Reach Deaf Services: Think Ahead Planning Co-Ordinator


Job Title: Think Ahead Planning Co-Ordinator

Reporting to: Practice, Culture & Development Manager

Location: Reach Deaf Services & associated locations

Salary: €42,658 – €46,915 (pro rata) – depending on experience

Contract Duration & Hours: 26 weeks / 6 months fixed term, 3 Hours per week – but room for flexibility


The purpose of the Think Ahead Planning Co-Ordinator role is to support service users to maintain control of all aspects of their life, in particular decisions around their healthcare, future life planning and end of life planning. This role is to ensure that support is implemented in line with the HSE National Consent Policy, Assisted Decision-Making Act (ADMA), and guidance from the Irish Hospice Foundation Think Ahead Planning Pack.

Interviews expected to take place for this vacancy, Week beginning 13th June 2023.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support the service users to understand the purpose of Future Planning, ensuring all information is available in a format that is accessible to their preferred communication needs.
  • Complete the Think Ahead Planning Pack with the service user.
  • Ensure conduct is in line with the Reach Deaf Services Policies and Procedures, specifically GDPR and Confidentiality.
  • Support the service user to make informed decisions about their future healthcare.
  • Work as part of a small dynamic team in providing person centered emotional and practical support
  • Manage and prioritise own caseload and work with flexibility and initiative.
  • Work with service users across a range of settings including service user homes and other relevant venues.
  • Accurate record keeping and reporting periodically on progress
  • Provide guidance only, where required, in making a will or appointing an Enduring Power of

Attorney with the service user

The above list is not exhaustive and you will be required to adapt to the role in line with the agreed vision for the individuals who are supported by Reach Deaf Services in the community.

Knowledge (Education & Related Experience):


  • Fluency in Irish Sign Language (ISL), another signed language or a willingness to participate in ISL classes and achieve ISL level 4 within 18 months of taking up the position. (CIDP will support ISL level 3 and ISL level 4 classes)
  • Experience working with Irish Sign Language interpreters and Deaf relay interpreters
  • Possess the interpersonal and communication skills necessary to establish trusting relationships with service users and encourage engagement with the process of future planning
  • Experience of working within communities with a diverse range of stakeholders.
  • Ability to research information from a range of sources
  • Experience of setting and maintaining appropriate boundaries with community members and professionals
  • Experience and understanding of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults


  • Experience and understanding of mental health and social care services
  • Knowledge of Social Role Valorisation
  • IT Skills

Key Behaviours:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • An understanding of social isolation, health and wellbeing and some of the challenges that can be faced by different service users.
  • Professionalism with an open and honest manner and ability to build on effective relationships with a wide range of individuals.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks, work load and good time management skills.
  • Motivational and empowering.
  • Ability to work in line with set company processes and boundaries.
Any interested applicants should forward their CV and a short covering letter stating their suitability for the role. Please email by 4:00pm on the 9th June 2023.

For more information:

If you require further details on this role please contact Kristina Harris, HR Generalist, Reach Deaf Services, at All offers of employment with Reach Deaf Services are subject to Garda Vetting.

All offers of employment are subject to Garda Vetting

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Region: Dublin