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Social work

What the service does

Social work is an important part of the care provided by various different services. Many teams across the Trust include social workers along with other healthcare professionals.

Social workers often work with children and adults who may be vulnerable as a result of illness, disability and/or loss. They may also have experienced abuse or neglect.

Social workers help these vulnerable people by developing support networks in their families and local communities.

All our social work is carried out in the understanding that choice, autonomy and independence are important to everyone, especially the most vulnerable.

  • Regional Emergency Social Work Service (RESWS)

    The Regional Emergency Social Work Service (RESWS) provides an urgent response if you need to talk to a social worker in the evening, at the weekend or on a public holiday.

  • Hospital social work service

    Hospital social workers support patients, carers and families who are dealing with the consequences of illness and/or disability.

    They help patients organise the services they will need when they leave hospital. This ensures patients can be discharged from hospital safely and on time.

    If a patient is unable to return home, our hospital social workers will help them find alternative accommodation such as a nursing or residential home.

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