Child and Families Practitioner

  • Part time
  • £29,150 – £32,915 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 3rd December 2021

  • Advertised from 17th November 2021
  • 22.5 hours per week. Starting Salary £29,510 pro rata (rising to £32,915 pro rata after 6-12 months satisfactory performance)


Scotland’s first modern hospice, St Columba’s Hospice Care first opened its doors in 1977. Over the years it has grown and evolved into an exemplary provider of specialist palliative care for thousands of people with life-limiting illnesses in Edinburgh and the Lothians, while also providing support to their relatives and loved ones. Our patients face a range of conditions, including cancer, respiratory disease, heart failure and MND. We currently have a part-time vacancy to join our dedicated team.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, approachable, organised and compassionate practitioner to join our existing service for children and young people whose family members have been diagnosed with incurable illness.

With experience of working with children and families facing bereavement and an understanding of the social and emotional needs of children and young people, you’ll support families as they help children to understand and adjust to the changes caused by incurable illness, assist families to make plans for the future, and help ensure that children/young people are appropriately informed and involved in the decisions which affect their lives. You’ll have a relevant qualification in health, education, social care, play therapy or counselling and an understanding of the legal and structural requirements for meeting childrens’ needs, as well as a grounding in child protection.

This post is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund. For an informal discussion about the post please contact Craig Hutchison, Family Support Team Manager on 0131 551 1381

Application notes

For an application form and job description, visit our website at Alternatively call 0131 551 7722 or by email

Closing date: 5pm on Friday 3 December 2021

Interviews: Thursday 16 December 2021

Scottish Charity No SC003634