• Fixed term contract
  • Hampton TW12
  • 38,336 - 43,410 £ / Year

Shooting Star Children’s Hospices

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  • £38,336 – £43,410 a year

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  • Fixed term contract

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  • Every weekend


Hampton TW12

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JOB DESCRIPTION Job Title: Arts Therapist Team: Family Support Service Salary range/pay band: £38,336 – £43,410 (including geographical allowance) Reports to: Lead Therapist Direct reports: Volunteer or student therapists Hours: Full Time 37.5 hours per week, 18 months fixed term Location: Across both hospice sites Introduction to Shooting Star Childrens Hospices Shooting Star Childrens Hospices Shooting Star Childrens Hospices are a leading childrens hospice charity caring for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families. We support families across Surrey and Southwest London from diagnosis to end of life and throughout bereavement with a range of nursing, practical, emotional and medical care. At the heart of the hospice are our dedicated clinical staffs. Their exceptional commitment and professionalism is commented on by so many of the supported children and their families.

It costs £10.5 million a year to maintain our current level of care. Only 30% of that income comes from government funding via the NHS or local authorities, so we rely on our supporters generosity to keep the service running. We employ 175 staff, including 98 nursing and medical staff, providing hospice and community-based services to around 700 families. Predominantly we work with families living in the Northwest and Southwest of London and Surrey, although will accept children outside these geographical areas if they do not have access to specialist palliative care support locally.

We have a reputation for delivering high quality care. We have a CQC rating of Outstanding. Introduction to Team SSCH provide care to children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and family members known to the hospice. Depending on their need, hospice families access respite care, community nursing interventions and specialist palliative care.

All families can access SSCHs core psychosocial care from point of referral/diagnosis, at end of life and bereavement care provided to the family for 3 years and 3 months after the death of their child. This encompasses a holistic and flexible offer of family support, a pathway of care through bereavement and a substantial program of therapeutic support groups and events provided at both hospices, in order that families can benefit from building a network of support with others who have lived experience. Where required, each member of the family system can access specialist psychological care in the form of individual, couples and dyadic therapies and counselling, EMDR therapy and trauma-informed CBT, social work, transitional care, and closed therapy groups. Part 1: Job Profile a) Main purpose of job The post holder will provide high quality, evidence-based art, drama, play or music therapy to life-limited children and families, including the siblings and family members accessing SSCH Specialist Bereavement Service.

This therapy should be child and family focused, utilising the medium of art, drama, play or other creative techniques, addressing the psychological challenges associated with life-limiting conditions and issues of loss and grief. The post holder will have a diverse caseload, and provide assessment, individual and group therapy programs with designated children and/or family members, alongside providing advice, education, signposting, supervision and support to staff, families, schools and other professionals. b) Scope of job As part of our Family Support Service, childrens psychological therapy assessments are offered to life-limited children, young people, siblings (including adult siblings) and families. Assessments are also offered to bereaved siblings, parents and families.

Depending on the outcome of the assessment, where appropriate, series of sessions/support are put in place. Therapy sessions are predominantly provided individually with close collaboration with parents (while respecting the bounds of confidentiality); however, programs may also consist of joint parent and child sessions, family sessions, closed and open group sessions. Within the team, the post holder contributes to the continual multi-disciplinary assessment of families needs, as well as the provision of support, signposting, information sharing, developing resources and groups and events for children and families. The postholder is responsible for ensuring and enhancing the quality, safety and effectiveness of psychological support offered to SSCH children and families.

This involves seeking innovative, flexible and individualised approaches that meet the psychological needs of children, and continually developing professional knowledge and skills to respond to evolving needs within childrens palliative care. This care and support will predominantly be provided at Christophers in Guildford and Shooting Star House in Hampton. Risk assessments, consultations, assessments and sessions for children and families may take place virtually or in-person. Some travel to family homes and hospitals will also be required.

Hospice Care is provided 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, therefore the post holder may be required to work occasional Saturdays or Sundays. Part 2: Main duties and key responsibilities a) To plan and implement individual, joint and family therapy sessions safely and effectively To risk assess, identify clinical need, and determine the appropriateness of a creative therapy interventions for children and family members referred for therapeutic support. Provide individual, family and group therapy, working within the defined parameters of the SSCH childrens psychological therapies agreement and guidelines. Utilise creativity and the arts to support a child and family in accessing therapeutic support that meets their psychological need, and to offer opportunity for development and growth.

Utilise an expert, trauma-informed approach in formulation and delivery of therapy. Work collaboratively with the child and family to carefully consider the aims of therapy programs and to continually review work, identifying outcomes. Utilise outcome and evaluation tools and assessment measures throughout clinical interventions to assess, record and measure impact; to continually review aims and approach. Initiate and participate in effective communication with the other teams within care; to ensure the wider team is informed of any relevant changes in the family or childs needs or circumstances.

To be proactive in forming effective inter-agency collaboration with schools, GPs, social care, child death review nurses and other external professionals. Provide a series of parent consultation meetings to an identified caseload of parents/carers whose children are not accessing therapy. Demonstrate safe clinical practice in all aspects of your work with families. Ensure accurate and contemporaneous notes and records of all contacts are recorded within the electronic notes system.

Ensure the respect, dignity and rights to privacy of children and their families as far as possible, whilst following safeguarding guidelines. Produce written reports to a high standard, when requested. Manage own time and prioritise workload, providing a flexibility in the service delivery that is responsive to families individual and changing needs. b) To provide holistic family support Consider families holistically, ensuring they are aware of relevant support services available to them both internally and externally.

Contributing professional expertise to multi-disciplinary discussions and meetings to ensure all families at Shooting Star receive support suitable to their needs. Supervise the work of the Family Support Workers through multi-disciplinary case review. Lead and contribute to the planning, development and delivery of therapeutic support groups and events for children, siblings and families, utilising a flexible approach to support the emotional wellbeing of those known to SSCH. Create and lead group therapy projects/workshops for children and families.

Participate as an active member of the team, promoting family support services and supporting their development. To be the representative therapist at hospice multi-disciplinary meetings, journal club and case presentations. To deputise for the Lead Therapist when required. Provide immediate care to those experiencing mental health crisis including self-harm and suicidal ideation, drawing on a wide bank of strategies for individualised safety planning.

To identify and share safeguarding concern, with a detailed account of your risk assessment and action planning with members of the Safeguarding Team. To share first-hand accounts of concerns with childrens named social workers or a single point of access duty team. To identify professionals who can participate in joint safety planning, promote and facilitate collaborative safety plans. To continue a dynamic risk assessment throughout therapy work in order to report safeguarding concern in a timely manner.

To ensure ongoing documentation and communication of safeguarding matters. c) Practice education and quality Maintain awareness of current developments in childrens psychological therapies and their implications for practice. Engage in learning about the wider care of life limited children, and family members who have experienced anticipated and unexpected death in children. Contribute to service evaluation or audit to ensure equity of service and maintain high quality service provision.

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