Children's Bereavement Counsellor

Job Description

Children's Bereavement Counsellor (Children's and Families Support Services)

Salary: Band 6 (Agenda for Change) 32,306 - 39,027 p.a. dependant on experience

Hours of Work: Full Time (37.5 hrs per week). Fixed term 12 months

Closing date: Tuesday 5 th October 2021

Job Overview

This is an exciting opportunity for a full time Band 6 Children's Counsellor to join our well established Children's and Families Support Service (CAFSS) working across South Warwickshire. This Hospice service offers support to children between the ages of 5-18 years and their parents/carers who have either been bereaved or who are facing the loss of someone close to them, with a life limiting illness. The service provides a range of support for young people and their families, including 1-1 support; group work; information and advice; telephone support and support for schools and other professionals.

The role will also be required to support staff working within both the Acute and Hospice setting to provide clinical support and emotional resilience and be able to contribute to the education programme.

The successful candidate will work autonomously to assess individual situations, will support bereavement needs and provide counselling to children throughout the patients end of life journey and into bereavement.

As a Hospice we provide remuneration aligned to the NHS Agenda for Change and offer the NHS pension scheme in certain circumstances. We replicate the NHS annual leave offer where appropriate.

The successful candidate will receive a full induction, receive regular 1:1's and be provided with monthly external clinical supervision.

Main duties

You will possess a Counselling degree or equivalent, Level 5 Diploma in Counselling, recognised by BACP/UKCP. You will have a minimum of 3 years post qualification professional experience in counselling adults and at least 300 supervised hours.

You will possess excellent communication skills and be passionate about supporting individuals encountering loss and bereavement. The ideal candidate will have a strong team work ethic, sense of accountability, accompanied by an ability to work under considerable pressure at times.

You will be required to work closely with colleagues at South Warwickshire Foundation Trust (SWFT), to facilitate early referrals and to provide expert educational resource to assist Acute based staff, who report that often they are not equipped with the skills or confidence to facilitate the sensitive conversations required.

You will need to be able to prioritise work and be prepared to work in a responsive way, offering support on an immediate basis where necessary. You will also need to be able to manage families in crisis.

The post holder will offer support to children, their parents/carers both in the community and on the wards, as deemed most appropriate.

Due to the peripatetic nature of this role, you will need a full driving licence and use of a suitable vehicle is essential.

You should be keen to continuously improve practice and advocate on behalf of the child/younger person.

Information about our Organisation

We are an award-winning Hospice providing outstanding palliative and end of life care for our patients, their families and carers across South Warwickshire. We provide expert support within our local community and patients own homes.

We offer a diverse range of community based services including Hospice at Home & Day Hospice (Adult Community Care), Adult Counselling, Children's and Family Support Services and Transitional Care Services. Our expert care is available to our patients, their families, loved ones and those who matter the most to them. By wrapping our care around the complete support unit we can provide the expertise, compassion and the time that each and every individual deserves.

At the Shakespeare Hospice our core values underpin everything that we do. We take pride in our forward thinking approach, continuously striving to improve the care we provide. Recruiting individuals who can demonstrate our values is important to us.

By clicking apply' you will be taken to our careers page where you will need to download, complete and return an application form to be considered.