Social Worker – Health Interface Service (HIS)

Social Worker – Health Interface Service (HIS)

Somerset County Council
  • Full Time
  • Salary: £29,636 - £33,799 per annum
  • Closing date: Wednesday August 14th, 2019 11:59pm
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Adults & Health – Health Interface Service

37 hours per week

Salary: £29,636 – £33,799 per annum

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About us

Our focus is to promote independence for everyone – so that people can do the things that matter most to them and live the life they want to live in their own home for as long as possible. We are doing things differently to put the person at the centre of everything we do and to look creatively at how we can meet people’s needs following a hospital admission in a better way. We want to offer a consistent, quality service, 7 days a week. We will give you the freedom to be innovative, to influence change and to really touch people’s lives – you can Do it your way.

About the job

We are looking for qualified (HCPC registered) Social Workers who are not afraid to do things differently to create support that is better for people.

You will work a flexible shift pattern across 7 days a week, Mon-Fri 8.30am-8pm and Sat and Sun 9am-4pm with your future colleagues who are friendly and very supportive. The 7 day service began operations in October 2018 so you have the opportunity to work hours that suit you as long as the new out of hours service is covered.

Working as part of the multi-disciplinary team, supporting people to get back to their home whenever possible and as quickly as possible as soon as they are able.

You will be expected to work with patients, families and our community networks to agree creative solutions to help people return and remain at home. You will work closely with health colleagues to provide better outcomes for people and improve the patient experience.

About you

You will provide really useful information and advice to people and their families and you will have conversations with people to identify what they are worried about or what they want to achieve, what support they already have and what they need. You will advise them on the best local services and solutions to suit the person’s needs. It is your role to encourage people to be independent, to help them grow their confidence and make the most of the support available in their local community.

You will make connections in the area that you are based, and you will work in partnership with local organisations to achieve the best outcomes for local people.

You will be expected to be flexible in your work base and to be willing to travel within the area of Somerset where you work, you will be covering the acute hospital as well as the community hospitals in the area and potentially working within admission avoidance as well.

You will need to be:

  • Innovative and forward thinking
  • Motivated and passionate
  • Creative and solution focused to support people to be independent
  • Able to make things happen and work at pace
  • Able to travel around the county (and sometimes outside) to carry out assessments and reviews.

Additional information

For further information about this role, please contact Rachel Dinning, Locality Manager, on 07977410726 or via email –

If uploading a CV please also include a supporting statement confirming how you meet the criteria.

As this is a rolling advert, applications/CV’s will be reviewed prior to the closing date and interviews may be scheduled before the vacancy has closed, therefore, immediate application is recommended.

What we’ll offer in return

We are proud to offer an environment that is supportive and rewarding, working as part of a team who are passionate about the work they do. We offer great training and development opportunities, with supportive management. We offer an excellent benefits package to all of our employees, to name a few; generous annual leave and flexible working arrangements, a Local Government Pension scheme, flexible benefits scheme via salary sacrifice, My Staff Shop discounts for online shopping, insurance benefits, gym discount, and employee wellbeing services to support a healthy work/life balance and lifestyle.

Somerset County Council is subject to Part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016) and therefore the ability to speak fluent English will be an essential requirement for customer-facing roles.

Please note if an internal applicant who is at risk of redundancy or in need of redeployment has applied for this role and passed the selection process they will be offered the role over remaining internal and external applicants.

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Closing date: 14 August 2019

This post requires a criminal background check via the Disclosure procedure.