Lead for counselling and bereavement

Categories: Community Engagement.

Salary:  £26,804.45 – £28,530.02 dependant on qualifications and experience

Full-time: 37.5 hours per week, with occasional requirement for some weekend working (job share may be considered)

St Giles Hospice provides high-quality, individual care for local people living with cancer and other serious illnesses, as well as support for their families and helpers. Care is offered in a variety of ways according to the individual’s needs. Services are offered from three sites, Whittington, Sutton Coldfield and Walsall. Services include a team of community-based St Giles specialist nurses, two state-of-the-art in-patient facilities, day hospice, hospice at home team, bereavement support, education and training, and an internationally renowned Lymphoedema clinic. There is no charge to patients for the specialist services we offer. We receive funding from the NHS but primarily we rely on fundraising activities and legacies, together with trading activities (including a care agency) to support our work. The St Giles group employs over 400 paid staff and over 1,400 volunteers.

St Giles Hospice Family Support and Bereavement Team provide support and counselling to patients and their families who are facing or have been bereaved. The team have an excellent reputation for delivering innovative and excellent clinical services.

We are an integrated team seeking to appoint a passionate, skilled and experienced counsellor to the position of Lead for Counselling and Bereavement. You will support the development and enhancement of St Giles’s reputation for providing innovative and excellent family support and bereavement services. This is an exciting challenge for an individual able to make a difference.

The successful candidate will be a qualified counsellor with BACP accreditation (or working towards).  As part of the integrated Family Support and Bereavement team you will work alongside colleagues to assess and meet the varying psycho social needs of patients and family members. As a team member you will contribute to a positive supportive working environment with an emphasis on team work and cooperation.  We have a strong belief in collaborative, preventative, community based services that promote resilience.

It is anticipated that the work plan will be 60% clinical (counselling / supervision / clinical management), 20% Service Development and 20% Education and Teaching. The clinical caseload will include working with individuals (adults and children) and family groups both pre and post bereavement. The role will be based at St Giles Hospice in Whittington but will involve being out and about in the community.

St Giles Hospice office excellent terms and conditions including excellent support and opportunities for training and personal development, free parking and the facility to buy and sell annual leave.  

Informal enquiries welcome, please contact Nikki Archer, Director of Supportive Care on 01543 434536

To apply: Go to our website www.stgileshospice.com; follow the link to our recruitment page; an application form and job description can be downloaded.

Closing date for applications: Friday 27th May 2016, 12 noon

Proposed interview date: 9th June 2016

All correspondence in response to applications will be sent via email. 

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