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Head of Family Support & Bereavement

We are incredibly proud to have recently opened our Forget Me Not Centre, a state-of-the-art family therapy centre, which welcomes families, adults, children and young people known to St John’s Hospice, to support them as they cope with the loss of their loved one. Could you be part of this vital service within the community?

We are looking for a Head of Family Support & Bereavement who will lead, manage and develop our Family Support Services at St John’s Hospice. This will include the provision of social work, bereavement and spiritual care support for patients and families experiencing loss. Leading a small team of paid employees and a dedicated bank of valuable trained volunteers, you will assess and facilitate psychological support across all hospice services, supporting other clinical professionals to assist.

St John’s Hospice offers a range of staff benefits including Health Cash Plan, Continuing Professional Development and free onsite parking.

If you are looking to take on a new challenge in a well-established organisation and want to make a difference to patients and their families in our care, then we’d really like to hear from you.

📍 Location: St John’s Hospice, Lancaster

⏰ Hours: Up to 37.5 hours per week

✅ Contract: Permanent

💰 Pay: £39,740* – £40,970 per annum (pro rata, dependant on pension scheme)

💚 Pension: *NHS Pension Scheme available subject to availability criteria; or 8% employer funded St John’s Hospice Pension Scheme

📅 Closing Date: Sunday 24th July 2022


For more information, please contact Maddy Bass, Director of Nursing & Quality on 01524 382538 or please email [email protected]


We offer:

💚 27 days holiday + bank holidays for full time employees.

💚 Life assurance

💚 Health Cash Plan

💚 Minimum 8% employer contributions to a pension scheme

💚 Maternity & paternity benefits

💚 Continuing professional development

💚 Cycle to work scheme

💚 Car lease scheme

💚 Free on-site parking

Please click here to see more benefits available to our employees.


If you would like to apply for this vacancy please complete our online Application for Employment below


All correspondence relating to this vacancy including interview invites will be sent by EMAIL only. Please ensure that you check your emails on a regular basis.

Adverts that display a closing date should be treated as a guide. We reserve the right to close the vacancy once we have received sufficient applications. Please submit your application as early as possible to prevent disappointment.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Oder) 1975 (as amended in 2013). It will be necessary for a submission for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check (formerly known as a CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Please complete your Application For Employment accurately ensuring you include all criminal convictions including those that would otherwise be considered ‘spent’. A fee of £42.80 is applicable for an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check or £22.80 for a Standard Disclosure and Barring Service check which will be carried out as part of our pre-employment check process, if applicable.

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