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Associate Care Practitioner (with Social Work Background)

Care Directorate
Full time: £43,994-£50,806 (based on the FT equivalent Inclusive of HCA) /Part Time hours to be considered (22.5 per week – 0.6 FTE)
Permanent - Full Time or Part Time
Full time & Part time
Closing date:
24 January 2022

Associate Care Practitioner (with Social Work Background)

Please note, salary will be determined on service within the role

Your new role

The Single Point of Contact is an important team in St Christopher’s. It is the front door of our services and the engine room of care coordination for the people who use our services. We are passionate about using a multi professional approach to holistically supporting our patients and their carers.

We are looking for an Associate Care Practitioner with a social work background, to join our multi-disciplinary team comprising of Consultant doctors and nurses, therapists and support staff to work in our Single Point of Contact (SPoC). 

Your role will be to support our holistic service offer by adding your expertise as a social worker to telephone and video assessments with patients. This will include managing urgent concerns and issues including directing calls to the appropriate part of the service. This might be to the Specialist Palliative Care Services based in the community, Doctors, Wellbeing and Rehabilitation Service, Centre Services or Social Work Department.

The Single Point of Contact also takes all incoming calls from patients and carers already under the care of St Christopher's. 

SPoC is open from 7.30am – 21.00pm each day Monday to Friday and from 9.00-17.00 on Saturdays and Sundays – we are flexible in our approach to working hours and location after a period of time.

To succeed in this role

We are currently looking for a dynamic, committed and enthusiastic registered social workers who strive to deliver care that is empowering to both the patient and to those around them to enable them to be the best they can be.  

If you are;

  • able to work autonomously, but in the knowledge that you have an experienced and supportive multidisciplinary team behind you comprising a Consultant Doctor, a Consultant Nurse and a variety of healthcare professionals with a varied background?
  • Solutions focussed, goal oriented, a great team player and able to develop close working relationships with the wider health economy including GPs and the Primary Care Networks in which they operate, Community Nurses and the third sector will be a key to the success of the service.
  • able to undertake or willingness to develop skills in comprehensive assessments of patients with life limiting illness and palliative care needs, recognising who can best support their needs using a goal centred approach and formulate care plans and preferences for care including the patient and family and preferences
  • Passionate about looking after people and driving positive change to support your patients and carers;
  • Able to ‘go the extra mile’
  • Confident, influential and with excellent customer service skills;
  • Excellent communicator & able to use advanced clinical reasoning
  • Keen to develop and learn
  • Have a can do attitude
  • Possess a full driving licence and have access to their own vehicle.

Benefits of joining St Christopher’s

  • You will gain a stimulating and rewarding career with an opportunity to influence and make a real difference in the community
  • Access to excellent training and development opportunities
  • A number of health and wellbeing schemes
  • A competitive contributory pension scheme and life assurance scheme with generous beneficiary plan
  • Access to plenty of free local street parking.

What you need to do now if you are interested and would like to know more please contact; Jan Thirkettle Consultant Nurse-  or  Katie Scott - Community Team Lead  or  visit  our website for further information on all aspects of St Christopher’s at and to apply for this position, please click the ‘Apply Online’ button below.

Closing Date:        23rd January 2022 at midnight 

Interview Date: 4th February 2022


Apply online
For any queries, please contact our recruitment line on 0208 768 4680

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