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Social Work Discharge Planning Lead

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
25 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Full Time
Following a review of inpatient discharge processes early in 2022 it became evident that additional support to encourage the early planning, comprehensive assessment and support towards discharge of those admitted to a Trust hospital was necessary. It was also evident that a strong emphasis on the individual's social and home circumstances was required from a professional social work perspective.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for a dynamic social work practitioner who can bring an expertise in social work to a multidisciplinary inpatient setting. A strong background in mental health social work, related legislation and community support should combine with the ability to drive an inclusive strengths based approach to effective discharge planning.

If you are interested and motivated in providing the very best experiences of inpatient services, making this as short as necessary, but with the most appropriate post discharge support, then this may be your opportunity to make a profound difference to the lives of others.

About us

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services including secondary mental health care across this area. Specialist provision comprises inpatient child and adolescent mental health services, perinatal mental health and forensic services including low and medium secure care.

The Trust also provides a range of physical health and well-being services in the community alongside a range of partners in the Lancashire, Cumbria and Sefton area.

Lancashire & South Cumbria Foundation Trust encourages flexible working, we believe that a positive work/life balance benefits NHS employees through improved health and wellbeing. We would consider working patterns such as term time, part time, compressed hours, flexi-time and career breaks. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview.

For more information please visit our website via Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS FT

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached the job description and person specification for more information about this role.

Person Specification



  • Registered Social Worker
  • Degree level qualification and or equivalent level of skills, knowledge and experience.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development.



  • In-depth knowledge of social care issues and how this relates to care delivery.
  • Highly developed specialist knowledge across a range of interventions, legal frameworks and assessment methods which are relevant to learning disability.
  • Working knowledge of current legislation and national initiatives



  • Experience of working across health/social care/education boundaries.
  • Experience of multi-agency co-ordination where service users have complex needs.
  • Experience of working with people with mental health needs



  • Able to communicate effectively with professionals, colleagues and other stakeholders both verbally and written
  • The ability to absorb, interpret and manipulate new information quickly.
  • Problem solving skills.

Employer details

Employer name

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust


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