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Social Worker

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year Pro Rata
Closing date
23 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time

The post holder will be the lead in providing and developing Social Work input to the Blackpool Adult Cystic Fibrosis Service within Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Main duties of the job

Role Summary:
  • To support the provision of an Adult Cystic Fibrosis Service, ensuring a co-ordinated, comprehensive and holistic service for patients. The successful candidate will also play a key role in further developing the service, which presently works in close collaboration with the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Service at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT)
  • To provide social/psychological support to patients, families and carers who access the Blackpool Adult Cystic Fibrosis Service
  • To be an integrated member of a multi-disciplinary team (MDT) working in partnership with colleagues from other disciplines and teams
  • To identify future service planning requirements in partnership with users, carers and service providers
  • To work autonomously, but in close liaison with the relevant health and social services departments and other professionals in line with relevant legislation, professional standards and departmental policies and procedures

About us

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is situated on the west coast of Lancashire, with services covering the local authority areas of Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre. The Trust is part of the Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System (ICS) supporting a population of around 1.6 million people.

We have three main hospitals providing acute services to around 330,000 local residents. The organisation also provides specialist tertiary care for cardiac and haematology services, delivers community health services to over 445,000 residents including those in North Lancashire and hosts the National Artificial Eye Service across England. Plus, we provide urgent and emergency care services to an estimated 18 million people who visit the seaside resort each year. We employ over 7000 people from 68 different countries.

We welcome and encourage application from anyone with protected characteristics, as well as supporting reservists and Veterans who are looking for a rewarding and challenging career within the NHS.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • To undertake a holistic and detailed assessment of need using a wide range of counselling, interviewing and interpersonal skills. Then, in combination with the patient and others involved in their care, plan how their needs will be best met. This will include providing appropriate advice, support and advocacy to people under the care of the Blackpool Adult Cystic Fibrosis Service.

The main areas of concern include Welfare/ benefit and debtSupport with transition from Paediatric to Adult servicesHousingMood and motivationFamily planning/relationship issuesEducation and employmentAdaption to changeEnd of life issues
  • To contribute to appropriate reviews/reassessment of patients and/or carers as required, to continue to meet their health and social care needs
  • To promote a service which is responsive and user focused at all times
  • To provide bereavement support for families of patients who have died and to liaise with community professionals to offer on-going bereavement support as necessary
  • To work in collaboration with other interested parties in the investigation of abuser/allegations of any form of abuse to vulnerable adults, families and children in accordance with Trust policy
  • To identify and address risks/possible risks to both adults and children within the services in line with the Trusts risk assessment policy
  • To develop and maintain positive multi-professional working practices with community based Social Workers and national Cystic Fibrosis Social Workers, including MFT Social Work Team
  • To ensure the effective application of the Mental Capacity Act, the determination of best interests and that effective support to the most vulnerable people is maintained
  • To contribute to the collation of relevant data and statistics as required by Blackpool Adult Cystic Fibrosis Service
  • To keep up to date with new and relevant legislation and developments in social work practice
  • To provide professional advice on social care matters to other staff members
  • To promote the development of the Cystic Fibrosis post locally and nationally, working in accordance with the Cystic Fibrosis Trust Standards for Clinical Care of Children and Adults with Cystic Fibrosis in the UK
  • To undertake regular supervision with their supervisor to ensure high quality care is delivered

  • To communicate effectively, and work collaboratively, with medical, nursing and therapy colleagues to ensure delivery of a co-ordinated multidisciplinary service, including case conferences, ward rounds and discharge planning
  • To maintain accurate, comprehensive and up to date documentation in line with legal and departmental requirements and communicate assessment outcomes via reports and letters to the appropriate disciplines
  • To use a range of verbal and non-verbal communication tools to communicate effectively with patients, including those who have difficulty understanding or communicating and dealing with complex, highly sensitive or contentious information
  • To have the ability to impart unwelcome news to patients and relatives on a frequent basis

Audit, research and development
  • To participate, in collaboration with the MDT, in service clinical audits and research activities in accordance with local policy and agreement with line manager
  • To maintain accurate and up to date records of activity on patient information as required by the service and in accordance with Trust policy

  • To maintain own clinical professional development (CPD) and competence to practice by keeping abreast of new trends, developments incorporating into clinical practice as required by the HCPC
  • To be an active member of the in-service training programme by attending and delivering in-house presentations/training at staff meetings, tutorials and attending external courses and completing reflective practice

Supplementary Factors

Physical Effort:

Occasional requirement to exert moderate physical effort for short periods during a given time

Mental Effort:

Required to concentrate when carrying out a role. Work is generally predicable but

occasional requirement to deal with unpredictable situations

Emotional Effort:

Frequent need to deal with people with physical, social and psychological problems

Frequent requirement to impart unwelcome, sensitive and distressing news to patients, relatives and/or staff

Frequently dealing with a patient group who have a chronic disease

Working Conditions:

Occasional exposure to highly unpleasant conditions with blood and bodily fluids

Occasionally faced with verbal aggression and hostile behaviours



In the course of your duties you may have access to confidential information about patients, staff or health service business. On no account must such information be divulged to anyone who is not authorised to receive it. Confidentiality of information must be preserved at all times whether at or away from work. The Trust has in place a Whistle blowers Policy for staff wishing to express concerns.

Infection prevention and control:

Infection prevention and control is the responsibility of all Trust staff. All duties relating to the post must be carried out in accordance with the Trust hand hygiene and infection control policies and procedures.

Quality assurance:

Every employee is personally responsible for the quality of the work, which they individually perform. It is their duty to seek to attain the highest standards achievable both individually and collectively within their knowledge, skills and resources available to them in furtherance of the Trusts philosophy of pursuing quality in all its services.

Harassment and Bullying:

The Trust condemns all forms of harassment and bullying and is actively seeking to promote a work place where employees are treated with dignity, respect and without bias.

Equal opportunities:

The Trust actively promotes equality of opportunity for all its employees. (In all the foregoing text any reference to one gender whether direct or implied equally includes the opposite gender unless specifically stated to be otherwise).

Person Specification



  • Minimum of two years post qualifying experience as a Social worker in a health/social care setting
  • Experience of 1:1 social casework to enable change
  • Ability to assess and manage complex cases in a multidisciplinary team setting
  • Experience in supporting and teaching other professional staff on social care matters relating to patients


  • Experience of working with patients with a life threatening condition
  • Experience of working with Cystic Fibrosis patients
  • Good understanding of the benefit/social welfare system including housing issues
  • Experience of working with individuals and families who are facing end of life issues
  • Evidence of participating in audit
  • Knowledge of Continuing Healthcare



  • Recognised qualification in Social Work at certificate or Diploma level e.g DipSW, CQSW or CSS
  • Current HCPC registration


  • Masters Degree (MSW) or Post Graduate (PGDipSW)



  • Ability to use initiative and organise own workload
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • Ability to reflect on practice within supervision
  • Ability to identify own learning needs and engage in self study
  • Good communication (verbal, written and non-verbal) skills
  • I.T skills including use of internet, emails and word processing
  • Ability to understand and demonstrate commitment to the Trust's Equal Opportunities policy

Personal Attributes


  • Evidence of drive, enthusiasm and commitment
  • Consistently exhibits a positive attitude and respect for others.
  • Proactive and adaptable in the face of a changing environment.
  • Able to challenge
  • Ability to be flexible to meet service delivery needs

Employer details

Employer name

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Blackpool Victoria Hospital

Whinney Heys Rd



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