As a Healthcare social worker you will educate, advice and advocate for patients and the general public in matters relating to health care and illness.
A health care social worker work in medical settings to assist individuals or families to assess various healthcare services. They help do everything from identifying the needs of patients to arranging financial supports in pay medical bills. This includes educating and counselling them, advising caregivers & referring to various services .They provide timely interventions to help the patient achieve optimum recovery or rehabilitation goals and maintain quality of life.
To be eligible for joining any course in Social Work, you should pass +2 in any stream. But taking humanities stream with psychology in +2 would give you a better orientation towards the field.
A bachelor’s degree in any discipline would make you eligible for higher studies. It is advisable to take a bachelor's degree in Social Work (BSW) which is a 3 year course with internships. Admission requirements would vary depending on the institution.
Taking psychology as an extra paper or specialization would help in the profession.
This post graduation degree is a 2 year course. The student can choose the specialisations according to his/her interest. The admission requirement may change depending on the institution or University.
A higher qualification in the field would be recommended for candidates with research interest.
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A healthcare social worker should have good communication skills as they have to interact with doctors, nurses, home health companies and other healthcare personnel/agencies.
A healthcare social worker should be capable of organizing and coordinating healthcare services to the public.
A healthcare social worker must be able to understand various medical conditions, terminologies and find appropriate solutions under complex circumstances.
A healthcare social worker should have the ability to understand the mental, emotional and physical status of patients and help them to overcome the crisis.
A healthcare social worker should be able to provide counseling services to individuals and families