Social Worker Team

We have a dedicated team of Social Workers who provide a range of support and services for people affected by HIV and/or Hepatitis.

The Team

Karen Hamlin
Carol Clayton
Thea Williams

How can we help?

We are committed to basic principles:

  • Maximising health and independence
  • Empowering people to make choices
  • Providing support to access resources
  • Respecting peoples’ right to confidentiality
  • Working with people to make informed decisions


The support on offer is tailored to each individual but can include emotional support regarding testing, diagnosis and treatment; assessment of need under social care legislation (Care Act 2014); referral for equipment and adaptations to maintain independence; information and advice for family members; support, advice and onward referral around lifestyle changes (e.g. for drug or alcohol problems); liaison and advocacy with other agencies; practical support and advice regarding housing and benefits.

With permission, the social workers will work closely with other people involved in your care, such as doctors and nurses, to make sure that you receive the best care available to you. The social work service is confidential and information will only be shared with your consent.

How can I arrange an appointment with a social worker?

An appointment can be arranged through the specialist nursing team. Please talk to your nurse (telephone: 0114 2711882) if you would like to see the social workers. Or you can call the Social Workers directly on 0114 2734984.

Where do appointments with the social workers take place?

Appointments with the Social Workers can take place at Howden House (1 Union Street, Sheffield S1 2SH), at the hospital clinic, or at peoples’ homes.