West Sussex County Council
An opportunity has become available for a Social Worker who has enthusiasm, energy, drive, and commitment to join the fast-paced Hospital Social Work Teams across West Sussex.
It is an exciting time to join West Sussex County Council as we continue to introduce new ways of working in the hospitals to respond to the needs of the adult population.
The aim is making a positive difference to the people of West Sussex. The Hospital Social Work Team work within the Discharge to Assess model, responding within timescales to assess people recently discharged from hospital, assisting them with arranging any care and support they may need in the longer term to maximise their independence.
About The Job
Grade: NJC 9 – NJC 10
Salary: NJC Grade 9 £33,945 to £36,648 – NJC Grade 10 £37,336 to £40,221
Working pattern: Full time
Contract type: Permanent
Locations: Worthing Area
As an experienced Social Worker, you will be accountable for delivering a statutory social work service for those people who need it. You will be completing proportionate strengths-based conversations that enable maximum participation for the individual, planning, reviews, and safeguarding enquiries. You will be responsible for ensuring that you are up to date with key developments and that business change is successfully implemented.
In the hospitals, we are looking for a candidate who can work collaboratively with individuals and effectively into the future, building on good partnership working with health colleagues. You will need to work inclusively with a diverse range of stakeholders and promote equality of opportunity. You’ll need to be able to manage conflicting and competing priorities while remaining resilient.
You will need to remain up to date and compliant with all relevant legislation and adhere to organisational procedures, policies, codes of conduct and the values of West Sussex. You will be expected to work with complex cases and work within the timescales of the Discharge to Assess Model. You will also support the duty function on a rota basis. There is a regular and intrinsic requirement to communicate in English with members of the public.
Act as a professional representative for the service by working with a focus on ensuring the effective delivery of services to those people who access or need the service.
Manage a workload of complex cases including working alongside many other agencies, dealing with family dynamics, managing risk levels, and dealing with legal issues. This will include ensuring the most efficient use of resources to produce the appropriate outcome.
Develop effective working relationships and communicate effectively with those people who access or need the service, families, carers, colleagues, and other professionals in order to deliver the appropriate interventions and service delivery.
Pay attention to any issues of service delivery and the development, whilst ensuring attention to the business plans.
The reference number for this role is CAFHE04660 .
For an informal conversation or for further information regarding the role, please contact Anna Perry (Team Manager, Worthing Hospital Social Work Dept) at for issues or queries regarding your application please contact
To apply, please follow the links below to upload your CV and cover letter. In your cover letter outline your motivations for applying and explain how you meet the key skills listed in full and the experience you can bring to the role (please refer to the key skills) ensuring that any gaps in employment are covered in your CV. Please ensure you have saved the job description attached to the main advert on our website as, once the job has closed, you may not have the opportunity to download again.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. This post is subject to Social Work England registration, an enhanced DBS check, 5 years referencing and a health check.
West Sussex County Council is an equal opportunities employer committed to promoting an environment that is inclusive and free from all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination and values the diversity of its people. We actively welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and take every possible step to ensure that no individual will be disadvantaged.
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