£27,000 - £35,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Are you an experienced Social Worker who would like to be part of a friendly, energetic and growing team? Would you like to develop a rewarding career with a recognised local charity? If so, this is an amazing opportunity to join our Family Support team, providing care for our patients and their families both within the hospice and in the community.

Prospect Hospice is an ambitious and caring organisation. We are passionate about providing excellent, personalised and compassionate care; and are looking to recruit motivated people who share these values. It’s an exciting time to join us as we are undergoing a significant period of change and are looking for social workers committed to the highest standards who can help us make a real difference to patients, families and to service improvements as we continue to evolve and grow.

Hours: 37.5 Hours per week with flexibility on start and finish times for the right candidate. 

What is the role?

You will manage a caseload and work directly with patients, families and carers and actively contribute to the delivery of coordinated family and bereavement support services for patients living with life-limiting illness. A key part of the role will be to provide continuing support to staff, volunteers and students on social care issues, education and acting as a mentor when needed. As such you will be required to develop good relationships with the multi-disciplinary team, statutory services and other partner agencies to support the smooth transition of patients, their families and carers between services.

Feedback from Elizabeth Smith, our current Social Worker

I feel privileged to be part of a patient and family journey at such a life changing time, it enables me to use multiple skills and techniques to provide care, support and advice to those that need it. Each day I am amazed by the resilience, love and dignity of those we are looking after. Working alongside colleagues within the team and in a multi-disciplinary way to improve the experience for those we are supporting. I am continually developing my skills in psycho-social support and interventions and use opportunities to share knowledge with others.

A little bit about us

We are an independent hospice supporting a community of 300,000 people in Swindon, Marlborough and North Wiltshire, and the villages of Lechlade and Fairford in Gloucestershire. It is the only dedicated provider of specialist end of life care services within the area. The Hospice’s multi-professionals teams support people in the community, in care homes, at the Great Western Hospital and at the Hospice in Wroughton. Care is also extended to the families and friends of patients.

About you:

  • Degree in Social Work or equivalent (eg DipSW, CQSQ, CSS)
  • Registration with HCPC
  • A minimum of three years’ experience in adult social work, or relevant experience of working with adults and children at risk in similar service areas
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills to build relationships and engage successfully with staff, volunteers, patients, their families and carers
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation, regulations, codes of practice, processes and procedures

It would also be great if you have:

  • Palliative care qualification
  • Relevant experience of working in Dementia care
  • Relevant experience of working with children at risk or in child protection
  • Training qualification or experience in delivering training
  • Mentoring skill

It takes a special sort of person to join our team so if you could see yourself as one of our social work team, please apply.

What’s in it for me?

We are changing and growing. It’s an exciting time to join an independent local charity where everyone’s ideas are encouraged and staff participation is really important to us.

We’ll also provide you with a welcoming and supportive working environment, other benefits include:

  • 27 days annual leave entitlement (pro rata for part-time)
  • Contributory pension scheme (NHS transferrable)
  • Occupational health and Employee Assistance Programme
  • Childcare voucher scheme
  • Family-friendly policies and practice
  • Supportive induction, and training and development
  • Free parking


Informal Visits

Informal visits or calls would be welcomed, please contact Clinical Lead Family Support Team, Jo Hyde or Lizzie Smith, Social Worker for more information.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional HCPC registration

Equality & Diversity

We are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.


Prospect Hospice is committed to promoting the wellbeing of all adults and children who use our services, ensuring that they live a life that is free from harm, abuse and neglect. We work in an open and transparent way and encourage staff, volunteers, patients and families to raise any safeguarding concerns.

Unfortunately due to the high volume of applications that we received, it is not possible to respond to every one. If you have not heard from us within 2 weeks, following the closing date of this vacancy, your application will have been unsuccessful.

Refreshed on: 03 October 2019
Closed date: 18 October 2019
Job ref: Socialworker180919
Tags: Social Care/Development, Social Work

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