About Social Work

​​​Picture of a group of people's hands being held together​​Social workers are key members of all UHN programs and services. They are experts regarding the social determinants of health and well-being and enable people to access their right to care, to benefit from care and to thrive in their lives.

Social workers complete psycho-social ​​assessments that consider each individual in their unique circumstances and environment including their suppo​rts, both formal and informal. A social worker helps patients, families and caregivers cope with the impact of an illness or hospitalization from an emotiona​l, financial and practical perspective. They provide support and counselling and can h​elp facilitate access to community services. Social workers also help foster communication among patients, families, car​egivers and staff so that patient wishes and needs are heard.

To speak with a social worker a patient, family member, or significant other can ask any member of the health care team to make a referral. Social workers are available to assist patients, and their families, extended families and others who play a supportive role in a patient's life.


UHN is a work place where you will enjoy the unique challenges of your chosen field, create and engage in best practices, and you will be at the heart of facilities bringing the world new health care​ innovations. 

Find out more at UHN Careers.

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