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Head of Wellbeing & Spiritual Care

East Anglia's Children's Hospices
Post date
25 April 2024
Closing date
22 May 2024
Location – based from Milton, Ipswich or Norwich with regular presence across all 3 hospices sites and with some hybrid working
Salary:  £58,972 - £68,525 per annum, experience dependent (aligned to NHS Band: 8b)
Full Time, 37.5 hours per week - Applications for flexible/part-time working (minimum 30 hours) are welcomed
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Head of Wellbeing & Spiritual Care

Location – based from Milton, Ipswich or Norwich with regular presence across all 3 hospices sites and with some hybrid working

Full Time, 37.5 hours per week – Applications for flexible/part-time working (minimum 30 hours) are welcomed

Permanent contract

Salary: £58,972 – £68,525 per annum, experience dependent (aligned to NHS Band: 8b)

This is a unique and exciting opportunity for a dynamic, motivated and experienced Senior Practitioner / Manager to lead our Wellbeing Service. You will ensure high quality and holistic care is provided to the families of babies, children and young people with life-threatening/limiting conditions (including bereaved families).

The role will lead a team of three Wellbeing Managers, reporting to the EACH Director of Care. The role holder will be part of the Care senior leadership team, working collaboratively with Head of Nursing, Head of Performance and delivery and the Business Development Manager.

You will be responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive wellbeing strategy, and lead initiatives aimed at fostering emotional and spiritual wellbeing across all three hospice sites.

You will lead and be part of a supportive and friendly multidisciplinary team with good links to regional and national palliative care networks and excellent opportunities for continued professional development.

You will be joining a service which aspires to provide care of the highest quality, in collaboration with those who use our services. We embrace continuous improvement and learning you will be instrumental in leading the service to think differently, be innovative, and give everyone, at every level, the skills they need to lead change.

Are you:

  • Highly motivated, caring and passionate about improving the wellbeing of the children and families who access EACH services?
  • Professionally registered in a relevant clinical field, eg Psychology, Nursing, Social Work?
  • A compassionate & inspirational leader who can lead qualified and pre-qualified therapists across multi-disciplinary teams?

Do you have:

  • Experience of working therapeutically with the families of children with life-threatening conditions
  • Proven experience in developing and implementing wellbeing strategies within healthcare or social service settings?
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of psychological/ emotional and spiritual wellbeing therapies and holistic assessment methodologies?
  • Knowledge of theory and practice in outcome and experience measurement?
  • Understanding of the unique needs and challenges faced by children with life-limiting conditions and their families?
  • Excellent organisational and interpersonal skills?
  • The ability to demonstrate effective leadership and be able to operate at both operational and strategic levels?
  • A strong team work ethic and sense of accountability accompanied by an ability to work under considerable pressure at times?
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing complex, highly technical and / or clinically sensitive information?
  • Highly developed skills and expertise in containing and working with organisational and interpersonal stress?
  • The ability to form good working relationships with other professionals at all levels?
  • Have experience in Paediatric Palliative Care, grief support, and spiritual care practices (desirable vs essential criteria)?

Responsibilities include:

  • The overall management of all wellbeing and spiritual care services at EACH including staff and budgets.
  • Developing a wellbeing strategy and vision.
  • Establishing partnerships with external organisations, community groups and healthcare providers to enhance wellbeing support services.
  • Collaborating with local spiritual leaders and counsellors to integrate spiritual care into the overall wellbeing framework.
  • Fostering a network of support for families beyond the hospice setting, facilitating access to resources and expertise.
  • Responsibility for overseeing implementation of a range of emotional/psychological/therapeutic interventions delivered by the wellbeing team practitioners for individuals, carers, families and groups.
  • Monitoring and evaluating the impact of interventions, making adjustments as necessary to optimise outcomes.

The role:

As the Head of Wellbeing and Spiritual Care, you will play a pivotal role in enhancing the holistic care and support provided to children and their families within our hospices.
With a strategic focus on developing and implementing a comprehensive wellbeing strategy, you will lead initiatives aimed at fostering emotional, and spiritual wellbeing across all three sites.
The role will manage all wellbeing services via the hospice wellbeing leads on each site at Norwich, Ipswich and Cambridge, based in one hospice but with a regular presence in all three locations.
Professionally qualified therapists will be supported to continue direct clinical work at EACH and maintain their registration.

Applicants are encouraged to arrange an informal discussion with the Director of Care – please contact Helen Banham, Executive Assistant by email A candidate information pack can also be requested via Helen.

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Closing date: 22nd May 2024

Interviews: 5th June 2024

East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) supports families and cares for children and young people with life threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk.

Over the past 30 years, EACH has developed an enviable reputation in the field of children’s palliative care.

We are the largest provider of palliative and end of life care and support for children and their families in East Anglia, delivering a comprehensive range of services in our hospices, family homes, hospital and wider community.

All three of our hospices; The Nook (Norfolk), The Treehouse (Ipswich) and Milton (Cambridge) were rated OUTSTANDING by the Care Quality Commission

Comprehensive range of benefits:

  • Free onsite parking & subsidised meals
  • Flexibility of hybrid working
  • Enhanced Annual leave Entitlement – 27 days + 8 UK Bank Holidays
  • Additional holiday purchase scheme
  • AVIVA pension package – up to 7% Employer Contribution inc Life Assurance
  • NHS pension – continuation of if already contributing
  • Free Eye Tests & Cycle to work scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme

At EACH, we are committed to promoting equality and respecting diversity. We actively welcome applications from all sections of the community and from eligible candidates from BAME backgrounds. EACH is also committed to the recruitment and retention of people with disabilities.

EACH is proud to be Investors in People accredited.

EACH reserves the right to close this vacancy early, should we receive a sufficient number of applications.

This post is subject to a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check prior to appointment.

It is a criminal offence for people who are barred from working in Regulated Activity (under the Safeguarding and Vulnerable Groups Act 2006) to apply for roles that require them to work unsupervised with that particular group.

EACH has a legal responsibility to ensure that its employees have the legal right to live and work in the UK. Therefore, if you are made an offer of employment, this will be subject to verification that you are eligible to work in the UK before you start work.

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