The Family Support Team is made up of three qualified Social Workers who are employed by the Hospice and registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC). They work within professional codes of conduct and are an integral part of the wider Hospice team.
They provide a social work service to patients, carers and families ensuring their social care needs are met with the aim of maintaining personal wellbeing. Their work is not limited to those on the In-Patient Unit as it also extends to people living in the community.
Some social care needs can be relatively simple for example shopping, housework or laundry but are nonetheless important. Others can be more complex such as on-going place of care, financial or housing issues.
The Family Support Team facilitates safe and timely Hospice discharges by working closely with patients and carers and can arrange formal packages of care.
Safeguarding adults is another aspect of the work of the Family Support Team. This is of paramount importance because the Hospice has a duty of care to protect those who are vulnerable to different forms of abuse.
They also recognise the important role of carers and provide a significant amount of support services for them. Click here to find out more about what they offer.
Specialised support in bereavement is also an important part of the Family Support service. Click here for more information.
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