RQ838 Medical Social Worker

Job Title & Grade: Medical Social Worker Part Time 0.5
Campaign Reference: RQ838
Closing Date : 4th January 2024
Proposed Interview Date: Week Commencing 8th January 2024
Taking Up Appointment: February 2024

Informal enquires: cwinters@peamount.ie

Location of Post: Peamount Healthcare, Newcastle, Co. Dublin
Details of Service:

Peamount Healthcare is an independent voluntary organisation that provides a range of high-quality health and social care services. We help people return home after a serious illness, we provide safe and homely residential care for those who need it, and we support people to live as independently as possible in the community.

Peamount Healthcare is committed to the following values:

 Person centred – seeing each person as unique, giving them a voice and focusing on ability.

 Respect – creating a supportive environment where everyone is given courteous and respectful care and support.

 Excellence – enabling interdisciplinary teams to deliver high quality integrated care, meaningful outcomes with a focus on continuous improvement.

 Team working – fostering an inclusive, healthy working environment where people are valued and recognised for their individual and shared achievements.

 Quality improvement – supporting teams to embed continuous improvement methodology as part of everything we do.

 Education & Research – partnering with academia to support education, learning, research and evidence-based care.

Reporting Relationship : Principal Social Worker


-The National Qualification in Social Work (NQSW)


– Possess a qualification at least equivalent to the above

– Registration validated by CORU

Purpose of the Post : The purpose of the post is to provide a social work service that seeks to improve the health and social wellbeing of the service users. They will achieve this through the implementation of an accessible, equitable, person-centred service. The Social Worker position requires the successful candidate to work as part of this specialist multidisciplinary team
Eligibility Criteria Qualifications & Experience


  • Must be registered in the Social Workers Register maintained by the Social Workers Registration Board at CORU.
  • Be registered as a Social Worker with CORU
  • The ability to actively participate, promote and encourage communications with the multidisciplinary team and throughout the care setting.
  • Person cantered approach to all work undertaken and familiar with the risk management elements of Social Work practice
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, communication and organizational skills and development of new initiatives
  • Experience of working within a hospital setting
  • Experience of Home Care package and Nursing Home Support Scheme applications
  • Maintain live annual registration on the Social Workers Register maintained by the Social Workers Registration Board at CORU


  • IT skills
  • Safeguarding experience
  • ADM experience
Skills, Competencies and Knowledge
Job Knowledge
  • 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.
  • Demonstrate the ability to ensure a high standard of service is delivered.
  • Demonstrate organisational and planning skills with effective interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Participate as an active member of the Social Work Department.  Attend social work team meetings as required.  
  • Participate in the development, implementation and evaluation of social work policies and procedures for the Social Work Department.  
  • Co-operate with social work and other MDT members in planning, implementing and evaluating service delivery.  
  • Contribute regularly to journal clubs.  Participate as required in service-related working groups, research projects & service committees, as requested/ advised by the Principal Social Worker.  
Caseload/ Service Delivery
  • Take direct responsibility for a defined caseload as directed by the Principal Social Worker 
  • Be responsible for the delivery of the Social Work service to Peamount services based within the Rehabilitation units. 
  • Ensure effective caseload management and prioritisation. 
  • Ensure the implementation of models of best practice/evidence-based practice in the context of multi-disciplinary service delivery.
  • Be competent in discharge planning. 
  • Ensure the delivery of social work services in an integrated and multidisciplinary manner with a range of statutory and voluntary groups and organisations. 
  • Provide counselling and practical support to patients/residents and their families. 
  • Ensure the delivery of social work services in accordance with legislation, policies procedures and protocols. 
  • Keep updated on current and impending legislation and the perceived impact on practice. 
  • Implement and maintain high standards in social work practice. 
  • Comply with supervision requirements as determined by the Principal Social Worker in relation to casework intervention, practice, and work plans. 
  • Provide professional reports as required for service delivery. 
  • Take an active role in an appropriate level of planned professional supervision in accordance with the local/national supervision policy. 
  • Attend relevant meetings, case conferences and care planning meetings. 
  • Ensure that clear, concise social work records are maintained in a professional manner in keeping with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act/GDPR and policy 
  • Participate in the development, implementation and evaluation of Peamount policies and procedures. 
  • Perform such duties as may be assigned from time to time by the Principal Social Worker 
  • Fully comply with  social work national registration requirements within the specified timeframes
Education & Research
  • The Basic Grade Social Worker will be required to maintain a continuous professional development portfolio in line with any registration requirements.
  • Participate in the training and development of staff in other Departments 
  • Be actively involved in student education and supervision as required by the Principal Social Worker 
  • Participate in social work practice teaching 
  • Keep up to date with developments in social work and socials work practice and with changes in policy and legislation as it impacts on social work Promote clinical research to further social work practice. 
  • Participate in social work and MDT research projects 
  • Provide statistical monthly work returns as required by the Principal Social Worker
Principal Duties & Responsibilities
  • The successful candidate will be responsible for delivering the social work service to both patients and residents in Peamount.  He/she will report to the Principal Social Worker
  • The Social Worker will be aware of and work within Peamount’s mission and values statements.
  • Staff are assigned to specialist teams within the Peamount Service.  These attachments can be subject to review by the Principal Social Worker according to the needs of the service.
Campaign Specific Selection Post:

A ranking and or short-listing exercise may be carried out on the basis of information supplied in your CV.  The criteria for ranking and or short listing are based on the requirements of the post as outlined in the eligibility criteria and skills, competencies and/or knowledge section of this job specification.  Therefore, it is very important that you think about your experience in light of those requirements.

Failure to include information regarding these requirements may result in you not being called forward to the next stage of the selection process.

Those successful at the ranking stage of this process (where applied) will be placed on an order of merit and will be called to interview depending on the service needs of the organisation.

Code of Practice:
Peamount will run this campaign in compliance with the Code of Practice prepared by the Commission for Public Service Appointments (CPSA). The Code of Practice sets out how the core principles of probity, merit, equity and fairness might be applied on a principle’s basis. The Code also specifies the responsibilities placed on candidates, facilities for feedback to applicants on matters relating to their application when requested and outlines procedures in relation to requests for a review of the recruitment and selection process and review in relation to allegations of a breach of Code of Practice. Codes of practice are published by the CPSA and are available on www.hse/ie/eng/staff/jobs
Annual registration:

The reform programme outlined for the Health Service may impact on this role and as structures change the job description may be reviewed.

The job description is a guide to the general range of duties assigned to the post holder.  It is intended to be neither definitive or restrictive and is subject to periodic review with the employee concerned.