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  • Role title

    Medical Social Worker

  • Purpose of the role

    To provide a direct social work service to patients and relatives who are dealing with the practical and psychosocial impact of illness. Key services include counselling, risk and need assessments, accessing community resources and entitlements, and arranging safe effective discharge from hospital. This role/grade will be assigned on a rotation basis within the Social Work department.

  • Department

    Medical Social Work

  • Directorate


  • Key reports

    Principal Social Worker

  • Grade

    Professionally Qualified Social Worker

  • Salary scale

    €42,157 - €61,288 (LSI x 1)

  • Annual leave per annum

    29 Days

  • Hours per week

    37 hours

  • Job reference number


  • Enquiries to

    Ms Paula Markey, Principal Social Worker; Phone: 01 410 3642; Email: 

  • Closing date


    • To provide supportive counselling to patients and families while assessing their presenting needs, their community and social supports and any possible risks at hand.
    • To complete Psychosocial Assessments and care plans in response to specific referrals, and to document same in the patient’s healthcare record for the relevant multidisciplinary teams.
    • To work with patient/family to implement the Care Plan in an effective and timely manner.
    • To actively engage in multidisciplinary team work and case consultations, at a hospital and community level as needed, in order to implement comprehensive care plans for patients.
    • To evaluate one’s practice in accordance with evidence-based standards and to initiate improvements.
    • To keep high standards of record keeping in line with the guidelines of the Hospital and the Social Work Department.
    • To carry out home visits when needed.
    • To engage in regular supervision in accordance with departmental policies and to commit to a plan for ongoing professional development.
    • To contribute to any research projects involving the Social Work Department.
    • To carry out any other duties appropriate to the office as may be assigned to him/her by the Principal Medical Social Worker.

    * The above Role Profile is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all duties involved and consequently the post holder may be required to perform other duties as appropriate to the post which may be assigned to him/her from time to time and to contribute to the development of the post while in office. This Role Profile will be subject to review in the light of changing circumstances.

  • Required

    Candidates for appointment must:

    (i) Be registered as a Medical Social Worker by the Health and Social Care Professionals Council at CORU.


    (ii) Candidates must have the requisite knowledge and ability (including a high standard of suitability and professional ability) for the proper discharge of the duties of the office


    (iii) Provide proof of Statutory Registration on the Social Worker Register maintained by the Health and Social Care Professionals Registration Board at CORU before a contract of employment can be issued.

    Annual registration

    (i) On appointment, practitioners must maintain annual registration on the Health and Social Care Professionals Register maintained by the Health and Social Care Professionals Registration Board at CORU


    (ii) Practitioners must confirm annual registration with CORU to Human Resources, St James’s Hospital by way of the annual Patient Safety Assurance Certificate (PSAC)


    • A minimum of 2 years post qualifying experience in social work or one year’s experience in an acute medical setting
  • Required

    • Knowledge of social work theories and application of theories in practice.
    • Understanding of the role of social worker in medical setting.
    • Understanding of relevant legislation, guidelines and code of ethics that impact on clinical practice.
  • The following ‘Descriptors’ are a further clarification of the behaviours required. Candidates should use these descriptors as a guide when assessing their suitability for this role and also when preparing an example of where they have demonstrated this competency in the past for inclusion in the required Standard Application Form (SAF). Further information relating to the Competency Based Framework.

    Team Player (Level 1)

    • Knows when and where to ask for help
    • Balances listening to others’ ideas with sharing own thoughts
    • Is flexible and responsive to the wider needs of the team

    Quality and Safety Service (Level 1 & 2)

    • Strives to achieve results in quality and safety
    • Is flexible/adaptable to meet unexpected demands
    • Anticipates potential challenges/ complications; is proactive rather than reactive

    Planning and Organisation (Level 1)

    • Does appropriate research when encountering new situations
    • Utilises established systems and processes for prioritising and delivering on tasks

    Problem Solving and Decision Making (Level 1)

    • Demonstrates a reflective approach when dealing with problems, carefully evaluating different options/solutions
    • Reasons systematically and logically through issues
  • A level of proficiency in the English language, written and spoken, is a requirement of all roles within St James’s Hospital. You will be required to self assess your proficiency level in the Standard Application Form. In addition, your proficiency in spoken English will be assessed during the interview process appropriate to the role available.

    1. The appointment to this post will be Temporary, Full Time & Pensionable
    2. Annual leave allowance is 29 Days per annum
    3. The person appointed must not give less than 1 month's notice, in writing, of intention to resign
    4. Normal working hours will be 37 hours per week.
    5. You will be required to work the agreed roster / on call arrangements advised to you by your line manager. Your contracted hours of work are liable to change between the hours of 8.00am - 8pm over seven days to meet the requirements for extended day services in accordance with the terms of the Framework Agreement
    1. The Hospital Board will not be responsible for the loss or theft of personal belongings.
    2. Fire orders must be observed and staff must complete fire training every 2 years.
    3. All accidents within the department must be reported immediately.
    4. In accordance with the “Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005”, all staff must comply with all safety regulations.
    5. St James's Hospital is a tobacco free Campus. The use of tobacco or electronic cigarettes is not permitted within the hospital buildings or on the grounds.
  • In the course of your employment you may have access to or hear information concerning the medical or personal affairs of patients and/or staff, or other health services business. Such records and information are strictly confidential and unless acting on the instructions of an authorised officer, on no account must information concerning staff, patients or other health service business be divulged or discussed except in the performance of normal duty. In addition records must never be left in such a manner that unauthorised persons can obtain access to them and must be kept in safe custody when no longer required.

  • A candidate for and any person holding the office must be fully competent and capable of undertaking the duties attached to the office and be in a state of health such as would indicate a reasonable prospect of ability to render regular and efficient service.

  • It is the responsibility of all staff across the hospital to ensure that infection control and hygiene standards are adhered to and maintained at all times.

    • Approval to hire (VAF process).
    • Hiring manager – role profile.
    • Advertising.
    • Application process.
    • Shortlisting of candidates will be based on information provided.
    • Interview process.
    • All applicants who move to the 2nd stage of the selection process (i.e. post interview) will be subject to reference checking X 2, self-declaration, Garda clearance and Occupational Health screening (questionnaire).
    • All external successful candidates who take up appointment will be required to attend a Mandatory Induction Programme.
    • The Standard Application Form (SAF) is available to download on this page.
    • Alternatively, please contact the Human Resources for an application form, Phone: (01) 416 2559 or Email:   
    • Please note closing date above for receipt of completed application forms.
    • Shortlisting of Candidates will be based on information provided.
    • Curriculum vitaes (CVs) will not be accepted.

    A panel may be formed from which future vacancies will be filled. St James's Hospital is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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