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Family Team Worker – Acorns Children’s Hospice – Walsall

Acorns Children's Hospice Trust
Post date
12 October 2020
Closing date
1 November 2020
Up to £35k FTE pa
22.5 hours
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Family Team Worker
Up to £35k pa FTE + excellent benefits
Part-time 22.5 hours

This role isn’t for everyone. Championing the needs of children with life-limiting conditions and their families is challenging and intense work. But, if you’re looking for an engaging new setting for the professional skills you’ve gained in health and social welfare, there is no better place than Acorns to work.

About the role

Based at our custom-built hospice in Walsall, you’ll join our Family Services Team to provide both pre and post bereavement psychosocial support to families going through the grief and pain of losing a child.

You’ll be an advocate for the children we care for, ensuring high quality, needs-led end-of-life care that’s tailored to them and their families. This ranges from carrying out initial holistic needs assessments and determining a plan of support through a range of face-to-face therapeutic work to co-ordinating additional support for parents, siblings and relatives as they face the grieving process.

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 region. Many of our families you may get to know over several years, some families could be suddenly admitted for a momentary stay with us. Whatever the circumstance, meeting their needs will be professionally invaluable and personally unforgettable.

What’s required?

This is an ideal move for someone in family-centred social care or nursing in the community. Professionally registered with a degree, 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 to travel, be flexible about hours and ready to join an on-call rota.

About us

Acorns Children’s Hospice Trust is a vital organisation, providing a network of care for life limited and life threatened babies, children and young people and their families, across the heart of England. Last year, we supported over 821 children and more than 1077 families.

You can look forward to a competitive salary, 35 days’ holiday pro rata, and pension contributions; if you move from the NHS, you can keep your current NHS pension. We pride ourselves on our development and support so you can be confident we’ll take care of your CPD too.

To Apply

For further information and details on how to apply, please visit our website Further information can also be obtained from Christine McLachlan, HR Advisor, Tel: 07580 906799.

You must be eligible to live and work in the UK to be considered for this role. Any successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced DBS check for children and adults.

Closing date for applications: Sunday 1 November 2020

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