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Apply Now Job ID 1270555 Date posted 06/25/2019
Community :MERRITT
Position Summary

We have an opportunity available for a Social Worker to work with residents/patients organizing discharges and removing barriers to being discharged.

In this position the Social Worker provides two days’ coverage (Monday and Tuesday) in Gillis House Long Term Care facility which also includes Short Stay Rehab Residents for comprehensive assessment, care planning and treatment coordination for clients. Another one day per week is supporting Acute and Community Urgent Social Work needs.

Working collaboratively with other health care providers, this position provides direct psychosocial care, counseling, system navigation and advocacy, education and linkage to relevant specialized complex care resources.

Shifts of work in Coquihalla Gillis House are Monday & Tuesday 08:30 to 14:55, and in Nicola Valley Hospital on Thursdays 08:30 to 14:55. This relief, part- time position (37.5 hours bi-weekly) extends until the return of incumbent.

Gillis House and Nicola Valley Hospital, located in Merritt, BC, embodies a client-centered philosophy designed to support clients’ choices, help people function at their highest level, and provide the best quality of life possible. Gillis House is a one storey, stand-alone complex care facility with 74 residential care beds; and Nicola Valley Hospital has 8 beds in Acute Care and 10 beds in Emergency Department.

We are seeking a candidate who is familiar with both long term care & acute care and applications to Public Guardian and Trust. If you are seeking a unique opportunity in a rural community and willingness to work with a caseload consisting primarily of the frail elderly, we would love to hear from you!

BC’s rural towns and smaller cities offer natural beauty, access to backcountry adventures, community connections, peace of mind, and a quieter way of life. Experience the satisfaction that comes from working and living in a rural area located in the Southern Interior of BC!


• Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from an accredited university.
• Two years recent related experience in a healthcare setting working with medically complex clients with concurrent disorders, or a combination of education, training and experience.
• Current full registration with the British Columbia College of Social Workers.
• Current valid BC driver’s license.

Skills and Abilities:
Assessment and Treatment: Demonstrated ability to complete initial and ongoing client assessments (clinical and diagnostic reasoning) through appropriate/prescribed technical, therapeutic, safety type interventions.
Teaching: Ability to teach clients and others both one-on-one and in groups.
Knowledge Integration: Integrates best practice and current research evidence to support professional practice decisions and actions.
Communication: Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with clients, families, the public, medical staff and members of the interdisciplinary team using verbal, written, computer communication means. Ability to effectively apply conflict resolution skills..
Critical Thinking: Demonstrated ability to integrate and evaluate pertinent data (from multiple sources) to problem-solve and make decisions effectively. Applies the problem solving process demonstrating critical thinking and decision making skills using a systems approach.
Human Caring and Relationship Centered Practice: Ability to promote client-focused care that demonstrates care for and with clients and significant others, sensitivity to diverse cultures and preferences, client advocacy and social justice concerns.
Management: Demonstrated ability to organize work, set objectives and establish priorities. Manages time and resources, implements activities to promote cooperation among the interdisciplinary team and collaborates across disciplines.
Leadership: Promotes staff morale, engagement and empowerment. Demonstrates creative planning for change and innovation, implementation of IH policies or other protocols, and ongoing professional development of self and others.
Teamwork: Demonstrated ability to foster teamwork and a commitment to excellence in the provision of client care.
Equipment: Demonstrated computer skills including the use of Meditech and Windows based programs. Demonstrated data analysis skills including appropriate data analysis and reporting tools. Demonstrated ability in the use of e-mail and word processing. Ability to operate other related equipment as required in the specific practice area.
Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.
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Interior Health values diversity and inclusion. Our goal is to cultivate a workforce rich in culture, experience and knowledge to ensure equitable health outcomes for all of the clients we serve. We are welcoming of all populations including our Aboriginal partners throughout the Interior Health Region. We are committed to increasing our Aboriginal representative workforce to build an engaged, culturally diverse organization focused on the goal of providing high quality, sustainable healthcare through an engaged workforce and healthy workplaces. We build inclusive, trusting and respectful relationships through our partnerships. At Interior Health, Every Person Matters.

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