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Band 6 Social Worker

Helen & Douglas House
Post date
6 June 2022
Closing date
30 June 2022
14a Magdalen Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX4 1RW
34541 to 41000 per annum pro rata
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Would you like to connect and engage with families and use your specialist knowledge and skills within the context of social work? We invite you to join our multi-disciplinary team at Community and Family Support Services developing social work programmes to empower children, young adults, and their families to optimally manage all psychosocial areas of their care!

Helen & Douglas House is a registered hospice charity based in Oxford, providing palliative, end-of-life, symptom management and bereavement care to life-limited children and their families. We foster a climate where team members feel able to openly question, debate and appropriately challenge their own and the practice of others. We pride ourselves on being a welcoming, talented, friendly, and supportive team who strongly believe in the importance of building positive and consistent relationships between the families we work with and social workers, together with the multi-disciplinary team and statutory partners.

The part-time Social Worker role has been created to accommodate increased complexity of demand. As a Social Worker you will be providing specialist psychological, emotional, and social support to patients and families whose lives are impacted by illness, loss, and grief. Your excellent interpersonal and organisational skills, and a clear understanding of the holistic needs of patients and families living with life-limiting illness will come into play when formulating accurate assessments of need. From assessments and planning to delivery and review, your passion for achieving positive outcomes for our children and families will shine through!

As part of a multi-disciplinary team, you will have a wonderful opportunity to influence the shaping, development, and delivery of care that inspires and motivates patients and staff. Experience of working with people with complex needs would greatly benefit you in this role, however what is crucial is a genuine wish to work collaboratively with children and their families to make a real, lasting difference.

If you hold a recognised social worker qualification with experience in a relevant healthcare environment, we would love to hear from you. While we can accommodate some flexible working in line with the service needs, there will be a requirement to be able to travel independently. This position is part-time for 26.5 hours per week.

Helen & Douglas House offer the following benefits:

  • 27 days holiday plus bank holidays, rising to 28 days after 3 years, and 29 days after 5 years of service.
  • We are a direction agency for the NHS Pension Scheme.
  • Eye care voucher scheme.
  • Cycle to work scheme.
  • Occupational sick pay and maternity pay.
  • Enhanced maternity leave and shared paternity leave.
  • A flexible working environment.
  • Subsidised staff dining facilities.
  • Investment in your CPD.
  • Employee Assistance Programme.
  • Recommend a friend scheme.

For further queries, please contact the Recruitment Team at

Please note that everyone working for Helen & Douglas House are required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service check. Helen & Douglas House is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We are an equal opportunities employer and value the benefits of a diverse workforce. We positively encourage applications from all areas of the community.

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