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Family Support Specialist - Child Development Centre

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum pro rata
Closing date
29 Jun 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
Are you a passionate family support therapist looking to make a real difference? We would like to invite you to apply for our band 7 family support therapist position working with our multidisciplinary team in the Worthing Child Development Centre.

The role assesses patients and their parents/carers providing and implementing plans and treatment to facilitate their wellbeing as well as monitoring care through the provision of highly specialist advice.

The post holder is the lead specialist in this role for the Worthing child development centre and will work as part of the multi-disciplinary team to support children and their families/carers in the care of community paediatrics/child development centre.

The role requires sensitive communication skills when speaking with children and their families/carers regarding diagnoses, offering support and counselling to help manage the feelings they may have.

The position enables the families and carers to maximise the potential they have to cope with the emotional, financial and physical challenges that the diagnosis of their child presents.

Main duties of the job

  • Conduct assessments and develop specialist programmes of care for patients families/carers
  • Communicating sensitively with children families and carers and the multidisciplinary team
  • Work collaboratively as part of the multidisciplinary team and external agencies to the benefit of the patient/family/carers
  • Carry out home visits
  • Develop and implement policy where necessary
  • Incorporate service development/improvement in to day to day working, taking into account service user feedback
  • Continue self development/training to benefit self and the service.

About us

At UHSussex, diversity is our strength, and we want you to feel included to help us always put the Patient First, as shown in our Outstanding for Caring CQC rating. Your uniqueness and experiences will be part of our creative and innovative community where everyone is encouraged to succeed. We have a range of Staff Networks to help break down barriers, and can offer a buddy to help new members settle in. We're proud to be a Disability Confident Employer (Level 2) and a Veteran Aware Trust.

We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We're here for them when they need us, and we go above and beyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in our Wellbeing Programme for staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need it - because we know that to look after others we must first look after ourselves.

As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the best that we can be. From themoment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosing UHSussex you are choosing a long and happy career where you will be able to see the difference you make and feel valued for all that you do.

We look forward to receiving your application and the start of your journey with UHSussex.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached job description and person specification for full details of job description and main responsibilities.

Person Specification



  • Degree in Psychology, Education, Nursing or similar.
  • BACP Registration


  • Post graduate diploma/degree



  • Ability to self-supervise in a potential emotive atmosphere and to manage large caseloads of clients whose issues may be complex and highly sensitive.


  • Experience of Counselling



  • Knowledge of wide range of psychological theories of child developmental attachment disorders and psychological disturbance in the child or family system

Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion


  • Evidence of having championed diversity in previous roles (as appropriate to role).
  • Evidence of having undertaken own development to improve understanding of equalities issues

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)


Worthing Hospital

Lyndhurst Road


BN11 2DH

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