Spiritual Care Practitioner

Martin House is one of the leading children’s and young people’s hospices in the UK. Specialist palliative care is life-long supportive care. It’s all-encompassing and provided to children and their families over time. Alongside medical care, children access play and wellbeing activities, experience therapeutic treatments and different types of support involving a huge range of activities including home visits. This support extends to the whole family with parents and siblings involved throughout.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Spiritual Care Practitioner to join our Family Support and Wellbeing Team. This post holder will provide specialist spiritual care to children, young people and their families who are living with life limiting conditions or who are bereaved and may be experiencing complex and acute level of spiritual distress.

This post-holder will offer training to our multi-professional palliative care team on spiritual care and build strong links with local faith communities.

The successful candidate appointed to this post will have the opportunity to further develop their knowledge and experience in spiritual and emotional support provided in children’s hospice care; learning together with a multi-professional team committed to providing exceptional care.

Because of the essential outreach and networking component of this post, the post holder will be expected to travel to venues and locations in the community. This will include travelling out of normal office hours and to destinations that may not have public transport so access to your own transport is essential.

Experience of working with families who have children with complex or palliative needs would be beneficial but is not essential.

Our ideal candidate will

  • Be dedicated, compassionate, warm, and always work in collaboration with others.
  • Be open, flexible, responsive, and be driven to deliver high standards in everything you do.
  • Practice the Martin House values including being child and family focused, listening, and valuing others, working holistically, and being dedicated to care.
  • Want to work in a well-established, award-winning hospice, working as part of the multidisciplinary team to support the children, young people, and their families from the time of their referral through end-of-life care and into bereavement.
  • Have significant experience of working with people in health, education, or social care settings.
  • Be good at building rapport and making people feel at ease.
  • Have good IT skills and the ability to record care accurately and contemporaneously.

Our Benefits include

  • Annual Leave – up to 40 days per year.
  • Sick pay – six months full pay and six months half from day one of service
  • Robust supervision offers
  • Pensions – Recognition of NHS pension scheme for candidates who are currently in the scheme and up to 10% contributory AVIVA scheme.
  • Enhanced Parental Leave- maternity match to the NHS.
  • Life insurance – two times annual salary.
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Free parking

Please complete an application form, referring to the Job Description and Person Specification or for further information contact Emma Taylor, Head of Family Support and Transition by emailing etaylor@martinhouse.org.uk.

The closing date for applications is midday on Friday 23rd February 2024, and applications should be emailed to recruitment@martinhouse.org.uk. Interviews will take place on Monday 11th March.

If you have not heard from us by Friday 8th March, please assume your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

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Role details

22.5 hours, with some flexibility to cover occasional events at weekends and in the evening
Permanent, Part-time
£30,935.41 -£36,970.67 per annum. Pro rata £18,561 - £22,182, please note, starting salaries are usually set at the bottom of the scale.
End Date:
Martin House Children's Hospice and in the community

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