Social Worker /Social Work Assistant - Discharge, Assessment and Response Team

Posted on 6 June 2023
  • Directorate BHCC: Health & Adult Social Care
  • Salary £35,411 - £38,296
  • Contract Permanent
  • Closing Date This vacancy has closed


Newhaven Downs / Royal Sussex County Hospital

Job Summary

  • Job reference
  • Positions available
  • Working hours
    1 x Full time / 2 x Part Time
  • Closing date

    This vacancy has closed

  • Job category
    Social Work - Adults
  • Organisation
    Brighton & Hove City Council

Job introduction

Brighton and Hove is a vibrant and exciting place to live and work and an opportunity has arisen to join the Discharge, Assessment and Response social work team, based at the Royal Sussex County Hospital.

We are recruiting: 

1 x Full Time, 37 hours per week - acute hospital

1 x Part Time, 32 hours per week - acute hospital

1 x Part Time, 18.5 hours per week - Newhaven Downs

The team work with people in the acute setting as well as those in community settings after a period of time in hospital. This can be either in health beds whilst the person is benefitting from rehab or in the person’s home. We also work with those who need support to prevent a hospital admission including playing a role at the front door of the hospital by working with our health colleagues in the Emergency Department.

We are a friendly and supportive team working in a busy environment; although working under pressure we maintain high professional standards of practice and are committed to ongoing professional development. We are looking to recruit to three posts; the successful candidates will be based in the acute side of our team, although they may be expected to work across all settings in line with the changing demands of the system to enable discharge from our service in a safe and timely manner. 

Interview date: To be Confirmed.

For an informal discussion, please contact Neil Cooper, Operations Manager, mobile: 07808 717389

About the role

About you:

We are looking for one full-time and two part-time qualified social workers with strong assessment and communication skills, an excellent knowledge of relevant legislation, such as the Care Act and Mental Capacity Act, and who enjoy working in a fast-paced, multi-disciplinary setting.

Alongside our health colleagues the successful candidate will:

  • Work with individuals, families and carers in accordance with relevant statutory legislation and will embed consideration of strengths and relationship-based practice into their assessment processes.
  • Be confident in their knowledge and experience of safeguarding vulnerable adults and the assessment of risk.
  • Understand the importance of information and advice in supporting people to maintain their own independence and wellbeing.

As part of your application, you will need to complete your education and work history and provide answers to some shortlisting questions. Your answers to the shortlisting questions are the most important part of your application as they will be used in the shortlisting process to assess whether you meet the essential requirements for the role that are set out in the person specification and to decide whether you should be offered an interview. Before you start your application, please read our guidance here (Shortlisting questions guidance ( as this gives important advice which will increase your chance of success in the shortlisting process.

Additional information

Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is less than 37 hours or term-time only.

Work Permits: We may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Points-based Immigration System. Please see for more information on the Skilled Worker Visa.

Part office / part home – hybrid -  We are a workplace that supports flexibility and employee wellbeing in the way we work whilst providing the best service for our customers. Team and service working arrangements are designed to support both employee work life balance and team collaboration. These would be part of your individual working arrangements alongside any personal preference agreed with your manager in advance of joining.

*For more information about our values and the benefits of working at the council, visit Why work for us (

Company information

Please note that this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, and is subject to a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Check.

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Our city is known and loved for its diversity. Not only is the mixture of people, culture and skills vital to the economic and social development of the city, it's what makes Brighton & Hove such a great place to live, work and visit. We are committed to developing and retaining a workforce that is representative of the diverse communities we serve so we welcome applications from individuals from all backgrounds. In order to achieve our aims of proportionate representation, we particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as disabled, male or trans.

Find out more about our commitment to being a fair and inclusive place to work where everyone can achieve their potential by reading about our fair and inclusive actions, our anti-racism strategy and the work we are doing to encourage a diverse workforce (


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