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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 13/09/2020.

Social Worker

Job Reference: J315-VC041A

Countess Mountbatten Hospice
Psycho-social and Spiritual Care
upto £31,000 per annum, pro rata


For over four decades Mountbatten Hampshire (formerly Countess Mountbatten Hospice) have provided outstanding end of lifecare to its community and its services have made a huge impact on many families lives across Hampshire.

The journey towards end of life can be a complex one. Medical advances and changes in family lives mean that the care we provide to our patients and their families constantly evolves to meet the needs and expectations of our Community. Over the last year, Mountbatten Isle of Wight and Mountbatten Hampshire, have developed a unique partnership, with one senior team leading both organisations.

At Mountbatten Hampshire we pride ourselves on delivering the highest standard of care and support to patients and their families, and constantly strive to ensure we reach as many people as possible, whenever and wherever they may need us. The hospice serves a population of approximately 600,000 and covers Southampton, and parts of West Hampshire. We are a registered charity and company, with our community at the heart of our services.

Currently we have a 21 bedded In-Patient Unit (IPU), a large day, self-help and rehabilitation centre, a community nursing team, Psychosocial care & Bereavement service and an education team. However, our services and approach to care are being constantly developed and expanded to meet the growing demands of increasingly complex health issues and the needs of the community we serve.

Social Worker

Salary up to £31,000.00 per annum, pro rata

30 hours per week to be worked flexibly in accordance with the service

About the Role:

We are seeking to appoint an experienced Social Worker to support our patients who are living with life limiting conditions and to provide on-going support to their families and carers. You will be responsible for the provision of social work services:

  • Delivering a value driven social work and bereavement service
  • Individualised support services to our patients and their families within their own social context and cultural frameworks
  • Help facilitate individuals’ discharge from the inpatient unit
  • To support patients, families and carers to identify personal goals to help tailor their care from the Hospice team
  • To work flexibly within the policy framework of the Hospice with other professionals and the wide Multi-Disciplinary Team
  • Undertake Care Act (2014) assessments for the care and support needs for those In-Patient Unit patients as part of the discharge planning process

About you:

You will hold current registration with the Health Care Professional Council and be qualified to CQSW or Diploma in Social Work or BA (hons) in Social Work. You will ideally have a degree in social work. You will be able to demonstrate your commitment to CPD and maintaining your professional status with the Health Care Professional Council.

You will have experience of providing support services to patients and their families that promote dignity, independence, choice and control whilst safeguarding vulnerable individuals including children.

You will be able to plan, initiate, monitor, develop and provide an outcomes-driven service in Adult and Child Social Care to our patients and their families.

Understanding of relevant legislation/guidance including Care Act, Mental Capacity Act, Deprivation of Liberty and Safeguarding regulations is critical for this role, together with an in depth knowledge of best interest.

You will be able to demonstrate strong communication skills, both verbally and written which will enable you to establish professional, effective working relationships with a range of partners including Children, young people, vulnerable adults and children. You be a confident motivated individual who is able to project warmth, empathy and sensitivity when supporting your patients, their families and carers.

You will be an organised individual who is able to prioritise and manage their own workloads whilst working within a highly emotional and flexible environment.

You will have a full current driving licence and use of a vehicle for business purposes as you will be required to visit, patients, their families and carers together with other professionals outside of the Hospice location.

If you would like to arrange an informal visit or to discover more about this exciting new role please contact Jane Hazeldine, Director of Psychosocial and Spiritual Care on 01983 217321.

Mountbatten Hampshire offers a generous benefits package to include:

Pension Scheme (including existing members continuation of NHS Pension Scheme)

Generous Holiday and Occupational Sickness Benefits

Off Site Free Parking

Training and Development Package

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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