Social Work

Our Social Workers can support patients, their families and carers with many of the practical areas of life that having a palliative care diagnosis can have an impact on, and also provide emotional support where needed too.

The social workers at Dorothy House are trained social workers who are registered with Social Work England. Holding a range of experience in social work practice, they are able to support with many areas of life that having a palliative care diagnosis can impact on. We focus on social work values, including being person centred and empowering people to take control of their own lives, and to make their own decisions about their care.

How can we support you?

Whether you need emotional support, support with finding care or advocating for patient or family needs with other professionals, our social workers can be there to support. We also help with practical issues such as housing and signposting to other services.

Navigating and speaking with many different services can be daunting, especially social care services and health services that you may never have contacted before. Our social workers are able to support you in navigating these services, and with coordinating your care.

We support patients and family, friends and carers, both pre and post bereavement.


Our social work team also leads on safeguarding issues within the organisation. All teams discuss any worries or concerns with the social work team and we are able to advise, refer on or support where needed. Concerns can be anything from domestic abuse to self-neglect or physical abuse.

We work closely with the local councils on safeguarding concerns, and all have a wealth of knowledge in safeguarding processes.

More information on safeguarding


Your Nurse Specialist or Dorothy House contact can refer you to the Family Support Team or you can contact us.

If you would like further information or would like to speak to a member of the social work team, please contact us.

Phone: 0345 0130 555