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Young Lives vs Cancer

Social Worker

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Posted Date

8 January 2023

Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Closing Date

22 January 2023

We are looking an experienced Social Worker to join our South West Team supporting children and young people (0-24 years) diagnosed with cancer. The South West Team provides services within a large geographical area covering, Somerset, Gloucestershire, Devon, Plymouth, Cornwall, Bath and Bristol.

Young Lives vs Cancer is open to and in support of flexible working. We are currently defining our approach to hybrid working and how to provide some face to face social work across the South West. Your flexibility requirements and that of the role will be discussed at interview stage with you.

This role is 17.5 hours per week with Hybrid-variable working arrangements. You will work from home and the Derriford Hospital, Plymouth and provide a direct social work service to young people aged 16-24 with cancer who live in Cornwall, Plymouth and surrounding areas.


As well as current Social Work England registration you will have:

- Experience working with children, young people and their families/carers in a social care setting.
- Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary environment.
- Knowledge of child and young people development.
- An understanding of the impact of serious illness for children, young people and families.
- Excellent interpersonal skills.
- It is desirable that you have experience working in an NHS setting.

Our work is rewarding but also complex and demanding; you will need to be resourceful and resilient. You will work closely with our supportive Young Lives vs Cancer team, established NHS multi-disciplinary teams, other cancer charities and with services in the community.

This post is subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check.

The interview date is planned for Thursday 2nd February 2023 at the Mustard Tree Macmillan Cancer and Information Support Centre, Plymouth.


In return for your commitment, we offer a great reward package, which includes generous annual leave entitlement, enhanced pension and employee savings scheme. To find out more about our benefits package, have a look on our website:

At Young Lives vs Cancer, we recognise that opportunities for too many people remain a condition of their race, class, sex, disability, sexual orientation – or a combination. This has never been acceptable to us as an organisation. At Young Lives vs Cancer, we do not just accept difference — we value it, we celebrate it, we nurture it, and we thrive off it. We positively welcome your application irrespective of your background.

We are on a journey, and if you join us, you will be part of a community that is committed make a difference to the lives of children and young people with cancer.

Young Lives vs Cancer is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment.

To arrange an informal chat, please contact Rachel Banks, South West Team Manager, on 07771 502 735 or

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