Clinical Lead Family Support Service
Comparative to NHS band 8a, pro rata
Head of Mission Services, Ruth Strauss Foundation
Chief Executive Officer,
Board of the Ruth Strauss Foundation
Hours per week
28 hours per week
Home based to begin with. Once office re-opens subject to Covid-19 restrictions option to work flexibly across the week between home and office. (Office location is Lord’s Cricket Ground NW8).
Application closing date
Sunday, 24th October 2021
Early 2018, Ruth Strauss, wife of Sir Andrew Strauss the former England cricket captain, was diagnosed with an incurable lung cancer that affects non-smokers.
Ruth died on 29th December 2018; she was 46 years old and mother to two children, then aged 10 and 13.
Our Mission: In her memory, Sir Andrew has launched The Ruth Strauss Foundation to:
To ensure that every family with a child facing the death of a parent is offered the professionalemotional support they need to prepare the family for the future.
To facilitate collaboration and influence research in the fight against non-smoking related lung cancers, so that together we find the causes sooner and improve outcomes.
One of our core objectives in our three-year strategy is to establish the Ruth Strauss Foundation as the destination for family pre-bereavement support. This role will be key in helping us to achieve this objective through leading the approach for how we support families directly.
Core Focus Area
This role will lead the development and delivery of a high-quality virtual service which offers guidanceand support to parents and those with significant caring responsibilities to prepare their child(ren) for parental death from any terminal/incurable illness.
The services will enable parents to feel supported, guided, and confident in preparing their child and the whole family for parental death.
- Head of Mission Services, Ruth Strauss Foundation
- Pre-bereavement Guidance Practitioners (x 3)
- Pre-bereavement Guidance Assistant
- Support, Coaching and Mentoring Lead
- Service users
The list of responsibilities is not exhaustive and as this is a new service, the role is likely to evolve over time.
Recognised relevant professional qualification, for example post graduate diploma/degree in counselling/psychotherapy
Registered Counsellor or Psychotherapist with BACP, UKCP, HCPC or equivalent
Experience of leading and managing services that support people at pre-bereavement orbereavement
Extensive demonstrable experience of leading or managing a service and team that provided emotional and psychological support
Demonstrable experience of developing or growing a service
Ability to work within a team, including managing, motivating and supporting staff
Excellent organisational and time management skills with the ability to manage a demanding administrative workload
Experience of developing policies, procedures, and processes for service delivery
Experience of monitoring, budgeting, planning and reporting within a service
Experience of developing, measuring, monitoring and reporting against service outcomes and impact measures
Proven experience of implementing safeguarding into clinical practice
Knowledge of current pre- bereavement and bereavement thinking and research
Good IT skills, including Office 365, Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Zoom and MS Teams and ability to get to grips with new IT systems such as Salesforce (CRM system)
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work with people from different backgrounds
Excellent communications skills, both oral and written
Ability to support staff and confront poor performance when appropriate
Ability to self-motivate and use initiative to work independently
Experience in designing training and induction programmes for teams
Ability to work with issues, experience and consequences of pre-bereavement or anticipatory grief
Ability to learn and reflect from experiences
Ability and drive to identify service gaps and creatively expand services that are grounded in high quality and safe practices
- Experience of using CRM systems such as Salesforce
- Experience of working in a small or new organisation
- In depth knowledge of attachment and loss theory relevant to pre-bereavement/anticipatory grief
- Experience of charity sector
- Experience of supporting working closely with charity fundraising, including on grant applications
We are committed to being an inclusive workforce that fully represents many different cultures, backgrounds and viewpoints.
We welcome applications that help us in our mission to be a place where you can be yourself and thrive.
We are willing to negotiate on the working hours for the right candidate, so please do apply if you are able work close to 28 hours per week.
Please send your CV and covering letter to Rosie Ranganathan.
Please contact Deepa Doshi, Head of Mission Services if you would like to discuss the role further or 07930 340 774
Our intention is to invite all shortlisted applicants to an informal organisational visit followed by a competency-based interview which will be conducted in person in London.