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Social Worker

Canada-British Columbia-Vancouver


Job Description

BC Children's Hospital (BCCH) cares for the province's most acutely ill or injured children and youth, provides developmental and rehabilitation services to children and youth throughout BC, and offers a broad range of health services. Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children (SHHC), a leading provincial facility offering specialized services to children and youth with developmental disabilities from birth to age 19, works collaboratively with BCCH. SHHC focuses on the child and their family while supporting health care professionals in their community. BCCH also operates a wide number of specialized health programs, is a leading acute care teaching facility, and conducts research to advance health and care through the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute and in partnership with the University of British Columbia.

BCCH is an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) which plans, manages and evaluates specialty and province-wide health care services across BC. PHSA embodies values that reflect a commitment to excellence. These include: • Respect people • Be compassionate • Dare to innovate • Cultivate partnerships • Serve with purpose.

We currently have Social Worker opportunities in the following programs

  • Urgent Assessment and Intake Services (Temporary Part-Time 0.48 FTE)

The Urgent Assessment and Intake Services Social Worker is responsible for triaging referrals to the Outpatient Psychiatry department, assisting with phone requests and crisis, liaising with community professionals, providing resources and contacts as necessary, and participating in monitoring the intake services and patient flow on a regular and ongoing basis.  As part of a multidisciplinary team, the Social Worker assesses patients and families, and develops individualized discharge plans.  Organizes referrals with community agencies where required, and liaises with referring physicians and families.  As part of the outpatient department’s provincial teaching center, the Social Worker participates in the training of psychiatric and pediatric residents, medical students, social work practicum students, and other allied health students in individual and family based crisis mental health assessment, management and discharge planning and participates in telehealth consultation and teaching initiatives.

  • Neuromotor - Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children (Temporary Part Time 0.68 FTE
  • Neuromuscular/Spinal Cord -Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children (Temporary Part-Time 0.50 FTE)
  • Oncology/Hematology (Temporary Full Time)
  • Medical (Temporary Full Time)

Consistent with the interprofessional setting the Social Worker provides psychosocial and family assessments and intervention to assist children and their families presenting with health, rehabilitation, developmental and mental health issues.  Social work services are provided to children and their families to address social and emotional stressors resulting from the interaction of physical, social, cultural, and psychological outcomes associated with diagnosis and treatment, including loss and bereavement services. The Social Worker provides consultation to team members and relevant community agencies regarding child welfare concerns.  Intervention services provided by the Social Worker includes crisis intervention and short-term counseling, advocacy, liaison with community services, coordination of resources, consultation with teams, collaboration with community agencies, education, program planning and research.  The Social Worker promotes family-centered care and research and education within BC Children’s Hospital, Sunny Hill Health Centre and the community.

  • Social Worker II / Care Coordinator, Connect 4 Care Service - Complex Developmental Behavioural Conditions at Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children  (Temporary Full Time)

Working from a family-centered, trauma-informed care model, the Care Coordinator works without general supervision as part of multidisciplinary community and hospital teams and alongside clients, to provide clinical and consultative social work services to families whose children have complex care needs.  Working in close communication with broader community-based service providers and relevant medical staff across BC as needed, the Care Coordinator performs professional social work services with a focus on advocating for clients and supporting coordination of services as close to home as possible. The care coordinator engages in on-going service planning, program development, evaluation and quality improvement activities to achieve excellence in client care and also supports capacity building among patients and families, hospital services and community partners. The Care Coordinator utilizes advanced psycho-social assessments to identify the patient and family needs and goals and to support the coordination of a Collaborative Plan of Care.  The Care Coordinator provides advocacy and consultation to team members and relevant community agencies and provides leadership, direction and support to the inter-professional treatment team around matters concerning community and hospital resources.  The Care Coordinator plays a central role in liaison, and applies advanced knowledge, skill and clinical experience in facilitating communication and decision making around patient care. The Care Coordinator promotes family-centered care within BC Children’s Hospital and Sunny Hill Centre for Children, and the community.


  • Master’s Degree in Social Work from an accredited School of Social Work.
  • Minimum 1 year recent related experience with children and their family with a health or disabling condition relevant to the service area within BC Children’s Hospital & Sunny Hill Health Centre including clinical skills in assessment, crisis intervention, therapeutic interventions, individual, group and family counseling; must include experience in mental health, child protection, child development, intimate partner violence, chronic health conditions, disabilities, and grief and loss in a health care or hospital setting; or an equivalent combination of education, training or experience.
  • Current full registration with the British Columbia College of Social Workers. 

For more information on these and more Social Work opportunities please visit the link below where you can view and apply online for the position you are interested in.

For more information please contact Derek Menard, Talent Acquisition Representative at 

** Relocation Allowance May Be Available **

PHSA is committed to employment equity and hires on the basis of merit. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals, including Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities

Contact Information

Posting Date: 13-Sep-2017Social Work Permanent, Part-Time Open 1 ASAP