Social Worker - Integrated Discharge Team

Employer: Medway Council
Salary: Range SW2 (£29,948 - £37,977) per annum
Location: Medway Hospital, Windmill Road, Gillingham, Kent, ME7 5NY
Contract: Permanent
Working Pattern: Full Time/Weekends
Hours: 37 hours per week. 37 hours per week + rota weekend work.
DBS Check: Enhanced
Closing Date: 22/11/2019 at 23:55 PM
Reference: AD051AL

Previous applicants need not apply.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for Social Workers who are highly motivated to work within our busy Integrated Hospital Discharge Team.

The role involves working with new and existing service user’s service users where we may offer support, advice and guidance to facilitate hospital discharge.

The service is delivered using a strengths based, personalised approach. The role requires multi-disciplinary working ensure the client is at the centre of discharge planning.

The successful candidates will be a qualified social worker ideally with knowledge and experience of working with adults across service user groups including learning disability, physical disability, older adults and mental health.

Comprehensive knowledge and experience of the Mental Capacity Act and Safeguarding is essential. Previous hospital discharge experience is desirable however we will offer a full and comprehensive induction package to ensure new staff are supported.

The role will include assessing vulnerable service users and supporting them to meet their desired outcomes, these assessments will take place in a hospital setting which includes both acute and non-acute settings. The successful candidates will be required undertake Safeguarding cases when required.

The Hospital Discharge Team currently functions over a 6 day period, Monday through to Saturday. The discharge team operates between 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday, 9 till 4 on Saturdays. There will be a rota in place for staff to cover the office during these times.

Essential Qualifications

A professional Social Work qualification recognised by HCPC

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
  • Access to CAREFIRST advice & counselling service
  • Employee discount scheme for national and local retailers
  • Assisted car purchase scheme

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.

If you would like to have an informal discussion with the recruiting manager please call Nekita Large on 01634 825287.

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

Please be advised that we only accept online applications submitted through JobsGoPublic ATS

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.

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