Salary: Band 7 (£45,780 - £51,393 pa pro-rata)

Hours: 30 hours/week

Responsible to: Head of Patient and Family Support

Royal Trinity Hospice is a leading provider of specialist palliative care for people who have a progressive, life limiting condition. Our specialist teams provide a range of services so we can deliver expert and compassionate end of life care, support and advice to patients and those close to them. By joining Trinity you’ll be working alongside a dedicated team with a shared ambition to provide the best quality care for our clients, helping them to make the best of every moment

In order to alleviate emotional, spiritual and psychological distress, the Patient and Family Support (PAFS) service provides specialist support and psychosocial counselling to patients and their friends and family. We work with the people that need us throughout a patient’s illness and into bereavement. The Spiritual Care Lead ensures that spiritual and religious needs are always included in the care that Trinity provides.

About the role

Living with a life-limiting illness often means that people have to think differently about their lives. This means that patients have to contemplate loss, grief and death in a way that they may not have done before. The Spiritual care lead is responsible for ensuring that Trinity can help people make sense of this and find meaning during this life-changing situation.

We are looking to recruit a dynamic individual to the role of Spiritual Care Lead. The successful candidate will work alongside staff and volunteers to ensure we care for patient’s religious and spiritual needs. The post holder will also be a trained counsellor who can work with our existing team to provide palliative care counselling. If you want to join us, you will share our commitment to excellence, continuous improvement and development. If you are looking for a new opportunity, are passionate about delivering high quality care and therapeutic interventions then this could be the perfect role for you.

Responsibilities of a Royal Trinity Hospice Spiritual Care Lead

  • Work directly with patients and families to support their individual complex spiritual care needs (all faiths and life stances) within the inpatient unit and in the community.
  • Work closely with the inter-disciplinary team to integrate spiritual care in all aspects of patient care.
  • Attend relevant multi-disciplinary team meetings and ensure the appropriate identification and recording of spiritual support needs in patient’s clinical records.
  • Implement efficient and effective screening of spiritual care needs that can be used by all members of the IDT.
  • To increase the knowledge and skills of staff and volunteers in the delivery of spiritual care interventions to patients and their families.
  • Ensure that Trinity has access to a range of spiritual care volunteers and faith leaders from various faiths and life stances. This must be available to meet the needs of all patients and families and reflect the diversity of the community Trinity serves.
  • Provide leadership and management to support and develop the spiritual care volunteers, including on-going review, monitoring and supervision of all spiritual care practice
  • Ensure that areas of the hospice are available and conducive for private contemplation and prayer and that they are well stocked with the appropriate and necessary resources.
  • Support and participate in Trinity’s memorial services and annual Light up a Life events alongside other colleagues.
  • Stay abreast of current thinking in end of life spiritual care, ensuring this is shared with colleagues and managers as appropriate.
  • Provide psychosocial assessment and therapeutic intervention (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.
  • To provide psychosocial education to patients and families/friends about coping skills, hospice and palliative care as well as how to support children and young people.

Skills and experience required

  • Qualification in counselling with a breadth of knowledge that includes addressing existential distress
  • Knowledge and understanding of the main faiths, humanism and atheism with particular reference to their philosophies, beliefs and practices around illness, death and dying
  • Experience within a healthcare or voluntary setting
  • Knowledge of grief and loss models                                                   
  • Experience of working collaboratively to address the spiritual needs of individuals and families
  • Commitment to and active participation in professional development
  • A flexible approach and an ability to handle a varied workload
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to use own initiative
  • Ability to work within the boundaries of the role and within any professional code of conduct/ethics 

Benefits

  • Competitive rates of pay - Trinity is not an NHS organisation but some NHS terms and conditions apply to clinical roles, such as the continuation of existing NHS pension and Agenda for Change equivalent pay scales.
  • Holiday entitlement - 27 days rising to 29 days after 5 years’ service and 33 days after 10 years' service
  • Occupational sick pay
  • Pension – option to continue your NHS Pension Scheme or enroll in the Royal Trinity Hospice pension scheme (with employer contributions of up to 7.5%)
  • Career development - we have a dedicated Clinical Educator to support ongoing clinical professional development, including re-validation with the NMC.
  • 25% discount in Trinity shops
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • London Living Wage employer
  • Free eye tests
  • Life assurance scheme

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 contact Sam Kyffin, Interim Head of Patient and Family Support Services on 0207 787 1000 or email [email protected] 

Close date: Friday 5 March 2021

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Royal Trinity Hospice is committed to promoting equal opportunities in employment. At Royal Trinity Hospice we promote FREDIE (Fairness, Respect, Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement). We encourage and welcome applications from people of all backgrounds.