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Job Title: Improving Bereavement Care Manager

Responsible to: Director of Research, Education and Policy

Location: Victoria Charity Centre, 11 Belgrave Road, London, SW1V 1RB

Contract: 12-month fixed-term contract (maternity leave cover)

Salary: £37,500 per annum (plus London Weighting Allowance of £3,400)

Hours: 35 per week (9.30am to 5.30pm)


Every single day in the UK, in spite of medical advances, 15 babies are stillborn or die within the first 28 days of life.

Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity, is a well-established and widely respected national charity that:

  • Supports anyone affected by the death of a baby through our Helpline and our 100 Groups nationwide across the 4 devolved nations.
  • Works in partnership with health professionals to ensure that bereaved parents and families receive the best possible care by transforming the culture and practice of perinatal bereavement care through our accredited training programmes and resources.
  • Promotes changes in care that could help to reduce the loss of babies’ lives by funding high impact research projects that identify the causes of stillbirth and point to ways of reducing their incidence.

The charity has grown its income by over 40% since 2012 and, as part of its strategic plan to 2020, is focusing on long term growth, sustainability and success!  This is an especially exciting time at the charity as it repositions to become the leading charity in sector.

Sands is seeking an Improving Bereavement Care Manager to cover maternity leave for 12 months from September 2017.

This is a high-profile and exciting role which has responsibility for managing Sands’ Improving Bereavement Care (IBC) Team, developing Sands’ overall strategy regarding improving bereavement care and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders.

As a member of Sands’ senior line management team, the post-holder will report directly to Sands’ Director of Research, Education and Policy, and will work with the Director to develop the strategy and annual objectives for the IBC Team. 

This role is responsible for managing Sands’ bereavement care training programme for health professionals including regular evaluation and developing of the training, engaging with stakeholders and overseeing the management and development of resources.

You will have an excellent knowledge of the structure and organisation of the National Health Service, including an understanding of care pathways.   An experienced senior manager, you will be able to operate at a strategic level and have the ability to develop and inspire others.   With excellent time management skills, you will be able to communicate effectively with health professionals, colleagues at all levels as well as the public.     A detailed understanding of different education and training methods is required, as well as a basic knowledge of the physiology of normal and complicated labour and birth.

A collaborative and supportive team player, you will have a demonstrable understanding of, and empathy with, health care professionals’ and bereaved parents’ need and perspectives.

This is a rewarding role which offers a fantastic opportunity to make a real difference to the work of Sands, helping us to achieve our vision of a world where fewer babies die. 

To Apply please return a completed application form and monitoring form to recruitment@sands.org.uk by the closing date.

Closing date: 22nd August 2017 (please note closes at 5:30pm)

Interview date: 7th September 2017

Application information.

Application form.

Diversity Monitoring Form.

As we have limited staff resources we are unable to provide candidates with feedback about their applications. If you have not heard from us within two weeks of the closing date, then please assume that you have not been shortlisted.