Specialist Palliative Care Social Workers

Categories: Community Engagement.

Band 6 Social Worker – 22.5 hours per week

Salary: £31,249 – £41,218 (pro rata) per annum inclusive

Band 7 Senior Social Worker (Full-time)

Salary: £37,286 – £47,306 per annum inclusive

St Joseph’s Hospice is one of the UK’s largest hospices and is based in the East end of London serving a culturally diverse population with a higher than average demand on psycho-social interventions. We provide high quality specialist palliative care for patients with life limiting illness, including non-malignant diagnosis in a variety of settings including community, out-patient, day hospice and an in-patient unit.

This is an exciting time of change and development for the psycho-social care of patients and families at St Joseph’s Hospice and we are seeking two new members of our established Social Work Team to help us carry this forward.

The Social Worker (band 6) post requires an enthusiastic, confident and innovative, HCPC registered Social Worker with some post qualifying experience, and a grounding in statutory work.  As a member of the team you will work with your senior social work, welfare rights and social work assistant colleagues to provide seamless care for our patients and their families both within the hospice and in the community.

You will need to have excellent communication, organisational and social work assessment skills. We offer you the opportunity to develop specialist Social Work skills through working with individuals and families facing advanced disease, death and bereavement. You will develop a clear understanding of the social, psychological and spiritual needs of individuals and their families, and of working within a hospice setting. 

The Senior Social Worker (band 7) post requires someone who in addition to the skills and knowledge outlined above has significant experience of working with people facing loss, change and bereavement (preferably in a palliative care setting). You will be required to support and supervise more junior members of the team and to take an active part in the education of students of social work and other disciplines.

You will be expected to be registered with HCPC and to have finely tuned assessment and allocation skills and to have experience of developing services or specialist practice in end of life care

Applicants are subject to enhanced DBS check (previously CRB).

For further information contact Linda McEnhill, Head of Supportive Care, on 020 8525 3022 or: l.mcenhill@stjh.org.uk

Closing date: 21 October 2015

Interview date: 2 November 2015

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