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Barts Health NHS Trust

Specialist Palliative Care Social Worker

Job Type

Fixed term


South East



£45,024 - £50,806

Posted Date

16 August 2022

London, E13 8SL

Closing Date

27 August 2022

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a social worker to join the palliative care team at Newham University Hospital Part of Barts Health NHS Trust.

Fixed term contract of 6 months, Band 7.

You will work as part of a committed and creative team, which offers a specialist palliative care service at Newham University Hospital. You will provide social work interventions and support to people with palliative and end of life care needs, and to their families and carers.

To function as part of the specialist palliative care multi-disciplinary team, contributing to holistic plans of care, offering provision which supports the complex social needs of people who are approaching the end of

To have an understanding of the impact of grief and loss on patients and their families, and offer appropriate

Acting as the patient and carer’s advocate and working closely with other healthcare professionals.

To contribute to educational programs provided by the

The role involves direct patient care and indirect patient care by enabling, guiding, and supporting others in the care they provide for those atthe end of life.

Barts Health is one of the largest NHS trusts in the country, and one of Britain’s leading healthcare providers.

The Barts Health group of NHS hospitals is entering an exciting new era on our improvement journey to becoming an outstanding organisation with a world-class clinical reputation. Having lifted ourselves out of special measures, we now have the impetus and breathing space to chart a fresh course in which we are continually striving to improve all our services for patients.

Our vision is to be a high-performing group of NHS hospitals, renowned for excellence and innovation, and providing safe and compassionate care to our patients in east London and beyond. That means being a provider of excellent patient safety, known for delivering consistently high standards of harm-free care and always caring for patients in the right place at the right time. It also means being an outstanding place to work, in which our WeCare values and behaviours are visible to all and guide us in how we work together.

We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates as they are underrepresented within Barts Health at a senior management level.

To proactively manage a caseload of patients/families/carers, ensuring all activities are in line with professional guidelines

Work autonomously and as an effective member of the multi-disciplinary Palliative Care Team, ensuring deadlines are met and work is carried out in line with the Service and Trust objectives.

To utilize and maintain all Trust information systems to aid communication and audit

Professional / Clinical responsibilities

Attend daily hand over and Multidisciplinary team meetings

Recognize, advocate and empower patient choice, and promote the autonomy of the individual within the healthcare

To provide expert social work information, advice and support to patients, their families and other healthcare professionals following diagnosis and through

Management and Leadership

To play an integral role in the operational and strategic development of specialist

To work with and support Trust staff to identify areas where changes in practice are

To actively contribute to any relevant initiatives within the care group and provide support to senior

Education & Professional Development

To promote a psychosocial approach to patient care within the

To actively involve service users in providing feedback of their experience of the current service and suggestions for

Maintain and update information

Operational Delivery & Service Development

Responsible for developing and reviewing strategy, policies and procedures particular to psychosocial services - such as

To attend relevant care group and team

To work with the MDT to develop, implement and evaluate care pathways and systems of MDT

Risk & Governance Management

Ensure the formal reporting and recording or adverse incidents are in line with Trust

Maintain records and send reports as required by various agencies.

Comply with appropriate NICE guidance ensuring transparent delivery of

Project Management

To actively participate both formally and informally in training/education of the palliative care team, Hospital-wide staff and outside

To support the team in undertaking research project which will research hypotheses and maintain and further develop our evidence based

Identify, apply and disseminate research findings relating to specialist social work

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