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Summary Job Description


Job title:

Practitioner

Responsible to:

Area Manager

Place of work:

North West team working flexibly across the Greater Manchester with a specific focus within Wigan and Leigh for one post.

Hours:

22.5 (0.6 FTE) by negotiation

Salary:

Practitioner - £25,500 per annum WTE

Annual leave:

25 days plus bank holidays

Starting date:

July 2017 (negotiable)

Length of contract:

Permanent with 6 months probationary period


Role summary
To provide therapeutic support to children who have been bereaved and their families. The role involves individual, family and group work.
To be an active and involved member of a multi-disciplinary team and contribute to all aspects of Winston’s Wish work to help us achieve our strategic goals and work towards achieving our vision.



Key tasks and responsibilities:


  • To be an active and involved member of the North West family service team as well as the wider Winston’s Wish family.

  • To act as a key-worker for an agreed caseload of families: this includes liaison with other professionals, telephone contact, individual and family sessions in the home, at our base and in other suitable venues.

  • Family work will include assessment, individual or family sessions with children and parents/carers. It will take place in our community venues, schools and in family homes as agreed on a case-by-case basis and depending on the Borough the family lives in.

  • To be fully involved with colleagues in relation to prioritisation, risk assessment, and joint working with individuals and families.

  • To actively embrace our responsibility to safeguard children and vulnerable adults and act in accordance with our safeguarding policies and procedures.



  • To be involved with others in the planning, preparation, delivery and de-briefing of groups for children, teenagers, parents and families.

  • To liaise with other organisations and professionals where appropriate.

  • To maintain accurate records of all family work for the purposes of clinical supervision and Winston’s Wish database. To contribute to reports as required.

  • To set up venues for therapeutic or group work.

  • To provide information for and contribute to report writing when required.

  • To participate in assessment, group supervision and family service team meetings.

  • To be involved in groups, memorial and other events organised by the Winston’s Wish team, this will require occasional weekend working.

  • To adhere to Winston Wish’s values and work in accordance with our policies and procedures.

  • To work flexibly with colleagues across Winston’s Wish according to organisational need.

  • To be willing and able to travel regularly across Greater Manchester and occasionally a wider area using your own car to meet with families and professionals.

  • To be willing and able to travel to our Head Office in Cheltenham for whole team meetings, this is likely to be for three or four annual meetings but other instances may arise.

  • To organise and administer groups as required.

  • Potential to deliver training days with colleagues

  • To ensure SDQ’s and/or other assessment and outcome measures are completed within required timescales.





Continuing Professional Development, Supervision and Support
Winston’s Wish is committed to the development support and growth of all staff. In relation to the family service teams there are several key strands:


  • Each practitioner takes personal responsibility for ensuring that their development and support needs are being met and they are fit to practice. Key elements of this are the use of individual external clinical supervision, group supervision and reflective 1:1 meeting with line manager(s).

  • We are developing an in-house evolving programme of continuing professional development and support.

  • There is an ethos of mutual support amongst the team.




Please contact Rebekah Lawson (Area Manager South West team) by telephone 07867 369886; or email rlawson@winstonswish.org for an informal discussion about this role.
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May 2017


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