Hospital Discharge Worker

Employment
Contract Type: 
Fixed term
Hours: 
Full time
Application deadline: 
Friday, 28 January, 2022 - 09:00
Based: 
Sunderland
Fixed Salary
£17,617
Per Annum
Employer: 
Age UK Sunderland

J O B   V A C A N C Y

Hospital Discharge Workers x 3

35 hours per week, £17,617 per annum

1 Year Fixed Term Contract

The pandemic has had a significant negative impact on older people when they are discharged from hospital. An exciting opportunity has arisen to expand Age UK Sunderland’s successful hospital discharge service.

Hospital discharge workers provide short-term practical help in older people’s homes following discharge from hospital, which includes shopping, light housework and companionship support.

The successful candidate will require a flexible approach to work. You must demonstrate empathy for older people and an understanding of issues that affect them. Possess a full, clean driving licence and have access to a car for work is essential.

 

Job Description

Post: Hospital Discharge Worker

Responsible To: CIT Living Well Link Manager

Location: Sunderland Royal Hospital

Purpose of Post

To work with the Manager to deliver Age UK Sunderland’s successful hospital discharge service to provide support for people aged 50 and over when they are discharged from hospital without a formal care package or carer.

Job Description

• To liaise with hospital staff and social work teams to target appropriate referrals to the hospital discharge service

• To visit clients on the wards and in the hospital discharge lounge as appropriate

• To support with the transition of clients from hospital to home

• To visit clients in their home to undertake light house work, shopping and or companionship duties and other identified appropriate support.

• Report to the Manager any issues concerning the client on and after discharge from hospital

• To promote and encourage client’s independence wherever possible

• To refer or signpost clients to appropriate Age UK Sunderland and partner services

• Keep client records accurate and up to date

• To advertise and promote the service

• Assist in an effective monitoring and evaluation of the service

• Assist in monitoring health and wellbeing outcomes of clients

• To maintain strict confidentiality at all times

• To adhere to GDPR requirements at all times

• To ensure appropriate risk assessments are in place and adhere to the organisations Lone Worker Policy

• To act as a safeguarding alerter for the organisation

• To abide by and implement all policies and procedures of Age UK Sunderland, including being aware corporately and as an individual for Health and Safety.

• To undertake all reasonable tasks in keeping with the level of responsibility of the post as requested by the Director

 

Person Specification

Post: Hospital Discharge Worker

Responsible To: CIT Living Well Link Manager

Location: Sunderland Royal Hospital

Essential Criteria

• Understand the pressures and difficulties facing older people on discharge from hospital

• A good level of education

• Have experience of working with older people providing practical support

• Be able to work flexibly and with motivation

• Have the ability to carry out light manual tasks including housework and shopping

• Have excellent verbal and written communication skills working with a number of partners.

• Have excellent organisational skills

• Have record keeping skills

• Be honest, reliable, and trustworthy and maintain confidentiality at all times

• Be I.T. literate with experience of word processing and database

• Car user and use of own transport essential

 

This post is subject to an Enhanced DBS check

To request an application pack you can email enquiries@ageuksunderland.org.uk or download one directly from our website www.ageuksunderland.org.uk. Alternatively send a large SAE for 93p to Age UK Sunderland, Bradbury Centre, Stockton Rd, Sunderland. SR2 7AQ. Tel: 0191 5141131. CV’s are not accepted for this role.

Closing Date: Friday 28th January 2022 at 9.00 am

Interview Date: Wednesday 2nd February 2022