Social work in UH Motol was developing in the 50´s and 60´s of the last century on the basis of methodological regulation of the Ministry of Health bulletin. At that time two social workers were providing the social service for adult patients of City Hospital in Motol: Ing. Peksová and Ms Beňová.
Establishment of Separate Department
By uniting Children´s University Hospital in Motol and City Hospital in Motol also the separate Social Department started to be found led by Ing. Peksová. With the extension of UH Motol also the activity of Social Department has extended. In 1982 Ms Jitka Sklenářová was the head of the Social Department in UH Motol and she had led the Department until 2005, during that time the social work has started to develop as specific activity, integral and necessary part of treatment and nursing process. The bases of concept foundation in this hospital were laid that way.
Recently the social care for patients at our department has been provided by highly qualified and erudite social workers listed in the Register of Medical Workers and Social Workers professionally qualified in compliance with the Law No. 96/2004 Coll.
Supervisory as Important Work Tools
Supervisory is the inseparable part of social work in UH Motol which helps in systematic development of own professional competences headed by Mgr. Jana Severová.
Education of Medical Staff
Medical social workers lead professional experience of students, cooperate with schools and educational institutions aimed at medical-social and social-law specializations registered in Association of Social Work Educators. Within the Czech Association of Nurses – section medical social – they actively participate in research projects, educational programs and initiate changes in legislative in favour of the chronically ill patients.
Social Care in UH Motol at Particular Workplaces
Social work starts when the medical social worker accepts the patient (client) to care. Seven social workers (including leader) from central workplace attend assigned departments and ensure medical social care for patients in acute inpatient departments of adult and children parts of UH Motol. Patients admitted to care usually have made an appointment and are reported by physician or nurse. If after patient´s dismissal ensuring of social or medical social service is considered suitable, they inform the patient or family of available social counselling. Other workers work at specific departments where they have direct contact with the patients and are inseparable members of the functional interdisciplinary team – workplaces the Long Stay Hospital, the Clinic of Children´s psychiatry and the Outpatient Department for Children.
A quantity can not replace quality of social work, which is very psychically demanding and time-consuming and hours of complicated talks are involved, complicated interpersonal relations and following patient´s problem solving , many of them afterwards remain in long-term, repeated care of social workers. Ensuring social needs of patients has to coincide with treatment and nursing care.
Mutual Cooperation Is Important
Social work is a team work. Quality social care can be provided only by cooperation with other specialists who are involved in the complete care for patient. The length of patient´s hospitalization and his dismissal depends on patient´s illness and his social situation.
Characteristics of the Field
Goal of our department is to provide help to hospitalized patients according to their needs if they are in unfavourable social situation, if they do not cope with the situation even with the help of family or relatives so that they can achieve self-realization and maximum possible social integration.
How Do We Help
Medical social workers provide or arrange the patients in unfavourable social situation according to their needs not only medical social counselling but also support to improve their orientation in their rights and obligations in the specific situation. We provide especially:
- help, support and counselling, therapy, organizing, arranging or representation,
- socially law children protection,
- service of social care (nursing or help service, centres of daily services, day care centres, homes for the elderly etc.),
- medical service (home care, hospice, long stay hospital etc.) and
- service of social prevention (reception centre, hostels, service of following care, contact centres etc.).
The mission of workers from the Social Department of UH Motol is to help patients and their families to alleviate and eliminate negative social impacts of their disease.
Who Is the Service Intended for?
The social service is intended for patients or their families who due to their disease, health handicap, age, loss of self-containment, crisis situation, inappropriate life style, socially disadvantaged environment or other serious reasons are in unfavourable social situation and they are not able to cope this situation themselves even with the help of their relatives and close friends.