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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 02/09/2019.


Job Reference: 188-OTH1200

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
Child Health
Southampton General Hospital, Southampton
£30,401 - 37,267 pa pro rata

We are seeking a qualified counsellor with experience of working with children and families in a hospital setting. The appointed person will join the child psychology team at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS). The team is friendly and supportive and there is a strong team ethos of looking after ourselves and one another so that we can give our best to the families we meet. This role is 11.25 hours per week part time.


The role of counsellor will be utilised in the team to meet with children and families, both inpatient and outpatient, who may not meet the threshold for clinical psychology input or who may benefit from some initial counselling input prior to clinical psychology sessions. They will also be involved in running informal support groups for parents on the paediatric intensive care unit and potentially on other wards.


The role requires someone with excellent communication skills as liaising with the multidisciplinary team is essential as is the ability to work sensitively with families during stressful and difficult experiences. The appointed person will also have an aptitude for establishing positive relationships with people. High standards of reliability and commitment are required as is efficient management of paperwork.
There are many opportunities for clinical supervision and for cpd. Flexible working is also a possibility in discussion with line manager.


UHS, rated ‘Good’ by the CQC, is one of England's largest acute teaching trusts. In the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff would recommend the hospital as a place to work or to receive care.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and only an hour on the train from central London. The New Forest National Park and the beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep.

The city offers living costs 20% lower than those in London, 13 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted and 13 nearby green spaces to enjoy.


The closing date for applicants is the 29 August.

The interview date for applicants is the 6 September.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Dr Angela Griffin

023 8120 4657

Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if we receive a large number of applications. We will not accept any applications or queries via agencies under any circumstances.


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