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Family Support Service Manager


In early 2018, Ruth Strauss, wife of Sir Andrew Strauss the former England cricket captain, was diagnosed with incurable lung cancer that affects non-smokers.  Ruth died on 29th December 2018; she was 46 years old and a mother to two children, then aged 10 and 13.

Our Mission: In her memory, Sir Andrew has launched The Ruth Strauss Foundation to:

To ensure that every family with a child facing the death of a parent is offered the professional emotional support they need to prepare the family for the future.

To facilitate collaboration and influence research in the fight against non-smoking related lung cancers, so that together we find the causes sooner and improve outcomes.


This role will support the delivery of a high-quality service which offers emotional support, guidance, and counselling to parents and those with significant caring responsibilities to prepare their child(ren) when a parent has an incurable cancer diagnosis.

You will provide clinical and operational management of the service ensuring a safe, effective, responsive, and quality service is delivered in line with RSF’s needs and values. You will provide supportive leadership for the team. We are looking for someone with proven experience of working in leadership roles, in pre (or post) bereavement services, and/or in the healthcare sector, and who is an accredited counsellor with either BACP, HCPC, or UKCP.

The role will not involve holding a caseload; however, you will be supporting the triage of new referrals, supporting the team with initial assessments or other clinical interventions as needed.

Please send your CV and cover letter to Kate Wells, Family Support Service Lead at by 9am Monday 12th February.

We aim to conduct interviews in the week commencing the 19th and the 26th of February.

Please contact Kate if you would like to discuss the role, pro-rata salary and benefits further via email above or on 07900762251.