Adults' social workers Northern Hospital Teams

We are looking for experienced Adults’ social workers who are passionate about making a difference to join our Northern Hospital Teams.
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We are looking for experienced Adults’ social workers who are passionate about making a difference to join our Northern Hospital Teams.

About us

Our story

Our story

At West Sussex we want our customers to live good, ordinary lives in the place they call home, with the people that they have grown to appreciate and enjoy.

We start by listening to the person, being curious about what they consider to be a good life and asking how we can work with them to achieve this.

You will be responsible for building trusted relationships, having conversations with people based on what matters the most to them and what they can do to enable them to lead and remain as independent for as long as possible and connecting them to the wider networks of support.

You will increase people’s self-esteem, enabling them to keep their dignity and understand their needs in the least intrusive way. You will work with them in their best interests by actively listening and respecting the diversity of the people you are working with.

We recognise that people are the experts in their own lives and communicate respectfully with them and about them. We think creatively and in challenging circumstances. We listen and do not exclude or oppress. We reflect on our practice and we are constantly learning.

If this sounds like you, then please read on...

A message from our Head of Service

A message from our Head of Service

Wendy Shepherd

My name is Wendy Shepherd and I lead the Hospital Social Work Services across West Sussex, as well as our Combined Placement and Sourcing Team.

I am very proud of my teams, particularly of what they have achieved during the pandemic. We deliver a unique service in West Sussex and we have fully embraced the discharge to assess model and work hard to ensure people have a timely discharge from hospital to the environment that is best for them.

They will have a social care assessment, which focuses on their strengths and abilities, and we support people to maintain their independence and to remain living at home wherever possible.

We have excellent relationships with our health partners across West Sussex and together we embrace a culture of collaboration and person-centred practice. Social work is a truly valued profession within these partnerships.

Good quality practice underpins our success along with a constant desire to learn and improve the services that we offer to the residents of West Sussex.

Please do get in touch if you want to know more about what we do and the career opportunities we have available, we would love to hear from you.

Wendy Shepherd, Head of Health, Hospitals and Sourcing

Why work for us



Adults’ Social Worker benefits include:

  • annual leave of up to 29 days, plus the ability to buy additional annual leave
  • an excellent local government pension scheme - life insurance is equal to three times your salary for those in the pension scheme
  • flexible and mobile working opportunities supported by our technology
  • access to our high quality essential training and continuous professional development opportunities which can be tailored to your needs
  • fees paid for all social workers up to Grade 12 through Social Work England
  • fantastic support for you and your family, including tax-free childcare scheme, career breaks and access to health and financial wellbeing schemes and benefits
  • a range of commuting and business travel discounts and initiatives, including car leasing.

Further information can be found on our Rewards and benefits page.

Learning and development

Learning and development

Our progression pathways allow individual social workers to choose their own career path, so they can make the most of their experience while working in West Sussex.

All of our social workers are provided with the opportunity to progress from a qualified social worker to senior social worker through a portfolio route. Each is provided with a framework of support, workshops and assessment in order to achieve this.

We value our social work staff and have a track record of supporting further progression to senior practitioner and management roles, providing a management development programme to support this.

The learning and development offer for social workers includes a comprehensive programme of internal and external opportunities.

“We want West Sussex to support social workers to reach their full potential, to encourage them to progress and develop. If social workers feel supported and have the right level of development for them, then their experience of working in West Sussex is more likely to be both rewarding and fulfilling.”

Principal Social Worker for Adults’ Services

Roles and locations

There are various roles across the hospital teams:

  • Senior Social Work Practitioners (Grade 11) £36,922 - £39,880
  • Senior Social Workers (Grade 10) £32,910 - £35,745
  • Social Workers (Grade 9) £29,577 - £32,234
  • Assistant Care Managers (Grade 6 to 7) £20,903 - £25,481

We also offer support to newly qualified social workers to complete our assessed and supported year in employment (ASYE) programme.

Our social work teams are based at:

  • East Surrey Hospital in Redhill
  • Crawley Hospital
  • Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath.

Further south, there are also hospital social work teams based at Worthing General Hospital and St. Richards in Chichester.

About you and the role

In these varied and challenging roles, you will work with both Health and Social Care colleagues to provide an excellent social work service. You will have a real focus on strengths-based approaches and community led support, working hard to support people to regain their skills and independence following their hospital admission, wherever possible.

You will be solution-focused with the ability to think creatively. With highly developed communication skills, you will also be excellent at working collaboratively and in partnership with others to be able to achieve the best outcomes.


We are looking for the following roles:

  • Senior social work practitioners
  • Senior social workers
  • Social workers.

More information on other requirements for specific roles are available in our job adverts.

View and apply for Adults’ social worker roles in our Northern Hospitals. (external link)

All roles will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check.

If you would like an informal conversation about our opportunities, please contact Deborah Clay on 033 022 28650 or 07540 641803 or email

Staff stories

Jess Green

Jess Green

Jess Green shares her experiences of working for Northern Hospitals Team.

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See other interviews with Raje and Luke who both work in our Northern Hospitals social work teams.

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