The Incumbent serves a GS-13 Social Worker Program Coordinator and is administratively responsible for the complete oversight of the Patient Safety Program, The incumbent also functions as the lead manager, coordinator, and point of contact for patient safety policies and activities developed by the National Center for Patient Safety (NCPS) at VA Salt Lake City Health Care System. The incumbent will be the facility's key person to help build and implement patient safety systems and promote the culture of safety within VA Salt Lake City and for VA patients in all healthcare settings. The incumbent also works with, trains, and directs patient safety activities of similar personnel within the facility, such as risk managers and quality managers. Responsible for translating the policies, theories, and strategies into action within the complex interrelationships that exist related to patient safety. Some of the duties for this position include, but are not limited to the following: Performs duties directly contributing to the administrative management of a health care delivery system. Duties require the ability to apply the specialized principles and practices of health care management in directing or supporting a health care delivery system. Provides full staff assistance on administrative matters affecting patient care, education, and organizational policy. Serves as a staff member supporting the Facility service line chiefs responsible for planning, organizing, developing, directing, and evaluating Medical Center operations. Provides comprehensive resource allocation information; supports decisions involving organizational funds. Advises and assists the Medical Center Director and facility service line chiefs in the planning, development, and operation of the Medical Center's programs. Specifically, the PSM functions as the facility's lead manager and coordinator of its Patient Safety Program. As such, s/he fulfills a highly visible, key leadership role. Consolidates planning documents for Medical Center submission. The PSM provides technical expertise in the field of healthcare planning and comprehensive advice and assistance to the Director regarding possible need for revision of regulations and policies governing planning activities. Assesses priorities to best meet healthcare delivery needs. Reviews Joint Commission standards: works in collaboration with services to support implementation and corrective action as needed to meet standards. Reviews and assesses compliance with VHA Handbooks, USP 795/797/800 Standards, and EPA regulations and any other accreditation surveys or inspections (e.g. OIG, TJC, CARF, and OSHA). Collaborates with services to develop and implement policies as needed to ensure compliance. Monitors and reviews medication errors. Reviews data for trends and when systems errors occur, works to correct processes. Actively conducts surveillance of all adverse drug events reported through the VA Joint Patient Safety Reporting System. Surveillance may be performed through screening for abnormal lab values, discharge diagnosis, and use of antidotes. Assists in the quality assurance process for IV infusion pumps. Assists in the evaluation process of cabinet based dispensing system (e.g. Pyxis) overrides. Assists in dissemination of information to providers and pharmacy staff pertaining to drug warnings and shortages and safety alerts. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; 7:30am to 4:00pm Compressed/Flexible: May be available for highly qualified candidate. Telework: Not available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Social Worker - Patient Safety Program Manager/PD53051-O Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.