Senior Social Worker (Community Discharge Hub)

Employer: Medway Council
Salary: Range SW3 (£39,929 - £43,720) per annum
Location: Homebased, Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TR
Contract: Permanent
Working Pattern: Full Time
Hours: 37 hours per week.
DBS Check: Enhanced
Closing Date: 04/03/2022 at 23:58
Reference: REC1147VR

We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Social Worker to join our highly successful Community Discharge Hub. The post holder will work within an established and committed multi professional statutory team and work closely with the linked Pathway 3 (Integrated Discharge Team).  The post holder will have the experience and knowledge of completing person-centred and strength-based assessments within legislated timeframes. You will be working alongside multi-disciplinary internal and external colleagues and teams including health professionals, service providers Continuing Health colleagues, advocacy services, voluntary services and so forth, so must demonstrate the ability to undertake seamless and effective multi-disciplinary practice.   

The post-holder will demonstrate a ‘home first’, empowering and least restrictive approach to practice, and recognise the need to consider returning to community-based living, irrespective of individuals being assessed whilst cared for in Pathway 3 care setting. The post holder will provide individuals with support and advocacy which utilises the post-holder’s expertise, in order to empower people to achieve their personal outcomes and choice and control over day-to-day life.

The team is the recipients of Pathway 3 discharges and assesses service users discharged from acute and community hospitals, and intermediate care units under Pathway 3 Discharge to Assess. The team routinely undertake assessments in line with the Care Act 2014, within the timeframes dictated by Hospital Discharge and Community Support: Policy and Operating Model.  The post-holder will demonstrate an ability to assess risk, including positive risks, and facilitate long-term, person-centred and least restrictive care planning.  The post-holder with demonstrate an understanding of fiscal responsibility and recognise the need to maintain flow in the community care settings, demonstrate fiscal responsibility and manage cases within timeframe.  The team provide a service for all adults over the age of 18 years, with broad and diverse needs, including dual diagnosis. The post-holder must be confident in safeguarding related practice, identifying, and working with informal carers, undertaking mental capacity assessments and convening multi-disciplinary meetings/ best interests’ meetings.

The team is a fast paced, front-line team which although challenging, provides a diverse practice experience and with high levels of support.  You will hybrid working and work both remotely as well as being based at Medway Council’s Gun Wharf offices.  There may be occasions depending on service demand you may be required to attend Medway Maritime Hospital, Gillingham.

In return we can provide opportunities and the following benefits -

  • A stable, committed and supportive team with focus on professional development
  • A structured induction programme
  • Regular supervision both formal and informal
  • Good opportunities to pursue training and other professional qualifications that contribute towards continuing professional development

You will need to be flexible and be able to prioritise and manage your time effectively.  A car driver is essential as we cover a rural areas as well as urban area. 

In return we offer you:

  • Generous annual leave entitlement
  • Generous local government pension scheme package
  • Access to wider training and development qualifications
  • Flexible working scheme
  • Travel plan discounts
  • Car Benefit Scheme from Tusker
  • Access to CAREFIRST advice & counselling service
  • Employee discount scheme for national and local retailers
  • The Government has introduced new ways of supporting parents with childcare costs. Further details are available here: -

Our organisation:

Medway is a unitary authority in the South East of England, made up of the towns of Strood, Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham and Rainham and more rural areas, including the Hoo Peninsula.

Situated in Kent in the South-East of England, the area has plenty of green spaces, excellent facilities and easy access to the national motorway and rail networks, facilitating superb transport links to London.

We provide all local Government services for a quarter of a million people, looking after education, environment, social care, housing, planning, business and much more - everything from frontline services such as rubbish collection and events like the Dickens Festival to work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure services in Medway run smoothly and cost effectively.

Working at Medway Council means that you get to be part of this journey working alongside talented, professional colleagues to drive forward change to transform the lives of our residents and the communities they live in.

Please contact Jackie Dalton (Operational Manager) or Stacie Hallam (Acting Team Manager) for an informal discussion on 01634 825286

Interviews are likely to be held virtually via Microsoft Teams.  Full details on how this will work will be sent to you, if your application is successfully shortlisted.    

Important Information-

Applicants must be able to demonstrate all essential requirements as listed in the job profile

Equal Opportunities Commitment Statement

Medway Council is committed to creating an inclusive work environment with a diverse workforce. All appropriately qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or age

For further information please refer to the Medway information pack available as a download or to view online

Please be advised that if you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted.  All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email.

Please visit for information on how Medway Council put good practices in place to ensure employees and job applicants who declare mental health issues receive the right level of support.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time prior to the closing date.

How to apply

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If you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted.


All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email, if you require documentation/correspondence in different format such as braille or large print, please contact the Resourcing Team on 01634 332878.

Further information on this vacancy

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