Medical Social Welfare Unit, Main Hospital, AIIMS
The foundation of Medical Social Welfare Unit was laid in1960 when the first Medical Social Worker was appointed in the main hospital. The integration of Medical Social Services yielded very positive results as it provided a social and psychological support for the patients and alleviated the distress while receiving the treatment. As a result the Medical Social Workers were given a separate cadre in1992 when the strength of the team was 24.
The Association of Medical Social Workers of AIIMS kept working for the upliftment of the Medical Social Work profession and as a result the designation was changed from Medical Social Worker toMedical Social Service Officer (MSSO) in1997. Later on the Cadre Review Committee recommendation increased the strengths of MSSO from24 to41 in the year2000. At present the strength of MSSO in AIIMS is50 after the fresh appointments in2012.
At present theMedical Social Welfare Unit, Main Hospital has10 Medical Social Service Officers taking care of OPDs and Wards of more than14 significant departments. The Medical Social Welfare Unit comes under the Medical Superintendent, Main Hospital (Dr. D. K. Sharma), the day-to-day activities are supervised by the Chief MSSO (B. R. Shekhar).
In addition to the Medical Social Welfare Unit, AIIMS has 40 more Medical Social Services Officers placed in different departments and centers. They are working directly under the Chief/HOD of the concerned department.
Due to the professional efforts, sincerity & hard work of Medical Social Service Officers and the visionary support of the superior authorities, AIIMS has become the only institution in India with the biggest strength of Medical Social Workers in a Hospital setting.
The Medical Social Welfare Unit is located inRoom No. 9, Ground Floor, R.A.K. OPD, Main Hospital, AIIMS. The contact number of the Medical Social Welfare Unit is011-26594242 and 011-26594815 .