They are sick, or hurt. And sometimes struggling to cope with the burden of their medical condition. These are the people who need the help of a medical social worker. In addition to providing psychosocial support to patients and their families, you share caregiving advice and provide financial counselling.
When a patient under your care is ready to be discharged, you will work with medical, nursing, allied health professionals and the patient's family to develop and implement a post-discharge care plan. You will also link patients and their caregivers to the community resources available to them to help them navigate the road to recovery.
Grief and bereavement counselling and palliative care
Individual psychotherapy, marital counselling and family mediation and therapy group work
Community network and advocacy
Research and teaching
Bachelor’s degree in social work
Bachelor’s degree in arts, majoring in social work
National University of Singapore
Singapore University of Social Sciences
Recognised overseas institutions
Three to four years for bachelor's degree
Singapore Association of Social Workers (SASW) if you wish to find out more.
Note:The allied health practitioner may not be able to conduct the full range of services and activities listed above, as the scope of practice depends on the level of training, experience and competence attained. The onus is on the employer and the practitioner to ensure that all services and activities are conducted within the scope of competence of the respective practitioner.
Medical Social Worker
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