Counsellor

About the role

12 Month Fixed Term Contract

18 – 19 hours per week, to include working on a Monday

£27,500 – £32,000 pro rata per annum  

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a qualified Counsellor to join the Therapeutic and Wellbeing Service to support the patients and families of Willen Hospice on a 12 month fixed term contract.

The role provides a counselling service for patients and families within the Psychology & Counselling team and would include assessing referrals, providing assessments alongside delivering skilful and compassionate counselling in groups, individually and supervising volunteers.

The successful candidate will hold a Counselling qualification (at least to degree level, ideally post graduate level 7); will be a member of BACP or UKCP, ideally with accreditation (or working towards accreditation).  You will have experience of working in palliative care and bereavement counselling, ideally with clients across the lifespan.

You will be self-motivated with strong communication skills to help support the continued development of this evolving service, and work across and within a multi-disciplinary team.

The role may include working within the local community, you should be confident working alone, hold a current driving license and have access to a car.

Set in the tranquil grounds of Willen Lake, Willen Hospice is the leading provider of specialist palliative care within the Milton Keynes area. We offer 24 hour / seven days a week palliative care to people who have advanced disease, caring for people in our Inpatient Unit which accommodates 15 patients and the local community. Our person centred care is delivered with compassion and respect for people’s wishes. We have an expanding Therapeutic & Wellbeing service offering Psychological Wellbeing, Social Care, Physiotherapy, Occupational and Complementary Therapy.  Our dedicated Business Development teams and retail portfolio of shops raise vital funds to deliver this care.

In return for your skills and experience, you can expect:-

  • To join a supportive and caring team
  • Generous annual leave entitlement starting at 35 days pro rata (inclusive of statutory and bank holidays)with previous NHS service recognised
  • Free onsite parking at the Hospice
  • Employer enhanced auto-enrolment pension scheme or continued membership of the NHS pension scheme
  • Enhanced maternity, adoption and sick pay provision
  • Ongoing commitment to education and professional development
  • Blue Light Card discounts (with membership)
  • Excellent on-sitesubsidised catering facilities
  • Access to Employee Assistance Programme 

This appointment is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check, including Barred lists.

To apply, please use the ‘Apply Here’ button

Closing Date 31st March 2024

In a typical year...
£11.23
our cost, per minute
11,000
phone calls to patients at home
600
fabulous volunteers
700
patients cared for at home
3,200
home visits
300
patients at the hospice
18,000
of cups of tea
290
counselling sessions
We can only provide the care we do thanks to the incredible generosity of our community, through their continued volunteering, fundraising and donations throughout the year. Your donation will enable us to continue providing care and support to those facing a life-limiting diagnosis, and to support their loved ones.