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Family Support Team Leader

Job Reference: J105-HRFSTLDOK0121

Sue Ryder
Family Support
£38,462 to £42,080 depending up experience

Family Support Team Leader
37.5 hours per week
£38,462 to £42,080 depending up experience

We are looking for a dynamic, forward thinking and experienced family support practitioner who is passionate about specialist palliative care to join our Family Support Team at Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent, CQC Outstanding Hospice.

As a Family Support Team Leader you will manage a busy team of professionals' including counsellors, chaplain, social worker and befriending. In your practitioner role you will provide level 3 (NICE Guidance 2004) psychological services for patients and their families which address pre-bereavement and post bereavement needs. You will complete a psycho-social assessment for patients and their family/carer including children to identify social strengths, needs, and goals. You will work in close partnership with the other clinical teams within the hospice and other organisations.

Duchess of Kent is a Sue Ryder hospice, based in Reading. We're here for people aged 18 and over living with conditions like cancer, heart failure and lung disease. We offer a huge range of support, from inpatient care in our 15-bed hospice, set on the edge of Reading next to beautiful parkland, to Day Services and community care which helps people stay at home longer and offers respite to carers.
Our expert care team includes doctors, nurses, care assistants, physiotherapists, occupational and complementary therapists, social workers, bereavement support workers, volunteer befrienders and spiritual care workers.

The successful candidate will have evidence of more than three years post qualifying counselling experience in a health or social care service. You will have experience of multidisciplinary working and an understanding of end of life issues.

Essential requirements for the post:

• Experience of managing, teaching and training staff and volunteers
• Creating and facilitating carers/bereavement groups
• An understanding of supporting children whose parents have terminal illness or are facing death, linking with wider appropriate services.
• Registration with a relevant regulatory bodies is mandatory: BACP / UKCP

If you would like further information to aid your decision to join our team please contact Georgie Sullivan, Deputy Hospice Director, Duchess of Kent Hospice on or 0118 955 0487.

Competitive Benefits:
•Company pension scheme
•25 days holiday - rising to 30 with length of service plus bank holidays
•Enhanced maternity and paternity pay
•Enhanced sick pay
•Corporate discount with hundreds of retailers and services
•Staff discount of 15% on new goods online at
•Season ticket loan
•Cash referral bonus scheme
•Cycle to work scheme
• Free parking, tea and coffee and subsidised meals
• Wellbeing centre and free will writing service
• Development opportunities for all through our structured development framework

Sue Ryder supports people through the most difficult times of their lives. Whether that’s a terminal illness, the loss of a loved one or a neurological condition – we’re there when it matters. Our doctors, nurses and carers give people the compassion and expert care they need to help them live the best life they possibly can.

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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