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Family Team Worker

Acorns Children's Hospice
Post date
1 April 2022
Closing date
22 April 2022
Birmingham, Walsall or Worcester
£36,824 plus allowances
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We are now looking for three Family Team Workers to join our growing Family Services Teams in our Birmingham, Walsall and Worcester Hospices. The Family Team Worker provides specialist psychosocial support to families both pre and post bereavement. These are new vacancies following an expansion of the service.

About The Role

Our Hospice Family Services Teams are growing, so that we can provide much-needed support to the families when they need us most. It is estimated that for every child with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition, five family members will be directly impacted. Our aim at Acorns is to help families feel equipped to cope at every stage of their child’s life.

As a Family Team Worker, you will provide ongoing psychosocial, bereavement and end-of-life support to families going through the grief and pain of losing a child. You’ll provide holistic care to families in the home, hospice, or other appropriate environment. This ranges from carrying out initial holistic needs assessments and providing a range of face-to-face therapeutic work (including group work) to co-ordinating additional support for parents, siblings and relatives as they face the grieving process.

No two families are the same and you’ll almost need to become a part of the family to meet their needs. You’ll provide practical help, such as filling out forms or acting as an advocate in a meeting. You’ll support bereaved parents, helping them to realise that their grief is normal and also parents whose child is in intensive care in hospital. You’ll work with other professionals to ensure an integrated approach when young people are transitioning into adult services.

The role is as wide-reaching as it is rewarding. You’ll liaise extensively with external providers and experts across Acorns, supporting families from diverse cultural and social settings across the Acorns region. Some, you’ll get to know over several years. Others could be suddenly admitted for an all-too-brief stay with us. Irrespectively, meeting their needs will be professionally invaluable and personally unforgettable.

About You

This is an ideal move for someone in family-centred social care or nursing in the community. You may have experience of working as a Social worker, Bereavement Counsellor, Psychologist, Nurse or Family Support Worker. Professionally registered with a degree (or equivalent experience), you’re keen to build on your experience of working holistically with vulnerable groups.

Alongside experience of managing caseloads in a complex multi-agency environment, you’ll bring up-to-date child protection knowledge, good assessment skills and the emotional resilience to support families going through loss and bereavement, although previous experience of psychosocial palliative care is not essential. We’re driven by children’s needs, so you should be happy and able to travel frequently around the Acorns region, flexible about hours and ready to join an on-call rota.

What We Offer

  • salary of £36,824 per annum, plus allowances (additional £2,300 per annum)
  • 37.5 hours per week
  • hospice-based (B29 6HZ, WS5 4NL or WR5 3EZ) with travel
  • employee discounts from leading retailers
  • employee gym discount scheme
  • bike-to-work scheme
  • generous contribution to group personal pension plan or continuation of current NHS pension scheme
  • NHS pension scheme life assurance or Acorns group life assurance scheme

Interviews are scheduled to be held on:
Birmingham: 4/05/2022
Walsall: 27/05/2022
Worcester: 26/05/2022

To apply please click here.

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