Senior Social Worker

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£34,089 to £65,095 a year pro rata, inc HCA
Closing date
8 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Part Time
Job summary

King's is the regional Adult CF Centre for the South East (Kent, Sussex and South London). There are currently over 260 patients registered to the service, which has a predictable net growth of around 10 patients per year including patients transitioning from paediatric care. The Social Workers will work as effective members of the multidisciplinary team that includes CF consultants, pyschologists, specialist CF nurses, physiotherapists, dietitians, pharmacists, and a small team of junior doctors. The service provides both inpatient and outpatient care. Over the last ten years, it has evolved its care model to deliver as much as possible outside the hospital setting through the development of a homecare service, CF@Home. Through this service, all members of the multi-disciplinary team are able to visit patients at home, focusing on a variety of issues. In addition, since COVID there has been a widespread adoption of new technologies for remote monitoring and video clinics. This is also an exciting and new time for Cystic Fibrosis Services with the recent introduction of CFTR modulators. As a result, many patients but not all, are significantly better. Hence there is a need to rethink the way we support patients many of whom are able to have a life with less illness burden than they were previously used to, alongside supporting those patients who for a variety of reasons are unable to have the modulators.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be responsible for the provision of ward-based and community high-quality Social Work service to adults diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. This will involve working as an integrated member of the multi-disciplinary team (MDT). The Senior Social Worker will work with adults their families by conducting assessments, liaison with and actively planning with the MDT to ensure that pyscho-social need is considered as part of the wider treatment plan. The post holder will be expected to work closely with the children's Social Worker as part of transitional arrangements in supporting patients from one setting to another.

The post holder is expected to have expert knowledge of Local Authority statutory pathways and the voluntary sector to assist with the discharge component to the work and the co-ordination of local support networks.

This is a part time post working three days a week.

About us

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK's largest and busiest teaching Trusts with a turnover of c�1 billion, 1.5 million patient contacts a year and more than 15,000 staff based across South East London. The Trust provides a full range of local and specialist services across its five sites. The trust-wide strategy of Strong Roots, Global Reachis our Vision to be BOLD, Brilliant people, Outstanding care, Leaders in Research, Innovation and Education, Diversity, Equality and Inclusion at the heart of everything we do. By being person-centred, digitally-enabled, and focused on sustainability, we aim to take Team King's to another level.

We are at a pivotal point in our history and we require individuals who are ready to join a highly professional team and make a real, lasting difference to our patients and our people.

King's is committed to delivering Sustainable Healthcare for All via our Green Plan. In line with national Greener NHS ambitions, we have set net zero carbon targets of 2040 for our NHS Carbon Footprint and 2045 for our NHS Carbon Footprint Plus. Everyone's contribution is required in order to meet the goals set out in our Green Plan and we encourage all staff to work responsibly, minimising their contributions to the Trust's carbon emissions, waste and pollution wherever possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To assess, evaluate and promote optimal management of the complex psychosocial needs of adults receiving treatment from the Cystic Fibrosis team.To be available to adults, their families and carers, at whatever stage of their disease, for the provision of specialist information, advice, support and counselling, on a short- term basis or as part of an ongoing therapeutic relationship.To develop a therapeutic relationship with patients and their families/carers in order to establish communication, trust and support. In turn act as a patient advocate, ensuring that the multidisciplinary teams serve the best interests of the patient.To assess and evaluate risk for adults at risk and plan to manage this risk as appropriate.To plan and instigate interventions that will empower families/carers to provide care that meets all patient needs.

Person Specification



  • Social Work England Registration



  • Qualification permiting Social Work registration


  • Postgraduate certificate in Social Work
  • Practice educator certificate



  • Five years post qualified experience
  • Evidence of working with minimal supervision and can demonstrate autonomy in practice
  • Practice experience across differing settings e.g local authority and third sector or adults and children's
  • Experience of Hospital Social Work


  • Demonstrable knowledge around respiratory illnesses and the themes that impact persons with CF
  • Experience of working with chronic illness
  • Experience of working with transition and can articulate the needs of adolesents
  • Experience of clinical supervision

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