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Bereavement Counsellor

Job Reference: J315-VC042

Countess Mountbatten Hospice


For over four decades Mountbatten Hampshire (formerly Countess Mountbatten Hospice) have provided outstanding end of lifecare to its community and its services have made a huge impact on many families lives across Hampshire.

The journey towards end of life can be a complex one. Medical advances and changes in family lives mean that the care we provide to our patients and their families constantly evolves to meet the needs and expectations of our Community. Over the last year, Mountbatten Isle of Wight and Mountbatten Hampshire, have developed a unique partnership, with one senior team leading both organisations.

At Mountbatten Hampshire we pride ourselves on delivering the highest standard of care and support to patients and their families, and constantly strive to ensure we reach as many people as possible, whenever and wherever they may need us. The hospice serves a population of approximately 600,000 and covers Southampton, and parts of West Hampshire. We are a registered charity and company, with our community at the heart of our services.

Currently we have a 21 bedded In-Patient Unit (IPU), a large day, self-help and rehabilitation centre, a community nursing team, Psychosocial care & Bereavement service and an education team. However, our services and approach to care are being constantly developed and expanded to meet the growing demands of increasingly complex health issues and the needs of the community we serve.

Bereavement Counsellor

37. 5 hours per week to be worked flexibly in accordance with the needs of the service

Upto £30,500 per annum - Fixed -Term 6 month


About Us:

This is an exciting time to join our team here at Mountbatten Hampshire as we expand our services to support more and more patients, their families, and carers in Hampshire. Our patients are at the heart of everything we do, and we need talented and committed people to join our team to help us grow and develop our services.

If you are looking for a new challenge and the opportunity to make a difference, we would like to hear from you.

About the Role:

We are seeking to appoint an experienced Bereavement Counsellor, for a fixed term period, to support our patients who are living with life limiting conditions and to provide on-going support to their families and carers. You will be responsible:

  • for co-ordinating and efficient and effective bereavement service dedicated to the provisions of high-quality support to bereaved families and carers,
  • for managing a caseload of clients including patients and their families/carers
  • for maintaining your knowledge and skills in the field of bereavement care to inform the service developments in line with professional best practice and research
  • for the supervision of a team of bereavement volunteers at the Hospice
  • for working flexibly within the policy framework of the Hospice with other professionals and the wide Multi-Disciplinary Team

About you:

You will hold a recognised professional qualification with current registration with the BACP. You will also be able to demonstration a commitment to CPD.

You will have experience of providing support to patients, their families, and carers, you will have previous experience of providing bereavement support to children. Your bereavement experiences will ideally have been gained working within the NHS or Hospice or Charity environment.

You ideally will have experience of encouraging teams to challenge the ways of working to improve patient care, whilst maintaining the Hospices values and standards.

You will be able to demonstrate strong communication skills, both verbally and written which will enable you to establish professional, effective working relationships with a range of partners including Children, young people, vulnerable adults, and children. You be a confident motivated individual who is able to project warmth, empathy and sensitivity when supporting your patients, their families an carers.

You will be an organised individual who is able to prioritise and manage their own workloads whilst working within a highly emotional and flexible environment.

You will have a full current driving licence and use of a vehicle for business purposes as you will be required to visit, patients, their families, and carers together with other professionals outside of the Hospice location.

Please contact Jane Hazeldine, Director of Psychosocial and spiritual Care to arrange an informal discussion to find out more about this exciting role with Mountbatten.

Mountbatten Hampshire offers a generous benefits package to include:

Pension Scheme (including existing members continuation of NHS Pension Scheme)

Generous Holiday and Occupational Sickness Benefits

Off Site Free Parking

Training and Development Package

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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