Bereavement Support Worker

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Job summary

Are you a compassionate and empathetic person? The role of the Maternity Bereavement Support Worker is to work in collaboration with the bereavement midwife and wider multidisciplinary team in order to provide a safe and holistic approach to family centred bereavement care.

This is a specialist role which will assist with the delivery of all aspects of bereavement care for families who have experienced Late Miscarriage, Medical Termination of pregnancy, Stillbirth and Neonatal Death.

Under guidance, sensitive and compassionate care will be provided to families. This care will meet individual and personal needs, respecting dignity at all times.

Following the necessary training and support, the post holder will be expected to undertake a set of defined competencies, supporting the wider midwifery team to provide clinical care and support to bereaved families.

Applicants must have completed the care certificate and have all skills and competencies for a Band 2 Maternity Care Assistant and Band 3 Maternity Support worker.

If you hold this qualities and skills, we would welcome your application.

Main duties of the job

Professional

Work as an effective team member - understand the importance of team working in the delivery of high quality bereavement care.

Demonstrate excellent skills in compassionate communication with women and their families and the ability to communicate and liaise with the wider multidisciplinary team.

Ensure due regard is given to customs, values and spiritual beliefs of families. Demonstrate an awareness of discriminatory attitudes and challenge this behaviour to promote equality.

Must have completed the care certificate and have all skills and competencies for a Band 2 Maternity Care Assistant and Band 3 Maternity Support worker.

Clinical

Understands the importance of holistic, patient focussed care, involving the women in decisions about all aspects of theirs and their baby's care and wellbeing.

Supports the management of women's care. Performs clinical baseline observations, following a plan of care as necessary and promptly escalating any changes in the women's condition to the coordinating midwife.

Have the knowledge of the Human Tissue Authority guidance surrounding tissue storage and handling and the policies in place in the maternity department.

Consistently display sensitivity and compassion when supporting families and delivering high quality bereavement care.

About us

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides hospital services to a growing population of around 700,000 people living across Bedfordshire and the surrounding areas across two busy hospital sites in Bedford and Luton. Both hospital sites offer key services such as A&E, Obstetrics-led Maternity and Paediatrics. You will be joining a friendly, high performing Trust committed to ensuring the health and wellbeing of staff. As one of the largest NHS Trusts in our region you will have access to a programme of high quality training and development to help you grow your career. The Trust continues to be committed to delivering the best patient care using the best clinical knowledge and technology.

Our Values

We not only recruit based on qualifications and experience - we recruit individuals who demonstrate the behaviours which underpin our Trusts core values. We achieve this by using values based recruitment. We are dedicated to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone, we are committed to promoting equality and diversity, and creating a culture that values differences.

Please note that vacancies may close prior to the advertised closing date when sufficient number of applications have been received. All new staff will be subject to a probationary period covering first 6 months in post. Travel between hospital sites may be required. Please review all documents attached to ensure you familiarize yourself with all requirements of the job.

Date posted

24 June 2024

Pay scheme

Agenda for change

Band

Band 4

Salary

£25,147 to £27,596 a year per annum

Contract

Fixed term

Duration

12 months

Working pattern

Part-time

Reference number

418-OBSG6456-EH

Job locations

Luton & Dunstable Hospital

Lewsey Road

Luton

LU4 0DZ


Job description

Job responsibilities

please refer to the Job description and Personal Specification attached to this advert for full details of this role.

Job description

Job responsibilities

please refer to the Job description and Personal Specification attached to this advert for full details of this role.

Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • Successful completion of Trust's Band 3 competencies or ability to demonstrate equivalent level of competence
  • Good standard of general education in English Language and Maths GCSE A-C, Functional Skills Level 2 or equivalent
  • Care Certificate
  • NVQ Level 3 in Healthcare or equivalent experience

Experience

Essential

  • Experience as a Maternity Support Worker within a healthcare environment or equivalent setting
  • Experience of working with members of the public
  • Experience of using a hospital patient record system
  • Experience of providing high quality care

Desirable

  • Working with bereaved families

Knowledge

Essential

  • Knowledge of maternity care
  • Knowledge of bereavement care provided in maternity

Personal skills

Essential

  • Able to identify when to escalate concerns
  • Approachable manner with excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrates an ability to place women and family at the centre of care
  • Ability to make decisions, organise and prioritise workload
  • Ability to work without direct supervision
  • Demonstrate excellent team working
  • Ability to travel

Desirable

  • Experience of working collaboratively within a multi-disciplinary team
Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • Successful completion of Trust's Band 3 competencies or ability to demonstrate equivalent level of competence
  • Good standard of general education in English Language and Maths GCSE A-C, Functional Skills Level 2 or equivalent
  • Care Certificate
  • NVQ Level 3 in Healthcare or equivalent experience

Experience

Essential

  • Experience as a Maternity Support Worker within a healthcare environment or equivalent setting
  • Experience of working with members of the public
  • Experience of using a hospital patient record system
  • Experience of providing high quality care

Desirable

  • Working with bereaved families

Knowledge

Essential

  • Knowledge of maternity care
  • Knowledge of bereavement care provided in maternity

Personal skills

Essential

  • Able to identify when to escalate concerns
  • Approachable manner with excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrates an ability to place women and family at the centre of care
  • Ability to make decisions, organise and prioritise workload
  • Ability to work without direct supervision
  • Demonstrate excellent team working
  • Ability to travel

Desirable

  • Experience of working collaboratively within a multi-disciplinary team

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

Additional information

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

Employer details

Employer name

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Address

Luton & Dunstable Hospital

Lewsey Road

Luton

LU4 0DZ


Employer's website

https://www.bedfordshirehospitals.nhs.uk/working-here/ (Opens in a new tab)


Employer details

Employer name

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Address

Luton & Dunstable Hospital

Lewsey Road

Luton

LU4 0DZ


Employer's website

https://www.bedfordshirehospitals.nhs.uk/working-here/ (Opens in a new tab)


For questions about the job, contact:

Bereavement midwife

Sally Sloane

sally.sloane@lds.nhs.uk

Date posted

24 June 2024

Pay scheme

Agenda for change

Band

Band 4

Salary

£25,147 to £27,596 a year per annum

Contract

Fixed term

Duration

12 months

Working pattern

Part-time

Reference number

418-OBSG6456-EH

Job locations

Luton & Dunstable Hospital

Lewsey Road

Luton

LU4 0DZ


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