Associate Director (Children’s & Young People Services) – Hospice in the Weald

Job

Associate Director (Children’s & Young People Services) – Hospice in the Weald

Location

Based at the main Hospice in Pembury, Kent, with potential requirement to work at other locations within West Kent and East Sussex.

Salary

£60 - £65k

Role Type

Associate Director

Start Date

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End Dates

May 26, 2024

Duration

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Hospice in the Weald is a well-established local charity serving West Kent and northern East Sussex for over 40 years. People in these communities rely on us as their local Hospice and the extensive range of services that we provide. Hospice in the Weald is a well-recognised healthcare provider and charity offering hospice care to adults and children facing terminal illness, as well as supporting their loved ones and families.

The hospice movement is a very British success and Hospice in the Weald strives to be the best of the best. We strive to provide world-class hospice palliative care. The people who make up our workforce, our staff and volunteers, who themselves are enabled by the generosity of the people in the communities we serve, help make that possible.

Over the last two years, we have implemented new ways of working; for example, we have changed and increased our use of technology to provide more flexible access to hospice care. This includes continuing to offer counselling and support via video or phone call, a way of working which became useful during the pandemic but has continued to improve access to support for patients and their loved ones. Our physiotherapists are also working via video call and will continue to do so where this is best for the patient, along with a return to home visits and in-person appointments.

By making better use of technology to ‘work smarter’, we can spend more time with the families who need our care. We will also continue to give patients and families choice in how we work with them, focusing on supporting and empowering children and their families living with terminal illnesses, who often feel disempowered by their diagnosis or symptoms. We will focus on empowering patients to celebrate life and make that most of the time that they have.

We have an exciting opportunity to join our organisation as Associate Director – Children’s and Young People Services. Since 2022, Hospice in the Weald has provided hospice care for children. Whilst there are some differences involved in providing hospice care for children compared to adults, there are many similarities too, most importantly a focus on meeting the needs of each child as an individual, and providing safe, effective, and responsive care.

We will offer care for children and their loved ones under three main themes: home visits, emotional support, and a children’s centre which will provide space for activities such as play or sensory work, and family or sibling groups. With the number of children

needing hospice care set to grow significantly over the next few years, there is a real and urgent need for this new service.

The Associate Director – Children’s and Young People Services will provide strategic direction for our service. They will oversee the development of the service and ensure strong provision and expert clinical leadership is available and in line with organisational, local and national strategies.

We are looking to speak with compassionate leaders with extensive experience operating at senior level within children’s and young people’s services. You will bring in-depth knowledge and expertise underpinned by a passion for improving service provision.

We encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and welcome applications from underrepresented groups. In recruiting to our organisation, we are committed to equality of opportunity for all. We believe that the best organisations are those that reflect the communities they serve.

For further information, please contact our search partners at Hunter Healthcare via Finn McNulty, Head of Executive Search, on 07966 006091 or fmcnulty@hunter-healthcare.com

Candidate Information Pack

Shortlisting: w/c 27th May 2024

Interviews: w/c 3rd June & 10th June 2024

Timeline

May 26, 2024

Application Deadline

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