Social Worker Adult Hospital Lewisham SW0571

  • Type: Full Time
  • Location: London
  • Role: Long contract
  • Salary: to £32 per hour
  • Reference: SW0571
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SW Locums are recruiting for a Qualified Social Worker to work in University Hospital Lewisham. You must be Social Work England registered and have right to work in the UK. All applicants must also hold an enhanced DBS issued within the past 12 months or be registered on the DBS Update service.


  • To support vulnerable adults to make informed decisions and choices in their use of resources, support and services, with the aim of sustaining or improving their quality of life and well-being.
  • Work as part of Lewisham’s model of Integrated Health and Social Care, with multi-disciplinary teams including the voluntary sector, to promote independence, personalization, home first and discharge to assess.
  • Act as a main point of contact for residents and their unpaid carers, supporting them to maximise their independence, and make the most of personalisation and community resources.
  • To arrange, where appropriate, quality community based packages and other services for Service Users and their Carers which represent Best Value for the borough and the NHS CCG. (Support plans- packages and care home placements will be brokered through the Arranging Care Team).
  • Help people help themselves or one another through initiatives to facilitate and support increased individual and community capacity, social inclusion and community networks, reciprocal support and sustainable caring roles by taking a strength based approach to case work.

Summary of Responsibilities and Personal Duties:

  •  To be the key point of contact within Health and Social Care services for eligible clients completing Discharge to Assess Passports, assessments and reassessments of need / resource entitlement within the context of a strength based and “Home First” approach.
  • To use the Home first approach at white boards and MDMs. Prevent non acute /social admissions.
  • Provide high quality information to vulnerable adults, carer’s and relevant stakeholders in order to promote wellbeing and prevention initiatives.
  • Work in partnership with appropriate health, housing and community stakeholders for the benefit of vulnerable adults around i.e. signposting, referrals, multi-disciplinary working, joint assessments and relevant meetings.
  • Develop personalised support / care plans with individuals, their unpaid carers and other stakeholders as appropriate. Or, to act as a point of contact for the client, their unpaid carers or an external support planner / broker who may be developing the support plan.
  • Putting the person at the centre of the process, facilitate the selection of support services, activities or other routes to achieve outcomes and meet needs.
  • Support people to find creative, individual and efficient ways of solving problems or challenges in their lives, including strengthening family or social connections.
  • To promote self-directed support and direct payments to all service users and carers.
  • Assist people to make their plans happen by signposting or researching and providing information about local services and opportunities, and negotiating with service providers on people’s behalf if required.
  • Provide people with, or signpost them to, information on rights, choices, self-management, non-statutory support and other provisions which may assist in their well-being.
  • To be aware of, and adhere to all legislative requirements, and maintain an up to date knowledge of the care market.
  • To ensure all provisions are brokered within the Joint Commissioning and Procurement Frameworks.
  • Manage the recording and administration around assessment and planning and agreeing care provision through up to date, thorough and accurate recording on relevant IT systems as required.
  • Steer people’s support plans through the authorisation process including panels and other funding bodies.
  • To undertake assessments and re-assessments in line with the Care Act 2014, to ensure that the support in place is meeting assessed needs and that service users continue to meet the Care Act 2014 Eligibility Criteria.
  • To undertake Mental Capacity Assessments (MCA, Mental Capacity Act 2005)
  • To assess housing needs and refer for relevant support in a timely manner and to deal with any issues related to hoarding by referrals to Special Duty, Clouds End etc. Early identification of any issues related to the access to patient’s property and referrals to appropriate services for support with doors, key safes, locks, keys etc
  • Ensure clients are aware of processes in changing support, raising concerns about providers, complaints processes and awareness of safeguarding.
  • Ensure that clients are aware of the Adult Social Care Charging Policy and refer as appropriate for financial assessments.
  • Identify debt management concerns during interventions and raise as appropriate in partnership with the Financial Assessment Team and Debt Recovery.
  • Provide general information and advice on related areas, including referring to Welfare Benefits, Housing, financial and other support service agencies, signposting as appropriate
  • To recognize where social work or occupational therapist (or other professional) involvement is required and to refer issues that are beyond the scope of the post to a supervisor.
  • To undertake regular risk assessments and help service users devise risk management strategies.
  • To participate in the review and development of quality assurance systems within the unit.
  • Act in accordance with the Council’s safeguarding responsibilities, raising safeguarding concerns, where appropriate; and dealing with safeguarding enquiries and the implementation of safeguarding plans.
  • Enable people to access local health, work, training and recreational opportunities and to have a positive role within the community.
  • To adhere to relevant statutory legislation and guidance, departmental policies and procedures in relation to professional and administrative matters.
  • Keep robust and timely records in line with relevant organizational procedures and legislative requirements for managing information.
  • Communicate effectively and appropriately with people who have communication requirements or language barriers so they have equal access to opportunities.
  • Work across the borough as necessary and in line with the needs of the service.
  • To carry out the duties of the post with due regard to the Council’s Dignity at Work Policy and core values.
  • All employees are required to participate and to undertake appropriate training and development identified to enhance their work.
  • All employees are required to comply with the Health & Safety policies and procedures at all times, taking due care for themselves, colleagues and members of the public.
  • Undertake other duties, commensurate with the grade, as may reasonably be required.
  • Consideration will be given to making reasonable adjustments for a disabled post holder.

With SW Locums you will benefit from working for an agency established for over 11 years and with over 50 years combined social work experience.

you will also receive:

  • Payment weekly, faster than anyone else.
  • Most generous rates of pay.
  • Access to our knowledge base from our vastly experienced consultants, who will offer you confident and accurate advice.
  • No “waffle” straight talking, conscientious and informed advice, giving peace of mind.
  • Support network available 24/7.
  • Access to exclusive vacancies nationwide.
  • Free DBS and compliance service.
  • Access to on-going training opportunities.
  • Industry leading “Refer a Friend” and “Find your own job” bonus scheme offering up to £500 for successfully placed referrals.*


* Terms and conditions apply to our bonus scheme.