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Copy of Medical Social Work

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Pat McDonagh

on 25 February 2013

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Job opportunities Rehabilitation centers
Family service agencies
Nonprofit groups
Government agencies. Overview . Almoners
Poor Law
1981 Dr Ella Webb Brief History of Social Work In Ireland 1945, Institute of Almoners. 1970, Social Workers Transferred.
1973, Courses Approved.
1997 NSWQB Brief History of Medical Social Workers in Britain Statistics CUH, 2008 Figures and Today! The Profession Hospital Social Work By Brian, Jackie, John, Eleanor, Keeley and Pat Doctors make medical decisions So What does a Hospital Social Worker Do ? From the Cradle to the Grave. Doctors make Medical decisions. The A.C.D.T.’s of Social Work (By Jackie) The Role of the Social Worker in a Hospital Setting. Maternity, A&E, child protection, hospice/palliative
CUH Social Worker - Loss
New born with disability
Death as a process of living
Approximately 30,000 people die in Ireland each year
At least 10 people are directly affected by each death
Therefore, 300,000 people are bereaved every year – in which social workers play a huge part Let’s never forget the obvious
We are working with human beings Social Workers make Multiple Decisions.
The role of the medical social worker is one of professionalism, advocacy and liaison wit patient, family, and community
Multi-D Team – those in the ‘know’ "It is virtually impossible for social workers to serve clients effectively without collaborating with other professional disaplines." (Bronstein, 2003 in Blacker & Devearu 2010). A: Assessment
C: Collaboration
D: Discharge planning – begins upon admission!
T: Teamwork Hospital Social Work Skills Listening is a skill that requires us not just to hear passively but to actively involve ourselves in the situation presented to us.

“There are times, particularly when we are tired or preoccupied, when we are all prone to being poor listeners” (Trevithick 2005 p59). Skills Unconditional Positive Regard Range
Empathy “congruence, empathy and unconditional positive regard, with the counsellor having a non-judgemental attitude” (Geldard and Geldard 2006 p34). Negotiation and Advocacy
For hospital social workers where empathy and participation are valued highly “A collaborative approach appears to be attractive within social work practice” (Smethurst and Long 2009 p99).
Negotiation or brokering allows us to “translate social work values and principles into practise” (Lens 2004 P506-516). Complexity. A medical social worker usually will work as part of a multi- disciplinary team, different professions bring different values, skills and service orientation.

Doctors are ultimately responsible for the admittance, discharge and well- being of the patient. Consequently social work finds it- self using a social model of intervention within a medical model of delivery. The Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics for social workers is set by the Social Workers Registration Board (SWRB) at CORU (2011).This code is underpinned by social work values, specifies the standards of ethics, conduct and performance expected of registered social workers.
Respect for the inherent dignity and worth of persons
Pursuit of social justice
Integrity of professional practice
Confidentiality in professional practice
Competence in professional practice Values Dealing with complexity is a major feature of social work and as Thompson concludes “the values picture is therefore one that is constantly changing, a kaleidoscope of a wide range of issues, each with a bearing on the situations we encounter, and each with its own intricacies and nuances” (Thompson 2009, p.148). Theories. Systems Theory •Arc House
•Meals on Wheels Theories •Attachment Theory
•Trotters approach to working with Resistant Clients
•Crisis Theory and Intervention
•Grief Work
•Task Centered Approach
•Family Therapy
•Community Grief Stages Look beyond the diagnosis, see the bigger picture from a different view Summary/Conclusion How many of us feel like this? History / Origins Role of Medical Social Worker Skills Values Theories Active Listening
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