inpatient Hospice Social Worker provides supportive services to help meet patient/family social, emotional and financial needs related to the impact of a terminal illness, death, loss and grief, in compliance with organization policies and procedures and applicable laws and regulations.

By the Bay Health set the standard for hospice in the U.S. by emphasizing the role of the patient in making important medical decisions. Our spectrum of home-based services now includes Skilled Home Health Care, Palliative Care, Adult Hospice Care and Pediatric Care. Our team approach strives to address practical, social, emotional and spiritual aspects of care, with the goal to maximize quality of life for our patients, caregivers and families.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities include the following.  Other duties may be assigned.

  • Assess patient/family social and emotional factors to determine ability to cope with terminal illness and death.
  • Provide individual and family counseling to patients/families in all psychosocial aspects of end of life care.
  • Assess environmental resources and obstacles to maintaining safety in home setting as applicable.  
  • Assess special needs related to cultural diversity including communication, role of family members and special traditions.
  • Develops materials and provides education to patients, families, staff and community related to psychosocial needs and interventions.
  • Establish treatment goals and revise counseling interventions as indicated. Evaluate patient/family response to psychosocial interventions; identify obstacles to compliance and assist in understanding goals of intervention.
  • Assist patients, family and staff in utilizing community resources. Address patient/family questions and issues. Evaluate patient/family response to intervention(s) when referred to community agency and satisfaction of the service(s) provided.
  • Provide information and preparation of advance directives, funeral planning, and the transfer of responsibilities regarding health care and related decisions.


  • Master degree in Social Work from a school accredited by the Council on Social Work Education or Masters Degree in mental health discipline.
  • Minimum one-year’s social work experience in a health care setting.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

  • Current Licensed Clinical Social Work (L.C.S.W.) certification in the State of California may be required for some positions. 
  • Certification to provide clinical supervision as required by the Board of Behavioral Science Examiners. may be required for some positions.
  • Current California Driver’s License and automobile insurance that meets State of California requirements, if driving a car.


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