Social Worker – Medicine Program

Social Worker – Medicine Program


Job Position: Social Worker – Medicine Program

Company: Southlake Regional Health Centre

Expected salary: $43.37 – 56.22 per hour

Location: Newmarket, ON

Social Worker – Medicine Program Job Details:


Southlake is building healthy communities through outstanding care, innovative partnerships, and amazing people. We deliver a wide range of healthcare services to the communities of northern York Region and southern Simcoe County. Our advanced regional programs include Cancer Care and Cardiac Care and serve a broader population across the northern GTA and into Simcoe-Muskoka.

Our team of nearly 6,000 staff, physicians, volunteers, students and Patient and Family Advisors are committed to creating an environment where the best experiences happen. As a recognition of our commitment to quality and patient safety, we have received the highest distinction of Exemplary Standing from Accreditation Canada.

Job Summary

The Social Worker works as a member of the interdisciplinary team to provide social work support and discharge planning services and expertise. The Social Worker provides in-depth psychosocial assessments and appropriate interventions for patients and their caregivers, including resource education, emotional support, counselling, case management, and advocacy, to maximize patient quality of life within their community. They will coordinate comprehensive discharge plans with the interprofessional health care team for primarily complex patients and their families.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Functions as a member of the interprofessional team to coordinate complex discharge plans; provide linkages to community resources and to support patients, families and caregivers to transition through the continuum of care.
  • Functions as a member of an interprofessional team to coordinate complex discharge plans
  • Provides comprehensive and coordinated psychosocial assessments.
  • Facilitates and participates in appropriate patient care planning in daily bullet rounds and case conferences.
  • Assists the patient, family and caregiver to better understand the impact of their illness/disability.
  • Provides short term crisis and grief counselling for patients, families and caregivers.
  • Provides information and education to patients, families and caregivers pertaining to their plan of care including discharge.
  • Maintains relevant documentation of social work services as per the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) standards available on the link included:
  • Holds primary responsibility for complex discharge planning across programs.
  • Utilizes all systems, policies and processes to facilitate sustainable and durable discharges (i.e., iplan, PODS, RM&R, care pathways, etc.)
  • Actively works with the Charge Nurse.
  • Identifies disposition challenges to the Unit Manager and works in a collaborative and interdisciplinary manner with all team members within the hospital and across the care continuum, including the CLHIN and other community supports.
  • Links patients with appropriate community supports/services as required for ongoing follow up intervention on transition from hospital to community.


  • Masters’ Degree in Social Work from an accredited university required.
  • Member in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW), with no terms, conditions, or limitations required.
  • Minimum three years relevant social work /discharge planning experience within an acute care setting preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide the provision of assessments and treatment planning, conflict resolution and problem solving for both inpatients and outpatients.
  • Working knowledge of legislative acts to include, but not limited to: Mental Health Act, Long Term Care Homes Act, Retirement Homes Act, Child Youth and Family Services Act, Health Care Consent Act, Substitute Decisions
  • Working knowledge and experience with transitions in care planning, relevant community resources and system navigation.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills in psychosocial assessment, conflict resolution, and creative problem-solving.
  • Demonstrates capacity to work co-operatively and constructively with other team members and develop effective partnerships with community agencies.
  • Demonstrated strong communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to work. collaboratively with patients/families, interprofessional team members, and other stakeholders
  • Demonstrated excellent organizational and coordination skills and the ability to prioritize multiple competing workload demands.
  • Demonstrated excellent written and verbal communications skills.
  • Demonstrated flexibility and ability to work under pressure in a fast paced environment.
  • Demonstrates flexibility to meet additional responsibilities as program demands.
  • Demonstrated understanding and complies with patient and staff safety policies and procedures that foster a safe and inclusive environment for all.
  • Demonstrated commitment to providing an exceptional experience for staff and caregivers within a challenging and exciting health care environment.
  • Models behaviour that is aligned with the values of Southlake Regional Health Center

 Always with compassion
 Power of many
 Serve with purpose
 Every voice matters
 Courage to think differently

As a condition of employment, you are required to submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination to the Hospital’s Occupational Health and Safety department. Successful candidates will be required to submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination (two doses) from the Ontario Ministry of Health website or other authorized source directly to the Occupational Health and Safety department. In the event that you are unable to be vaccinated as a result of a ground protected under the Human Rights Code, you may submit a written explanation of the ground and any supporting documentation to determine if you are exempt from this requirement to the recruitment team. A recruitment representative may follow up with you for further information if necessary.

At Southlake, we are committed to fostering an inclusive and accessible environment. We are dedicated to building a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community in which we live and serve, including those with disabilities. Southlake is committed to providing accommodations in all parts of the hiring process. If you require an accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs.

It is the responsibility of all Southlake employees to work in a safe manner and promote health and safety in the workplace.

Please note: If you are selected to move forward in the recruitment process, a Southlake Talent Representative will contact you via email. Please double check any emails you receive from Southlake and ensure that the address ends in or If it does not, we do not recommend responding as your email may not be sent to the Southlake team.

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