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Sands is Hiring image for Head of Bereavement Support Services

Sands is the leading stillbirth and neonatal death charity and exists to reduce the number of babies dying and to support anyone affected by the death of a baby, before, during or shortly after birth.


Sands is looking to recruit an outstanding and people-focused candidate to lead our Bereavement Support Services Team. This is a high-profile role which is responsible for ensuring that all those approaching Sands for support receive an excellent service that meets their individual needs, that the quality of support provided remains consistently high and all team members are appropriately managed and supported. The role provides an opportunity to make real change by driving the organisational and team strategies to make the support that Sands provides accessible to bereaved families from all backgrounds within the community, as well as groups at higher risk of experiencing stillbirth and neonatal death.

With demonstrable experience of delivering and managing bereavement support services at a strategic level, you will possess an excellent understanding of grief theory and bereavement support and be qualified accordingly.  Additionally, you will have experience of working with, and providing services to diverse communities and have a good understanding of their specific needs.

As this role will require you to lead a highly-motivated and diverse team who are all home-based,  you will have excellent people management skills and be able to support your team accordingly.

You will have outstanding verbal and written communication skills and be able to develop high quality services which remain responsive to the changing needs of external stakeholders.   With excellent relationship building skills, you will demonstrate a high level of empathy in all aspects of your work.

A high level of project management skills is essential, as is the ability to produce complex statistical reports and analyse data and trends. A thorough understanding of safeguarding in the context of baby loss and a commitment to ensuring excellent practice is also required.


To apply:

Please submit your CV, together with a supporting statement that demonstrates how you meet the criteria in the person specification to  Please also complete the Diversity and Equality Monitoring Form and send this with your application.

Closing date for applications :    29th May 2022

Interviews:                                           w/c 6th or 13th June 2022

Interviews will be held online via Zoom.

As we have limited staff resources we are unable to provide candidates with feedback about their applications.   Interviews will be held online.

Sands is Head of Bereavement Support Services


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