Responsible to: Head of Patient and Family Support

Salary Band: AfC Band 7 £47,154 - £52,936 (inclusive of HCA) FTE

Hours: full time/part time

Are you a senior social worker/ counsellor or psychological therapist? If so, we have exciting opportunities for you within our Patient and Family Support Team 

Our team of specialist palliative social workers and counsellors provides a wide range of psychological support across a number of recognised therapeutic modalities, to patients with progressive, life-limiting illness. This support, including bereavement counselling is also offered to the patient’s friends, family members and/or young adult and children.

If you are looking for a new opportunity and are passionate about delivering great psychological/emotional support and care, then this could be the perfect fit for you.  We offer great training, support and development to our team throughout their career with us in addition to an attractive benefits package.

Responsibilities of a Senior Social Worker/Counsellor or Senior Counsellor/Psychological Therapist

  • To provide psychosocial assessments and therapeutic interventions (counselling and/or support) to patients and their families/friends, including young adults and children, who are experiencing complex and acute levels of psychological distress (pre and post bereavement) using a range of counselling methods, approaches and techniques while functioning at level 3 of the NICE psychological framework. Service provided at home, on the inpatient unit, and in the outpatient clinic.
  • To provide crisis interventions when appropriate.
  • To provide psychosocial education to patients, families/friends, and other stakeholders about coping skills, hospice and palliative care as well as how to support children and young people.
  • To provide the inter-disciplinary team with an understanding of the real and perceived unmet social, emotional and economic needs of patients and families/friends and to participate in developing the understanding and skills of staff and volunteers in the provision of psychological support at Level 1 and 2 (NICE guidelines).

Skills and experience required

  • MA/MSc in Social Work or Postgraduate Degree in Counselling or Psychotherapy
  • Registration with a professional body (HCPC, UKCP, BACP, Social Work England)
  • Impeccable assessment and psychological intervention skills
  • Enthusiasm and a flexible attitude to work
  • Ability to work autonomously and as part of a wider team


  • We match Agenda for Change/NHS terms and conditions for maternity, paternity and long-term sickness pay
  • Length of service for those joining directly from another CQC regulated organisation (NHS, social care, hospice) is recognised in annual leave, maternity, paternity and long-term sickness pay
  • A pension scheme is offered with employer contributions of up to 7.5% or a continuation of your existing NHS pension
  • A generous 27 days annual leave increasing to 29 after 5 years and 33 days after 10 years, plus bank holidays (any bank holidays worked will be given back in lieu)
  • Cycle to work scheme and interest-free season ticket loans available
  • Free eyesight test for DSE users and a contribution towards the cost of glasses
  • 25% store discount in Trinity shops
  • Life assurance cover
  • Lots of opportunities to attend exciting and high-profile events e.g. a staff lottery to attend our regular biannual Gala dinner; participating in Royal visits, and the annual summer garden party
  • Regular ballots for donated free tickets and prizes
  • Access to courses of free counselling on the phone or face to face


Royal Trinity Hospice is committed to promoting equal opportunities in employment. Everyone at Trinity is treated fairly with dignity and respect irrespective of age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, civil partnership status, disability, nationality, race, religion or belief. We pride ourselves on being an inclusive organisation that encourages and supports fairness, respect, equality, diversity, inclusion and engagement (FREDIE) in all its forms. 

We encourage and welcome applications from people of all backgrounds.

How to apply

If you have the skills and experience we’re looking for, please complete the online application below.

For an informal chat or visit please contact Caroline Quilty, Interim Director of Patient Services by email [email protected]

Closing date: Sunday 14 August 2022

Interview date: Wednesday 24 August 2022 

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