Website Royal Trinity Hospice, 30 Clapham Common North Side, London SW4 0RN
Royal Trinity Hospice is a leading provider of specialist palliative care for people who have a progressive, life limiting condition. In order to alleviate emotional, spiritual and psychological distress, the Patient and Family Support (PAFS) service provides psychosocial counselling and support to patients and their friends and family.
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.
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.
Purpose of Post
· Manage and lead the delivery of an integrated, culturally sensitive and responsive spiritual care service that is inclusive of all religious and non-religious sentiments and beliefs.
· Work within the inter-disciplinary team to ensure best practice and a high standard of patient and family care across the inpatient and outpatient services.
· Build and maintain strong links with external organisations and groups to build networks and ensure the widest possible spiritual support for all patient and families.
· Provide education, supervision and support to volunteers and staff members across all of our clinical services.
· Deliver specialist palliative care counselling to patients and families.
Key Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
· Work directly with patients and families to support their individual 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 services.
· Implement efficient and effective identification 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.
The successful candidate will
· Have a qualification in existential counselling or similar at postgraduate diploma level (or equivalent) and UKCP/BACP registration (or equivalent).
· Display a comprehensive knowledge, sensitivity and creativity in spiritual, religious and liturgical and existential issues.
· Demonstrate an understanding of the main faiths, humanism and atheism and their philosophies, beliefs and practices, particularly in relation to illness, death and dying.
· Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and an openness to work with people of all faiths and life stances.
· Experience of working with grief and loss models
· Experience of collaborative working in addressing the spiritual needs of individuals and families.
The full job description and person specification can be found on the Royal Trinity Hospice website.
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