Principal Social Worker

Hampstead, North London
£30,460 - £40,157 plus LW
27 Feb 2012
07 Mar 2012
Full Time
Contract Type

Marie Curie mainly cares for people with cancer but we also care for people with other life limiting illnesses. Our services are always free of charge to patients and their families. The charity is known for its nine hospices across the UK along with its network of Marie Curie nurses working in the community to provide end-of-life care for patients in their own homes.

We employ more than 2,700 nurses, doctors and other health care professionals and expect to provide care to around 29,000 terminally ill patients in the community and in our hospices this year, along with support for their families.

Financially, around 70 per cent of the charity's income comes from the generous support of thousands of individuals, membership organisations and businesses, with the balance of our funds coming from the NHS.

Marie Curie Hospice Hampstead is a leading provider of specialist palliative care for people with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. We aim to give patients the best possible quality of life, meeting all their medical, spiritual and social needs, while also providing their families with all the emotional support they need.
The hospice comprises 34 Inpatient beds, mainly en suite and a large Outpatient and Rehabilitation unit, seeing in excess of 1,200 patients annually.

We are currently seeking a Principle Social Worker to join our team.

Ideally you will have experience within a Palliative care setting or can demonstrate a high level of knowledge of palliative care and will also have previous team management experience. It is important that you can lead the service development process for the Family Support team to ensure team goals and developments are aligned with the strategic plan

The role involves both the management of a team and caseloads, so you will need to be organised, flexible and have good communication skills.

This post requires working within a multi disciplinary team and also with the social work teams in the community and at hospitals, so collaborative working is important to the role.

Duties include:

• Report to the Hospice Manager and to be a member of the hospice senior management team.
• To be accountable for the management of the Patient and Family Support Team, which comprises social workers, bereavement service, counsellors, art therapy, chaplaincy and volunteers associated with these services, providing emotional, social and practical support for children and families, this will include anticipatory grief
• Provide professional leadership for the team whilst ensuring social work practice meets regulatory and best practice requirements.
• To be responsible for own case loads (approximately 50% of the role)
• To be the professional lead for Safeguarding Adults and Children and provide advice to colleagues as required and ensure, where appropriate, external agencies are involved
• Actively contribute to the senior management team meetings and support the hospice manager in developing and delivering the strategic plan objectives.
• To provide professional and clinical supervision for the Patient and Family Support team.
• To ensure all staff have regular 1-2-1's and that the Charity's policy for Personal Plan for Review and Development (appraisals) is followed and implemented.
• To ensure that volunteers have regular support through group supervision.
• To work within the wider multi disciplinary hospice team (clinical, medical, allied health professionals and the support teams)
• To be involved in work at a national level in assisting with the development of policies, research and best working practice within the nine hospices
• To be involved on the out of hours ‘on call' rota.

Key Relationships:

• Hospice Manager.
• Hospice Senior Management Team.
• Regional Volunteer Manager.
• Regional Human Resources Manager
• Hospice and National Fundraising Teams.
• Medical Director and Medical Team.
• Wider Multi Disciplinary Team.


• Salary: £30,460 - £40,157 plus LW
• 27 days holiday plus statutory days.
• Stakeholder Pension (or if transferring from the NHS this can be rolled over).
• Hours of work 37.5 Monday - Friday. Occasional requirement for weekends
• Five days study leave.
• Parking on site.
• Bike, computer and season ticket loan.
• Subsidised canteen.
• Great working environment.
• Career progression - talent programme.
• Ongoing training, In Service training and bursary scheme.

For more information about the role and organisation please contact Sarah Pope at Hays Social Care on 020 8477 3660 or email Please also visit or click on the 'Apply now' button to access our online application site.  

Interviews will be held on the 6th March - times tbc

This post is subject to Enhanced CRB disclosure and references

Marie Curie Cancer Care aims to be an employer of choice and is committed to equal opportunities.