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Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust

Paediatric Social Worker

Job Type

Permanent

Region

South East

Salary

Location

£32,720 - £39,769

Posted Date

20 May 2024

Stanmore

Closing Date

3 June 2024

The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust is the largest orthopaedic hospital in the UK and a global leader in our field. We provide a dynamic working environment where we support frontline staff to implement improvements so that we can realise our vision of being a world leading neuro musculoskeletal hospital providing the best patient care and staff experience in the NHS, delivering world leading research, and offering a strong foundation of education, training and career progression.

Our dedicated staff come from diverse backgrounds, and our patients benefit from the wide range of experience they bring to the Trust. The RNOH brings unrivalled expertise together in one place allowing us to deliver some of the world’s most complex and innovative care to our patients

- Rated Good by the CQC
- Two sites, one in central London and one in Stanmore - which has recently opened The Stanmore Building, a new, state-of-the-art inpatient facility
- Our Research and Innovation Centre works closely with our main academic partner, University College London
- Recognised as a centre of excellence, leading on national initiatives, such as the Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) Programme
- Further major redevelopment underway across the Stanmore site – improving and modernising our facilities to maintain our position as the UK’s leading centre for orthopaedic medicine
- In the NHS staff survey, over 90% of our staff were satisfied with the quality of care they are able to give to patients - the best result of any NHS Trust in the country
- Our staff also indicated that they had the best experience of appraisals as compared to all other NHS Trusts.

This is a great time to join us and play a critical role in the next stage of RNOH’s journey to achieving an outstanding CQC rating.

Our aim is to remain a world-leading orthopaedic hospital with the best patient care and staff experience in the NHS. To do this, we have four core values that underpin everything that we do. We use our values to help ensure that we are always focused on the things that our staff and patients believe are most important:

- Patients first, always
- Excellence, in all we do
- Trust, honesty and respect, for each other
- Equality, for all

Our annual staff survey results have been improving year on year, with our staff telling us that their experience of working at the Trust is getting better and better. They also indicate that our staff feel very loyal to the RNOH and committed to its role in providing the very best care to our complex patient group. We hope that we can welcome you to our growing team soon.
Job overview

The post holder will provide a Paediatric Social Work service to the multidisciplinary team working with patients and their families from the outpatient, referral and pre-assessment stage, through their journey as an inpatient to a safe and timely discharge back to the community.

The post holder will compile detailed social histories and undertake comprehensive Social Work assessments for paediatric patients at the RNOH.

The post holder will contribute social work skills, a social care perspective and statutory functions to the assessment and treatment of adults and children at RNOH. The social worker will ensure children and families have access to Local Authority children social care services and resources to which they are entitled and to ensure social care duties are fully discharged, either by the Trust or directly by relevant Local Authorities.

The post holder will be an integral part of the multidisciplinary team at RNOH in the assessment, consultation and treatment of patients.

The post holder will liaise and advocate with the patient’s local Children’s Social Services department and continuing health care teams and ICB’s regarding the provision of support and care for safe discharges.

They will support the senior paediatric social worker at discharge planning meetings between families, internal and external agencies.

Main duties of the job

- To work alongside the Senior paediatric Social worker to provide a Social Work service for children identified as having complex care needs from the pre-admission clinic and through the patients journey in the hospital.
- To be responsible for carrying out statutory Social Work assessments on behalf of Social Services teams to facilitate discharge planning.
- To undertake assessment for patients and their carers relating to social, emotional, economic and environmental factors affecting admission, hospitalisation and discharge planning needs with appropriate support identified.
- To advocate on behalf of patients and carers with complex health, social or communication issues
- To prepare comprehensive social histories at the pre-admission stage in order to enhance the MDT’s knowledge and understanding of patients with complex social issues and the support required to safely discharge.
- To communicate complex and sensitive information to patients and their carers that requires empathy, negotiation and persuasion skills.
- To prepare comprehensive social histories at the pre-admission stage in order to enhance the MDTs knowledge and understanding of patients with complex social issues.
- To ensure that all patients (and carers where appropriate) are fully informed regarding onward referrals, obtaining consent when required in line with Caldecott guidelines and documenting this appropriately

Working for our organisation

The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital is the UK’s leading specialist orthopaedic hospital with an international profile for outstanding patient care, research and education. The Social Work department is part of the bed management and complex discharge team. The unique role of the team is to provide a specialist and personalised Social Work service to adult and paediatric patients attending RNOH as either in-patients or out-patients from across the UK. The department provides an assessment, advocacy and discharge planning service in addition to complex casework with patients with life changing and life limiting conditions. The service follows patients throughout their hospital journey from pre-admission assessment to ensuring safe personalised discharge plans. Experience of multidisciplinary working within a hospital setting is essential.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The post holder will provide a Paediatric Social Work service to the multidisciplinary team working with patients and their families from the outpatient, referral and pre-assessment stage, through their journey as an inpatient to a safe and timely discharge back to the community.

The post holder will compile detailed social histories and undertake comprehensive Social Work assessments for paediatric patients at the RNOH.

The post holder will contribute social work skills, a social care perspective and statutory functions to the assessment and treatment of adults and children at RNOH. The social worker will ensure children and families have access to Local Authority children social care services and resources to which they are entitled and to ensure social care duties are fully discharged, either by the Trust or directly by relevant Local Authorities.

The post holder will be an integral part of the multidisciplinary team at RNOH in the assessment, consultation and treatment of patients.

The post holder will liaise and advocate with the patient’s local Children’s Social Services department and continuing health care teams and ICB’s regarding the provision of support and care for safe discharges.

They will support the senior paediatric social worker at discharge planning meetings between families, internal and external agencies.

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