JOB TITLE: SUICIDE BEREAVEMENT LIAISON OFFICER (PERMANENT POSITION)
LOCATION: CHO Area 1 – Sligo / Leitrim
WORKING HOURS: **Apply on the website** hours over 3 days per week
SALARY: €**Apply on the website**,**Apply on the website**.**Apply
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ABOUT: The Suicide Bereavement Liaison Service is a collaborative
venture between Pieta House and the HSE. The primary objective of the
service is to provide a high quality and proactive support to families
and community in the aftermath of a loss by suspected suicide, within
a defined framework and protocol to the geographic area.
The Suicide Bereavement Liaison Officer will report directly to the
National Co-ordinator SBL Service in Pieta House on day to day
matters. They will be part of a national network of Suicide
Bereavement Liaison Officers.
They should have strong working relationships with the HSE, in
particular Mental Health Operations and the Resource Officer for
Suicide Prevention. Quarterly governance and oversight meetings, to
include a reporting schedule, will take place with the HSE Resource
Officer for Suicide Prevention and with HSE Mental Health Operations
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
_SERVICE DEVELOPMENT AND DELIVERY_
* Coordinate and develop the service to provide immediate contact and
support to those bereaved and affected by a suspected suicide across
the assigned geographic area.
* Provide timely and relevant support, information and advice.
Exercise good judgment in assessing each case and establishing the
most appropriate steps for on-going support, signposting or onward
* Develop strong relationships and partnerships with key agencies
and first responders in the region, to establish and facilitate
helpful responses to individuals, families, or groups who have been
bereaved by suicide.
* When a suspected suicide occurs in the workplace, including within
the HSE, provide a debriefing for staff.
* Provision of relevant HSE National Office for Suicide Prevention
training (eg. Bereavement training) within communities and amongst
professional networks as directed and in line with the national
Connecting for Life training plan.
* Prepare detailed monitoring and progress reports on a quarterly
basis to include data pertaining to the delivery of service to those
bereaved (liaison links, referrals made, follow up etc).
* Continue to develop and maintain interagency protocol that will
provide a co-ordinated response to families following a suicide death
in line with best practice and/or local HSE CfL response protocols.
* Maintain and update an area-specific suicide bereavement resource
pack for families to include all relevant information on support
services following a death.
* Support community responses in consultation with the HSE Resource
Officer for Suicide Prevention and HSE Mental Health Operations.
* Work with the HSE on the early identification of potential suicide
clusters and liaise with agencies in line with local policy.
* Maintain confidential records of contact with individuals, under
data protection, and in line with HSE policy and procedure
* Set up computer-based system for recording and monitoring the
performance and outputs of the service
* Diary management to meet the demands of the service
* Attend regular supervision with the Project Supervisor
* Participate in all relevant Connecting for Life meetings, working
groups and events.
* Work in accordance with the policies and procedures of both the
host organisation and the HSE.
* Attend training and CPD events as provided
_MONITORING AND EVALUATION_
* Undertake monitoring and evaluation of relevant project activities
in order to produce a record of work undertaken including outputs.
This includes active participation in an annual review of needs
assessment, compiling statistical information and writing reports as
agreed and required
* To meet with funders when requested and to report on work
* Ensure sensitive and confidential recording of information in
accordance with data protection policy and procedure
* Keep up to date with professional developments in the field of
suicide bereavement and the provision of mental health services and
implement changes accordingly
* Participate and support national monitoring and evaluation
activity as requested under Connecting for Life
* Attend staff and team meetings as requested
* Contribute to the general life of the organisation, helping in any
team endeavours as time and abilities allow
* Undergo regular supervision and staff development as agreed with
* An understanding of the bereavement process and how being bereaved
by suicide can affect individuals
* A degree (or equivalent) in a relevant clinical area such as
counselling, psychotherapy or psychology and professional
accreditation in their relevant field by, for example, IACP, IAHIP,
ICP, PSI etc. A specific bereavement qualification is also desirable
* A minimum of 3 years’ relevant post- qualification experience of
working with people in a therapeutic and multi-disciplinary setting.
* Working knowledge of the mental health field and the key agencies
* Demonstrated experience of working in challenging environments and
to be flexible and adaptive in responding to changing demands, needs
* A clear understanding of professional boundaries and the need to
adhere and uphold them
* Ability to work on own initiative as well as an ability to work as
part of a team
* Experience and or understanding of issues around lone working
* An understanding of confidentiality and how it relates to this
work and its impact on working practice
* Competency in computer literacy
* Own transport and full driving licence
* The willingness to work unsocial hours and a time off in lieu
* Personal attributes such as empathy, compassion, sensitivity,
non-judgemental and being able to work with people in distress.
* Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) training and experience
* An understanding of discrimination and how this can affect people
marginalised by society
* An understanding of issues relating to risk assessment,
safeguarding of vulnerable adults and child protection
* Demonstrated experience of managing budgets
* A high level of written and verbal communication skills with a
diverse range of people
* Experience of networking with other organisations
NOTE: GARDA VETTING IS REQUIRED (OF THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES) FOR
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COVER LETTER (OUTLINING YOUR PARTICULAR SUITABILITY FOR THE ROLE) WITH
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