This is an exciting opportunity to work within our Frimley Park Hospital social care team in Frimley, Surrey. We currently have a full time vacancy (working 36 hours per week).
We’ve had a major review of how we work with our health partners, patients and their families and we have expanded our service to run from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday and Bank Holidays. We are, therefore, particularly interested in applicants who would be able to work flexibly.
We’re looking for enthusiastic, qualified practitioners (social workers) who can work in a high pressure acute hospital environment. Successful candidates will be part of a team that delivers high quality personalised adult social care, supporting timely, safe and effective hospital discharges.
Promoting choice and control is at the heart of everything we do. As a qualified practitioner you’ll have responsibility for leading the assessment and support planning process. You will be part of a successful team and will receive regular professional support and supervision. You will aspire to provide formal supervision, guidance, support, advice and direction to assistant practitioners and less experienced colleagues.
Core tasks include person-centred assessment and support planning, risk assessment and reablement for some of Surrey’s most vulnerable citizens. All qualified practitioners will be involved in carrying out safeguarding investigations. You will routinely work with cases that present particular complexities arising from for example legal issues, statutory requirements, disputes within families or the need to make best interest decisions.
You will work in effective partnership with individuals, their carers and family and will have strong positive relationships with professional health staff both within and outside the hospital setting. You will communicate regularly with other agencies including service providers, and work closely with support brokers to enable vulnerable adults and their families to identify and arrange services that meet their needs.
Successful candidates will be confident and competent in working with people with a variety of physical and cognitive impairments. Experience of working in an acute hospital is not essential but an ability to demonstrate an understanding of the complexities this work involves is essential, along with the confidence to make sound decisions in response to rapidly changing demands and needs.
As a level one practitioner you will have a professional qualification in health or social care and have experience of direct work with people with complex social care support needs. You will need to have a good working knowledge of adult social care legislation including the Mental Capacity Act and the NHS Continuing Healthcare National Framework.
You will need to have competent IT skills and be able and willing to learn to use a variety of software systems. All short-listed applicants will be required to complete a basic IT skills test as part of the interview process.
Please make sure you state your available working times on your application form.
For further information about this role please contact Dena Kirkpatrick on 01483 518082.
Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice, reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.